Jorge Campos

Jorge Campos Navarrete (born 15 October 1966) is a retired Mexican footballer, who played as a goalkeeper and striker.

Jorge Campos
Campos in 2018
Personal information
Full name Jorge Campos Navarrete
Date of birth (1966-10-15) 15 October 1966
Place of birth Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)[1][2][3]
Playing position Goalkeeper, Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1995 UNAM 205 (28)
1995–1996 Atlante 39 (1)
1996–1997 Los Angeles Galaxy 43 (0)
1997 Cruz Azul 2 (0)
1998 Chicago Fire 9 (0)
1998–1999 UNAM 43 (6)
2000 UANL 17 (0)
2000–2001 Atlante 33 (0)
2001–2002 UNAM 26 (0)
2002–2004 Puebla 28 (0)
Total 444 (35)
National team
1991–2004 Mexico 130 (0)
Teams managed
2004–2006 Mexico (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

A notable player of Mexico in the 1990s and early 2000s, Campos was an eccentric player, known for his constant play outside the penalty area – often functioning as a sweeper-keeper –, as well as his acrobatic, risky, and flamboyant style of goalkeeping, and his colourful playing attire. His main strengths as a goalkeeper were his leaping ability, athleticism, and speed when rushing off his line, as well as his ability to organize his defense, which enabled him to overcome his short stature. He was widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of his generation.[4][5][6][7][8]

Campos also made for an effective striker, a rare example of versatility in football. At times, he would start a game in goal, and transfer upfield later in the match, mostly at the club level. In total, he scored 34 goals throughout his career. His trademark, self-designed bright kits contributed to his popularity.[7]

Club career

Born in Acapulco, Campos started his career in 1988 in Mexico with Pumas. At that time the club's first string goalkeeper was Adolfo Rios, so because Campos desired first-team opportunities, he asked to be used as a striker. He performed notably in his first season, scoring 14 goals and contending for the title of top-goal scorer. In the following seasons he earned the position of first-choice goalkeeper and won the 1990–91 championship with Pumas.

He also won the championship with Cruz Azul in the Primera División de México Invierno 1997 (México First Division Winter 1997), although he was the second string goalkeeper to Oscar Perez. He was regularly used as a substitute striker during this period.

As well as Pumas and Cruz Azul, Campos also played for such clubs Atlante, Tigres, and Puebla. He scored a notable bicycle kick goal for Atlante in the 1997 season. In that game, he started as goalkeeper, but as the forwards were failing to score a goal, the coach replaced a field player with another goalkeeper to send Campos to the attack.

He also played in the United States, where he starred in Major League Soccer's first three seasons for the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chicago Fire. He was the first major foreign star to be signed by the league and enjoyed considerable popularity in the United States. Campos played in two back-to-back matches during a double-header event at the Rose Bowl on 16 June 1996, playing for Mexico against the United States and then the Galaxy against Tampa Bay.[9][10]

International career

On the international stage, Campos started as goalkeeper for Mexico in two FIFA World Cup tournaments: 1994 and 1998. He would eventually collect 130 caps.

At the 1999 New Year's Cup in Hong Kong, in which Mexico was invited as well as Egypt and Bulgaria, Campos' father was kidnapped in Mexico and Campos returned to Mexico to attend to the matter.[11] Campos was invited several times to play with the Rest of the World Team against clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Milan. His last game with Mexico was in 2004 in a friendly against Tecos.


Campos has appeared in commercials for the American sportswear company Nike.[12][13] In 1996, wearing a black jersey (in contrast to the colorful jerseys he wore in games), Campos starred in a Nike commercial titled "Good vs Evil" in a gladiatorial game set in a Roman amphitheatre. Appearing alongside football players from around the world, including Ronaldo, Paolo Maldini, Eric Cantona, Luís Figo and Patrick Kluivert, they defend "the beautiful game" against a team of demonic warriors, before it culminates with Cantona striking the ball and destroying evil.[12]

Campos has appeared in EA Sports' FIFA video game series, featuring in the Classic XI for 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, FIFA 11, FIFA 12, FIFA 15 and FIFA 16.[14]

Campos is also a commentator for TV Azteca.

Career statistics


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
Mexico League Cup League Cup North America Total
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
1996Los Angeles GalaxyMajor League Soccer2400060300
Mexico League Cup League Cup North America Total
1996–97AtlantePrimera División16080
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
1997Los Angeles GalaxyMajor League Soccer190000031221
Mexico League Cup League Cup North America Total
1997–98Cruz AzulPrimera División20
1997–98PumasPrimera División100
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
1998Chicago FireMajor League Soccer901000100
Mexico League Cup League Cup North America Total
1998–99PumasPrimera División336
1999-00TigresPrimera División170
2000–01AtlantePrimera División260
2001–02PumasPrimera División330
2002–03PueblaPrimera División260
Total Mexico 39334
USA 520106031611
Career total 44534



Cruz Azul
Chicago Fire




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  4. "IFFHS' World's Best Goalkeeper of the Year 1993". Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  5. Mike Zizzo (15 June 1994). "Baggio Takes Great Strides Toward Soccer Greatness". The Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  6. "Come riconoscere un portiere bravo" (in Italian). Il Post. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  7. "Il Messico ai Mondiali" (in Italian). Il Post. 7 June 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  8. Johnette Howard (11 June 1994). "SAVE THE WORLD, A SHOT AT A TIME". The Washington Post. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  9. Neill, Michael (23 September 1996). "Saving Grace". People. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  10. Jones, Grahame L. (16 June 1996). "Goal-getter: Campos' Colorful Style and Outgoing Personality Have Made Him a Budding Celebrity". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  11. Phil Davidson, Top footballer's father kidnapped Archived 26 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine, The Independent, 19 February 1999, Accessed 5 June 2008
  12. Jackson, Steven J. (10 November 2004). Sport, Culture and Advertising: Identities, Commodities and the Politics of Representation. Routledge. p. 186.
  13. "Nike and Maven Networks Introduce JogaTV". Nikego. Nike. 17 April 2006. Archived from the original on 30 January 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  14. "FIFA 14 Classic XI". Archived from the original on 30 September 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  15. ホルヘ・カンポス
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