David Belenguer

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David Belenguer
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Belenguer training with Betis in 2010
Personal information
Full name David Belenguer Reverte
Date of birth (1972-12-17) 17 December 1972 (age 44)
Place of birth Vilassar de Mar, Spain
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Real Madrid C 38 (0)
1993–1995 Palamós 32 (0)
1995–1996 Leganés 28 (4)
1996–1997 Celta 0 (0)
1996–1997 Lleida (loan) 22 (4)
1997–1998 Albacete 38 (1)
1998–2000 Extremadura 76 (0)
2000–2003 Betis 65 (1)
2004–2010 Getafe 158 (2)
2010–2011 Betis 20 (0)
Total 477 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Belenguer and the second or maternal family name is Reverte.

David Belenguer Reverte (born 17 December 1972) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender.

During his extensive professional career, he was mainly associated with Getafe – where he arrived already in his 30's – helping the club consolidate in La Liga. Both major levels of Spanish football combined, he appeared in 440 games in 18 seasons.

Football career[edit]

Born in Vilassar de Mar, Barcelona, Catalonia, Belenguer grew in the ranks of Real Madrid and played in a host of second division clubs before finally settling at Real Betis in 2000–01, achieving La Liga promotion that season. He previously made his debut in the competition on 30 August 1998 with CF Extremadura, in a 0–0 home draw against Real Valladolid – the former would be relegated, with the player appearing in 36 league games.

In January 2004 Belenguer joined Madrid's Getafe CF, also promoting from the second level at the end of the campaign. He went on to become an essential member of a side that consolidated its top flight status (he scored his first goal in the competition on 18 September 2005 in a 4–3 away win against Deportivo Alavés[1]), while also contributing with ten appearances and one goal as the team reached the last-eight in the 2007–08 edition of the UEFA Cup.

Belenguer was sparingly used in his final two years, and left the club at the end of 2009–10 after seeing out his contract. In his final season he played 13 matches, the last of which was a solid defensive performance at Atlético Madrid on 15 May 2010, as Getafe won 3–0 and clinched the sixth position at the expense of Villarreal CF, thus qualifying for the second time in the club's history for European competition.[2]

In mid-July 2010, when retirement seemed like the most likely option, Belenguer returned to former club Betis after signing a one-year deal, five months short of his 38th birthday.[3] Due to the many injuries that affected the back sector, he was able to appear in 20 league games as the Verdiblancos returned to the top division after a two-year absence, as champions.




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