José García Calvo
García Calvo training with Valladolid in 2007
|Full name||José Antonio García Calvo|
|Date of birth||1 April 1975|
|Place of birth||Madrid, Spain|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|1994–1995||Real Madrid C||7||(0)|
|1994–1997||Real Madrid B||38||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
During his professional career he represented both Madrid clubs, Real and Atlético (but was mainly associated with Valladolid), appearing in 355 La Liga games over the course of 15 seasons and scoring 12 goals.
A product of Real Madrid's youth system, Madrid-born García Calvo appeared in six games for the first team as it won the La Liga championship in the 1996–97 season, eventually totalling only 16 during his spell. His first match came on 2 March 1996, in a 5–0 home win against UD Salamanca (Fernando Sanz, another centre-back from the youth ranks, also played his first top flight match that day); subsequently, he signed with Real Valladolid where he was a main squad regular for four years, scoring his first professional goal in his first year.
Unable to settle at Atlético in his final two years, García Calvo returned to Valladolid in the 2006 summer, helping to a return to the top flight after a three-year absence. He was an undisputed starter throughout the following season, netting in a 2–2 home draw against Deportivo de La Coruña on 2 September 2007 as the Castile-La Mancha side went on to finally retain its status.
Following recurrent foot problems that ailed him throughout 2008–09, Calvo announced his retirement from the game at 34. Immediately afterwards, he was appointed his last club's director of football.
- Real Madrid
- Atlético Madrid
- Spain U21
- Spanish Cumpleanos: Javier Irureta; Goal, 1 April 2010
- Goles de oficio y a la contra (Know-how and counterattack goals); Mundo Deportivo, 3 March 1996 (in Spanish)
- García Calvo cuelga las botas (García Calvo hangs boots); Real Valladolid, 13 July 2009 (in Spanish)
- Poca luz para tanto estreno (Too little light for so many premieres); El País, 22 August 2002 (in Spanish)