Javier Casquero

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Javier Casquero
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Casquero as a Getafe player
Personal information
Full name Francisco Javier Casquero Paredes
Date of birth (1976-03-11) 11 March 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Talavera de la Reina, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1999 Toledo 93 (7)
1997 Cultural Leonesa (loan) 17 (1)
1999–2000 Atlético Madrid B 38 (2)
2000–2005 Sevilla 144 (20)
2005–2006 Racing Santander 26 (5)
2006–2012 Getafe 190 (21)
2012–2013 Almería 14 (1)
2013–2014 Sporting Gijón 21 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Casquero and the second or maternal family name is Paredes.

Francisco Javier Casquero Paredes (born 11 March 1976) is a Spanish professional footballer. He usually operates as a central midfielder, and possesses a tremendously powerful shot.

Over the course of 11 seasons he amassed La Liga totals of 322 games and 42 goals, mainly with Getafe (six years) and Sevilla (four).

Football career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Talavera de la Reina, Toledo, Casquero starting playing professionally with local CD Toledo in the second division, also being loaned for six months to lowly Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa.

He then spent one season with Atlético Madrid B, where his consistent performances were not enough for the Colchoneros reserves' second level status preservation.

Sevilla / Santander[edit]

In the following season Casquero joined Sevilla FC in the same category and, with four goals in 38 games, helped the Andalusians achieve promotion after a one-year absence, making his La Liga debut on 26 August 2001 in a 1–2 home loss against FC Barcelona. He would score seven goals in his first top flight campaign.

Casquero went on to become one of Sevilla's most effective players, helping in the team's top level consolidation, with two sixth-places from 2003 to 2005 (although he appeared scarcely in the second). After that he was deemed surplus to requirements and joined Racing de Santander, where he played one season and netted five top division goals.

Getafe[edit]

Already a veteran, Casquero moved, for 2006–07, to Madrid's Getafe CF, quickly becoming an undisputed starter and being instrumental in the side's quarterfinal run in the UEFA Cup, with the midfielder scoring in that stage against FC Bayern Munich in a 3–3 home draw and 4–4 aggregate loss;[1] in the 2007–08 season he appeared in a total of 50 official matches, netting seven times.

On 21 April 2009, in the last minute of a 2–3 loss at Real Madrid, Casquero was involved in an incident with central defender Pepe (with the score then at 2–2): he was fouled in the area by the Portuguese, and then kicked twice while still on the ground after the penalty kick was awarded. He shot it awkwardly, and Gonzalo Higuaín scored in the next play for the final defeat.[2][3]

Challenged by new signing Daniel Parejo in the following two seasons, Casquero still appeared in 59 games combined, netting six goals as Getafe consecutively managed to retain its top flight status. Aged 36, he was released by the club in July 2012.[4]

Late career[edit]

On 24 July 2012, Casquero signed a one-year contract with UD Almería.[5] He was released on the very last day of the following year's January transfer window, signing the following month with another side in division two, Sporting de Gijón.[6]

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