José Ramón Alexanko Ventosá (born May 5, 1956 in Barakaldo, Vizcaya), also referred to as Alesanco or Alexanco, is a
former Spanish footballer and manager. He is currently director of youth development at FC Barcelona. He played as a defender
for Bilbao Athletic, Deportivo Alavés, Athletic Bilbao, FC Barcelona, Spain and the Euskadi XI. Alexanko was captain of the
legendary Dream Team while at FC Barcelona and helped the club win sixteen trophies. After retiring as a player in 1993 he
went onto coach both FC Universitatea Craiova and FC Naţional Bucureşti in Romania. He also worked as assistant
manager to Carles Rexach when the latter as manager of FC Barcelona.
In 1980 Alexanko signed for FC Barcelona where he paved the way for a number of fellow Basque players including Andoni
Zubizarreta, Txiki Beguiristain, Julio Salinas, Goikoetxea and José Mari Bakero . With Alexanko as captain they formed the
backbone of the legendary Dream Team. His personal highlights included scoring the winning goal as FC Barcelona beat Real
Sociedad 1-0 in the 1988 Copa del Rey final and coming on as a late substitute in the 1992 European Cup final, enabling him
to lift the trophy.
• 4 Spanish Champions: 1984-85, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93
• 1 European Cup: 1992
European Cup Winners Cup: 1982, 1989
• 1 European Super Cup: 1992
• 3 Copa del
Rey: 1980-81, 1982 - 1983, 1987-88, 1989-90
• 3 Supercopa de España: 1983, 1991, 1992
• 2 Copa de la Liga: 1983, 1986
365 games 34 goles
Between 1978 and 1982, Alexanko also made 34 international appearances and scored 4 goals for Spain, playing at both
Euro 1980 and the 1982 World Cup. He also played one game for the Euskadi XI in 1979.