Jaime Gavilán

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Jaime Gavilán
Jaime Gavilán Martínez.jpg
Gavilán (right) in action for Getafe
Personal information
Full name Jaime Gavilán Martínez
Date of birth (1985-05-12) 12 May 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Valencia, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 10
Youth career
Sporting Benimaclet
2000–2002 Valencia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Valencia B 45 (7)
2004–2008 Valencia 17 (0)
2004–2005 Tenerife (loan) 30 (3)
2005–2006 Getafe (loan) 32 (4)
2007–2008 Getafe (loan) 16 (1)
2008–2014 Getafe 136 (6)
2014– Levante
National team
2000–2001 Spain U16 10 (2)
2001–2003 Spain U17 21 (10)
2002–2004 Spain U19 7 (2)
2003–2005 Spain U20 13 (0)
2004–2006 Spain U21 10 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 July 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Gavilán and the second or maternal family name is Martínez.

Jaime Gavilán Martínez (born 12 May 1985) – Gavilán meaning sparrowhawk in Spanish – is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Levante UD as a left midfielder.

Football career[edit]


Born in Valencia, Valencian Community, Gavilán was a Valencia CF youth product. He made his first-team – and La Liga – debut one month shy of his 18th birthday, playing 12 minutes in a 0–1 away defeat against Real Valladolid on 19 April 2003. He also spent two full seasons with the B-side, in the third division.

Gavilán was gradually breaking into the main squad after two loans (CD Tenerifesecond level – and Getafe CF), even though he had to battle for that position with the gifted (although tremendously injury-prone) Vicente. However, after the arrival of new boss Ronald Koeman in November 2007, he was deemed surplus to requirements and was loaned again to Getafe, until the end of the season; the previous campaign, he suffered a serious knee ligament injury which kept him out of action for a period of six months.[1]

In his second spell with the Madrid outskirts side, Gavilán appeared prominently during half-a-season, netting in a 2–1 home win over Racing de Santander on 16 March 2008. He was also part of the club's quarterfinal run in the UEFA Cup, playing in three matches, all as a starter.


On 15 July 2008 Gavilán signed a four-year deal with Getafe, thus losing all ties to Valencia.[2] During his first full season he was an everpresent midfield fixture and, on 12 April 2009, he scored the game's only goal in an important win at Sevilla FC.[3]

In 2009–10, Gavilán featured in 27 league games (no goals) as Getafe qualified for the second time ever for Europe, after finishing in sixth position. On 6 March 2011, in the last minutes of the first half of a 0–2 away defeat against Sporting de Gijón, he suffered the same injury to his knee, being sidelined for the rest of the campaign.[4] He played for the Getafe until the end of the 2013–14 La Liga campaign, making 136 league appearances.


After fulfilling the period of his contract with Getafe, he joined La Liga side Levante UD in June 2014, signing a two-year deal with an option to extend for a further year.[5]





Spain U19
Spain U16
Spain U20


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