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José Ramón Alexanko

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Place of birth  Barakaldo, Spain
Years  Team
Height  1.82 m
Playing position  Centre back
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Full name  José Ramón Alexanko Ventosa
Similar  Javier Urruticoechea, Migueli, José Mari Bakero, Julio Alberto Moreno, Quini
Date of birth  (1956-05-19) 19 May 1956 (age 65)

José Ramón Alexanko Ventosa ([xo'se ra'mon alek'saŋko βen'tosa]; born 19 May 1956) is a Spanish retired footballer and manager, and the current director of football of Valencia CF.


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During his career the central defender played with success for both Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona, winning several accolades for the latter – 16 in total – and appearing in 367 La Liga games over the course of 17 seasons (34 goals).

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A Spanish international on more than 30 occasions, Alexanko represented the nation in one World Cup and one European Championship.

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Athletic Bilbao

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Born in Barakaldo, Biscay, Alexanko joined Athletic Bilbao's youth system in 1972, then served an unassuming loan with Basque neighbours Deportivo Alavéssecond division – and returned subsequently. He made his La Liga debut on 12 December 1976, in a 5–2 home win against RCD Español (30 minutes played).

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An undisputed starter from his second season onwards, Alexanko's highlights at Athletic were winning two runners-up medals, one in the Copa del Rey and one in the UEFA Cup, both in 1977. Among his teammates were veterans José Ángel Iribar and Javier Irureta.

Barcelona / Coaching

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In 1980, Alexanko signed for FC Barcelona, paving the way for a number of fellow Basque players including José Mari Bakero, Txiki Begiristain, Ion Andoni Goikoetxea, Julio Salinas and Andoni Zubizarreta. With him as captain they formed the backbone of the legendary Dream Team, which won four consecutive league championships.

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Among his most memorable moments during his 13 seasons at the Catalan side, Alexanko scored the winning goal as Barcelona beat Real Sociedad 1–0 in the 1988 domestic cup final, also playing about ten minutes in the 1992 European Cup Final. Six years earlier he had his penalty shootout attempt saved by FC Steaua Bucureşti's Helmuth Duckadam, as Barça lost the 1986 edition in Seville.

After retiring as a player in 1993, Alexanko started a coaching career as he managed Romanian sides FC Universitatea Craiova and FC Naţional Bucureşti. In the middle of 2000 he returned to Barcelona, assisting head coach Carles Rexach (his teammate in the forward's last season as a player).

In July 2005, Alexanko was named the club's youth system coordinator. On 7 January 2017, he became director of football at Valencia CF in the place of Jesús García Pitarch.


Alexanko was accused of raping a maid in a hotel at Papendal, the Netherlands, in 1988. Eventually, all of the charges were dropped.

International career

Alexanko made his debut for Spain on 15 November 1978, playing in the 1–0 home win against Romania for the UEFA Euro 1980 qualifiers. He represented the nation at both Euro 1980 and the 1982 FIFA World Cup, retiring from the international scene at only 26 after the second group stage draw against England in the latter competition, with a total of 34 caps; he also appeared in one game for the Euskadi XI, in 1979.


Athletic Bilbao
  • Copa del Rey: Runner-up 1976–77
  • UEFA Cup: Runner-up 1976–77
  • Barcelona
  • La Liga: 1984–85, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93
  • Copa del Rey: 1980–81, 1982–83, 1987–88, 1989–90
  • Copa de la Liga: 1982–83, 1985–86
  • Supercopa de España: 1983, 1991, 1992
  • European Cup: 1991–92
  • UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1981–82, 1988–89
  • UEFA Super Cup: 1992
  • Manager

    Universitatea Craiova
  • Cupa României: Runner-up 1997–98
  • References

    José Ramón Alexanko Wikipedia