Yordi

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is González and the second or maternal family name is Díaz.
Yordi
Jorge González Díaz.jpg
Yordi while at Córdoba (2009)
Personal information
Full name Jorge González Díaz
Date of birth (1974-09-14) 14 September 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth San Fernando, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Sevilla
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1996 Sevilla B
1996 Sevilla 6 (1)
1996–1997 Atlético Madrid B 34 (19)
1997 Atlético Madrid 1 (0)
1997–2004 Zaragoza 164 (45)
2002 Blackburn Rovers (loan) 8 (2)
2004–2005 Getafe 27 (2)
2005–2006 Mallorca 16 (4)
2006–2008 Xerez 66 (22)
2008–2009 Córdoba 27 (5)
Total 349 (100)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Jorge González Díaz, commonly known as Yordi (born 14 September 1974), is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker.

A journeyman, he amassed La Liga totals of 180 games and 37 goals in ten seasons, in representation of five teams (notably Zaragoza), and 161/61 in Segunda División.

In 2002 Yordi had a six-month spell in England, with Blackburn Rovers.

Football career[edit]

Born in San Fernando, Cádiz, Andalusia, Yordi started his professional career with Sevilla FC, moving in 1996 to Atlético Madrid. He spent the vast majority of his only season with the Colchoneros with the B-team, winning the Pichichi Trophy award in the second division and being called-up two the main squad only twice, once for the UEFA Champions League; on 23 June 1997 he played 30 minutes in a 0–3 home loss against CD Tenerife, in the last matchday.[1]

In the 1997 summer Yordi signed with Real Zaragoza where he stayed for seven seasons, one in the second level, being a very important offensive contributor although almost always off the bench: for instance, in the 2000–01 season, as the Aragonese won the Copa del Rey,[2] he only started in ten of 31 La Liga matches, scoring four times for a final 17th position – barely out of the relegation zone.

In February 2002, Zaragoza loaned Yordi to Blackburn Rovers.[3] During his time at Ewood Park he came on as a substitute as his team won the 2002 Football League Cup, also netting twice in the Premier League, against Southampton[4] and Middlesbrough.[5] Subsequently, he returned to his country and represented Getafe CF and RCD Mallorca, appearing sparingly for the latter team (both in the top division).

32-year-old Yordi slightly revived his career with second-tier Xerez CD. After a poor first season he was the competition's top scorer in 2007–08, netting 20 times as the Andalusian side barely avoided relegation, while also adopting Jorge as his shirt name.

In the 2008 summer Yordi left Xerez and signed for another side in the region, Córdoba CF (also in the "silver category"), retiring at the end of the season at the age of 34 years and nine months.

Honours[edit]

Team[edit]

Zaragoza
Blackburn Rovers

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Traca final en Madrid" [It ended with a bang in Madrid] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 24 June 1997. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Zaragoza, no hay quinta Copa mala" [Zaragoza, no such thing as a bad fifth Cup] (in Spanish). ABC. 1 July 2001. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Yordi joins Blackburn". BBC Sport. 20 February 2002. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Blackburn secure vital win". BBC Sport. 1 April 2002. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Blackburn blow Boro away". BBC Sport. 20 April 2002. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Galletti gives Zaragoza glory". UEFA.com. 18 March 2004. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 

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Preceded by
Spain Márquez
for Las Palmas
Segunda División Pichichi Trophy Winner
2007–08
Succeeded by
Spain Nino
for Tenerife
Preceded by
Spain Márquez
for Las Palmas
Segunda División Zarra Trophy Winner
2007–08
Succeeded by
Spain Nino
for Tenerife