Gerardo García León
Gerardo as a Córdoba player
|Full name||Gerardo García León|
|Date of birth||7 December 1974|
|Place of birth||Seville, Spain|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|1992–1995||Real Madrid B||55||(6)|
|1993–1994||Real Madrid C||7||(0)|
|2000–2001||→ Osasuna (loan)||10||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
During his extensive professional career he played in ten different clubs, all in his country, after emerging through Real Madrid's youth system. He amassed La Liga totals of 240 games and nine goals mainly in representation of Málaga (five seasons), adding 279/19 in Segunda División.
Born in Seville, Andalusia, Gerardo was an unsuccessful Real Madrid graduate – he never appeared for the first team – and started playing professionally in Segunda División, with CD Leganés, UE Lleida and CD Badajoz. In 1998–99 he made his debuts in La Liga, playing 34 matches for Villarreal CF who was relegated at the season's end.
Having started 1999–2000 in the second level, Gerardo was purchased by Valencia CF in January 2000, appearing scarcely for the Che during the campaign but being a starter in the UEFA Champions League final loss to Real Madrid. He spent 2000–01 on loan to CA Osasuna, also in the top flight.
Gerardo had his most successfully period at Málaga CF, playing five seasons for a side that had four consecutive mid-table positions and also helping it win the 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup. In 2005–06 the team finished last, with the player scoring twice (in two 1–2 defeats).
Gerardo moved to Córdoba CF initially for one season, in the last hours of the August 2009 transfer window. After only 12 second division games in his second season, the 36-year-old left after his contract was not re-renewed, and signed for SD Logroñés in Tercera División, retiring two years later.
- Spain U16
- Spain U17
- Real Madrid 3–0 Valencia; The Guardian, 24 May 2000
- Dos hermanos, un sueño y los mismos colores (Two brothers, one dream and the same colours); Marca, 3 August 2012 (Spanish)
- El adiós del trotamundos del fútbol (The globetrotter of football's goodbye); Marca, 3 June 2013 (Spanish)