Gerardo García León
|Full name||Gerardo García León|
|Date of birth||7 December 1974|
|Place of birth||Seville, Spain|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|1992–1995||Real Madrid B||55||(6)|
|2000–2001||→ Osasuna (loan)||10||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
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.
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).
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.
- Spain U16
- Spain U17
Gerardo's two older brothers, Edu García (born 1969) 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.