José Manuel Rey Cortegoso nicknamed Tetero, Gallego or Autobus, is a Venezuelan football central defender, who was born on May 20, 1975 in Caracas, Venezuela. He is a regular member of the Venezuela National Team since 1997 and he became his country’s all-time cap leader with total caps of 108.
Rey started his senior career in 1993 where he played for Marítimo Venezuela FC. In the succeeding years of his football career he played mainly for Caracas FC, but he also joined several teams in Europe and South America among them are CS Marítimo de Venezuela, Club Sport Emelec, Dundee FC, Pontevedra CF, Atlético Nacional and AEK Larnaca FC and Deportivo de La Coruña.
In June 1997, he made his international debut when his team qualified for the 1998 World Cup in the match against Bolivia. In October 2007, Rey became his country’s hero when he goaled a stunning free kick from 45 meters in the 1-0 win against Ecuador during the 2010 World Cup qualifying round. In 2009, he goaled another a free kick for his country’s thrilling tie against Chile in a World Cup qualifying match.
To sum up, Rey had a great contribution for his country’s qualifying games for FIFA World Cup of 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010.