Guti in action for Real Madrid in 2008
|Full name||José María Gutiérrez Hernández|
|Date of birth||31 October 1976|
|Place of birth||Torrejón de Ardoz, Spain|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Real Madrid (youth)|
|1994–1995||Real Madrid C||12||(3)|
|1995–1996||Real Madrid B||26||(11)|
|2013–||Real Madrid (youth)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
During his professional career, he played almost exclusively for Real Madrid – appearing in more than 500 official games and serving as vice-captain – helping the club to 15 trophies, most notably three UEFA Champions League and five La Liga titles.
Guti played 13 times with Spain, making his debut in 1999.
Born in Torrejón de Ardoz, Community of Madrid, Guti began playing for Real Madrid's cantera in 1986, initially as a striker but being later moved to midfield, and remained there for the vast majority of his career. On 2 December 1995 he made his first-team debut against Sevilla FC, with Real Madrid winning 4–1; he finished the season with one goal in nine appearances.
In 1997 Guti added two trophies to his cabinet, La Liga and the Supercopa de España, playing 17 games during the season and scoring once. In 1997–98, he helped the Merengues lift the UEFA Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup, while the player himself added the UEFA U-21 Championship.
The 1999–2000 season started badly for Guti: struggling with the responsibility of replacing Clarence Seedorf, he was sent off for kicking a fallen adversary. This negative trait was often recurrent in his career, as he was shown his marching orders eight times during his career in the league alone. In the campaign, in which he also captured the Champions League, he scored six goals in 28 games; the following year he had his best individual season, netting 14 goals and playing most of the season as a striker, due to injuries to Fernando Morientes, and contributing greatly to the team's 27th league title, and subsequently another domestic Supercup.
After the purchase of Ronaldo in 2002, Guti returned to midfield, and his goalscoring rate went down drastically. During the next two seasons combined he would net eight goals in 63 games, contributing with three in nine matches as the 2001–02 Champions League ended in conquest.
During the 2004–05 campaign, Guti had his lowest season in terms of goal scoring, as he failed to score for the first time in seven seasons with the first team. He only managed to net one official goal, in an international against San Marino in February 2005; in 2005–06, he played 43 games and scored six goals (four in the league and two in European competition).
With the election of Ramón Calderón as club president and his subsequent vow to bring A.C. Milan's Brazilian star Kaká to Real Madrid, Guti's future at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium appeared insecure. He was linked with a move away to cross-town rivals Atlético Madrid but, in the end, decided to stay with Real while Kaká stayed in Italy.
With Zinedine Zidane retired, Guti found himself as the creative playmaker for 2006–07, his preferred position. His excellent short and through pass abilities, especially a performance in a 3–2 home win against Sevilla on 6 May 2007 in which he played just 32 minutes from the bench, contributed to many of the goals which helped Real Madrid become league champions for the 30th time.
On 10 February 2008 Guti scored two goals and three assists in a home game against Real Valladolid, for which he was awarded the Man of the match – Real Madrid won the game 7–0 and ultimately lifted another champions trophy. On 14 September he netted the club's 5000th league goal, in a 4–3 win over CD Numancia.
In 2009–10, already with Kaká on board, Guti still managed to appear significantly in the early stages of the season, netting twice in the league. However, in late October, following the 0–4 shock defeat at AD Alcorcón for the campaign's Copa del Rey, he allegedly insulted coach Manuel Pellegrini at half-time, being then left out of the playing squads for a lengthy period; after being reinstated he suffered with some injuries but, due to the Brazilian also having physical problems, managed to appear regularly until the season's end.
On 25 July 2010, Guti left Madrid after nearly 25 years of service for the club. He said: "I have an offer from Beşiktaş JK, but I haven't decided yet". The deal was concluded the following day, with the player signing a two-year contract. He started in his first official match for the Istanbul-based club, assisting in the game's only goal against Bucaspor.
On 28 November 2010, Guti contributed to Beşiktaş' victory against Galatasaray SK with one goal and one assist. It was the team's first win at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium in eight years. On 11 May 2011, he started as his team won the Turkish Cup against İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor on penalties (4–3, 2–2 after extra time); it was the first domestic cup of his professional career.
Guti announced his retirement from football on 21 September 2012, and further went on to say that "I'm going to train to become a sporting director or a coach and I'd like to train youngsters... I'd really like to coach the Real Madrid youth team. That's my dream."
A Spanish international since 5 May 1999 (Spain-Croatia, 3–1), Guti nevertheless failed to appear in any tournament's final stage for his country, winning a total of 13 caps in approximately six years.
|1.||12 October 2002||Carlos Belmonte, Albacete, Spain||Northern Ireland||2–0||3–0||Euro 2004 qualifying|
|2.||12 February 2003||Son Moix, Palma, Spain||Germany||3–1||3–1||Friendly|
|3.||9 February 2005||Juegos Mediterráneos, Almería, Spain||San Marino||4–0||5–0||2006 World Cup qualification|
Style of play
Originally a striker, Guti later developed into a talented midfield playmaker, who was known in particular for his vision, technique, creativity, passing range, and ability to provide assists for team-mates. A versatile player, he was usually deployed as an attacking midfielder behind the forwards, which was his preferred position, but was also capable of playing as a second striker, as a winger, or in a defensive midfield role as a deep-lying playmaker.
Guti married Arancha de Benito, a Spanish television celebrity, on 22 June 1999. The couple divorced after almost ten years of matrimony and two children, Zaira and Aitor, but remained close friends.
- 1Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
- 2Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, FIFA Club World Cup.
- Real Madrid
- La Liga: 1996–97, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08
- Supercopa de España: 1997, 2001, 2003, 2008
- UEFA Champions League: 1997–98, 1999–2000, 2001–02
- UEFA Super Cup: 2002
- Intercontinental Cup: 1998, 2002
- Spain U18
- Spain U21
- Recital de Guti (Guti recital); El País, 6 May 2007 (Spanish)
- Real Madrid 7–0 Valladolid; Real Madrid's official website, 10 February 2008
- Bernabéu debut slugfest; Real Madrid's official website, 14 September 2008
- Pellegrini se carga a Guti (Pellegrini ousts Guti); Marca, 30 October 2009 (Spanish)
- Guti calls time on his 15-year career at Real Madrid; The Guardian, 25 July 2010
- Guti leaves Real Madrid, set for Besiktas; ESPN Soccernet, 25 July 2010
- Beşiktaş take on Madrid stalwart Guti; UEFA.com, 26 July 2010
- Guti’ye Muhteşem Karşılama (Welcome Guti); Beşiktaş' official website, 26 July 2010 (Turkish)
- Bucaspor 0 – 1 Beşiktaş; Beşiktaş' official website, 16 August 2010 (Turkish)
- Geleneği GUTİ bozdu (Guti ended jinx); TV Spor, 28 November 2010 (Turkish)
- Guti'nin Sözleşmesi Feshedildi; Beşiktaş' official website, 15 November 2011 (Turkish)
- "Guti hangs up his boots". ESPN FC. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
- "España vence a Croacia en la inauguración del Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla" [Spain defeats Croatia in opening of Sevilla Olympic Stadium] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 6 May 1999. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
- "‘Guti could’ve been best ever’". Football España. 12 February 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
- Olly Dawes (27 September 2012). "Appreciating Guti". Football España. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
- Guti y Arantxa de Benito se divorcian tras nueve años (Guti and Arantxa de Benito divorce after nine years); El Mundo, 14 April 2009 (Spanish)
- "Javier Hernández, primo hermano y heredero de Guti del Real Madrid" [Javier Hernández, first cousin and heir of Guti from Real Madrid] (in Spanish). Join Futbol. 29 May 2008. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
- Movie review; La Off-Off Crítica (Spanish)
- "Guti". Soccerway. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
- "Guti". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
- "Guti". European Football. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
- "1998: Iván Pérez applies finishing touch". UEFA.com. Retrieved 19 February 2015.