Caminero appointed as Sporting Director

Carlos Aguilera and Caminero will be presented as new directors on Monday

José Luis Caminero  (MARCA)

José Luis Caminero
(MARCA)

Atlético Madrid have announced that José Luis Caminero will replace Jesús García Pítarch as Atlético’s Sporting Director.

Caminero will be presented next Monday, alongside Carlos Aguilera who takes up the position of José Mario Amorrortu as Director of the Youth System. Unlike Caminero, Aguilera has already started his activities.

Atlético acted fast after Toni Muñoz rejected a job offer earlier this week.

Caminero played for Atlético from 1993 to 1998 and was an important part of the team that won the famous Doblete. The winger also was one of Spain’s stars at the 1994 World Cup in America. He obtained instant cult status among Atleti fans after his incredible assist against Barcelona.

Following his retirement, Caminero worked as Sporting Director for Real Valladolid, the club where he had played for 10 seasons during his active career. In 2008 he stepped down from his position, stating that the role had exhausted him. At AtléticoFans we’re worried the man has no idea what he’s getting into at the Vicente Calderón!

The last time the Madrilenian was in the news makes us believe that he’ll fit in just fine with the rest of our directors. In June 2009 he was implicated as a member of a drug trafficking and money laundering ring. He was arrested after police had found 570 kilograms of coke and €2m in laundered money during raids in Seville, Barcelona and Madrid. Caminero, whose name kind of sort of translates to “the one who walks,” did just that as he was soon released.

Now that a Sporting Director has been appointed we hope the club soon announces the new first team coach.


  • 20corona

    This guy is worse than Pablo Escobar! Maybe he has some “friends of his” that can persuade some players to join us? 😉

  • Sebyk

    “In June 2009 he was implicated as a member of a drug trafficking and money laundering ring. He was arrested after police had found 570 kilograms of coke and €2m in laundered money during raids in Seville, Barcelona and Madrid.”
    Finally a true businessman 🙂

  • starvs

    Drug Trafficking? We in business now!

    Anyone have a list of signings/move he made while at Valladolid?

  • 20corona

    lol! 570 keys! Im actually laughing right now… Gotta love Atleti!

  • Martin Rosenow

    Hey guys, just to clarify, when I edited Derek’s report I mistakenly added “in his possession”. They were NOT in his possession. But still.

  • NiñoTorres

    Was Joseba Llorente his signing for Valladolid?

  • ali_

    i guess he’s gonna travel to south america a lot!

  • Davide

    Atlético never cease to amaze me. While the rest of Europes sportintg directors gets oil money, we get the king of cocaine. By the way, i wouldn’t get my hopes up on big transfers from teh eventuall Agüero money. Gil junior was recently sentenced by court to pay back 110 M € to Marbella.

  • Kaminero

    He signed Aduriz and Joseba Llorente for Valladolid, didn’t he?

    And please gentlemen, innocent until proven guilty… 😀

  • Joe

    This also has further consequences for our future coach! For those thinking el cholo Simeone was in the running can forget it now. Caminero and Simeone fell out over wife swapping allegations that ultimately forced both of them to leave

  • How wonderful! 🙂