Joel Campbell


BornJune 26, 1992


Joel Nathaniel Campbell Samuels is a Costa Rican footballer who plays for La Liga sideReal Betis on loan from Premier League club Arsenal and the Costa Rica national football team. Though his professional profile is that of a striker, he can also be deployed on the wings. Campbell began his career with Deportivo Saprissa S.A.D. in 2009 before being sent on loan to Puntarenas in January 2011. On 6 August, Costa Rica media reported that Campbell was set to sign a five-year deal with Arsenal after rejecting Sevilla and Fiorentina. Campbell along with Gilles Sunu both joined Lorient with Campbell on loan and Sunu on a permanent transfer. 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. On 26 October, Campbell scored his second goal for Lorient in a Coupe de la Ligue match against Montpellier. On 6 July 2012, Campbell joined La Liga side Real Betis on a season-long loan. Owing to his worthwhile statistics, Campbell was selected in Costa Rica's squad for the 2009 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.
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