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Jorge Campos was regarded to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world despite being a tiny man who wanted to be a striker and favored fashion to football.

Jorge Campos, one of the most brilliant goalkeepers in history, has produced the greatest saves in the world of soccer. The Mexican goalkeeper during the 1994 and 1998 World Cup continues his impression off the pitch through his role as a commentator for TV Azteca Deportes.

The first interesting fact about Jorge Campos is that his uniforms and impressive dives put him in the spotlight in the 1990s. In the past, goalkeeping was somewhat strange and Campos is exactly why this strangeness was so fantastic.

Jorge Campos used to overlook all key standards of what it meant to be a goalkeeper and was busy finding how to enhance the position in the most extraordinary way possible.

It wasn't uncommon to see him retrieve the ball and take on the opposition with audacious dribbles up the pitch, or operate outside of the area for most of a game.

The following text takes us on a deep dive into Jorge Campos personal life as well as his career:

Personally designed and commissioned goalkeeper kits, inspired by his hometown, framed a larger-than-life character for Campos. Many people believe that this is what happens when you let goalkeepers design their own kits!

Jorge Campos Biography

  • Name:

    Jorge Campos

  • Age:

    54 years (15 October 1966)

  • Height:

    170 cm

  • Weight:

    68 kg

  • Nationality:

      Mexico

Jorge Campos Navarrete, born 15 October 1966, is a Mexican former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper meaning that

Jorge Campos’s age

is 54.

As 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 colorful jerseys.

As one of Mexico’s most instantly recognizable goalkeepers, Jorge Campos’ main strengths 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.

Jorge Campos childhood

was spent in Acapulco, Mexico in a very poor family. It was Campos’s humble beginnings that always made him one of the most liked and friendly players ever.

Regarding

Campos parents

, he remembers his rough and poor upbringing but always told his fans and those around him that despite not coming from money his parents raised him right.

His famous motto was; honor, strength and confidence and he fully embodies all three traits. Post retirement Campos also opened up his Jorge Campos Goalkeeper School of children in his home town of Acapulco in Mexico.

Jorge Campos personal life

Despite having a reputation of having several romantic relationships with beautiful women like Marcela Pezet, Daniela Castro, Fabiola Campomanes, he was able to finally marry his long-time girlfriend, Marcy Raston who hailed from Canada.

Among noticeable

facts about Jorge Campos

is the kidnap case with his father in 1999, which has made it a difficult case for him to disclose much about his family.

The father of Mexican soccer star Jorge Campos said Wednesday that his captors told him they had been mistaken to take him hostage.

Campos, 66, was released Tuesday morning along a highway outside of Acapulco, the resort city in the western state of Guerrero. He did not say whether a ransom had been paid, and his son has told reporters he wasn’t aware of any payment.

Armed men seized the elder Campos on Feb. 17 at a sports field named for his son near Acapulco.

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Kidnapping has become a growing criminal industry in Mexico, but the crime stunned many because of the great affection for Jorge Campos, a star in the U.S. and Mexican soccer leagues who played in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups. In general, not much information is available about

Jorge Campos’ personal life.

Jorge Campos daughter

Speaking of

Jorge Campos children

, it should be mentioned that Andrea Campos is the name of the little-known daughter of the former goalkeeper of the Mexican National Team and now a TV Azteca commentator, Jorge Campos, who followed in the footsteps of her father in sports, although changing discipline, as she preferred volleyball.

In an interview published a couple of years ago, Andrea confessed that it was not easy at all to tell Brody that he preferred another type of ball and nets than the ones he defended for so many years as a soccer goalkeeper.

Andrea tried to play soccer for a few years, defending the position of goalkeeper and defense, but her taste for volleyball was greater, so she had to overcome the fear she had of communicating her decision to Brody.

Just like her father, Andrea does not have a great height, since she is 1.50 meters tall, although this has not been an impediment to develop as a good athlete on the court, since she has a great spring in her legs and large reflexes.

Andrea commented that Jorge is always on the lookout for her and gives her advice, urging her to be more aggressive on the pitch and not think too much before making a play.

"My dad always gives me advice. He tells me not to think too much and go for the ball. There are many times that I throw myself for the ball, no matter where I go and he reached it many times," he said.

Jorge Campos colorful Jersey

One of the outstanding

facts about Jorge Campos

is his colorful outfits, which were inspired by the town of Acapulco. In an interview with Remezcla, El Brody stated that the idea behind his outfits came from the colors that are commonly used in the beach town of Acapulco.

He was ranked third best goalie in the world. Just before the 1994 World Cup, where Mexico lost in penalty kicks against Bulgaria in the second round game, El Brody was considered by FIFA as the third best goalkeeper in the world.

He was invited to play on the Rest of the World Team against major European clubs such as Real Madrid several times.

While it's easy to remember Jorge Campos for his outrageous bespoke jerseys, that were somehow short-sleeve and long-sleeve simultaneously, we must also respect his impact on the game as one of the best goalkeepers and most complete, pure footballers ever to do it.

Jorge Campos colorful Jersey was inspired by his hometown, radiant yellow is the sun, golden is the sand, and auroral green is the palm. Glistening cocktails and beachside neon showcase every shade between. One of Acapulco’s most famous sons, Jorge Campos, has worn them all.

Jorge Campos a rare example of versatility

A quite lesser-known fact about Jorge Campos is that he actually debuted as a striker. Jorge Campos made his professional debut as a striker and not as a goalkeeper, as he is better remembered, because Adolfo Ríos was the starting goalie for Pumas at the time. El Brody scored 31 goals in his first stint with Pumas from 1988 to 1995.

As another interesting fact about Jorge Campos, it should be mentioned that later in his career, he sometimes switched positions from goalie to striker.

Manuel Neuer

might be good with his feet, but he’s got nothing on El Brody.

He tried to make himself look taller in team photos.

Jorge Campos height

was 5′ 8″, so it goes without saying that he was not the tallest of goalies, or players.

So, in order to appear taller in the official team photos before every game, El Brody would step on and balance himself on top of a soccer ball.

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Here are some quick facts about Jorge Campos:

Jorge Campos was born in Acapulco, Mexico in October 1966. He was a striker and goalkeeper who started his career for Pumas in 1988 where he played until 1995 and scored 31 goals in 183 appearances.

Campos played for Atlante from 1995 to 1996 and then for the Los Angeles Galaxy from 1996 to 1997.

In 1997, he played for Cruz Azul and in 1998 for the Chicago Fire. He played again for Pumas from 1998 to 1999 and then for UANL from 1999 to 2000.

He rejoined Pumas from 2000 to 2001 and then Atlante from 2001 to 2002 before finishing his career with Puebla from 2002 to 2004. Campos finished his professional career with 433 appearances.

When one looks at the list of greatest goalkeepers of all times, Jorge Campos is a name that instantly pops into the mind. Not just worldwide but Campos is also considered to be

Mexico

’s greatest goalkeeper of all time. He is the 4th most capped goalkeeper in Mexico’s soccer history.

Campos’s story is unique because initially he wanted to play soccer as a forward and even played as a striker at the beginning of his career but he discovered his true strengths lay in hovering around the net.

At 5 foot 8 inches tall Campos ideally would not even have made it as a goalkeeper but his motivation and hard work paid off and today he is considered a hero and icon for many soccer players/lovers around the world.

Campos played professionally for 16 years before retiring in 2004. Post retirement he opened up a string of restaurants that feature the famous ‘La Jorge Campos’ burger.

At the beginning of his career, Campos really wanted to play as a striker and was a very fine attacker but his athletic abilities and reading the ball very well made him more suited to being a goalkeeper.

Another eccentric yet lovable fact about Campos is his unique and colorful fashion sense which always made a mark on the soccer field.

Jorge Campos club career

Apart from Mexican clubs

Pumas

and

Cruz Azul

, Campos also played for

Atlante

,

Tigres

and

Puebla

. On an international level, Campos played for Mexico 130 times. He also played for Mexico during the 1994 and 1998 World Cups.

Based on

Jorge Campos transfermarket

information, he is one of those rare breed of soccer players who opted to play for the American league more than the Euro side. Campos played actively for the

Los Angeles Galaxy

,

Chicago Fire

amongst others. A colorful maverick, Campos is considered to be a national and international soccer hero and a revolutionary in the world of soccer.

Campos won two Gold Cups in 1993 and 1996 and Mexico’s only Confederations Cup in 1999. Campos was truly a soccer maverick who was known for his constant play and acrobatic style of goalkeeping. His core strengths of leaping, athleticism and speed made him one of the best goalkeepers of his generation.

Jorge Campos international career

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

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.

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Jorge Campos awards and achievements

As a veteran of 130 international caps and two World Cups, Campos was listed by FIFA as the world’s third-best goalkeeper in 1994. Jorge Campos scored 34 goals throughout his career.

Campos has won two Confederation Cups, two Gold Cups and three Copas America titles. Time magazine hailed him as one of the greatest athletes of all time in 2004.

Campos won the Primera Division in 1990-91 and the Primera Division Invierno in 1997. For the Chicago Fire, he won the MLS Cup and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 1998. He also represented Mexico in an international competition from 1991 to 2004, where he appeared in 130 matches.

Campos won CONCACAF Gold Cups in 1993 and 1996 and a FIFA Confederations Cup in 1999. He was Mexico's first choice goalkeeper for the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups.

After retiring, Campos became an assistant coach for the Mexican National Team from 2004 to 2006. He has appeared in a Nike ad and owns a fast food franchise.

Jorge Campos signed by Nike

As another unique

fact about Jorge Campos

is that he was the first Mexican player to be signed by Nike. El Brody’s talent, combined with his flashy, self-designed outfits, made him a hard-to-miss soccer personality.

Campos was so popular that he was chosen as the goalkeeper for Nike’s 1996 Good vs.

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In total, he scored 34 goals throughout his career. His trademark, self-designed bright kits contributed to his popularity.

Regarding

Jorge Campos social media

, it is worth mentioning that his Instagram account is

@jorgecamposof

with more than 109K followers.

He took part in an evil commercial along with the best international players of the time, such as Paolo Maldini, Eric Cantona, Luís Figo, Patrick Kluivert, and Ronaldo.

Jorge Campos Net Worth

The final fact about Jorge Campos is that he has a net worth of $10 million. In 2000, Campos received two cars, including a Ferrari, to play in Major League Soccer.

Campos signed a contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy before the league’s inaugural season in 1996 and was traded to the Chicago Fire in 1998.

Campos worked with Ricardo La Volpe as an assistant coach during his time as the national team manager of Mexico and also the assistant director of the National team that competed in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

After his retirement, Campos briefly tried his hand as a coach before deciding that he didn’t really enjoy it and opening a chain of sandwich shops, instead.

He has worked as a football commentator for TV Azteca and featured in an advertisement for top global sporting brands.

He has a fast food outlet called Sportortas to help him generate income there. The job added to what he made from football-related activities to make his estimated

Jorge Campos net worth

to be around $10 million.

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