Guti (footballer)

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Guti
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Guti in action for Real Madrid in 2008
Personal information
Full name José María Gutiérrez Hernández
Date of birth (1976-10-31) 31 October 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth Torrejón de Ardoz, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1986–1994 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Real Madrid C 12 (3)
1995–1996 Real Madrid B 26 (11)
1995–2010 Real Madrid 387 (46)
2010–2011 Beşiktaş 23 (7)
Total 448 (67)
National team
1995 Spain U18 4 (1)
1996–1998 Spain U21 8 (1)
1999–2005 Spain 13 (3)
* 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 Gutiérrez and the second or maternal family name is Hernández.

José María Gutiérrez Hernández, commonly known as Guti (born 31 October 1976), is a Spanish retired footballer who played as an attacking midfielder.

During his professional career, he played almost exclusively for Real Madrid – appearing in more than 500 official games and serving as vice-captain – helping the club to 15 trophies, most notably three UEFA Champions League and five La Liga titles.

Guti played 13 times with Spain, making his debut in 1999.

Club career

Real Madrid

Born in Torrejón de Ardoz, Community of Madrid, Guti began playing for Real Madrid's cantera in 1986, initially as a striker but being later moved to midfield, and remained there for the vast majority of his career. On 2 December 1995 he made his first-team debut against Sevilla FC, with Real Madrid winning 4–1; he finished the season with one goal in nine appearances.

In 1997 Guti added two trophies to his cabinet, La Liga and the Supercopa de España, playing 17 games during the season and scoring once. In 1997–98, he helped the Merengues lift the UEFA Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup, while the player himself added the UEFA U-21 Championship.

The 1999–2000 season started badly for Guti: struggling with the responsibility of replacing Clarence Seedorf, he was sent off for kicking a fallen adversary. This negative trait was often recurrent in his career, as he was shown his marching orders eight times during his career in the league alone. In the campaign, in which he also captured the Champions League, he scored six goals in 28 games; the following year he had his best individual season, netting 14 goals and playing most of the season as a striker, due to injuries to Fernando Morientes, and contributing greatly to the team's 27th league title, and subsequently another domestic Supercup.

After the purchase of Ronaldo in 2002, Guti returned to midfield, and his goalscoring rate went down drastically. During the next two seasons combined he would net eight goals in 63 games, contributing with three in nine matches as the 2001–02 Champions League ended in conquest.

During the 2004–05 campaign, Guti had his lowest season in terms of goal scoring, as he failed to score for the first time in seven seasons with the first team. He only managed to net one official goal, in an international against San Marino in February 2005; in 2005–06, he played 43 games and scored six goals (four in the league and two in European competition).

With the election of Ramón Calderón as club president and his subsequent vow to bring A.C. Milan's Brazilian star Kaká to Real Madrid, Guti's future at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium appeared insecure. He was linked with a move away to cross-town rivals Atlético Madrid but, in the end, decided to stay with Real while Kaká stayed in Italy.

With Zinedine Zidane retired, Guti found himself as the creative playmaker for 2006–07, his preferred position. His excellent short and through pass abilities, especially a performance in a 3–2 home win against Sevilla on 6 May 2007 in which he played just 32 minutes from the bench,[1] contributed to many of the goals which helped Real Madrid become league champions for the 30th time.

On 10 February 2008 Guti scored two goals and three assists in a home game against Real Valladolid, for which he was awarded the Man of the match[2] – Real Madrid won the game 7–0 and ultimately lifted another champions trophy. On 14 September he netted the club's 5000th league goal, in a 4–3 win over CD Numancia.[3]

In 2009–10, already with Kaká on board, Guti still managed to appear significantly in the early stages of the season, netting twice in the league. However, in late October, following the 0–4 shock defeat at AD Alcorcón for the campaign's Copa del Rey, he allegedly insulted coach Manuel Pellegrini at half-time, being then left out of the playing squads for a lengthy period;[4] after being reinstated he suffered with some injuries but, due to the Brazilian also having physical problems, managed to appear regularly until the season's end.

Beşiktaş

Guti playing for Beşiktaş in 2010

On 25 July 2010, Guti left Madrid after nearly 25 years of service for the club.[5] He said: "I have an offer from Beşiktaş JK, but I haven't decided yet".[6] The deal was concluded the following day, with the player signing a two-year contract.[7][8] He started in his first official match for the Istanbul-based club, assisting in the game's only goal against Bucaspor.[9]

On 28 November 2010, Guti contributed to Beşiktaş' victory against Galatasaray SK with one goal and one assist. It was the team's first win at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium in eight years.[10] On 11 May 2011, he started as his team won the Turkish Cup against İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor on penalties (4–3, 2–2 after extra time); it was the first domestic cup of his professional career.

Guti was deemed surplus to requirements at Beşiktaş for 2011–12, following the appointment of new manager Carlos Carvalhal. On 15 November 2011, the 35-year old was released by the club.[11]

Guti announced his retirement from football on 21 September 2012, and further went on to say that "I'm going to train to become a sporting director or a coach and I'd like to train youngsters... I'd really like to coach the Real Madrid youth team. That's my dream."[12]

International career

A Spanish international since 5 May 1999 (Spain-Croatia, 3–1), Guti nevertheless failed to appear in any tournament's final stage for his country, winning a total of 13 caps in approximately six years.

Previously he won the UEFA European Under-18 Championship in 1995, followed by the under-21 one in 1998.

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 October 2002 Carlos Belmonte, Albacete, Spain  Northern Ireland 2–0 3–0 Euro 2004 qualifying
2. 12 February 2003 Son Moix, Palma, Spain  Germany 3–1 3–1 Friendly
3. 9 February 2005 Juegos Mediterráneos, Almería, Spain  San Marino 4–0 5–0 2006 World Cup qualification

Honours

Club

Real Madrid
Beşiktaş

Country

Spain U18
Spain U21

Statistics

Club

Club Season League Cup Europe1 Other2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Real Madrid 1995–96 9 1 0 0 0 0 9 1
1996–97 14 0 3 0 0 0 17 0
1997–98 17 1 1 0 2 0 2 0 22 1
1998–99 28 1 4 2 4 0 36 3
1999–2000 28 6 4 1 10 1 3 0 45 8
2000–01 32 14 0 0 12 4 2 0 46 18
2001–02 29 4 7 6 9 3 1 0 46 13
2002–03 34 4 3 2 15 5 2 2 54 13
2003–04 26 2 8 1 9 0 2 0 45 3
2004–05 31 0 0 0 8 0 39 0
2005–06 33 4 4 0 7 2 44 6
2006–07 30 1 0 0 7 0 37 1
2007–08 32 3 4 1 7 0 2 0 45 4
2008–09 18 3 1 0 6 0 2 0 27 3
2009–10 26 2 1 0 3 1 30 3
Total 387 46 40 13 99 16 16 2 542 77
Beşiktaş 2010–11 22 7 6 3 9 1 37 11
2011–12 1 0 0 0 2 1 3 1
Total 23 7 6 3 11 2 0 0 40 12
Career totals 410 53 46 16 110 18 16 2 582 89
1Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
2Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, FIFA Club World Cup.

International

Spain national team
Year Apps Goals
1999 1 0
2000 2 0
2001 0 0
2002 3 1
2003 4 1
2004 2 0
2005 1 1
Total 13 3

Personal life

Guti married Arancha de Benito, a Spanish television celebrity, on 22 June 1999. The couple divorced after almost ten years of matrimony, having had two children, Zaira and Aitor, but remained close friends.[13]

Other ventures

Guti played himself in two motion pictures, Torrente 3: El Protector and Goal II: Living the Dream.[14] He has also appeared in a 2005 documentary/movie about Real Madrid called Real, The Movie.

References

  1. ^ Recital de Guti (Guti recital); El País, 6 May 2007 (Spanish)
  2. ^ Real Madrid 7–0 Valladolid; Real Madrid's website, 10 February 2008
  3. ^ Bernabéu debut slugfest; Real Madrid's website, 14 September 2008
  4. ^ Pellegrini se carga a Guti (Pellegrini ousts Guti); Marca, 30 October 2009 (Spanish)
  5. ^ Guti calls time on his 15-year career at Real Madrid; The Guardian, 25 July 2010
  6. ^ Guti leaves Real Madrid, set for Besiktas; ESPN Soccernet, 25 July 2010
  7. ^ Beşiktaş take on Madrid stalwart Guti; UEFA.com, 26 July 2010
  8. ^ Guti’ye Muhteşem Karşılama (Welcome Guti); Beşiktaş official website, 26 July 2010 (Turkish)
  9. ^ Bucaspor 0 – 1 Beşiktaş; Beşiktaş official website, 16 August 2010 (Turkish)
  10. ^ Geleneği GUTİ bozdu (Guti ended jinx); TV Spor, 28 November 2010 (Turkish)
  11. ^ Guti'nin Sözleşmesi Feshedildi; Beşiktaş official website, 15 November 2011 (Turkish)
  12. ^ "Guti hangs up his boots". ESPN FC. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  13. ^ Guti y Arantxa de Benito se divorcian tras nueve años (Guti and Arantxa de Benito divorce after nine years); El Mundo, 14 April 2009 (Spanish)
  14. ^ Movie review; La Off-Off Crítica (Spanish)

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