Javier Artero

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Javier Artero
Personal information
Full name Javier Artero López
Date of birth (1975-04-16) 16 April 1975 (age 42)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1995 Moscardó 28 (3)
1995–1997 Real Madrid C 51 (0)
1996–1997 Leganés (loan) 7 (0)
1997–1998 Málaga 19 (0)
1998–1999 Badajoz 25 (1)
1999–2000 San Lorenzo 3 (0)
2000 Dundee (loan) 9 (1)
2000–2002 Dundee 56 (3)
Total 198 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Javier Artero López (born 16 April 1975) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a midfielder.

After playing for five teams in the lower leagues in his country he joined Dundee in Scotland, appearing two years with the team before being forced to retire at only 27, due to illness.

Football career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Madrid, Artero started playing football with local amateurs CD Colonia Moscardó. In 1995 he joined Real Madrid, but never made it past the C-team, also being loaned to another club in the community, CD Leganés in Segunda División, and appearing very rarely in the course of his only season.

Subsequently, Artero dropped down to Segunda División B and joined Málaga CF, helping the Andalusians return to the second level after which he signed for another side in that tier, CD Badajoz.


In 1999, Artero moved abroad and joined San Lorenzo de Almagro from Argentina. From March–May of the following year he was loaned to Dundee F.C. in the Scottish Premier League, with the move being made permanent on 1 July[1] for £300,000, a then-club record. On the 30th, he scored in a 2–0 away win against Motherwell.[2]

On 18 November 2000, Artero contributed with one goal to a 5–0 home success against St Mirren,[3] and enjoyed his best years as a professional with the Dark Blues, appearing in 64 official games with the side and helping them to the sixth place in his first year, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Intertoto Cup.

On 1 August 2001, 26-year-old Artero was admitted to hospital with an unknown disease,[4] which was revealed to be multiple sclerosis early into the following month.[5] Even though he was still able to take part in some games in the 2001–02 season,[6][7] he was forced to retire from football in August 2002, being immediately named Dundee's international scout.[8]


  1. ^ Dundee add to foreign quota; BBC Sport, 1 July 2000
  2. ^ Dundee win as manager sees red; BBC Sport, 30 July 2000
  3. ^ Five-star Dundee crush Buddies; BBC Sport, 18 November 2000
  4. ^ Artero admitted to hospital; BBC Sport, 1 August 2001
  5. ^ Artero reveals serious illness; BBC Sport, 6 September 2001
  6. ^ Killie win at Dens Park; BBC Sport, 21 December 2001
  7. ^ Dundee see off hapless Hibs; BBC Sport, 11 January 2002
  8. ^ MS forces Artero retiral; BBC Sport, 29 August 2002

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