Javier González Gómez

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Javi González
Personal information
Full name Javier González Gómez
Date of birth (1974-03-22) 22 March 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Barakaldo, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1991–1993 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 Bilbao Athletic 15 (0)
1994–1995 Alavés
1995–1996 Sestao 30 (8)
1996–1997 Celta 24 (1)
1997–2007 Athletic Bilbao 220 (9)
2006 Ashdod (loan) 11 (0)
2007–2009 Hércules 12 (0)
2009–2011 Portugalete
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is González and the second or maternal family name is Gómez.

Javier 'Javi' González Gómez (born 22 March 1974) is a Spanish retired footballer. Mainly a midfielder, he could operate on either side of the pitch.

He spent most of his professional career with Athletic Bilbao, competing in ten La Liga seasons and playing in 249 official games.

Football career[edit]

González was born in Barakaldo, Biscay. After growing through the ranks of Athletic de Bilbao, he played one season each with Basque neighbours Deportivo Alavés (in the third division) and Sestao Sport Club (second level, relegated).

In 1997–98, after one year with fellow La Liga team Celta de Vigo, González returned to the local giants as a full member of the main squad, scoring five goals in 30 games as Athletic finished second and qualified for the UEFA Champions League. He even featured in some contests as an offensive right back.

After a serious knee injury in late 2004,[1] González's role in Bilbao gradually diminished – only 26 league matches in three seasons combined – and he also played during six months with Israeli Premier League's F.C. Ashdod, in a January 2006 loan.

In July 2007 González joined division two club Hércules CF, appearing sparingly in his first season. In the next, in which the Alicante side finished fourth, he was left without a squad number by manager Juan Carlos Mandiá.[2][3]

Aged 35, González moved in August 2009 to lowly Club Portugalete, thus returning to his native region.[4] He retired after two seasons in the fourth division.

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