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Who is Jorge Campos? The Man Behind The Most Unique Soccer Jerseys In History

“Play for the name on the front of the shirt, and they will remember the name on the back.” – Tony Adams

Born on October 15, 1966, in Acapulco, Mexico, Jorge Campos was one of the most colorful goalkeepers in the history of soccer. He was a goalkeeper who loved scoring goals and a striker who made saves. You could find him in a match playing as a goalkeeper; in another match, he would play as a striker; and sometimes he would even change positions during the game,as occurred in 1997 during his time with Atlante, when the coach replaced him with another goalkeeper and pushed him to play as a striker after the team's attackers were unsuccessful in scoring any goals. After that he scored a goal that will remain in the memory of the club's fans forever.

Although Campos was undersized for his goalkeeping position at 168 cm, he made up for it with outstanding leaps and saves. The player was also well-known for his unique uniforms and bright colors.

His journey with the clubs

He began his career with the Pumas in 1988, where he remained until 1995, scoring 31 goals in 183 appearances. He then moved on to Atlante from 1995 to 1996, and then the Los Angeles Galaxy from 1996 to 1997. He joined Cruz Azul in 1997 and the Chicago Fire in 1998. He returned to Pumas from 1998 to 1999, and then to UANL from 1999 to 2000. From 2000 to 2001, he was back with Pumas, then Atlante from 2001 to 2002, before concluding his career with Puebla from 2002 to 2004. Campos' professional career ended with 433 appearances.

His journey with the National Team

Jorge Campos played for the Mexican National Team for a long time and had a successful career. He played 130 games for his country, and appeared in three World Cups and was a member of the team that won the FIFA Confederations Cup in 1999. In 1995, IFFHS named Campos as one of the top CONCACAF players. Campos is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers in Mexican football history. He was named CONCACAF Goalkeeper of the Year three times (1991, 1993, 1994). For his contributions to soccer, both club and international, he was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2004.

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