Javi Gracia

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Javi Gracia
Javier Gracia Carlos.jpg
Gracia coaching Rubin in 2017
Personal information
Full name Javier Gracia Carlos
Date of birth (1970-05-01) 1 May 1970 (age 47)
Place of birth Pamplona, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Chantrea
Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1992 Bilbao Athletic 100 (12)
1992–1993 Lleida 38 (12)
1993–1995 Valladolid 65 (2)
1995–1999 Real Sociedad 106 (12)
1999–2002 Villarreal 82 (6)
2003–2004 Córdoba 39 (0)
Total 430 (44)
National team
1989–1990 Spain U20 3 (0)
1991 Spain U21 1 (0)
Teams managed
2004–2005 Villarreal (youth)
2007–2008 Pontevedra
2008–2010 Cádiz
2010–2011 Villarreal B
2011 Olympiakos Volou
2011–2012 Kerkyra
2012–2013 Almería
2013–2014 Osasuna
2014–2016 Málaga
2016–2017 Rubin Kazan
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Javier 'Javi' Gracia Carlos (born 1 May 1970) is a Spanish football manager and a former player who played as a defensive midfielder.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Pamplona, Navarre, Gracia started playing professionally with Bilbao Athletic, Athletic Bilbao's reserves, never appearing officially for the first team during three years. In the 1992–93 campaign, he scored a career-best 12 goals in all 38 games as UE Lleida returned to La Liga after an absence of more than 40 years, as champions.

Gracia spent the following six seasons in the top flight, appearing regularly for both Real Valladolid and Real Sociedad safe for his last year (15 matches, one goal). In 1999, he returned to Segunda División and signed for Villarreal CF, helping the Valencian club promote to the top division after one year and being regularly used in the following campaign – 1,765 minutes of action – as the team easily maintained their division status.

In January 2003, after being scarcely played in his last one-and-a-half seasons at Villarreal, 32-year-old Gracia joined Córdoba CF in the second level, closing out his career in June of the following year. He appeared in 229 Spanish top division games over the course of nine seasons, netting 17 goals.

Coaching career[edit]

After starting his manager career with former club Villarreal (youth sides), Gracia spent in Segunda División B, with Pontevedra CF, finishing first and second with the team in the regular season, but always falling short in the promotion playoffs.

In 2008–09, still in division three, Gracia finally achieved promotion, now with Cádiz CF, but he was fired midway through the following season[1] as the Andalusians were immediately relegated back. In the 2010–11 campaign, with Villarreal's reserves,[2] he managed to avert a drop also in the second tier.

After one year in Greece, Gracia returned to his country,[3] leading UD Almería back to the top flight in 2013[4] but being dismissed shortly after.[5] On 4 September of that year he was appointed at CA Osasuna, replacing fired José Luis Mendilibar.[6]

On 30 May 2014, Gracia was named the new manager of Málaga CF.[7] During his two-year tenure, he led the team to the ninth and eighth position, respectively.

Before the 2016–17 Russian Premier League season, he joined FC Rubin Kazan. After only achieving 9th position in the league, he left the club by mutual consent on 8 June 2017.[8]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 21 May 2017
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
P W D L Win %
Pontevedra[9][10] Spain 23 March 2007 30 June 2008 57 28 19 10 49.12
Cádiz[11][12] Spain 11 July 2008 9 January 2010 63 31 16 16 49.21
Villarreal B[13] Spain 24 June 2010 12 May 2011 38 14 5 19 36.84
Olympiakos Volou Greece 7 June 2011 24 August 2011 4 3 1 0 75.00
Kerkyra Greece 14 November 2011 28 March 2012 21 7 4 10 33.33
Almería[14] Spain 1 July 2012 30 June 2013 50 28 9 13 56.00
Osasuna[15] Spain 4 September 2013 30 June 2014 39 10 11 18 25.64
Málaga[16][17] Spain 1 July 2014 24 May 2016 84 28 22 34 33.33
Rubin Kazan[18] Russia 27 May 2016 8 June 2017 34 13 8 13 38.24
Career Total 390 162 95 133 41.54

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Manager[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ El Cádiz destituye a su entrenador Javier Gracia (Cádiz sacks their manager Javi Gracia); Europa Press, 10 January 2010 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ El excadista Javi Gracia, destituido en el Villarreal B por los malos resultados (Ex-Cádiz Javi Gracia, sacked in Villarreal B due to poor results); La Voz Digital, 13 May 2011 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Xavi Gracia, técnico del Almería (Xavi Gracia, manager of Almería); Diario AS, 12 June 2012 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ "Almería 3–0 Girona: Los andaluces, el vigésimo pasajero de Primera" [Almería 3–0 Girona: The Andalusians, Primera's twentieth passenger] (in Spanish). Goal.com. 22 June 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Javi Gracia no seguirá entrenando al Almería" [Javi Gracia will not continue as Almería coach] (in Spanish). Goal.com. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "La Liga: Osasuna name former Almeria boss Javi Gracia as their new coach". Sky Sports. 4 September 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "La Liga: Javi Gracia named the new manager of Malaga". Sky Sports. 30 May 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Хавьер Грасия покидает «Рубин» (in Russian). FC Rubin Kazan. 8 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "Gracia: Javier Gracia Carlos". BDFutbol. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "Gracia: Javier Gracia Carlos". BDFutbol. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  11. ^ "Gracia: Javier Gracia Carlos". BDFutbol. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  12. ^ "Gracia: Javier Gracia Carlos". BDFutbol. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "Gracia: Javier Gracia Carlos". BDFutbol. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  14. ^ "Gracia: Javier Gracia Carlos". BDFutbol. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  15. ^ "Gracia: Javier Gracia Carlos". BDFutbol. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  16. ^ "Gracia: Javier Gracia Carlos". BDFutbol. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  17. ^ "Malaga 2015/16". Soccerbase. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  18. ^ "Javi Gracia Carlos signs as Rubin Kazan boss". The Score. 27 May 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 

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