Javier Portillo

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Javier Portillo
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Personal information
Full name Javier García Portillo
Date of birth (1982-03-30) 30 March 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Aranjuez, Spain
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Hércules
Number 9
Youth career
1994–2001 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Real Madrid B 28 (17)
2002–2006 Real Madrid 31 (6)
2004 Fiorentina (loan) 11 (1)
2005–2006 Club Brugge (loan) 24 (8)
2006–2007 Gimnàstic 34 (11)
2007–2009 Osasuna 40 (3)
2010–2011 Hércules 42 (6)
2011–2012 Las Palmas 34 (8)
2012– Hércules 78 (27)
National team
2002–2003 Spain U21 10 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is García and the second or maternal family name is Portillo.

Javier García Portillo (born 30 March 1982 in Aranjuez, Community of Madrid) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Hércules CF as a forward.

Club career[edit]

In 1994, aged 12, Portillo entered Real Madrid's youth system. During seven seasons he was a prolific scorer, netting 150 goals and breaking a record previously held by Raúl. In 2002 he signed his first professional contract, running until 2007 with a release clause of 35 million.

On 6 October 2002 Portillo made his first official appearance for the main squad, starting in a 5–2 home win against Deportivo Alavés[1] and ending that season with five goals in only ten games. He also scored a vital last-minute equaliser against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League second group phase, a goal which ultimately proved to be crucial in the Merengues' making it into the knockout stages.[2]

In July 2004 Portillo was loaned to Serie A sides ACF Fiorentina, but was recalled by new manager Vanderlei Luxemburgo, who arrived midway through the 2004–05 campaign. However, the same coach deemed him surplus to requirements and another loan ensued, to Belgian League's Club Brugge KV.

At the end of this loan period Portillo returned to Real, under newly hired coach Fabio Capello. With new signing Ruud van Nistelrooy adding to already present Raúl, Antonio Cassano and Ronaldo, he was released from contract and signed a two-year contract with newly promoted Gimnàstic de Tarragona.

After a very successful individual season (11 league goals, although the Catalans were relegated from La Liga) he replaced, in July 2007, Roberto Soldado at Osasuna, who returned from loan to Real Madrid.[3] During his first two campaigns, he was used irregularly, and only netted three times in the league.

In late December 2009, Portillo – who was only fourth or fifth-choice striker for Osasuna coach José Antonio Camacho – finally moved clubs, signing until the end of the season plus two more with second division's Hércules CF. After some time to adjust he finished the campaign in the starting XI, netting vital goals in the final stretch, namely in the last round, a 2–0 win at Real Unión, as the Alicante club returned to the first division after 13 years.[4]

In 2010–11 Portillo returned to reserve status, after Hércules signed David Trezeguet and Nelson Valdez in the off-season. He only started through injury or suspension to the pair, and only scored twice in official matches, one coming in a 3–1 away win against Real Sociedad on 3 April 2011,[5] with Hércules being immediately relegated back.

On 2 August 2011, Portillo signed for three years with UD Las Palmas in the second level.[6] For the 2012–13 season, however, he moved teams again, returning to Hércules on a three-year deal.[7]

International career[edit]

During one year (shortly after his arrival at the Real Madrid senior setup) Portillo played ten times for Spain under-21's, scoring five goals.

Honours[edit]

Real Madrid
Club Brugge

Club statistics[edit]

As of 9 June 2013[8][9]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
2001–02 Real Madrid La Liga - - - - - - 1 1 1 1
2002–03 10 5 6 8 - - 7 1 23 14
2003–04 18 1 7 1 - - 4 0 29 2
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2004–05 Fiorentina Serie A 11 1 7 3 - - - - 18 4
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
2004–05 Real Madrid La Liga 3 0 1 0 - - - - 4 0
Belgium League Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2005–06 Club Brugge Belgian Pro League 24 8 - - 8 3
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
2006–07 Gimnàstic La Liga 34 11 2 1 - - - - 36 12
2007–08 Osasuna 18 2 2 0 - - - - 20 2
2008–09 20 1 2 0 - - - - 22 1
2009–10 2 0 1 0 - - - - 3 0
2009–10 Hércules Segunda División 15 5 2 1 - - - - 17 6
2010–11 La Liga 26 1 2 1 - - - - 28 2
2011–12 Las Palmas Segunda División 34 8 1 0 - - - - 35 8
2012–13 Hércules 40 17 1 0 - - - - 41 17
Total Spain 202 44 27 12 - - 12 2 241 58
Italy 11 1 7 3 - - - - 18 4
Belgium 24 8 - - 8 3 32 11
Career total 237 53 34 15 20 5

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