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Profiles of the Legends: Jorge Campos

March 13, 2008

Profiles of the Legends: Jorge Campos
by Steve Amoia for Keeper Skool.

Jorge Campos Navarrete was born in 1966 in Acapulco, Mexico, which is a beautiful region of majestic cliffs that rise high above the Pacific Ocean. For most of his life, he has surfed and enjoyed the ocean. He began his professional career in 1989 for Pumas, and retired from competitive play in 2004. He was 5′ 8″ (1.76 meters) in height. During World Cup 2006, he was part of the back room staff for Ricardo La Volpe. According to Mr. Andres Cantor of Futbol de Primera and Telemundo, Mr. Campos now works as a football analyst for TV Azteca in Mexico. He is known affectionately as “El Brody.”

Known for Bright Kits, Risk-Taking, and Versatility

When I saw him play in person for the first time during 1996, I thought his kit was an exotic warm-up shirt. But when the Los Angeles Galaxy took the pitch against DC United, he was as bright as a lime green neon sign. I would later learn that he designed his own trademark kits.

Mr. Campos was extremely athletic, and made up for his average stature with an intrepid sense on the pitch. For him, the goal line was not a magnet. He seemed to view himself as a player first, and goal keeper secondly. As you can see from the image above, he liked to wear the #9 shirt. Routinely, he would wander far away from his line to dare opposing strikers. Or to join in the attack of his own team. He was a rare keeper who could also play striker with equal efficiency. Sometimes, within the same game. On those occasions, he would wear two kits: the striker shirt and shorts underneath the others. Needless to say, he provided his managers with a unique intra-game tactical choice.

Professional Clubs

  • Pumas of Mexico.
  • Atlante of Mexico.
  • Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS). He was one of the marquee signings in 1996.
  • Cruz Azul of Mexico.
  • Chicago Fire (MLS).
  • Pumas of Mexico.
  • Puebla of Mexico.

Playing Honors

  • 130 caps for the Mexican National Team.
  • Participated in 3 World Cups: 1994, 1998, and 2002.
  • Competed at several America’s Cups (Copa America).
  • 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup Champion with Mexico.
  • Two Mexican League Championships with Pumas and Cruz Azul, respectively.
  • 39 career goals: 31 by free kicks which was a record until surpassed by Rogerio Ceni in 2005.

Sources: Televisa Deportes and Deportes Telemundo.

“Golazo” for Atlante against Cruz Azul

Please note the athleticism in this volley.

Wildcoast’s Protect the Ocean Campaign

From the Sea of Cortez, Mr. Campos lends his celebrity and life-long affinity for marine life to raise environmental awareness:

“The best defense for the sea is you.”

“Join the team to support the protected marine areas so that we will always have fish, and be able to fish forever.”

“The sea is a part of everyone and is for all of us.”

Steve Amoia is the author and editor of World Football Commentaries. He writes for Soccerlens and Keeper Skool.

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