Diego Mainz

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Diego Mainz
Personal information
Full name Diego Mainz García
Date of birth (1982-12-29) 29 December 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1999–2001 Rayo Vallecano
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2007 Rayo Vallecano 100 (2)
2007–2009 Albacete 58 (1)
2009 Udinese 0 (0)
2009–2016 Granada 159 (13)
National team
2002 Spain U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 January 2016.

Diego Mainz García (born 29 December 1982) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central defender.

Football career[edit]

Born in Madrid, Mainz started his career at local Rayo Vallecano, going on to collect 36 appearances in La Liga (18 apiece from 2001 to 2003), his first being on 27 October as he played the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 home win against Deportivo de La Coruña.[1] In the 2007 summer, as the capital club had slumped to the third division, he joined Albacete Balompié in the second level.[2]

After two seasons as first-choice, Mainz was bought by Italy's Udinese Calcio, but was immediately transferred back to Spain with lowly Granada CF – eight other players made the same season-long move, after the two sides' partnership agreement.[3] With the Andalusians he quickly established himself as an important player, helping to consecutive promotions in his first two seasons.[4]

Mainz, who acted as club captain when available,[5] scored his first goal in the top flight on 20 March 2012, but in a 3–5 away loss to FC Barcelona.[6] He finished the campaign with 21 appearances in 1,780 minutes, to help his team retain its league status.


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