JOSÉ RAMÓN GONZÁLEZ PÉREZ

Date of Birth: 20 May, 1968
Nationality: Spain
Period at Deportivo: 1987 - 1995 and 1998 - 2000
Transfer: (1987, from Deportivo B)
Clubs: Deportivo (1998-2000), Compostela (1995-1998), Deportivo (1987-1995), Deportivo B, Carreira
Sold: (1999, to Compostela
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Position: Midfielder (right)

Fran’s elder brother, JOSÉ RAMÓN, was an important player for the club when they achieved promotion to the highest level in 1991, and in the first seasons after it conquered Spain with amazing performances. Together with Fran he has been one of the few Galician products who have triumphed at Deportivo.

José Ramón was born in Carreira-Ribeira and played for the youth teams of local club Carreria. In the eighties Deportivo discovered his talent, he moved to La Coruña and spent several seasons in their youth system. He played at Deportivo B (named Fabril) under coach Luis Rodriguez Vaz. It was this man who took over from Eusebio Rios in October, 1987, and took the brothers González Pérez with him to the senior squad. José Ramón made his debut at Deportivo in the Segunda División aged nineteen, and was considered the more talented one of the brothers. He quickly conquered a starting position.

Between 1987 and 1991 he played 119 matches for Deportivo in the Segunda División, and scored fourteen goals in them. The quality of the brothers helped Deportivo achieving promotion to the highest level in 1991, and José Ramón made his debut in the Primera División on 8 September, 1991 against Tenerife. That match, the first in Riazor at the highest level since almost two decades, finished 1-1 and José Ramón substituted Villa with nineteen minutes remaining. Unfortunately it was Felipe who conquered a point for the visitors with just five minutes to go.

Soon hard working José Ramón won a starting position once again, and played twenty-six matches that season. His first goal at the highest level he produced in November, 1991 against Albacete. He produced two at Espanyol during a 0-3 win one month later, and scored a fourth against Mallorca later in the season. Deportivo managed to survive that season thanks to play-off matches against Betis Sevilla.

When the summer of 1992 arrived, the one from which Deportivo would conquer Spain, the position of José Ramon at the club became more difficult. His brother Fran, one your younger, already had become an important figure for the club. But the eldest of the two suffered heavy competition of new signing Aldana. The ex-Real Madrid player covered the right wing that season, until he suffered a heavy injury in May 1993. José Ramón took over his position until the end of the campaign, and including substitutions reached a total of eighteen matches in the season 1992/1993.

In 1993 Atlético midfielder Alfredo was signed to cover the absence of Aldana, while new signing Manjarín also could perform at the right wing. Once again José Ramón had to fight for his place. He played the full ninety match of the legendary 4-0 win against Real Madrid in September, 1993, but injuries and competition made it impossible to play more than seven matches that campaign. Overall it most have been difficult for José Ramón, because he saw his beloved Deportivo losing the title that year on the final day of the season.

The rivalry with Manjarín, Alfredo and Aldana would make one think that José Ramón only had slight hopes of playing in the season 1994/1995. But he started the first six Liga matches, until Aldana was recovered. José Ramón even scored the first goal of Deportivo’s campaign, which led them to a 0-2 victory at Athlétic Bilbao. One week later he gave his team the lead in the home victory against Sporting de Gijón (2-1).

The remaining part of that season, 26-year old José Ramón mainly functioned as substitute but still reached playing twenty-three Liga matches. He produced another goal on the final day of the season, during an incredible 2-8 win at Albacete. The highlight of his career still had to come, as on 27 June, 1995 he lifted the Copa del Rey which was presented to him by Spanish King Juan Carlos. Deportivo had beaten Valencia 2-1, and despite not playing that match he lifted the trophy being captain of the squad. With it he lifted the first ever trophy of Deportivo in their long history.

José Ramón had sufficient qualities to play at the highest level, but intense competition at Deportivo had made life difficult for them. Club and player decided that a move should be considered, and in 1995 José Ramón went to neighbours Compostela. The club from Santiago had just survived at the highest level, but with José Ramón in their team performed miracles during the season 1995/1996. It more or less started on 10 September, 1995 when the team achieved a 4-0 home victory and José Ramón produced his first goal for the club. Who their opponents were? Deportivo…

The Galician neighbours occupied the third position in March, 1996, and looked to be following the example of Deportivo. José Ramón played forty out of forty-two Liga matches for them, and scored a total of six goals (among which one giving them the lead at Real Madrid). Unfortunately, the team dropped in the table during the final months, and finished on a mid-table position.

From 1996 until 1998, José Ramón played another fourty-four Liga matches for Compostela but this time was less lucky with injuries and rivalry. His performances went down, as he didn’t score a single Liga goal in those years. In fact, Compostela couldn’t copy the miracle of Deportivo and in 1998 were relegated back to the Segunda División.

It was a good opportunity for José Ramón, thirty years of age now, to return to Deportivo. The player always has been devoted to Deportivo, and perfectly fitted the role of being a squad player. It was the first season of Javier Irureta at Deportivo, and Ziani was his number one for the position as right midfielder. Deportivo also had Hadji and Lionel Scaloni available, so José Ramón only played one Liga match that season: at Alavés on 11 April, 1999. It also proved to be his final Liga match at the highest level, because he didn’t play at all during the season 1999/2000 when Víctor Sánchez occupied his position. Fortunately, he was present when the club won their first ever Liga title that year, and he quit football after it.
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