Diego Orejuela

Diego Orejuela
Personal information
Full name Diego Orejuela Rodríguez
Date of birth (1962-01-20) 20 January 1962
Place of birth La Luisiana, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1991 Español 245 (14)
1979–1980Figueres (loan)
1980–1981Sabadell (loan) 16 (1)
1981–1982Figueres (loan)
1982Lleida (loan) 5 (0)
1991–1993 Palamós 66 (7)
National team
1978 Spain U18 3 (0)
1984 Spain U21 1 (0)
1984 Spain amateur 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Orejuela and the second or maternal family name is Rodríguez.

Diego Orejuela Rodríguez (born 20 January 1962) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a midfielder.

Football career

Born in La Luisiana, Province of Seville, Orejuela made his professional debuts with RCD Español, being an undisputed starter since age 21 after serving four loans in the lower leagues, all in Catalonia, and remaining as such for the following six years. He scored three goals in the Pericos' 1987–88 runner-up campaign in the UEFA Cup, having also captained the team for a number of years.

After a last weak season in La Liga – just 12 games, only two complete – Orejuela retired also in the area in 1993, playing two years with Español neighbours Palamós CF in the second division.

Personal life

Orejuela's older brother, Jesús, was also a professional footballer. A striker, he represented in the top level Espanyol (coinciding with Diego from 1982 to 1984), CA Osasuna and Real Zaragoza.[1]

Their cousin, Antonio, also played the sport. A midfielder, he appeared mainly for RCD Mallorca and Atlético Madrid in a 19-year career.


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