Gerardo García León

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Gerardo
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Personal information
Full name Gerardo García León
Date of birth (1974-12-07) 7 December 1974 (age 39)
Place of birth Seville, Spain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Retired
Youth career
AD Loyola
Osasuna
Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1995 Real Madrid B 55 (6)
1995–1996 Leganés 36 (4)
1996–1997 Lleida 28 (2)
1997–1998 Badajoz 38 (3)
1998–1999 Villarreal 45 (3)
2000–2001 Valencia 10 (0)
2000–2001 Osasuna (loan) 10 (2)
2001–2006 Málaga 156 (5)
2006–2009 Real Sociedad 96 (3)
2009–2011 Córdoba 45 (0)
2011–2013 Logroñés
National team
1991 Spain U16 6 (0)
1991 Spain U17 11 (1)
1991–1993 Spain U18 21 (7)
1992 Spain U19 6 (0)
1997 Spain U23 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is García and the second or maternal family name is León.

Gerardo García León, simply known as Gerardo (born 7 December 1974), is a Spanish retired footballer. A defender of wide range, he operated on the right flank.

During his extensive professional career he played in ten different clubs, all in his country, after emerging through Real Madrid's youth system. He amassed La Liga totals of 240 games and nine goals mainly in representation of Málaga (five seasons), adding 279/19 in Segunda División.

Football career[edit]

Born in Seville, Andalusia, Gerardo was an unsuccessful Real Madrid graduate – he never appeared for the first team – and started playing professionally in Segunda División, with CD Leganés, UE Lleida and CD Badajoz. In the 1998–99 campaign he made his debuts in La Liga, playing 34 matches for Villarreal CF who was relegated at the season's end.

Having started 1999–2000 in the second level, Gerardo was purchased by Valencia CF in January 2000, appearing scarcely for the Che during the season but being a starter in the UEFA Champions League final loss to Real Madrid. He spent the 2000–01 campaign on loan to CA Osasuna, also in the top flight.

Gerardo had his most successfully period at Málaga CF, playing five seasons for a side that had four consecutive mid-table positions and also helping it win the 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup. In 2005–06 the team finished last, with the player scoring twice (in two 1–2 defeats).

For the 2006–07 campaign Gerardo joined Real Sociedad, who would also be relegated at the season's end. He maintained his first-choice status in his second and third years.

Gerardo moved to Córdoba CF initially for one season, in the last hours of the August 2009 transfer window. After only 12 second division games in his second campaign, the 36-year-old left after his contract was not re-renewed, and signed for SD Logroñés in Tercera División, retiring two years later.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Valencia
Málaga

Country[edit]

Spain U16
Spain U17

Personal[edit]

Gerardo's two older brothers, Edu García (born 1969)[1] and Moisés (1971), were also professional footballers. The latter, a forward, played nearly 600 games as a professional (both major divisions combined), and retired in his 40's.

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