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Joselito (hōsālēˈtō) [key], 1895–1920, Spanish matador, b. Seville as José Gómez. A prodigy, he appeared first as a torero in 1908 and later toured Spain as one of a child-bullfighting group known as the Niños Sevillanos. His rivalry with Juan Belmonte between 1914 and 1920 is known as the Golden Age of Bullfighting. It ended with Joselito's fatal goring at Talavera de la Reina on May 16, 1920, in a corrida in which both matadors appeared. Joselito and Belmonte are considered the two greatest matadors of all time.

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