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Raúl Tamudo

Raúl Tamudo
Tamudo in 2014
Personal information
Full name Raúl Tamudo Montero
Date of birth (1977-10-19) 19 October 1977
Place of birth Santa Coloma, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Retired
Youth career
Fórum
Milan Santa Coloma
1992–1996 Espanyol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Espanyol B 46 (20)
1997–2010 Espanyol 340 (129)
1998 Alavés (loan) 6 (0)
1999 Lleida (loan) 14 (5)
2010–2011 Real Sociedad 31 (7)
2011–2012 Rayo Vallecano 32 (9)
2012 Pachuca 9 (0)
2013 Rayo Vallecano 4 (1)
2013–2015 Sabadell 32 (8)
Total 514 (179)
National team
1997 Spain U20 1 (0)
1998–2000 Spain U21 11 (5)
2000 Spain U23 6 (1)
2000–2007 Spain 13 (5)
1998–2000 Catalonia 2 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Raúl Tamudo Montero (born 19 October 1977) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker.

An icon at Espanyol he captained the club for almost a decade, playing in nearly 400 official games – winning two Copa del Rey – and being the club's all-time top goal scorer.[1]

He amassed La Liga totals of 407 games and 146 goals over the course of 17 seasons, also representing in the competition Real Sociedad and Rayo Vallecano.

Club career

Espanyol

Born in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Barcelona, Catalonia, Tamudo was a product of local side RCD Espanyol's youth ranks, he served two Segunda División six-month loans before finally settling in 1999–2000. From there on he became an undisputed starter for the team, never scoring in single digits during nine La Liga seasons and helping the Pericos to two Copa del Rey trophies: in the 2000 final against Atlético Madrid he netted by stealing the ball from goalkeeper Toni Jiménez, with his head;[2] he also played a vital role in the 2006 edition, scoring in the second minute of the match and subsequently assisting Luis García on the second goal.[3]

Tamudo was close to signing with Rangers in 2000,[4] only to see the move fail at the last minute due to a failed medical. Two days later, he scored once in the UEFA Cup match against Grazer AK (4–0 home win, 4–1 aggregate).[5]

On the last matchday of the 2006–07 season, Tamudo reached 112 goals scored in the first division, making him the top all-time scorer for Espanyol: his brace in the 2–2 away draw against city rivals FC Barcelona on 9 June 2007 took him past former Blanquiazul star Marañón's 1983 record of 111, and helped Real Madrid clinch the league title.[1] In that season's UEFA Cup, he contributed with two goals in seven games to the side's runner-up campaign which ended at the hands of fellow league side Sevilla FC and, merely four months after that match, he struck three minutes from time to give Espanyol a 3–2 win at the same rival.[6]

Some injury problems[7][8] and loss of form limited Tamudo in the following two seasons, and he lost the starting job midway through 2008–09 to newly signed Uruguayan Iván Alonso; however, in the last day of the campaign, he scored three past Málaga CF in a 3–0 home success – which was good enough for leading the team in goals once again, at six – being replaced to a standing ovation.[9]

2009–10 was nothing short of disastrous for Tamudo, in sporting terms: again, he struggled with some injuries, was ostracized by manager and former teammate Mauricio Pochettino and confronted with the board of directors over contractual issues;[10] his status was further diminished in the January transfer window, with the signing of another Argentine, Pablo Osvaldo, and he eventually finished the campaign with only six league games and no goals.[11]

Later years

In early August 2010, at nearly 33, Tamudo signed a one-year contract with Real Sociedad, who returned to the top division after a three-year absence. He scored three times in his first four official matches, but the Basque only collected one point, losing against Real Madrid (1–2, home[12]) and CA Osasuna (1–3[13]).

On 26 August 2011 Tamudo signed a one-year contract with Rayo Vallecano,[14] freshly promoted to the top level. He was a starter throughout most of his first season, notably scoring against his main club Espanyol but in a 1–5 away loss;[15] on 13 May 2012, he was brought from the bench to net the game's only goal in the 90th minute at home against Granada CF in the last matchday, with the Madrid outskirts club finally avoiding relegation at the expense of Villarreal CF.[16]

Tamudo moved abroad for the first time at the age of 34, joining Mexico's C.F. Pachuca on 14 June 2012.[17] On 11 December, after failing to find the net, he was released,[18] returning to his country and Rayo on the very last day of the January transfer window.[19]

Tamudo scored in only his second game in his second spell, not being able however to prevent a 1–3 loss at Barcelona on 17 March 2013.[20] In the subsequent off-season, he signed for one year with second level side CE Sabadell FC.[21]

At the start of the 2014–15 campaign, Tamudo netted four times in the first six league games, helping his team to the tenth place in the table. However, during training in October, he suffered an internal meniscus injury to his right knee, going on to be sidelined for several months and being deemed surplus to requirements when he returned to full fitness;[22][23] Sabadell returned to Segunda División B, and he announced his retirement on 5 September 2015 at the age of 37.[24]

International career

A full international since 16 August 2000 (Germany-Spain, 1–4 loss[25]), Tamudo returned to the lineup after a two-year absence to score a vital goal in a 3–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier away win against Denmark on 13 October 2007. Incidentally, Espanyol teammate Albert Riera also scored.[26][27]

Previously, Tamudo was part of Spain's silver medal-winning team at the 2000 Summer Olympics, netting in the semi-final match against the United States.[28]

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 21 August 2002 Ferenc Puskás, Budapest, Hungary  Hungary 0–1 1–1 Friendly
2. 18 August 2004 Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain  Venezuela 2–1 3–2 Friendly
3. 18 August 2004 Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain  Venezuela 3–1 3–2 Friendly
4. 3 September 2005 El Sardinero, Santander, Spain  Canada 1–0 2–1 Friendly
5. 13 October 2007 NRGi Park, Aarhus, Denmark  Denmark 0–1 1–3 Euro 2008 qualifying

Club statistics

[29][30]
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Espanyol 1996–97 La Liga 10 2 10 2
1997–98 La Liga 4 0 1 0 5 0
1998–99 La Liga 19 8 3 0 6[1] 2 28 10
1999–00 La Liga 34 10 6 1 40 11
2000–01 La Liga 30 11 5 1 3[2] 1 2[3] 0 40 13
2001–02 La Liga 35 17 1 0 36 17
2002–03 La Liga 29 10 1 0 30 10
2003–04 La Liga 32 19 0 0 32 19
2004–05 La Liga 30 11 1 0 32 11
2005–06 La Liga 29 10 3 1 4[2] 2 36 13
2006–07 La Liga 31 15 0 0 7[2] 2 1[3] 0 39 17
2007–08 La Liga 25 10 4 1 29 11
2008–09 La Liga 26 6 0 0 26 6
2009–10 La Liga 6 0 1 0 7 0
Total 340 129 26 4 20 7 3 0 389 140
Alavés 1997–98 Segunda División 6 0 4 0 10 0
Total 6 0 4 0 10 0
Lleida 1998–99 Segunda División 14 5 4 1 18 6
Total 14 5 4 1 18 6
Real Sociedad 2010–11 La Liga 31 7 0 0 31 7
Total 31 7 0 0 31 7
Rayo Vallecano 2011–12 La Liga 32 9 1 1 33 10
Total 32 9 1 1 33 10
Pachuca 2012–13 Liga MX 9 0 2 0 11 0
Total 9 0 2 0 11 0
Rayo Vallecano 2012–13 La Liga 4 1 0 0 4 1
Total 4 1 0 0 4 1
Sabadell 2013–14 Segunda División 19 2 0 0 19 2
Total 19 2 0 0 19 2
Career total 455 153 37 6 20 7 3 0 515 166
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Intertoto Cup
  2. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Cup
  3. ^ a b Appearances in Supercopa de España

Honours

Espanyol
Spain U23

References

  1. ^ a b El mito (The myth); Hall of Fame Perico, 3 June 2009 (Spanish)
  2. ^ Toni se reencuentra con Tamudo (Toni meets Tamudo again); El País, 19 January 2003 (Spanish)
  3. ^
  4. ^ Keeper in, Tamudo out at Ibrox; BBC Sport, 21 October 2000
  5. ^ El Espanyol resuelve en Montjuïc, y el Alavés en Noruega (Espanyol gets job done at Montjuïc, and Alavés in Norway); El País, 27 October 2000 (Spanish)
  6. ^ Tamudo goal banishes Glasgow memory; UEFA.com, 25 September 2007
  7. ^ Tamudo blow for high-flying Espanyol; UEFA.com, 23 January 2008
  8. ^ Tamudo blow leaves Espanyol reeling; UEFA.com, 4 December 2008
  9. ^ Espanyol 3–0 Málaga; ESPN Soccernet, 31 May 2009
  10. ^ Tamudo: "Estoy muy, muy, muy indignado con el club. No merezco el trato recibido" (Tamudo: "I am most, most, most outraged with the club. I don't deserve this treatment"); Marca, 15 October 2009 (Spanish)
  11. ^
  12. ^ Ronaldo saves Real; ESPN Soccernet, 18 September 2010
  13. ^ Maiden win for Osasuna; ESPN Soccernet, 21 September 2010
  14. ^ Vallecano take Tamudo; Sky Sports, 26 August 2011
  15. ^
  16. ^
  17. ^ Hugo Sánchez ficha a Raúl Tamudo (Hugo Sánchez signs Raúl Tamudo); Marca, 14 June 2012 (Spanish)
  18. ^ El Pachuca de México prescinde del delantero Raúl Tamudo (Pachuca of Mexico releases forward Raúl Tamudo); 20 Minutos, 11 December 2012 (Spanish)
  19. ^ Raul Tamudo re-joins Rayo Vallecano; Football España, 31 January 2013
  20. ^
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  22. ^
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  24. ^
  25. ^ Desastre (Disaster); El Mundo Deportivo, 17 August 2000 (Spanish)
  26. ^ España sale del túnel tras su triunfo en Dinamarca (1–3) (Spain exits tunnel after win in Denmark (1–3)); 20 Minutos, 13 October 2007 (Spanish)
  27. ^ Espanyol fly flag for Spain; UEFA.com, 15 October 2007
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External links

  • Raúl Tamudo profile at BDFutbol
  • National team data
  • Raúl Tamudo at National-Football-Teams.com
  • Raúl Tamudo – FIFA competition record
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