David Cortés Caballero
Cortés in action for Hércules in 2011
|Full name||David Cortés Caballero|
|Date of birth||29 August 1979|
|Place of birth||Llerena, Spain|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|2000||→ Baeza (loan)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Llerena, Badajoz, Cortés made his professional debuts with local CF Extremadura in the second division. He then moved to RCD Mallorca in La Liga (alongside teammate Poli), where he was first-choice during three full seasons, helping the Balearic Islands team to the 2003 edition of the Copa del Rey.
In the summer of 2006, Cortés signed for Madrid's Getafe CF. After splitting duties with Romanian Cosmin Contra in the 2006–07 campaign, he was the undisputed starter in the following season as the side reached the quarterfinals in the UEFA Cup.
In 2009–10, with Contra already gone, Cortés was greatly overshadowed by new signing Miguel Torres, but still contributed with 20 league games as Getafe qualified for the second time in the club's history to the Europa League. In July 2010, at almost 31, he signed a one-year contract with Hércules CF, returned to the top flight after a 13-year absence.
Cortés was the undisputed first-choice right-back during his only season with the Valencians, who finished 19th and were immediately relegated back. In mid-July 2011, he signed with Granada CF also from the top division.
From 2012 to 2014, Cortés competed in the second level with Hércules and Real Zaragoza. On 15 September 2014, at already 35, he moved abroad for the very first time, joining Danish 1st Division side Aarhus Gymnastikforening for one year and retiring after helping them to win promotion.
- "Eto'o pone Mallorca a brindar" [Eto'o has Mallorca toasting]. El País (in Spanish). 29 June 2003. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
- "Albín fires Getafe into last eight". UEFA.com. 12 March 2008. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
- "El Hércules incorpora a David Cortés y Javito" [Hércules add David Cortés and Javito]. Marca (in Spanish). 27 December 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
- Erfaren spansk forsvarsspiller til AGF (Experienced Spanish defender to AGF); Aarhus GF, 15 September 2014 (in Danish)