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José Francisco Cevallos

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Full nameJosé Francisco Cevallos Villavicencio
Date of birthApril 17, 1971(age 45)
Place of birthAncón, Guayas, Ecuador
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11.6 in)
Playing positionGoalkeeper

José Francisco Cevallos

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ReligionRoman Catholic
Minister of Sports
Assumed officeMay 24, 2011
PresidentRafael Correa
Preceded bySandra Vela

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José Francisco Cevallos Villavicencio (born April 17, 1971 in Ancón, Guayas) is an Ecuadorian retired football goalkeeper and current Minister of Sports in Ecuador. Nicknamed Las Manos del Ecuador ( ), Cevallos is considered by many to be the greatest goalkeeper in the history of Ecuadorian football. He has won three national titles (1991, 1995, 1997) with Guayaquil based club Barcelona, with whom he has spent the majority of his professional career. As the goalkeeper for LDU Quito, he was a key figure in the team's 2008 Copa Libertadores title, where he saved three penalties in the deciding penalty shoot-out. That same year, he was voted as the Best Goalkeeper in South America by Montevideo based newspaper El País. As a member of the national team, he has participated in four Copa Américas and Ecuador's first World Cup participation. Having represented his national team 89 times, he is the highest capped goalkeeper in the history of the team.

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