Juanito (footballer, born 1980)

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Juanito
Personal information
Full name Juan Jesús Gutiérrez Robles
Date of birth (1980-02-17) 17 February 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Málaga, Spain
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Almería (assistant)
Youth career
Málaga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2003 Málaga B 52 (6)
2002–2005 Málaga 47 (2)
2005–2006 Alavés 37 (0)
2006–2007 Real Sociedad 28 (1)
2007–2009 Almería 61 (1)
2009–2011 Málaga 36 (0)
2011 Almería 9 (0)
2011–2013 Asteras Tripoli 21 (0)
Total 291 (10)
Teams managed
2016– Almería (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Juan Jesús Gutiérrez Robles (born 17 February 1980), known as Juanito, is a Spanish retired footballer who played mainly as a defensive midfielder, and the current assistant manager of UD Almería.

Over the course of nine seasons he amassed La Liga totals of 218 games and four goals, mainly with Málaga (five years) and Almería (three). He also played abroad in Greece late into his career.

Football career[edit]

Juanito was born in Málaga, Andalusia. Earlier a central defender he grew through the ranks of hometown's Málaga CF, making his La Liga debut on 1 September 2002 in a 3–2 away win against neighbours Recreativo de Huelva.[1] After three years he played one season each with Deportivo Alavés and Real Sociedad, with both teams eventually being relegated to Segunda División.

Juanito joined UD Almería in the 2007–08 campaign, where he was successfully reconverted into a defensive midfielder, being an important first-team member during two top flight seasons. In August 2009 he returned to his first club Málaga, replacing Lolo, a player who occupied his same positions and had returned from his loan to neighbouring Sevilla FC.[2]

Juanito's first game in his second spell was on 2009–10's opener, starting in a 3–0 home win against Atlético Madrid.[3] He finished the season with 30 games – 25 starts – as the side narrowly avoided relegation, after ranking 17th.

In December 2010, shortly after the arrival of manager Manuel Pellegrini, Juanito was deemed surplus to requirements, alongside five other players.[4] On 4 January 2011 he was released by Málaga with Albert Luque[5] and, 11 days later, he returned to former club Almería, penning a five-month contract.[6]

On 19 January 2011 Juanito made his official debut for Almería, in a 3–2 win at Deportivo de La Coruña (4–2 on aggregate) which meant the club reached the semifinals of the Copa del Rey for the first time ever.[7] In July, after his team was relegated from the top flight, he was released, going on to spend two years in the Superleague Greece with Asteras Tripoli F.C. and retire afterwards, aged 33.

On 14 June 2016, Juanito returned to Almería as Fernando Soriano's assistant manager.[8]

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