Juanito (footballer, born 1976)

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Juanito
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Juanito after training with Betis in 2009
Personal information
Full name Juan Gutiérrez Moreno
Date of birth (1976-07-23) 23 July 1976 (age 40)
Place of birth Cádiz, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Cádiz
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 Cádiz B 8 (0)
1995 Cádiz 1 (0)
1997–2000 Betis B 98 (7)
2000–2009 Betis 255 (19)
2000–2001 Recreativo (loan) 37 (0)
2009–2011 Atlético Madrid 17 (2)
2011–2012 Valladolid 24 (0)
Total 440 (28)
National team
2002–2008 Spain 26 (3)
Teams managed
2012–2015 Betis B (assistant)
2015–2016 San Roque

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Gutiérrez and the second or maternal family name is Moreno.

Juan Gutiérrez Moreno (born 23 July 1976), commonly known as Juanito, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender, and a current manager.

A player of physical display, he is also noted for his excellent aerial ability. He spent the bulk of his career with Betis, appearing in more than 300 official games and winning one Copa del Rey.

With the Spanish national team, Juanito appeared in one World Cup and two European Championships, contributing to the conquest of Euro 2008.

Club career[edit]

Cádiz / Betis[edit]

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 team in the region, Recreativo de Huelva in Segunda División.

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.[1][2]

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.[3]

Atlético / Later years[edit]

After being relegated with the Verdiblancos at the end of 2008–09, Juanito moved to Atlético Madrid on a free transfer, aged almost 33.[4] 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).[5]

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 terminated his contract with the club, moving to Real Valladolid in the second level shortly after.

In August 2012, Juanito returned to Betis as assistant coach of their youth team,[6] and two months later he was promoted to the same role at the reserve side.[7] He was given his first job managing in his own right in June 2015, taking the reins at CD San Roque de Lepe for the upcoming Segunda División B campaign; he was sacked in March 2016, as they occupied a relegation place.[8]

International career[edit]

Juanito made his international debut for Spain on 21 August 2002 against Hungary, in a testimonial for Ferenc Puskás.[9] His first goal for the national side came on 1 March 2006, in a 3–2 friendly win against Ivory Coast.[10]

Juanito represented Spain at UEFA Euro 2004[11] and 2008 (playing in the 2–1 win over Greece in the latter tournament[12]) and the 2006 FIFA World Cup, scoring with his head in the 1–0 triumph over Saudi Arabia.[13] 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, Juanito netted through another header in a 3–0 away success.[14] He was overlooked however for the finals in South Africa, as the national team emerged victorious.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Betis
Atlético Madrid

International[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Con ocho basta si están Juanito y Rivas" [Eight is enough when Juanito and Rivas are around] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 28 October 2002. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "¿Qué fue de los héroes de la 2004/05? (Episodio I)" [What happened to 2004/05's heroes? (Episode I)] (in Spanish). Vídeos del Betis. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Espanyol 2–2 Real Betis; ESPN Soccernet, 22 April 2007
  4. ^ Juanito leaves Betis for Atlético; UEFA.com, 1 July 2009
  5. ^ Atlético Madrid 3–0 Deportivo La Coruña; ESPN Soccernet, 4 April 2010
  6. ^ "Juanito regresa al Betis como entrenador" [Juanito returns to Betis as manager] (in Spanish). Diario de Sevilla. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Juanito, un campeón de Europa para el banquillo del San Roque de Lepe" [Juanito, a European champion for San Roque de Lepe's bench] (in Spanish). ABC. 22 June 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "La emotiva carta de despedida de Juanito tras ser destituido por el San Roque de Lepe" [Juanito's emotional farewell letter after being dismissed by San Roque de Lepe] (in Spanish). ABC. 8 March 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "Poca luz para tanto estreno" [Too little light for so many premieres] (in Spanish). El País. 22 August 2002. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  10. ^ "España remonta ante Costa de Marfil (3–2)" [Spain comes from behind against Ivory Coast (3–2)] (in Spanish). Cadena SER. 1 March 2006. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  11. ^ "Sáez selects Spain squad". UEFA.com. 20 May 2004. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  12. ^ "Russia 2–0 Sweden & Greece 1–2 Spain". BBC Sport. 18 June 2008. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  13. ^ Juanito maintains Spain momentum; UEFA.com, 23 June 2006
  14. ^ Spain battle to beat Estonia; UEFA.com, 11 October 2008
  15. ^ Dani delivers for Betis; UEFA.com, 12 June 2005

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