David Cortés Caballero

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David Cortés
David Cortés.jpg
Cortés in action for Hércules in 2011
Personal information
Full name David Cortés Caballero
Date of birth (1979-08-29) 29 August 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Llerena, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Right back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Extremadura B
1999–2002 Extremadura 83 (1)
2000 → Baeza (loan)
2002–2006 Mallorca 123 (0)
2006–2010 Getafe 106 (0)
2010–2011 Hércules 34 (0)
2011–2012 Granada 10 (0)
2013 Hércules 19 (0)
2013–2014 Zaragoza 24 (0)
2014–2015 Aarhus 21 (0)
Total 420 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

David Cortés Caballero (born 29 August 1979) is a Spanish former professional footballer who played as a right back.

He appeared in 273 La Liga games in exactly ten seasons, mainly with Mallorca and Getafe (four years apiece), winning one Copa del Rey with the former club.

Football career[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2]

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[3] 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[4] and retiring after helping them to win promotion.


  1. ^ "Eto'o pone Mallorca a brindar" [Eto'o has Mallorca toasting]. El País (in Spanish). 29 June 2003. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Albín fires Getafe into last eight". UEFA.com. 12 March 2008. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "El Hércules incorpora a David Cortés y Javito" [Hércules add David Cortés and Javito]. Marca (in Spanish). 27 December 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  4. ^ Erfaren spansk forsvarsspiller til AGF (Experienced Spanish defender to AGF); Aarhus GF, 15 September 2014 (in Danish)

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