Güiza as a Mallorca player
|Full name||Daniel González Güiza|
|Date of birth||17 August 1980|
|Place of birth||Jerez de la Frontera, Spain|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Current club||Cerro Porteño|
|1999–2000||→ Dos Hermanas (loan)||18||(9)|
|2002–2003||→ Recreativo (loan)||4||(0)|
|2003||→ Barcelona B (loan)||13||(5)|
|2012–2013||→ Darul Takzim (loan)||10||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
A late bloomer, he made a name for himself at the age of 27, being crowned La Liga top scorer with Mallorca. Subsequently he helped the Spanish national team win Euro 2008, and signed with Fenerbahçe in Turkey shortly afterwards.
Over the course of eight seasons Güiza amassed Spanish top division totals of 141 games and 52 goals, mainly with Mallorca and Getafe.
Having started playing on the streets of his hometown of Jerez de la Frontera in Cádiz, Güiza used to hide behind trees in an attempt to avoid the running, despite being then coached by boyhood idol Kiko, who begun his professional career with local side Cádiz. He eventually made it into his local team, Xerez and, after one season there, first showed his eye for goal at third-tier side Dos Hermanas, loaned immediately after Mallorca bought him. Such performances saw him make his debut in La Liga at the age of 19, but he would fail to perform, being to the B team where he scored 28 goals in 70 games.
Güiza was then loaned out to Recreativo de Huelva, but could not find a secure place in the team, and was soon after loaned to Barcelona B where he scored five third division goals. Subsequently, he moved to Ciudad de Murcia in division two, where his career saw a turning point, with two consecutive top-five finishes in the topscorers' list (runner-up in the 2004–05 campaign).
This impressed Bernd Schuster enough to sign Güiza for Getafe in the summer of 2005. He was an instant first-choice at his new team and became recognised as a top flight striker, scoring 20 goals in just over 60 games and seven in nine Copa del Rey appearances, while the team from Madrid's outskirts achieved back-to-back ninth-league places.
After four years, Güiza returned to Mallorca in a €5 million move, brokered by his wife and agent Nuria Bermúdez, experiencing a breakthrough season. On 20 April 2008 he scored a hat-trick against Murcia, and finished the season as the league's top scorer, scoring 27 goals in 37 matches, a feat achieved without a single penalty kick.
Club coach Gregorio Manzano said: "In 24 years of coaching I've never had the winner of the Pichichi in my team. Dani is the top goalscorer in our league, and deserves extra credit for doing it without taking penalties, and he is also worthy of selection to Euro 2008".
On 8 July 2008, Güiza signed for Turkish club Fenerbahçe for €14 million. In his first month he managed to score twice in the Süper Lig, adding another two in the club's UEFA Champions League campaign.
Güiza ended a long scoring drought on 22 March 2009 with an early goal against Bursaspor, as Fenerbahçe lost 1–2 in the dying minutes of the game. Prior to the beginning of the 2009–10 season he scored three against Budapest Honvéd in the UEFA Europa League third round, in a 5–1 home win (6–2 on aggregate), netting his first in the domestic competition in matchday one against Denizlispor, in the first minute of the game.
Return to Getafe
On 18 August 2011, one day after his 31st birthday, Güiza signed with former club Getafe for €6 million, agreeing to a three-year contract shortly after. He was regularly played in the first season in his second spell, starting in 15 of his appearances, but failed to reproduce his previous form, scoring just three goals.
On 6 November 2012, Güiza signed for Malaysia Super League side Johor Darul Takzim on a season-long loan. His move, along with the acquisition of former Lazio winger Simone Del Nero and seven other Malaysian internationals, was part of the club's major restructuring plans upon the appointment of Tunku Ismail Idris, the Crown Prince of Johor, as president; based on past achievements and honours, Güiza, at the time of his signing, was arguably the most prolific footballer to have played in the league.
Güiza made his first competitive appearance and league debut for his new team on 8 January 2013, in an opening day away game against Pahang: despite a 2–3 shock defeat, he provided the assists for both of his side's goals. He scored his first competitive goal for the club on 15 January in an away game against treble-winners Kelantan, with an expertly curled free-kick from 25 yards out as the game ended 1–1; three days later he netted from open play in a home game against 2012 Malaysia Cup runners-up ATM, with a volleyed lob from the edge of the penalty area in an eventual 2–2 draw.
Güiza played his last match for Darul Takzim on 6 April 2013 in a 1–2 loss against Selangor in the 2013 Malaysia FA Cup, after his loan was ended prematurely. Both he and Del Nero left the club.
Güiza was a late bloomer on the international stage, having been first called-up by Spain on 8 November 2007 (aged 27) for UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers against Sweden and Northern Ireland, as the national team was already qualified for the finals in Austria and Switzerland. He made his international debut against the latter on 21 November, in a 1–0 home win in Las Palmas.
Güiza was subsequently selected to the final squad of 23 but, despite being the league's top scorer in that year, still doubted his chances of being picked: "I was really scared I'd miss out, because being the league's top scorer doesn't guarantee you a place". On 18 June 2008 he made his debut in the tournament, and scored Spain's winning goal against Greece during the dying moments of the last match group stage match. In the quarterfinals he came on as a substitute against Italy, missing the team's fourth attempt in an eventual penalty shootout win.
In the semifinal match against Russia, Güiza netted his second international goal, in a 3–0 win: after receiving a pass from Cesc Fàbregas, he quickly side-flicked it over the goalkeeper. He played 15 minutes in the final against Germany after replacing Fernando Torres (who scored the game's only goal), and came very close to assisting Marcos Senna.
On 15 October 2008 Güiza came on as a late substitute against Belgium, and soon after assisted David Villa who scored the winning goal in a close 2–1 contest for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
After an article circulated in January 2009 involving details about personal life and behaviour in training, Güiza's international career future was questioned. Such reports on his behaviour became debatable due to the unreliable sources and any rumours of him being dropped from the Spain team were put to rest when Vicente del Bosque called him up for his services for the 2010 World Cup qualification matches against Turkey, where he solidified his superb performance against Belgium, once again coming on in the dying minutes and assisting a last-minute winner during the match held in Istanbul.
On 1 June 2009, Güiza was selected to the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. On the 28th he came from the bench as the national team trailed hosts South Africa (0–1) in the third-place match, and responded with a spectacular brace in the last two minutes as Spain eventually won the game in extra-time (3–2).
|Güiza – goals for Spain|
|1.||18 June 2008||Wals Siezenheim, Salzburg, Austria||Greece||1–2||1–2||UEFA Euro 2008|
|2.||26 June 2008||Ernst Happel, Vienna, Austria||Russia||0–2||0–3||UEFA Euro 2008|
|3.||9 June 2009||Tofiq Bahramov, Baku, Azerbaijan||Azerbaijan||0–5||0–6||Friendly|
|4.||28 June 2009||Royal Bafokeng, Rustenburg, South Africa||South Africa||1–1||3–2||2009 FIFA Confederations Cup|
|6.||18 November 2009||Ernst Happel, Vienna, Austria||Austria||1–4||1–5||Friendly|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Europe||Total|
|1998–99||Xerez||Segunda División B||16||1||0||0||–||16||1|
|2000–01||Mallorca B||Segunda División B||28||19||–||–||28||19|
|2002–03||Barcelona B||Segunda División B||151||5||–||–||15||5|
|2003–04||Ciudad Murcia||Segunda División||40||16||2||0||–||42||16|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Europe||Total|
|2013||Darul Takzim||Super League||10||6||3||2||–||13||8|
1Includes two Segunda División B play-off matches.
|Spain national team|
Güiza is of Romani (Gypsy) origin. He was introduced as "the greatest promise in Spain", but also "the greatest party-goer" when he first joined Ciudad de Murcia, with club coach Juan Manuel Lillo stating that he had "too many birds flying round in his head".
Güiza suffered a divorce from his first wife Rocío with whom he had his first child, which gained a lot of publicity in the Spanish press. Furthermore, he admitted that "the night confuses me" and, after joining Getafe, he started to take advantage of the night life in Madrid, suffering a stomach infection as a result and subsequently being forced to go on a diet consisting of liquids alone.
During his time at Getafe, Güiza met Nuria Bermúdez. She sat for the qualifications to become an official FIFA football agent, which she passed scoring 29 points, just five below the top and went on to become Güiza's agent. She also obtained the highest score for a female football agent in Spain.
Speaking of his relationship with the model, Getafe coach Schuster said: "Ever since Dani's been with Nuria, he turns up to training and it doesn't look like he's slept under a bridge". On 1 December 2007, Bermúdez gave birth to Güiza's second son, also named Daniel, at Policlínica Miramar in Palma, Majorca.
Before Euro 2008, Güiza promised the media that if he were to win the competition, he would then propose to Bermúdez. In January 2009, the Spanish media began to publicise problems between his family and Bermúdez, with his mother apparently threatening to slit Bermúdez's throat for being a "thief". Bermúdez then left Turkey with son Daniel, amongst claims the latter was ignored by the father.
Güiza's ex-wife, Rocío Aranda, revealed that the two had met up just hours before the start of the match between England and Spain on 11 February 2009. According to Aranda, they met up in the hotel bar and went on to have sexual intercourse in one of the bedrooms. Subsequently, it was rumoured that Spain coach del Bosque would drop him from the team. Güiza spoke against this in an interview with Marca saying: "The truth is, I hadn't seen my son in a while so I went to see him in the hotel, I have to take advantage of such opportunities to see my children. To make money, she [his ex-wife] makes up stories. I spoke with Hierro and I explained the situation. I told him that I had to see my son and I wanted to be with him. I explained everything. I tried my best to be with my son and the truth is the whole story has not come out well in the press."
- "How dirty Nuria rescued one of Spain's greatest talents". The Guardian. 28 April 2008.
- "Diamond Guiza right on cue". FIFA.com. 23 May 2008.
- "Madrid motor further clear at Racing". UEFA.com. 20 April 2008.
- "Fener clinch Güiza deal". Sky Sports. 8 July 2008. Retrieved 23 July 2008.
- "Denizlispor 0–2 Fenerbahce". Fenerbahce's official website. 10 August 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
- "Özel Durum Açıklaması" (in Turkish). Turkish Public Disclosure System. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
- "Official: Guiza joins Johor on loan". Goal.com. 6 November 2012.
- "Johor sign Safee Sali on one-year loan". Malaysian Digest. 5 December 2012.
- "‘Euro 2008 star Daniel Guiza is the real deal’". Yahoo! News Malaysia. 9 November 2012.
- "Darul Takzim left stunned by Pahang". ESPN Star Sports. 9 January 2013.
- "Kelantan, Johor Darul Takzim FC share spoils". ESPN Star Sports. 15 January 2013.
- "Johor Darul Takzim 2–2 ATM: Southern Tigers made to sweat for a point against Gladiators". Goal.com. 18 January 2013.
- "Adios Dani Guiza, you've been a blessing to Malaysian Football!". Goal.com. 6 April 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
- "Now Guiza’s leaving". Sports 247. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
- "Malaysia's Johor cuts Güiza loose mid-season". Channel NewsAsia. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
- "Spain 1–0 Northern Ireland: Spain end Irish hopes". ESPN Soccernet. 21 November 2007.
- "Greece 1–2 Spain: Güiza seals Spanish hat-trick". ESPN Soccernet. 18 June 2008.
- "Spain beat Italy in penalty shootout". ESPN Soccernet. 22 June 2008.
- "Spain 3–0 Russia: Fabregas proves the inspiration". ESPN Soccernet. 26 June 2008.
- "Germany 0–1 Spain". BBC Sport. 29 June 2008.
- "Villa maintains perfect record". ESPN Soccernet. 15 October 2008.
- "Güiza's international career in jeopardy". Goal.com. 25 February 2009.
- "Spain heroes Guiza & Riera: We have one foot in the World Cup". Goal.com. 2 April 2009.
- "Spain name Mata, Riera, Busquets and injured stars". Goal.com. 1 June 2009.
- "Güiza career stats". Football Database. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- "Güiza Spanish stats" (in Spanish). RFEF. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
- "Güiza Spanish La Liga & Segunda stats". LFP. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
- "Güiza league stats" (in Spanish). Getafe CF. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
- "Güiza Spanish stats". BDFutbol. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
- "Güiza Turkey stats". TFF. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- "Güiza UEFA stats". UEFA. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- "Daniel Güiza". National Football Teams. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- Hughes, Rob (7 October 2009). "A free spirit who merits a look for the World Cup". The New York Times.
- "De amante a agente de jugadores" [From lover to players' agent] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 16 April 2006.
- "Nuria Bermúdez" (in Spanish). Hoy Mujer. 16 February 2007.
- "Nace el hijo de Güiza y Nuria Bermúdez" [Son of Güiza and Nuria Bermúdez is born]. Mallorca Diario (in Spanish). 1 December 2007.
- "Guiza to propose if Spain win". Goal.com. 29 June 2008.
- "La madre de Dani Güiza amenaza con cortarle el pescuezo a Nuria Bermúdez" [Dani Güiza's mother threatens to slit Nuria Bermúdez's throat]. Periodista Digital (in Spanish). 18 January 2009.
- "El culebrón de Nuria Bermudez" [Nuria Bermudez's soap opera] (in Spanish). El blog de famosas. 26 January 2009.
- "Güiza: "¿Por qué no va a ir Raúl a la selección si se lo merece como el que más?"" [Güiza: "Why would Raúl not be selected to the national team if he merits to?"]. Marca (in Spanish). 18 March 2009.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dani Güiza.|
- BDFutbol profile
- Daniel Güiza at National-Football-Teams.com
- Daniel Güiza – FIFA competition record
- Transfermarkt profile