Javier Chica

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Javi Chica
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Chica (left) in action for Espanyol
Personal information
Full name Francisco Javier Chica Torres
Date of birth (1985-05-17) 17 May 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Full back
Club information
Current team
Valladolid
Number 2
Youth career
FC Martinenc
1996–2004 Espanyol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Espanyol B 48 (0)
2006–2011 Espanyol 117 (0)
2011–2014 Betis 62 (2)
2014– Valladolid 8 (0)
National team
2003 Spain U17 1 (0)
2004 Spain U19 5 (0)
2005 Spain U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 October 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Chica and the second or maternal family name is Torres.

Francisco Javier "Javi" Chica Torres (born 17 May 1985) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Valladolid. Capable of appearing at either right or left back, his main asset is his physical strength.

Club career[edit]

Espanyol[edit]

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Chica was a product of RCD Espanyol's youth system. He made his first-team debut on 15 October 2006 in a 0–0 away draw against Villarreal CF,[1] and played 27 La Liga games in his first year, adding ten appearances as the team went all the way to the UEFA Cup final, losing it to fellow league side Sevilla FC (he did not play in the decisive match itself).

Never an undisputed starter in the following seasons, Chica continued to be regularly used at Espanyol, featuring in an average of more than 20 matches per season as either a right or a left back.

Betis[edit]

In late May 2011, free agent Chica signed a four-year contract with Real Betis, freshly returned to the top division.[2] He made his official debut on 27 August, starting at right defender in a 1–0 away win against Granada CF.[3]

Chica scored his first goal as a senior on 20 April 2014, but it happened in a 1–3 loss at Rayo Vallecano,[4] and the Andalusians also suffered relegation at the end of the campaign after ranking dead last.

Valladolid[edit]

On 9 July 2014, despite having still one year left on his Betis contract, Chica signed a two-year deal with Real Valladolid, also in Segunda División.[5]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Espanyol

Country[edit]

Spain U19

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