jose dominguez - fact file

1997 - 2000        winger

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Born on 16th February 1974 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Height : -  1.6m  (5' 4")

Weight : -  - kgs    (st lbs)

 

"Diminutive" might have been a word that was designed for Jose Dominguez, but as the possessor of the much prized low centre of gravity, his wing play and pace often troubled much bigger opponents.

Jose was a youth player with his big local Lisbon club Benfica, where he caught the eye of Barry Fry, then manager of Birmingham City.  Signing the winger for a small fee, he introduced him straight into a relegation battle that saw Birmingham lose out and drop into the third tier of football (then Division Three).  In 1995, Jose was a substitute for Portugal at Wembley in a 1-1 draw, when he made a difference to the Iberian side's play and he has gone on to represent his country in the Olympics, but unfortunately, the defenders in that league did not appreciate the subtleties of the Portuguese winger's game and he suffered at their direct, physical approach.  Thus he returned home to Lisbon to sign for Sporting for 1.6 million in May 1995.

A couple of seasons were spent playing for the team who challenged for trophies, but Jose was keen to try his luck back in England and when Spurs came calling in the summer of 1997, he was happy to sign for the same fee Sporting had paid Birmingham for him.

The initial impact he had in Gerry Francis' team was impressive.  His pace and skill in beating full backs was balanced on the other flank by David Ginola and the crowd loved his somersault goal celebration.  However, Francis lasted only four months of that season before Christian Gross came in and then the defensive minded George Graham, who was not a great lover of flair players such as Dominguez.

The floppy haired, darting runs were never enough to impress the new managers who came in and although he got his head down and performed well in the second XI, there was little more than an odd substitute appearance for Jose, who often did the hard work in getting past the defender, only to waste the crossing opportunity.

The winger had made only a handful of appearances, although he was an unused substitute in the League Cup win of 1999, before he became a regular in the reserves and frustrated at not being given the opportunity to show what he could do, he went on the transfer list.  In October 2000, German side Kaiserslautern came in to offer Tottenham 250,000 for Jose.

In 2002, Dominguez moved to Al-Ahly in the Qatar league for six months and then onto Brazil in 2005 to sign for Vasco de Gama for another six month spell.

Was believed to be playing beach football in Portugal, then coached the youth team at Unaio Leiria in Portugal before taking over as coach of the first team at the club.

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Cash-strapped, Brum could not afford to run down a bid of 1.6 million from Sporting Lisbon to take Dominguez back home. Having enjoyed himself in England, Jose was keen to return to the Premier League and with likes of Southampton and West Ham United looking to take the winger on, Gerry Francis moved to sign Dominguez for 1.6 million.

Francis had been monitoring Jose for some time and his versatility to play on either wing or in the hole behind the forward pairing with blistering pace to leave defenders in his wake as he jinked past them.

Despite being short on inches, the winger was difficult to knock off the ball and he bounced off opponents while still maintaining his balance. Possessor of a fierce shot, the only drawback with Dominguez was his occasional propensity to go missing in games.

 

Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Benfica (Portugal) ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Birmingham City 1994 180,000 ??  12 (+ 15 as a sub) 4
Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) May 1995 1,600,000 ??  ?? ??
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR August 1997 1,600,000 23rd August 1997  v  Derby County (Premier League) (home)  won 1-0 16 (+ 42 as a sub) 5
1FC Kaiserslautern (Germany) 2000 ?? ??  14 (+ 10 as a sub) 3
Al-Ahly (Qatar) 2002 ?? ??  ?? ??
Vasco de Gama (Brazil) 2005 ?? ??  ?? ??

Career Record
Benfica (Portugal)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Birmingham City
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Sporting Lisbon (Portugal)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
1FC Kaiserslautern (Germany)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Al-Ahly (Qatar)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
Vasco de Gama (Brazil)

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals

Honours
Portuguese international
- full caps;  - goals
Under-21 caps; goals
League Cup winners medal 1998-99

Milestones
- appearance

           

What they said about Jose Dominguez
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What Jose Dominguez said about ...
Spurs manager George Graham ... on leaving Spurs in 2000 (a tabloid newspaper)

"My Tottenham career ended the day George Graham arrived. He killed me at Spurs. He left me with nothing."

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