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J Joel Campbell
Joel Campbell
Joel Campbell.jpg
Campbell with Arsenal in 2014
Personal information
Full name Joel Nathaniel Campbell Samuels[1]
Date of birth 26 June 1992 (age 24)[1]
Place of birth San José, Costa Rica
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Sporting CP
(on loan from Arsenal)
Number 7
Youth career
2002–2004 Liga Deportiva Alajuelense
2004–2009 Saprissa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Saprissa 3 (0)
2011 → Puntarenas (loan) 5 (0)
2011– Arsenal 23 (3)
2011–2012 → Lorient (loan) 25 (3)
2012–2013 → Real Betis (loan) 28 (2)
2013–2014 → Olympiacos (loan) 32 (8)
2015 → Villarreal (loan) 15 (1)
2016– → Sporting CP (loan) 16 (3)
National team‡
2008–2009 Costa Rica U17 9 (8)
2010–2011 Costa Rica U20 13 (10)
2011– Costa Rica 70 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2017
Joel Nathaniel Campbell Samuels (pronounced: [ʒoˈel ˈkambel]; born 26 June 1992) is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club Sporting Clube de Portugal, on loan from Arsenal, and the Costa Rica national team. Campbell plays as a forward but can also be deployed on the wings.

Campbell joined Arsenal in 2011, but spent his first three seasons out on loan at three clubs in three different countries: Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiacos. He made his competitive Arsenal debut as the club won the 2014 FA Community Shield, and had another loan at Villarreal before scoring his first Arsenal goal in 2015.

Campbell has earned 50 caps for Costa Rica from his senior international debut in 2011, and was selected for that year's CONCACAF Gold Cup and Copa América. He was a key part of their squad which reached the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

1 Club career
1.1 Deportivo Saprissa
1.2 Arsenal
1.2.1 Loan to Lorient
1.2.2 Loan to Real Betis
1.2.3 Loan to Olympiacos
1.2.4 Return to Arsenal
1.2.5 Loan to Villarreal
1.2.6 2015–16 season
1.2.7 2016–17 season
1.2.8 Loan to Sporting CP
2 International career
3 Personal life
4 Career statistics
4.1 Club
4.2 International goals
5 Honours
5.1 Club
5.2 International
Club career
Deportivo Saprissa
Campbell's career began with Saprissa in 2009 before being sent on loan to Puntarenas in January 2011.[3]

On 28 July 2011, Costa Rican television reported that Campbell had come to an agreement with Arsenal,[4] after having been discovered by club scout Daniel Karbassiyoon,[5] although the player later admitted that while he had not yet signed talks were taking place.[6] On 6 August, Costa Rican media reported that Campbell was set to sign a five-year deal with Arsenal after rejecting Sevilla and Fiorentina.[7]

On 19 August 2011, Arsenal confirmed that they had signed Campbell,[8] but it was revealed eight days later that he had failed to obtain a work permit to enable him to play in England. Campbell finally received that permit in July 2013.[9]

Loan to Lorient
Unable to get a work permit in England, Campbell along with Gilles Sunu both joined French club Lorient, with Campbell moving on loan and Sunu on a permanent transfer.[10] He made his debut for Lorient as a 79th-minute substitute for Grégory Bourillon in the 1–1 draw away to Sochaux, and created the assist for Innocent Emeghara to score and earn Lorient an away point.[11] On 1 October, he scored his first goal for Lorient against Valenciennes in the 2–0 win, Campbell's right-footed shot found the bottom left hand corner of the goal.[12] On 26 October, Campbell scored his second goal for Lorient in a Coupe de la Ligue match against Montpellier. He scored his third goal also against Montpellier in a 2–1 win which proved to be the winner.[13]

Loan to Real Betis
On 6 July 2012, Campbell joined Spanish La Liga side Real Betis on a season-long loan.[14] He made his debut on 25 August, coming on as a substitute for Salvador Agra to play the last 20 minutes in their 2–1 home defeat to Rayo Vallecano.[15]

Campbell played 28 league matches and scored two goals; his first was on 2 December, to give Betis a 3–2 away win against Deportivo de La Coruña,[16] and his second came in the seventh minute of a 2–0 home victory against Levante on 13 January.[17]

Loan to Olympiacos
By summer 2013, Campbell had been granted work-permit in England but he joined Greek side Olympiacos on another one-year loan.[18]

On 27 October 2013, Campbell starred in Olympiacos' win over OFI Crete, picking up four assists to help his side win 5–1.[19] Campbell impressed again on 10 November, scoring once and earning two assists as Olympiacos thrashed PAOK 4–0.[20]

On 25 February 2014, Campbell scored the second goal Olympiacos' 2–0 win over Manchester United in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League. Olympiacos, however, did not proceed to the next round after losing 3–0 in the second leg.[21]

Campbell playing against West Brom with Arsenal in 2014

Campbell making his debut for Arsenal in the 2014 FA Community Shield
Return to Arsenal[edit]
Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger announced that Campbell would be part of his first team plans for Arsenal's 2014–15 season. On 2 August 2014, Campbell scored in Arsenal's 5–1 win over Benfica in the Emirates Cup.[22] Eight days later in the 2014 FA Community Shield, he replaced Aaron Ramsey for the final five minutes of the 3–0 win over Manchester City at Wembley Stadium.[23] He made his Premier League debut on 23 August in a 2–2 draw against Everton at Goodison Park, coming off the bench to replace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the 74th minute of the match.[24]

Campbell's first Arsenal start came in the third round of the League Cup on 23 September, lining up in attack with Alexis Sánchez and Lukas Podolski in a 1–2 home defeat against Southampton. BBC Sport described Campbell and Podolski as "largely anonymous" during the match.[25]

Campbell while featuring for Arsenal
Loan to Villarreal
On 24 January 2015, Villlarreal announced the signing of Campbell on loan until the end of the season.[26] On 10 May, he scored his first goal for the team, the only goal in a victory over fellow Valencians Elche, which secured sixth place for The Yellow Submarine in La Liga and entry into the following season's UEFA Europa League.[27]

2015–16 season
After returning from his loan at Villarreal, Campbell started his first game of the season in a 2–1 win against Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup third round on 23 September 2015.[28] On 31 October, due to injuries to Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Campbell made his first Premier League start for the club against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, scoring his first competitive goal in a 3–0 win.[29] Having scored his first Premier League goal, Campbell scored his first Emirates Stadium goal against Sunderland on 6 December, the first for Arsenal in a 3–1 win.[30] The sides faced at the Emirates again in the FA Cup third round on 9 January 2016, with Campbell again scoring Arsenal's first as they matched the scoreline they achieved just over a month earlier.[31]

2016–17 season
On 28 July, in the 2016 MLS All-Star Game in San Jose, California, Campbell won an early penalty when fouled by Laurent Ciman, and took it himself to open a 2–1 victory.[32]

Loan to Sporting CP
On 21 August 2016, Portuguese Primeira Liga side Sporting Clube de Portugal signed Campbell on loan until the end of the season.[33]

International career

Campbell and Michael Umaña celebrating against Uruguay at the 2014 FIFA World Cup
Campbell was selected for Costa Rica's squad for the 2009 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.[34] He was the team's highest scorer, although he had only two goals in total. He was named in the 2011 CONCACAF U-20 Championship two years later and tied for top scorer with six goals.[35]

Campbell was first called up to the senior team in March 2011, for friendlies with PR China and Argentina.[36] He would juggle cans on the streets of San José. Before the friendlies, he was spotted doing this by national team manager Ricardo La Volpe. In announcing Campbell's inclusion in the squad, La Volpe said, "Who is Messi? Who is Neymar? Gentlemen of the press – I present to you: Campbell. I discovered him playing with cans."[37]

Campbell was called up for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States. In their group opener on 5 June at Cowboys Stadium, he replaced Marco Ureña in the 56th minute and a quarter of an hour later volleyed a goal to conclude a 5–0 win over Cuba.[38] In the quarter-finals at the MetLife Stadium, he again came on for Ureña in the second half of extra time; the game went to a penalty shootout in which Campbell netted his attempt but Honduras advanced 4–2.[39]

Campbell was part of Costa Rica's squad when they were invited to the 2011 Copa América in Argentina, and started all of their games as they came third in Group A and were eliminated. In their second group game, on 7 July at the Estadio 23 de Agosto in Jujuy, he concluded a 2–0 win over Bolivia after being set up by Heiner Mora, and was also fouled for Wálter Flores' red card.[40]

In September 2013, Campbell became the subject of controversy when video emerged of his off-the-ball dive against the United States' Matt Besler in a World Cup qualifying match. Besler received a yellow card and was suspended.[41] The footage generated discussion of the quality of CONCACAF refereeing, and whether such cheating should be eligible for post-match disciplinary action. Campbell's dive was described as "pathetic", "cynical" and "disgraceful".[42][43] On 13 September, the Costa Rican media reported that FIFA were investigating Campbell over the incident, although nothing came of the investigation.[44] On 4 October, FIFA officially reprimanded Campbell for unsporting behaviour.[45]

On 14 June 2014, Campbell scored Costa Rica's first goal in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, equalising against Uruguay in an eventual 3–1 victory.[46] His pass to Marco Ureña also set up Costa Rica's third goal in the game.[46] During the round of 16, Campbell was the fourth of five Costa Rican players to successfully convert his kick in a 5–3 penalty shootout victory over Greece.[47]

Personal life
Joel Campbell is the son of Humberto Campbell and Roxana Samuels. He is in a relationship with Maria Fernanda Cascante. He has three siblings; Nekisha, Humberto and Katherine. Campbell is a devout Christian.[48] He says that family is the second pillar in his life, with the first being God. Campbell also recites Psalm 27 before every game.[49]

Career statistics
As of 8 April 2017.[1]
Club Season League Cup[nb 1] League Cup[nb 2] Continental[nb 3] Other[nb 4] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Saprissa 2009–10 1 0 — — 0 0 — 1 0
2010–11 2 0 — — 1 0 — 3 0
Total 3 0 — — 1 0 — 4 0
Puntarenas (loan) 2010–11 5 0 — — — — 5 0
Total 5 0 — — — — 5 0
Lorient (loan) 2011–12 25 3 1 0 1 1 — — 27 4
Total 25 3 1 0 1 1 — — 27 4
Real Betis (loan) 2012–13 28 2 5 0 — — — 33 2
Total 28 2 5 0 — — — 33 2
Olympiacos (loan) 2013–14 32 8 6 2 — 5 1 — 43 11
Total 32 8 6 2 — 5 1 — 43 11
Villarreal (loan) 2014–15 14 1 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 20 1
Total 14 1 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 20 1
Arsenal 2014–15 4 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 10 0
2015–16 19 3 4 1 2 0 5 0 0 0 30 4
Total 23 3 5 1 3 0 8 0 1 0 40 4
Sporting CP (loan) 2016–17 16 3 3 0 3 0 4 0 — 26 3
Total 16 3 3 0 3 0 4 0 — 26 3
Career total 146 20 22 3 7 1 22 1 1 0 198 25