Juan Gutiérrez Moreno

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Juanito
Juanito betis.JPG
Personal information
Full name Juan Gutiérrez Moreno
Date of birth (1976-07-23) 23 July 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth Cádiz, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Cádiz
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Cádiz B
1997–2000 Betis B 98 (7)
2000–2009 Betis 255 (19)
2000–2001 Recreativo (loan) 37 (0)
2009–2011 Atlético Madrid 17 (2)
2011–2012 Valladolid 24 (0)
Total 431 (28)
National team
2002–2008 Spain 26 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Juan Gutiérrez Moreno, commonly known as Juanito (born 23 July 1976), is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender.

A player of physical display, he is also noted for his excellent aerial ability. He spent the bulk of his career with Betis, appearing in more than 300 official games and winning one Copa del Rey.

With the Spanish national team, Juanito appeared in one World Cup and two European Championships, contributing to the conquest of Euro 2008.

Club career[edit]

Cádiz / Betis[edit]

Juanito was born in Cádiz. After taking his first steps as a senior with the B-side of hometown's Cádiz CF, he transferred to Andalusia neighbours Real Betis in 1997, appearing three seasons for the reserves; in 2000–01 he was loaned to another outfit in the region, Recreativo de Huelva, in the second division.

Juanito made his debut for Betis' main squad in the 2001–02 campaign, and immediately established himself as a regular starter, often scoring from deadball situations (his first came on 27 January 2002, a last-minute goal against Real Madrid in a 1–1 away draw).

In 2004–05 he netted four goals in 33 games, as Betis achieved qualification honours to the UEFA Champions League, while also winning the 2005 domestic cup. David Rivas, the other stopper, added another four.

In the following three seasons, as Betis constantly battled La Liga relegation successfully, Juanito only missed 13 league matches combined, adding six goals. On 22 April 2007, in a 2–2 draw at RCD Espanyol, he played the last minutes as a goalkeeper due to the dismissal of Pedro Contreras, with a penalty being awarded – Raúl Tamudo equalized.[1]

Atlético / Later years[edit]

After being relegated with the Verdiblancos at the end of 2008–09, Juanito moved to Atlético Madrid on a free transfer, aged almost 33.[2] His debut season was shaky, as he started as first-choice, was relegated to the bench, regained his position from Colombian Luis Perea and lost it again; on 4 April 2010 he scored his first goal as a Colchonero, opening the scoresheet at home against Deportivo de La Coruña (3–0).[3]

For the 2010–11 campaign all Atlético stoppers remained with the team, and Uruguayan Diego Godín was also acquired. Hence, Juanito fell further down in the defensive pecking order, only appearing in a Spanish Cup match against Universidad de Las Palmas CF (1–1 home draw, after a 5–0 away win in the first leg); on 11 January 2011 he rescinded his contract with the club, moving to Real Valladolid in the second level shortly after.

International career[edit]

Juanito made his international debut for Spain on 21 August 2002 against Hungary, in a testimonial for Ferenc Puskás. His first goal for the national side came against Côte d'Ivoire in a 3–2 win.

Juanito represented Spain at UEFA Euro 2004 and Euro 2008 (playing in the 2–1 win over Greece in the latter tournament[4]) and the 2006 FIFA World Cup, scoring with his head in the 1–0 triumph over Saudi Arabia.[5] That goal was the first ever scored by a Betis player in the competition.

In the 2010 World Cup qualifier against Estonia on 11 October 2008, he netted through another header in a 3–0 away success.[6] He was overlooked however for the finals in South Africa, as the national side emerged victorious.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 1 March 2006 José Zorrilla, Valladolid, Spain  Ivory Coast 3–2 3–2 Friendly
2. 23 June 2006 Fritz Walter, Kaiserslautern, Germany  Saudi Arabia 0–1 0–1 2006 World Cup
3. 11 October 2008 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 0–1 0–3 2010 World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Betis
Atlético Madrid

International[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Espanyol 2–2 Real Betis; ESPN Soccernet, 22 April 2007
  2. ^ Juanito leaves Betis for Atlético; UEFA.com, 1 July 2009
  3. ^ Atlético Madrid 3–0 Deportivo La Coruña; ESPN Soccernet, 4 April 2010
  4. ^ "Russia 2–0 Sweden & Greece 1–2 Spain". BBC Sport. 18 June 2008. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Juanito maintains Spain momentum; UEFA.com, 23 June 2006
  6. ^ Spain battle to beat Estonia; UEFA.com, 11 October 2008

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