Francisco Javier Aguilar García
|Full name||Francisco Javier Aguilar García|
|Date of birth||26 March 1949|
|Place of birth||Santander, Spain|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Santander, Aguilar started his career with local Racing de Santander, making his senior debuts at 19 and helping the Cantabrians achieve promotion to the second division in 1970. In the following year he signed with La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid, finishing his first season with 31 games (28 starts) and six goals as the club won the national championship; he added three in only four games in the UEFA Cup, but his team was eliminated in the second round.
Safe for two seasons, Aguilar was regularly used by the Merengues during his spell, winning five leagues and two Spanish Cups – including the double in the 1974–75 campaign – and appearing in nearly 200 official games. In the 1979 summer, aged 30, he joined Sporting de Gijón, playing regularly but only managing to score on six occasions during his spell.
Aguilar retired from football in June 1983 at the age of 34, after two years with another club in Madrid, second level's Rayo Vallecano (12 goals in 36 games in his first). Over the course of ten seasons, he amassed top division totals of 190 games and 40 goals.
During one-year-and-a-half, Aguilar played three matches for Spain. He made his debut on 24 November 1971 in a UEFA Euro 1972 qualifier against Cyprus in Granada, replacing Real Madrid teammate Amancio Amaro at half-time and scoring the fifth goal in an eventual 7–0 routing.