Juanito (footballer, born 1976)
|Full name||Juan Gutiérrez Moreno|
|Date of birth||23 July 1976|
|Place of birth||Cádiz, Spain|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2000–2001||→ Recreativo (loan)||37||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Cádiz / Betis
Juanito was born in Cádiz. After taking his first steps as a senior with the B-side of hometown's Cádiz CF, he transferred to Andalusia neighbours Real Betis in 1997, appearing three seasons for the reserves; in 2000–01 he was loaned to another outfit in the region, Recreativo de Huelva, in the second division.
Juanito made his debut for Betis' main squad in the 2001–02 campaign, and immediately established himself as a regular starter, often scoring from deadball situations (his first came on 27 January 2002, a last-minute goal against Real Madrid in a 1–1 away draw).
In 2004–05 he netted four goals in 33 games, as Betis achieved qualification honours to the UEFA Champions League, while also winning the 2005 domestic cup. David Rivas, the other stopper, added another four.
In the following three seasons, as Betis constantly battled La Liga relegation successfully, Juanito only missed 13 league matches combined, adding six goals. On 22 April 2007, in a 2–2 draw at RCD Espanyol, he played the last minutes as a goalkeeper due to the dismissal of Pedro Contreras, with a penalty being awarded – Raúl Tamudo equalized.
Atlético / Later years
After being relegated with the Verdiblancos at the end of 2008–09, Juanito moved to Atlético Madrid on a free transfer, aged almost 33. His debut season was shaky, as he started as first-choice, was relegated to the bench, regained his position from Colombian Luis Perea and lost it again; on 4 April 2010 he scored his first goal as a Colchonero, opening the scoresheet at home against Deportivo de La Coruña (3–0).
For the 2010–11 campaign all Atlético stoppers remained with the team, and Uruguayan Diego Godín was also acquired. Hence, Juanito fell further down in the defensive pecking order, only appearing in a Spanish Cup match against Universidad de Las Palmas CF (1–1 home draw, after a 5–0 away win in the first leg); on 11 January 2011 he rescinded his contract with the club, moving to Real Valladolid in the second level shortly after.
Juanito represented Spain at UEFA Euro 2004 and Euro 2008 (playing in the 2–1 win over Greece in the latter tournament) and the 2006 FIFA World Cup, scoring with his head in the 1–0 triumph over Saudi Arabia. That goal was the first ever scored by a Betis player in the competition.
In the 2010 World Cup qualifier against Estonia on 11 October 2008, he netted through another header in a 3–0 away success. He was overlooked however for the finals in South Africa, as the national side emerged victorious.
|1.||1 March 2006||José Zorrilla, Valladolid, Spain||Ivory Coast||3–2||3–2||Friendly|
|2.||23 June 2006||Fritz Walter, Kaiserslautern, Germany||Saudi Arabia||0–1||0–1||2006 World Cup|
|3.||11 October 2008||A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia||Estonia||0–1||0–3||2010 World Cup qualification|
- Atlético Madrid
- Espanyol 2–2 Real Betis; ESPN Soccernet, 22 April 2007
- Juanito leaves Betis for Atlético; UEFA.com, 1 July 2009
- Atlético Madrid 3–0 Deportivo La Coruña; ESPN Soccernet, 4 April 2010
- "Russia 2–0 Sweden & Greece 1–2 Spain". BBC Sport. 18 June 2008. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
- Juanito maintains Spain momentum; UEFA.com, 23 June 2006
- Spain battle to beat Estonia; UEFA.com, 11 October 2008
- Juanito profile at BDFutbol
- National team data
- Juanito at National-Football-Teams.com
- Juanito – FIFA competition record
- Betisweb stats and bio (Spanish)
- Juanito profile at Soccerway