Casquero as a Getafe player (2010)
|Full name||Francisco Javier Casquero Paredes|
|Date of birth||11 March 1976|
|Place of birth||Talavera de la Reina, Spain|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1997||→ Cultural Leonesa (loan)||17||(1)|
|1999–2000||Atlético Madrid B||38||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Talavera de la Reina, Province of Toledo, Casquero starting playing professionally with local CD Toledo in the second division, also being loaned for six months to lowly Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa.
Sevilla / Santander
In the following season, Casquero joined Sevilla FC in the same tier, and with four goals in 38 games he helped the Andalusians achieve promotion after a one-year absence, making his La Liga debut on 26 August 2001 in a 1–2 home loss against FC Barcelona. He would score seven goals in his first top flight campaign.
Known for his powerful shot, Casquero went on to become one of Sevilla's most effective players, helping in the team's top level consolidation, with two sixth-places from 2003 to 2005 (although he appeared scarcely in the second). After that, he was deemed surplus to requirements and joined Racing de Santander, where he played one season in the top division.
Already a veteran, Casquero moved for 2006–07 to Madrid's Getafe CF, quickly becoming an undisputed starter. On 10 May 2007, he was one of three players on target in a 4–0 home defeat of Barcelona for the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey, which meant qualification for the decisive match for the first time ever after a 6–5 aggregate win.
Casquero was instrumental in the side's quarter-final run in the UEFA Cup, notably scoring in that stage against FC Bayern Munich in a 3–3 home draw and 4–4 aggregate loss. In the 2007–08 season he appeared in a total of 50 official matches, netting seven times.
On 21 April 2009, in the last minute of a 2–3 loss at Real Madrid, Casquero was involved in an incident with Pepe (with the score then at 2–2): he was fouled in the area by the Portuguese, and then kicked twice while still on the ground after the penalty kick was awarded. He shot it awkwardly, and Gonzalo Higuaín scored in the next play for the final defeat.
Challenged by new signing Daniel Parejo in the following two seasons, Casquero still appeared in 59 games combined, netting six goals as Getafe consecutively managed to retain its top flight status. Aged 36, he was released by the club in July 2012.
On 24 July 2012, Casquero signed a one-year contract with UD Almería. He was released on the very last day of the following year's January transfer window before signing with another side in division two, Sporting de Gijón, the following month.
- Casquero, del Toledo, fichado (Toledo's Casquero, signed); Mundo Deportivo, 26 February 1999 (in Spanish)
- Juan Carlos se va al Atlético (Juan Carlos goes to Atlético); Mundo Deportivo, 23 June 2000 (in Spanish)
- El Sevilla, a Primera por la puerta grande (Sevilla, to Primera through the front door); Mundo Deportivo, 4 June 2001 (in Spanish)
- Un castigo inmerecido (Undeserved punishment); El País, 10 April 2008 (in Spanish)
- El Athletic vuelve a naufragar en el Coliseum (0–0) (Athletic again stranded at the Coliseum (0–0)); El Mundo, 8 January 2012 (in Spanish)
- Casquero, Esteban y Silva inician una nueva etapa (Casquero, Esteban and Silva's new lease of life); Mundo Deportivo, 8 July 2005 (in Spanish)
- K.O. histórico del Barça (Historical Barça K.O.); El Mundo, 10 May 2007 (in Spanish)
- Getafe 3–3 Bayern Munich; ESPN Soccernet, 10 April 2008
- La salvajada de Pepe le dejará sin clásico (Pepe's savagery will leave him out of El Clásico); Marca, 21 April 2009 (in Spanish)
- Higuaín caps late Madrid fightback; UEFA.com, 21 April 2009
- Casquero: "En Getafe he vivido los seis mejores años de mi carrera" (Casquero: "I had the best six years of my career in Getafe"); Marca, 6 July 2012 (in Spanish)
- El Almería ficha a Javi Casquero (Almería sign Javi Casquero) Archived 27 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine.; UD Almería, 24 July 2012 (in Spanish)
- Casquero, nuevo jugador rojiblanco (Casquero, new red-and-white player) Archived 19 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine.; Sporting Gijón, 20 February 2013 (in Spanish)