Rafael Berges

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Rafael Berges
Personal information
Full name Rafael Berges Martín
Date of birth (1971-01-21) 21 January 1971 (age 44)
Place of birth Córdoba, Spain
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Jaén (coach)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1991 Córdoba
1991–1993 Tenerife 40 (0)
1993–2001 Celta 159 (7)
2001–2002 Córdoba 3 (0)
Total 202 (7)
National team
1991 Spain U21 1 (0)
1991–1992 Spain U23 8 (2)
Teams managed
2005–2006 Córdoba B
2006 Lucena
2007 Almería B
2008 Séneca (youth)
2008 Linares
2010–2011 Pozoblanco
2012 Córdoba B
2012–2013 Córdoba
2015– Jaén
* 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 Berges and the second or maternal family name is Martín.

Rafael Bergés Martín (born 21 January 1971) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a left back, and the current coach of Real Jaén.

Club career[edit]

Born in Córdoba, Andalusia, Berges started playing for local side Córdoba CF, in the lower leagues. In the 1991–92 campaign he joined CD Tenerife, going on to spend two seasons in La Liga with the club.

Moving to Celta de Vigo in 1993, Berges went on to amass nearly 200 overall appearances and score seven league goals for the Galicians. He played in no games in his final two seasons, however, due to recurrent injuries.[1]

At the end of the 2001–02 campaign, aged 31, Berges retired with his first club Córdoba, now in the second division, but his second spell was cut short, again to recurrent physical problems. He took up coaching in 2005, starting with Córdoba CF B; amongst other lowly outfits, he would also manage UD Almería's B-team.[2]

On 14 June 2012 Berges was named Córdoba's main squad head coach, replacing Rayo Vallecano-bound Paco.[3] He was relieved of his duties on 7 April of the following year, with the club ranking in ranking in ninth position in the second level.

International career[edit]

For Spain Berges was the first-choice at the 1992 Summer Olympics, as the nation won the gold medal on home soil. He scored twice, including in the 2–0 semifinal win over Ghana.






  1. ^ "Los ciclos y el destino" [Cycles and fate] (in Spanish). El Día de Córdoba. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Rafa Berges, oro en Barcelona'92, busca equipo como entrenador" [Rafa Berges, gold in Barcelona'92, looking for club to manage] (in Spanish). Soitu. 24 March 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Luque, Ignacio (14 June 2012). "Rafa Berges toma el mando" [Rafa Berges takes over] (in Spanish). Diario Córdoba. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 

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