Keko (footballer, born 1991)

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Keko
Personal information
Full name Sergio Gontán Gallardo
Date of birth (1991-12-28) 28 December 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Catania
Number 26
Youth career
2004–2008 Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Atlético B 43 (6)
2009–2011 Atlético Madrid 1 (0)
2010 Valladolid (loan) 13 (0)
2010–2011 Cartagena (loan) 14 (0)
2011 Girona (loan) 11 (0)
2011– Catania 23 (1)
2012 Grosseto (loan) 10 (0)
National team
2007 Spain U16 4 (0)
2007–2008 Spain U17 11 (5)
2009 Spain U18 3 (1)
2009–2010 Spain U19 10 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Gontán and the second or maternal family name is Gallardo.

Sergio Gontán Gallardo (born 28 December 1991), commonly known as Keko, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Calcio Catania in Italy, as a right winger.

Club career[edit]

Atlético Madrid[edit]

A product of hometown Atlético Madrid's youth ranks, Madrid-born Keko made his first-team – and La Liga – debut on 12 September 2009, taking the field as a 63rd-minute substitute against Racing de Santander, in a 1–1 home draw, aged just 17. Speaking to Diario AS after the match, he said: "The truth is that I have always dreamed of playing in this stadium, despite the draw, it was a dream come true. I did not think about the protests outside the ground, and I only wanted to score. I hope to have more chances, but I have to be calm and see what the coach decides."[1]

Late in January 2010, Keko was loaned to fellow top-divisioner Real Valladolid, until the end of the season. He made his debut for his new club against Valencia CF, appearing as a late replacement in an eventual 0–2 away loss on 6 February.[2]

Keko split the 2010–11 campaign with two Segunda División sides, FC Cartagena and Girona FC,[3] appearing in 25 matches combined (nine starts, 952 minutes) as both managed to maintain their league status.

Calcio Catania[edit]

On 19 July 2011, after he failed to renew his contract with Atlético Madrid, Keko completed a transfer to Calcio Catania in Italy, signing a three-year deal and being awarded the No. 15 jersey at the Sicilian club.[4] On 7 January 2012, however, along with teammate Fabio Sciacca, he joined Serie B outfit U.S. Grosseto F.C. on loan.[5]

Keko scored on his Serie A debut on 24 February 2013, starting and contributing to a 2–1 away win over Parma FC.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Atletico Madrid's Keko delighted with debut against Racing Santander". Goal.com. 13 September 2009. Retrieved 26 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Villa strikes as Valencia triumph". ESPN Soccernet. 6 February 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Keko se va al Girona y el Pontevedra pide la cesión de Riau" [Keko goes to Girona and Pontevedra wants Riau on loan] (in Spanish). La Verdad. 26 January 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Keko ficha por el Catania" [Keko signs for Catania] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Catania, ufficiale Keko e Sciacca a Grosseto (Catania, official Keko and Sciacca to Grosseto); Calcio Mercato, 7 January 2012 (Italian)
  6. ^ "Parma 1–2 Catania". ESPN FC. 24 February 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 

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