Javi Castellano

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Javi Castellano
Personal information
Full name Javier Castellano Betancor
Date of birth (1987-11-02) 2 November 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Las Palmas, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Las Palmas
Number 18
Youth career
Las Palmas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Las Palmas B 28 (0)
2008–2011 Mallorca B 14 (0)
2008–2009 Cultural Leonesa (loan) 38 (1)
2009 Albacete (loan) 3 (0)
2010–2011 Real Unión (loan) 37 (2)
2011– Las Palmas 145 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2017.

Javier 'Javi' Castellano Betancor (born 2 November 1987) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for UD Las Palmas as a defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Castellano graduated from UD Las Palmas' youth setup, and made his senior debuts with the reserves in 2006, in Tercera División. On 2 January 2008 he appeared in his first game as a professional, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–2 away loss against Villarreal CF for the season's Copa del Rey.[1]

On 31 January 2008, Castellano moved to another reserve team, RCD Mallorca B also in the fourth level.[2] On 14 August, he was loaned to Segunda División B club Cultural Leonesa in a season-long deal.[3]

After another loan stints at Albacete Balompié[4] and Real Unión,[5] Castellano cut ties with the Balearic Islands side in June 2011. Late in the month, he returned to his first club Las Palmas, after agreeing to a three-year deal.[6]

Castellano played 43 games in 2014–15playoffs included – helping to a return to La Liga after 13 years. He made his debut in the competition on 22 August 2015, featuring the full 90 minutes in a 0–1 defeat at Atlético Madrid.[7] It was his only appearance of the campaign, due to a serious knee injury.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Castellano's twin brother, Daniel, is also a footballer and a midfielder. He represents Las Palmas too.[10]


  1. ^ "El Villarreal suda para ganar a Las Palmas" [Villarreal sweats it to defeat Las Palmas]. Marca (in Spanish). 2 January 2008. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "El Mallorca ficha a los gemelos Castellano de Las Palmas" [Mallorca signs the Castellano twins from Las Palmas] (in Spanish). Join Futbol. 31 January 2008. Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Cultural Leonesa: llega cedido Javi Castellano" [Cultural Leonesa: arrives on loan Javi Castellano] (in Spanish). esFutbol. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Castellano, nuevo refuerzo del Albacete" [Castellano, new addition of Albacete]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 24 August 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Acuerdo para la cesión de Javi Castellano" [Agreement for the loan of Javi Castellano] (in Spanish). Real Unión. 12 August 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Javi y Dani Castellano ya son jugadores amarillos hasta el año 2014" [Javi and Dani Castellano are already amarillo players until 2014] (in Spanish). Canarias7. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Al Atlético le falta" [Atlético lacks something]. Marca (in Spanish). 22 August 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Grave lesión de Javi Castellano" [Serious Javi Castellano injury]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 24 August 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "Javi Castellano: "Cuando estás lesionado sólo el caminar te cambia la vida"" [Javi Castellano: "When one is injured just being able to walk can be life-changing"] (in Spanish). UD Las Palmas. 30 March 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Las Palmas presume de una pareja de gemelos" [Las Palmas boasts of set of twins]. Marca (in Spanish). 3 February 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 

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