Jesús García Sanjuán

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Jesús García Sanjuán
Personal information
Full name Jesús García Sanjuán
Date of birth (1971-08-22) 22 August 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth Zaragoza, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Zaragoza
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1991 Zaragoza B
1991–1998 Zaragoza 180 (5)
1997 Wolves (loan) 4 (0)
1998–1999 Villarreal 22 (0)
1999–2000 Córdoba 26 (0)
2000–2001 Airdrie 22 (5)
2001–2003 Kilmarnock 31 (0)
Total 285 (10)
National team
1989 Spain U18 5 (0)
1991 Spain U19 3 (0)
1992–1994 Spain U21 13 (0)
1991–1992 Spain U23 7 (1)
1998–2002 Aragon 2 (1)
* 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 García and the second or maternal family name is Sanjuán.

Jesús García Sanjuán (born 22 August 1971) is a Spanish retired footballer who played mostly as a central midfielder.

Best known for his spell with Real Zaragoza, he helped it win the 1995 Cup Winners' Cup, then finished his professional career in Scotland where he represented two clubs.

Playing career[edit]

A youth product of Real Zaragoza, Sanjuán was born in Zaragoza, and made his debut for the first team on 24 April 1991 in a 0–1 away loss against Sporting de Gijón. Almost never an undisputed starter for the Aragonese he featured heavily during his seven 1/2 professional seasons with the side, most notably amassing totals of 93 games and four goals in La Liga from 1991 to 1994.

The peak of Sanjuán's time with Zaragoza was winning the 1995 Cup Winners' Cup, in a 2–1 extra time success against Arsenal in Paris – he played 36 minutes in the final, as a substitute.[1] The previous season he had won the Copa del Rey with the club, beating Celta de Vigo on penalties and also featuring from the bench.

Sanjuán had a brief loan spell at English First Division team Wolverhampton Wanderers during autumn 1997, making four league appearances. He also featured three times in that season's League Cup campaign, scoring the winning goal at Fulham.

Being definitely released by Zaragoza in June 1998 Sanjuán also played, in Spain, with Villarreal CF and Córdoba CF. With the former, he faced top level relegation after losing the play-offs to Sevilla FC.

Sanjuán returned to the United Kingdom in 2000, with Scottish side Airdrieonians, as one of a series of Spanish players recruited by manager Steve Archibald. After eight months, amid spiralling financial problems, the club sold him to Kilmarnock[2] where he played two Scottish Premier League seasons, now mostly in a sweeper position, before retiring in 2003.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Zaragoza

Country[edit]

Spain U21

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1994/95: Nayim's bolt from the blue sinks Arsenal". UEFA.com. 1 June 1995. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Killie swoop for Spanish duo; BBC Sport, 28 March 2001

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