An Argentine footballer from La Plata, Jose Luis Calderon began playing football with the youth club of Club Defensores de Cambaceres, He also began his professional career with the same club, remaining with them till 1991, right from 1989. In 1992, Calderon got a chance to play for his dream team, Estudiantes de La Plata, with whom he made over 130 league appearances scoring an impressive 52 goals. In fact, Calderon was also instrumental in the teams triumphant return from relegation in the 1994 season.
In 1996, Calderon once again shifted clubs, this time to Club Atletico Independiente, where he remained for only one season, after which he shifted to Italian club, S.S.C. Napoli. After just one season with the Italian club, Calderon once again returned to Independiente, shifting to Mexican club, Club America after just one season.
After 43 league appearances and 9 goals in one season, Calderon shifted to F.C. Atlas, scoring an impressive 28 goals in 69 league appearances. But in 2003, Calderon once again returned to Independiente, making 7 league appearances, with no goals. His short stint with the club ended the very next season after which he played for Arsenal de Sarandi and Estudiantes de La Plata several times.
In 2008, Calderon made his final switch from Arsenal de Sarandi to Estudiantes, his current club, making 15 appearances in the last season, with 2 goals to his credit. Nicknamed ‘Caldera’, the striker is particularly famous for the 48-meter goal he scored in a match against Boca Juniors, in 1998. Another highlight was the hat trick he scored against Estudiantes’ chief rivals Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, in 2006.
Some of Calderon’s title wins include the Primera Division title with Estudiantes, in the Apertura 2006 season and the Copa Sudamericana title with Arsenal de Sarandi in 2007. Apart from this, Calderon has also played for Argentine national team in 1997, making five appearances in the Copa America, which ended with an altercation between Calderon and national team coach, Daniel Passarella. Some of his individual highlights include, Primera Division top scorer title win, twice, once in the Apertura 1995 for 13 goals and second time in the Clausura 1999, for 17 goals.