Javi Guerra

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Javi Guerra
Javi Guerra 20140816.jpg
Guerra playing for Cardiff City in 2014
Personal information
Full name Javier Guerra Rodríguez
Date of birth (1982-03-15) 15 March 1982 (age 33)
Place of birth Vélez-Málaga, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Málaga (on loan from Cardiff City)
Number 10
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Vilassar Mar
2002–2003 Motril 27 (7)
2003–2004 Cádiz 2 (0)
2004 Varzim 5 (0)
2004–2007 Valencia B 105 (55)
2007 Valencia 2 (0)
2007–2008 Granada 74 39 (8)
2008–2010 Mallorca 0 (0)
2008–2009 Alavés (loan) 40 (9)
2009–2010 Levante (loan) 37 (12)
2010–2014 Valladolid 144 (68)
2014– Cardiff City 3 (0)
2015– Málaga (loan) 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 3 February 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Guerra and the second or maternal family name is Rodríguez.

Javier 'Javi' Guerra Rodríguez (born 15 March 1982) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Málaga CF on loan from Cardiff City as a striker.

He amassed Segunda División totals of 195 games and 74 goals over the course of six seasons, representing in the competition Cádiz, Granada 74, Alavés, Levante and Valladolid. He added 69/23 in La Liga, with Valencia and Valladolid.

Football career[edit]

Early years / Valencia[edit]

Guerra was born in Vélez-Málaga, Andalusia. After beginning professionally with lowly Motril CF in Segunda División B, he appeared sporadically for neighbouring Cádiz CF in the following season, after which he moved to La Liga with Valencia CF.

Guerra's stay with the Che would be quite unassuming, as he only managed to appear twice in the league in three years, totalling slightly more than ten minutes in a 0–3 loss at Getafe CF[1] and a 3–2 home win against RCD Espanyol.[2]

Released in June 2007 Guerra resumed his career in Segunda División, with consecutive relegations with Granada CF and Deportivo Alavés (the latter already owned by RCD Mallorca, which also loaned the player for the 2009–10 campaign, to Levante UD[3]).


In August 2010, after greatly helping the Valencian Community team return to the top division, scoring 12 league goals which was second-best in the squad and joint-11th in the competition, Guerra left Mallorca permanently, signing a four-year contract with another side in level two, Real Valladolid, for free – the Balearic Islands club would only have to be paid if his new team promoted or decided to sell again.[4] He had a breakthrough season in his first year, bettering his previous best by 12 goals, and finishing second in the top scorers' list: highlights included braces against Recreativo de Huelva (2–0, at home), SD Huesca (2–0, home),[5] SD Ponferradina (2–1, home),[6] UD Salamanca (5–0, away),[7] FC Barcelona B (2–1 home)[8] and AD Alcorcón (2–0, home),[9] and a hat-trick against CD Numancia (4–5 loss, home).[10]

Guerra continued with his fine form in the promotion playoffs, scoring the game's only goal in the first leg against Elche CF at the Estadio Nuevo José Zorrilla, in an eventual 2–3 aggregate loss.[11] He netted significantly less in 2011–12, but two of his 17 goals included one in each leg of the promotion playoffs against Alcorcón, with Valladolid winning 2–1 on aggregate and returning to the top flight after two years.[12][13]

On 16 December 2013 Guerra took his season tally to ten, scoring all of his team's goals in a 3–0 home win over Celta de Vigo.[14] On 5 February of the following year he signed a pre-contract agreement with Premier League club Cardiff City, with the deal being made effective in the summer after his link expired.[15]

Cardiff City[edit]

On 21 May 2014 Guerra was officially presented as a new Cardiff City player, signing a three-year contract.[16] He made his debut for the club on 16 August, coming on as a substitute for Kenwyne Jones for the last 22 minutes of a 3–1 win over Huddersfield Town at Cardiff City Stadium.[17]

Having made only three bench appearances during the season, Guerra was loaned to Málaga CF on 15 January 2015, until June.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Guerra's twin brother, Emilio, was also a footballer and a forward. He spent the vast majority of his career in the Spanish lower leagues.[19]


  1. ^ Getafe 3–0 Valencia; ESPN Soccernet, 11 February 2007
  2. ^ Valencia 3–2 Espanyol; ESPN Soccernet, 31 March 2007
  3. ^ Javi Guerra se marcha cedido al Levante (Javi Guerra goes on loan to Levante); RCDM, 7 August 2009 (Spanish)
  4. ^ Javi Guerra ficha por el Real Valladolid (Javi Guerra signs for Real Valladolid); El Norte de Castilla, 24 July 2010 (Spanish)
  5. ^ Javi Guerra ofrece la primera victoria de la era Abel Resino (Javi Guerra gives first win in Abel Resino era); Marca, 15 January 2011 (Spanish)
  6. ^ Guerra da alas al Valladolid y hunde a la Ponferradina (Guerra gives wings to Valladolid and sinks Ponferradina); Marca, 6 March 2011 (Spanish)
  7. ^ Goleada sin brillo del Valladolid ante un Salamanca que acabó con nueve (Lacklustre Valladolid routing against nine-men Salamanca); Marca, 27 March 2011 (Spanish)
  8. ^ El reloj de Javi Guerra nunca se detiene (Javi Guerra's watch never stops); Marca, 29 April 2011 (Spanish)
  9. ^ Un efervescente Javi Guerra conduce al Valladolid a los 'playoffs' de ascenso (Ebullient Javi Guerra leads Valladolid to promotion playoffs); Marca, 4 June 2011 (Spanish)
  10. ^ Un gran Barkero decide el derbi (Great Barkero decides derby); Diario AS, 11 December 2010 (Spanish)
  11. ^ El Real Valladolid gana el primer combate al Elche con un gol de Javi Guerra (Real Valladolid wins first round against Elche with goal by Javi Guerra); El Mundo, 10 June 2011 (Spanish)
  12. ^ Javi Guerra da ventaja al Valladolid hacia el ascenso (Javi Guerra gives advantage to Valladolid en route to promotion); Diario AS, 13 June 2012 (Spanish)
  13. ^ El Valladolid vuelve a Primera (Valladolid returns to Primera); ABC, 16 June 2012 (Spanish)
  14. ^ Guerra gets three as Valladolid win; ESPN FC, 16 December 2013
  15. ^ Cardiff sign pre-contract with prolific Guerra ahead of summer move from Valladolid; Daily Mail, 5 February 2014
  16. ^ "Cardiff City sign striker Javi Guerra from Real Valladolid". BBC Sport. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  17. ^ Pope, Bruce (16 August 2014). "Cardiff 3–1 Huddersfield". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  18. ^ "Cardiff City: Javi Guerra moves to Malaga on loan". BBC Sport. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  19. ^ El récord de plata de Javi Guerra (Javi Guerra's silver record); Diario Sur, 8 June 2011 (Spanish)

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