Javi Fuego

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Javi Fuego
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Fuego as a Valencia player in 2015
Personal information
Full name Javier Fuego Martínez
Date of birth (1984-01-04) 4 January 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Pola de Siero, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 18
Youth career
Sporting Gijón
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Sporting B
2002–2007 Sporting Gijón 114 (4)
2007–2008 Levante 24 (1)
2008–2010 Recreativo 67 (6)
2010–2013 Rayo Vallecano 104 (1)
2013–2016 Valencia 88 (5)
2016– Espanyol 18 (0)
National team
2002–2003 Spain U19 4 (0)
2003 Spain U20 1 (0)
2006 Spain U21 1 (0)
2005 Spain U23 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 January 2017.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Fuego and the second or maternal family name is Martínez.

Javier "Javi" Fuego Martínez (born 4 January 1984) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for RCD Espanyol as a defensive midfielder.

Football career[edit]

Early years / Recreativo[edit]

Fuego was born in Pola de Siero, Asturias. He started playing professional football for Sporting de Gijón, representing the local side during six second division seasons and being first-choice from 2004 to 2007.

In the 2007–08 campaign, Fuego joined La Liga strugglers Levante UD, but was one of many players to leave the squad upon relegation and serious financial problems. In August 2008, he signed a three-year deal worth 140.000 with Andalusia's Recreativo de Huelva,[1] appearing regularly as a starter during two years but being relegated from the top flight in his first.

Rayo Vallecano[edit]

For 2010–11, Fuego signed with second division's Rayo Vallecano, quickly establishing himself as first-choice for the Madrid club and helping it to a second-place finish and subsequent top level promotion. During his subsequent two-year spell in the top level he rarely missed a game, helping his team consecutively retain their division status.[2][3][4]


In January 2013, months before the season was over, it was announced that Fuego would not renew his expiring contract with Rayo, agreeing to a three-year deal with fellow league club Valencia CF as of 1 July.[5] He made his official debut on 17 August, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 home win against Málaga CF.[6]

Fuego scored the first brace of his professional career on 23 March 2014, netting both of his team's goals in a 2–1 success over Villarreal CF also at the Mestalla Stadium.[7] On 1 April 2015, he renewed his link until 30 June 2017 with the option of a further season.[8]


On 13 August 2016, Fuego signed a three-year contract with RCD Espanyol.[9]


Spain U23


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