Javier de Pedro

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Javi de Pedro
Personal information
Full name Francisco Javier de Pedro Falque
Date of birth (1973-08-04) 4 August 1973 (age 43)
Place of birth Logroño, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1994 Real Sociedad B 48 (12)
1993–2004 Real Sociedad 304 (45)
2004 Blackburn Rovers 2 (0)
2005 Perugia 5 (0)
2005–2006 IFK Göteborg 0 (0)
2006 Ergotelis 0 (0)
2006–2007 Burgos 5 (0)
2007 Vera 0 (0)
Total 364 (57)
National team
1991 Spain U18 3 (0)
1994–1996 Spain U21 4 (0)
1998–2003 Spain 12 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is De Pedro and the second or maternal family name is Falque.

Francisco Javier "Javi" de Pedro Falque (born 4 August 1973 in Logroño, La Rioja) is a Spanish retired footballer.

He played as a left midfielder, mainly with Real Sociedad, and possessed a thunderous left-foot shot. He also played professionally in four other countries.

De Pedro represented Spain at the 2002 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

A product of Real Sociedad's youth system, de Pedro first appeared with the main squad on 7 November 1993, subbing in in a 1–3 home defeat against UE Lleida. Subsequently he became an essential element with the La Liga side, creating opportunities and scoring alike: in the 2002–03 season he contributed with 29 games and three goals as the Basques finished in second position, trailing eventual champions Real Madrid by only two points.

De Pedro joined Blackburn Rovers in mid-June 2004, after he had been refused a move to Southampton the previous year, playing out undetermined the remaining season of his contract.[1] He made his debut for his new team on 14 August in a 1–1 Premier League home draw against West Bromwich Albion, before being substituted by Tugay Kerimoğlu for the second half of the match.[2]

On 31 January 2005, in the last day of the campaign's winter transfer window, de Pedro was released by Blackburn on a free transfer[3] and signed for Perugia Calcio, where he played only a few matches before joining Swedish club IFK Göteborg, thanks to the presence of former Real Sociedad teammate Håkan Mild, now their director of football; he left after only a few days due to personal reasons, in December.

Afterwards, de Pedro would only play some exhibition matches with Ergotelis F.C. from the Football League (Greece). He subsequently returned to Spain to sign with historic Burgos CF, but appeared very rarely for the Segunda División B team.

De Pedro started 2007–08, alongside former teammate (in both Real Sociedad and country) Agustín Aranzábal, with regional club CD Vera Puerto de la Cruz in the Canary Islands,[4] but was dismissed by the team's coach due to a lack of commitment. He retired from football after this experience, and subsequently focused on getting the trainer degree.

International career[edit]

Having made his debut with Spain on 23 September 1998 in a friendly match against Russia in Granada,[5] de Pedro appeared at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where he played in all the matches as a starter. His last cap came in 2003.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 18 November 1998 Arechi, Salerno, Italy  Italy 1–1 2–2 Friendly
2. 30 April 2003 Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain  Ecuador 1–0 4–0 Friendly


Spain U21


  1. ^ De Pedro bound for Blackburn; UEFA.com, 16 June 2004
  2. ^ Blackburn 1–1 West Brom; BBC Sport, 14 August 2004
  3. ^ Blackburn release winger De Pedro; BBC Sport, 31 January 2005
  4. ^ El CD Vera de las "estrellas" se presentó ayer sin la más brillante, Javier De Pedro ("Star"-studded CD Vera presented yesterday without the most shining, Javier De Pedro; El Día, 11 August 2007 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ "Camacho debuta con épica" [Camacho has epic debut] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 24 September 1998. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Italia ya ganó un Europeo a España en el 1996" [Italy has already won European Championships against Spain in 1996] (in Spanish). Orgullo Bianconero. 18 June 2013. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 

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