Javier Calleja

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Javier Calleja
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Calleja managing Villarreal in 2018
Personal information
Full name Javier Calleja Revilla
Date of birth (1978-05-12) 12 May 1978 (age 40)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Real Madrid C 60 (11)
1998 Almería 3 (0)
1998–1999 Alcalá
1999–2006 Villarreal 124 (9)
1999–2000Onda (loan) 29 (17)
2006–2009 Málaga 104 (5)
2009–2012 Osasuna 46 (1)
Total 366 (43)
National team
1993 Spain U16 1 (0)
Teams managed
2012–2017 Villarreal (youth)
2017 Villarreal B
2017–2018 Villarreal
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Javier Calleja Revilla (born 12 May 1978) is a Spanish retired footballer who played mainly as a left midfielder, and is a manager.

He amassed La Liga totals of 192 matches and nine goals over one full decade, mainly with Villarreal (six seasons) and Osasuna (three). He also represented Málaga in the competition, in a professional career which lasted 16 years.

Club career[edit]

After growing unsuccessfully through the ranks of Real Madrid and making his professional debut with lowly UD Almería, Madrid-born Calleja was bought by Villarreal CF, but spent some months with its farm team CD Onda. He made his first-team debut in the second division, playing nine games in the 1999–2000 campaign as the side returned to La Liga and contributing with one goal, in the 1–3 away loss against CA Osasuna.[1]

In his first three seasons in that tier, Calleja was a very important member for the Yellow Submarine, scoring four goals in 35 matches in 2001–02. On 5 April 2003, he netted a penalty kick as a late substitute in a 2–0 home win over FC Barcelona, dedicating the goal to his mother who had died hours before;[2] however, the emergence of Santi Cazorla and two consecutive serious knee injuries limited him to just 25 appearances the following three campaigns combined.[3]

In 2006–07, Calleja left Villarreal joining Málaga CF. He was an instant first-choice in Andalusia, making 38 appearances in his second season as the club returned to the top flight after a two-year hiatus.

After a serious injury to teammate Adriano Rossato, Calleja spent much of the following campaign playing as left back.[4][5] On 12 June 2009, after his contract with Málaga expired, he moved to Osasuna in a 2+1 years deal.[6]

In September 2012, 34-year-old Calleja announced his retirement and immediately returned to his former club Villarreal, being appointed manager of the youth sides.[7] On 9 May 2017, he replaced Paco López at the helm of the reserves.[8]

On 25 September 2017, Calleja was named manager of the first team in the place of fired Fran Escribá.[9] In his first season he led them to the fifth position, with the subsequent qualification to the group stage of the UEFA Europa League.[10]

On 10 December 2018, with the side just three points above the relegation zone and having managed only one win in the last nine league fixtures, Calleja was dismissed.[11]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 8 December 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Villarreal B Spain 26 May 2017 25 September 2017 6 4 2 0 7 2 +5 066.67 [12]
Villarreal Spain 25 September 2017 10 December 2018 65 25 18 22 100 80 +20 038.46 [13]
Career total 71 29 20 22 107 82 +25 040.85





  1. ^ "Osasuna se coloca en zona de ascenso" [Osasuna reach promotion zone] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 8 May 2000. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  2. ^ El Villarreal impone la pena máxima al Barcelona (Villarreal impose maximum penalty on Barcelona); Terra, 5 April 2003 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Javier Calleja: "Ahora estoy seguro de que he hecho lo correcto al quedarme" (Javier Calleja: "Now I am sure i did the right thing by staying"); El Periódico Mediterráneo, 20 January 2006 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Calleja (Málaga): "Soy optimista, pero sé que la dificultad de ganar en el Bernabéu es muy grande" (Calleja (Málaga): "I am optimistic, but I know it is very difficult to win at the Bernabéu"); Europa Press, 6 November 2008 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ ""Formamos una gran pareja de laterales"" ["We are a great set of fullbacks"] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 27 November 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  6. ^ Calleja refuerza la banda izquierda de Osasuna (Calleja strengthens Osasuna's left flank); Marca, 12 June 2009 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Calleja vuelve a casa (Calleja returns home); El Periódico Mediterráneo, 5 September 2012 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Javi Calleja se perfila como nuevo entrenador del filial (Javi Calleja poised as the new manager of the reserves); Vavel, 9 May 2017 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Javi Calleja is the new Villarreal CF manager; Villarreal CF, 25 September 2017
  10. ^ "Calleja renueva un año en el banquillo del Villarreal" [Calleja renews for one year in bench of Villarreal] (in Spanish). Sport. 20 May 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  11. ^ Franch, Víctor; Whelan, Padraig (10 December 2018). "Villarreal sack coach Javi Calleja" (in Spanish). Marca. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Calleja: Javier Calleja Revilla". BDFutbol. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Calleja: Javier Calleja Revilla". BDFutbol. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
    "Calleja: Javier Calleja Revilla". BDFutbol. Retrieved 29 November 2018.

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