Recio (footballer)

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Recio playing for Málaga in 2015
Personal information
Full name José Luis García del Pozo
Date of birth (1991-01-11) 11 January 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Málaga, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 14
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Málaga B 16 (0)
2010– Málaga 107 (3)
2013–2014 Granada (loan) 45 (4)
National team
2011 Spain U20 6 (0)
2011 Spain U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 February 2017.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is García and the second or maternal family name is Del Pozo.

José Luis García del Pozo (born 11 January 1991), known as Recio, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Málaga CF as a central midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Málaga, Andalusia, Recio was a product of local Málaga CF's youth system. He made his first-team debut on 11 November 2010 shortly after the arrival of manager Manuel Pellegrini who succeeded sacked Jesualdo Ferreira, starting in a Copa del Rey 3–2 home win against Hércules CF, in the round-of-32's second leg (3–2 on aggregate).[1] Ten days later he first appeared in La Liga, again as a starter but in a 0–3 loss at Deportivo de La Coruña.[2]

Late into the month, after performing solidly in his first matches, Recio signed his first professional contract, linking him with Málaga until the summer of 2015.[3] On 5 December 2010 he scored his first goal as a senior, in a 4–1 home win against Racing de Santander.[4]

On 9 January 2013, after featuring rarely during the first half of the season, Recio was loaned to neighbouring and fellow league club Granada CF, until June.[5] He made his debut five days later, coming on as a substitute in a 2−2 away draw against Getafe CF;[6] he netted his first goal for the side on the 19th, in a 2−0 home success over Rayo Vallecano that also was his first start.[7]

International career[edit]

On 24 March 2011, courtesy of his performances with Málaga's first team, Recio made his debut with Spain under-21s, in a friendly against France.[8] Also in that year he represented his country in the FIFA U-20 World Cup held in Colombia, appearing in four games in an eventual quarter-final exit.


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