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Wednesday, 10 April, 2002, 10:12 GMT 11:12 UK
Camacho battles high expectations
Camacho looks on during Spain's 0-0 draw with Brazil in friendly
Jose Camacho is a self-confessed football addict
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José Antonio Camacho is now in his fourth season at the helm of Spain, the perennial underachievers of European football.

He was appointed to succeed the outspoken Javier Clemente in September 1998 after Spain's humiliating 3-2 defeat at the hands of Cyprus during qualifying for Euro 2000.

In his playing days Camacho excelled as a hard-nosed defender for Real Madrid.

Dark-haired and thick-set, with his socks hanging around his ankles, he first made his name in the mid-70s with his suffocating man-to-man marking of Barcelona star Johan Cruyff.

He went on to play for 18 years at Real, winning nine league titles as well as a two-year battle against a career-threatening knee injury.

Jose Camacho celebrates a goal during one his 81 caps for Spain
Camacho won a record 81 caps for Spain
He also managed to notch 81 caps as a Spanish international, a long-standing record for an outfield player that was only recently surpassed by the indestructible Fernando Hierro.

In contrast to the much-publicised Basque nationalism of his predecessor Clemente, Camacho, who hails from Murcia in the south of the country, is the archetypal Spanish patriot.

So much so that his Spitting Image-style puppet, which makes regular appearances on a popular television show, has "Viva España" as its catch phrase.

As a coach of second-ranking Spanish clubs like Espanyol, Rayo Vallecano and Sevilla, Camacho had a solid if rather unspectacular record.

His teams were noted for their fighting spirit and determination, rather than outstanding football, but he has managed to inspire a fierce loyalty from all players under his control.

With a permanent scowl welded to his block-like face and a brusque media manner, 46-year-old Camacho can cut a rather humourless figure.

However, as a self-confessed football addict, he is meticulous in his preparation and there can be no doubting his commitment to the cause of Spanish football.

High expectations

Clemente was knocked for sticking to the same core of players through thick and thin.

However, Camacho has introduced over 40 new recruits into the national side in his three years in charge.

On the flip side, some commentators have questioned his tactical awareness and have criticised him for being unable to establish a definitive first-choice team with a clear style of play.

Camacho responds by saying that Spain has unrealistically high expectations of its national side.

"If and when Spain win a World Cup, then we can talk about styles and patterns of play, until then we just need to go out and try and win," he said.

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