Juan Elía

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Juantxo Elía
Personal information
Full name Juan José Elía Vallejo
Date of birth (1979-01-24) 24 January 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth Pamplona, Spain
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1993–1997 Osasuna
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2002 Osasuna B 109 (0)
2002–2008 Osasuna 40 (0)
2002–2003 Ourense (loan) 36 (0)
2008–2010 Murcia 61 (0)
Total 246 (0)
National team
1997 Spain U17 4 (0)
1996–1998 Spain U18 10 (0)
1998 Spain U20 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Juan José 'Juantxo' Elía Vallejo (born 24 January 1979) is a Spanish retired professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

Football career[edit]

Born in Pamplona, Navarre, Elía spent the bulk of his professional career with hometown's CA Osasuna, save a loan at modest CD Ourense. During the 2004–05 campaign he played a career-high 22 La Liga games, but served mostly as a backup during his spell with his main club, 15 years including his formative ones.[1]

In August 2008, Elía joined Real Murcia, freshly relegated into the second division.[2] He was first-choice in his debut season but the club only finished in mid-table, being relegated in the following with him appearing in 24 matches.[3]

Elía retired from football in September 2010 at the age of 31, due to persistent back problems.[4]


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