Arzu (footballer)

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Personal information
Date of birth (1981-03-17) 17 March 1981 (age 34)
Place of birth Dos Hermanas, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder / Centre back
Club information
Current team
Free agent
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Betis B 33 (4)
2000–2011 Betis 270 (12)
2001–2002 Córdoba (loan) 22 (1)
2011–2012 Gimnàstic 29 (0)
2012–2013 BEC Tero Sasana 16 (2)
National team
2001 Spain U20 1 (0)
2002–2003 Spain U21 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 August 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is García and the second or maternal family name is Muñoz.

Arturo García Muñoz, commonly known as Arzu (born 17 March 1981), is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder or a central defender.

He spent most of his professional career with Betis, appearing in 200 La Liga games over the course of seven seasons (12 years with the club overall, 317 official matches) and winning one Copa del Rey.

Club career[edit]


A product of Andalusia club Real Betis's youth system, Arzu was born in Dos Hermanas, Seville, and he played for its B-team during the 1999–2000 season, scoring twice in 19 league games. In the following campaign he made his debuts with the main squad who was playing in the second division – 16 matches, two goals – helping achieve promotion but subsequently staying in the category, being loaned to neighbours Córdoba CF.

In his first season in La Liga Arzu netted four times in 35 contests, including one in the opener, away to Deportivo de La Coruña on 1 September 2002 (4–2 win).[1] He added a further 60 league appearances in the following two years, as in 2004–05 Betis finished fourth.

During the 2005–06 campaign, Arzu appeared in eight European games: four in the UEFA Champions League (scoring against Liverpool in a 1–2 group stage home loss[2]) and in the UEFA Cup. On 13 May 2006 he netted a crucial equalizer in a 1–1 draw at Atlético Madrid on the last matchday, with the Verdiblancos barely avoiding relegation.[3]

Still a defensive cornerstone in 2008–09, Arzu featured in 34 matches scoring twice – mostly as a centre back – but Betis was relegated for the first time in nine years. In August 2011, after only appearing in 17 games as the side returned to the top level, he was released from his contract.[4]

Later years[edit]

In the penultimate day of the 2011 summer transfer window, Arzu signed with Gimnàstic de Tarragona in the second level.[5] On 7 May of the following year he rescinded his contract with the Catalans (who suffered relegation), by mutual consent.[6]

In August 2012, aged 31, Arzu moved abroad for the first time, signing with Thai Premier League club BEC Tero Sasana FC.[7]


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