Jesús García Sanjuán

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Jesús García Sanjuán
Personal information
Full name Jesús García Sanjuán
Date of birth (1971-08-22) 22 August 1971 (age 45)
Place of birth Zaragoza, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Zaragoza
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1991 Zaragoza B 31 (1)
1991–1998 Zaragoza 180 (5)
1997 Wolves (loan) 4 (0)
1998–1999 Villarreal 22 (0)
1999–2000 Córdoba 26 (0)
2000–2001 Airdrie 22 (5)
2001–2003 Kilmarnock 31 (0)
Total 316 (11)
National team
1989 Spain U18 5 (0)
1991 Spain U19 3 (0)
1992–1994 Spain U21 13 (0)
1991–1992 Spain U23 7 (1)
1998–2002 Aragon 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is García and the second or maternal family name is Sanjuán.

Jesús García Sanjuán (born 22 August 1971) is a Spanish retired footballer who played mostly as a central midfielder.

Best known for his spell with Real Zaragoza, he helped it win the 1995 Cup Winners' Cup, then finished his professional career in Scotland where he represented two clubs.

Club career[edit]

Zaragoza[edit]

A youth product of Real Zaragoza, Sanjuán was born in Zaragoza, and made his debut for the first team on 24 April 1991 in a 0–1 away loss against Sporting de Gijón. Almost never an undisputed starter for the Aragonese, he featured heavily during his seven 1/2 professional seasons with the club, most notably amassing totals of 93 games and four goals in La Liga from 1991 to 1994.

The peak of Sanjuán's time with Zaragoza was winning the 1995 Cup Winners' Cup, in a 2–1 extra time win over Arsenal in Paris – he played 36 minutes in the final, as a substitute.[1][2] The previous campaign, he had won the Copa del Rey with the side, beating Celta de Vigo on penalties and also featuring from the bench.

Sanjuán had a brief loan spell at English First Division team Wolverhampton Wanderers during autumn 1997, making four league appearances. He also featured three times in that season's Football League Cup, scoring the winning goal at Fulham.

Being definitely released by Zaragoza in June 1998, Sanjuán also played in Spain with Villarreal CF and Córdoba CF. With the former, he faced top level relegation after losing the play-offs to Sevilla FC.

Scotland[edit]

Sanjuán returned to the United Kingdom in 2000, with Scotland's Airdrieonians, as one of a series of Spanish players recruited by manager Steve Archibald. After eight months, amid spiralling financial problems, the club sold him to Kilmarnock[3] where he played two Scottish Premier League seasons, now mostly in a sweeper position, before retiring in 2003; he scored his only goal for the latter in a 3–0 win over the former for the Scottish Cup, on 5 January 2002.[4]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Zaragoza

Country[edit]

Spain U21

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1994/95: Nayim's bolt from the blue sinks Arsenal". UEFA.com. 1 June 1995. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "¿Qué fue de 'los héroes de París'?" [What happened to the 'heroes of Paris'?] (in Spanish). Heraldo de Aragón. 4 May 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Killie swoop for Spanish duo; BBC Sport, 28 March 2001
  4. ^ "Killie's Latins dance past Airdrie". BBC Sport. 5 January 2002. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 

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