José María Movilla

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José María Movilla
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Movilla with Zaragoza in 2012
Personal information
Full name José María Movilla Cubero
Date of birth (1975-02-08) 8 February 1975 (age 44)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1997 Moscardó 63 (3)
1995–1996Numancia (loan) 30 (2)
1997 Ourense 3 (0)
1998–2001 Málaga 133 (8)
2001–2004 Atlético Madrid 73 (2)
2004Zaragoza (loan) 15 (0)
2004–2007 Zaragoza 84 (1)
2007–2009 Murcia 50 (1)
2009–2012 Rayo Vallecano 119 (5)
2012–2014 Zaragoza 42 (0)
Total 612 (22)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

José María Movilla Cubero (born 8 February 1975) is a Spanish retired professional footballer who played mainly as a central midfielder.

He played in 299 La Liga matches in exactly ten seasons, representing mainly Zaragoza and retiring well into his 30s.[1][2]

Football career[edit]

An unsuccessful graduate from Real Madrid's system, Madrid-born Movilla started his professional career with modest clubs: CD Colonia Moscardó, CD Numancia and CD Ourense. In January 1998 he switched to Málaga CF, being an instrumental figure in the Andalusia side's promotion from Segunda División B into La Liga in just two years.[3]

Returning to Segunda División, Movilla joined Atlético Madrid, where he managed another promotion in the 2001–02 season while playing in all 38 games. He would arrive on loan to Real Zaragoza in January 2004, helping them avoid top flight relegation and win the Copa del Rey.

The move was made permanent subsequently, and Movilla played three additional campaigns with the Aragonese, after which he joined newly promoted Real Murcia. At the start of 2008–09, with the club now in the second division, he was, alongside Francisco Gallardo, ousted from the squad by coach Javier Clemente, only being reinstated after his sacking in December 2008.[4]

On 4 July 2009, Movilla moved close to home as he signed a two-year contract with Rayo Vallecano.[5] In his second, he was an instrumental player in a return to the top flight after eight years (41 matches, 3,269 minutes).[6]

Movilla, who celebrated his 37th birthday in February, played all 38 league games in 2011–12, being essential as Rayo retained their division status.[7] He scored the first of his two goals during the season in the opener against Athletic Bilbao, a 1–1 away draw.[8]

Movilla returned to Zaragoza for 2012–13, signing for one year.[9] On 4 January 2013, after a 1–2 home loss to Real Betis, he became the club's oldest player to make an official appearance at the age of 37 years and 332 days, surpassing Enrique Yarza[10] as the campaign went on to end in relegation.

On 28 January 2014, after making negative remarks about the club in the social networks, Movilla was suspended for 30 days.[11] He was released the following month alongside Javier Paredes, finding about the news through Zaragoza's website.[12]




Atlético Madrid


  1. ^ El doble récord de 'Movi' ('Movi's double record); El Periódico de Aragón, 6 September 2012 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Zanetti, Giggs, Scholes y el señor Movilla (Zanetti, Giggs, Scholes and Mr. Movilla); El Periódico de Aragón, 6 September 2012 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Gallardo, Antonio (30 June 2012). "El nuevo Málaga cumple los 20 años en Champions" [New Málaga celebrate 20 years in Champions] (in Spanish). Diario AS. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  4. ^ Jaén, Javier (24 August 2008). "La limpieza de Clemente llega ya a su tercera fase" [Clemente's cleansing reaches stage three] (in Spanish). Diario AS. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  5. ^ Movilla jugará en el Rayo (Movilla will play with Rayo); Liga Fútbol, 5 July 2009 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ De Oro, Juan Carlos (22 November 2011). "Movilla será centenario con el Rayo Vallecano" [Movilla to reach century with Rayo Vallecano] (in Spanish). Rayo Herald. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Videonoticia – Movilla: "Me siento orgulloso de mis 37 años"" [Videonews – Movilla: "I feel proud of my 37 years"] (in Spanish). El Periódico de Aragón. 4 September 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  8. ^ Solid return for Vallecano; ESPN Soccernet, 28 August 2011
  9. ^ Movilla regresa al Zaragoza (Movilla returns to Zaragoza); Diario AS, 4 September 2012 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Movilla, el más veterano en jugar con el Zaragoza (Movilla, the most veteran to play with Zaragoza); El Periódico de Aragón, 5 January 2013 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ El Zaragoza suspende a Movilla de empleo y sueldo (Zaragoza suspends Movilla without pay); Marca, 28 January 2014 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ El Zaragoza despide a Movilla y Paredes (Zaragoza fires Movilla and Paredes); Marca, 25 February 2014 (in Spanish)

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