Keko (footballer, born 1991)

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Keko
Sergio Gontán Keko.jpg
Keko with Catania in 2011
Personal information
Full name Sergio Gontán Gallardo
Date of birth (1991-12-27) 27 December 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Málaga
Number 20
Youth career
2004–2008 Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Atlético Madrid B 43 (6)
2009–2011 Atlético Madrid 1 (0)
2010 Valladolid (loan) 13 (0)
2010–2011 Cartagena (loan) 14 (0)
2011 Girona (loan) 11 (0)
2011–2014 Catania 23 (1)
2012 Grosseto (loan) 10 (0)
2014–2015 Albacete 33 (6)
2015–2016 Eibar 29 (3)
2016– Málaga 13 (0)
National team
2007 Spain U16 4 (0)
2007–2008 Spain U17 11 (5)
2009 Spain U18 3 (1)
2009–2010 Spain U19 10 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:50, 26 March 2017 (UTC).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Gontán and the second or maternal family name is Gallardo.

Sergio Gontán Gallardo (born 27 December 1991), known as Keko, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Málaga CF as a right winger.

Club career[edit]

Atlético Madrid[edit]

A product of hometown Atlético Madrid's youth ranks, Madrid-born Keko made his first-team – and La Liga – debut on 12 September 2009, taking the field as a 63rd-minute substitute in a 1–1 home draw against Racing de Santander, aged just 17. Speaking to Diario AS after the match, he said: "The truth is that I have always dreamed of playing in this stadium, despite the draw, it was a dream come true. I did not think about the protests outside the ground, and I only wanted to score. I hope to have more chances, but I have to be calm and see what the coach decides."[1]

Late in January 2010, Keko was loaned to fellow league club Real Valladolid, until the end of the season. He made his debut for his new team against Valencia CF, appearing as a late replacement in an eventual 0–2 away loss on 6 February.[2]

Keko split the 2010–11 campaign with two Segunda División sides, FC Cartagena and Girona FC,[3] appearing in 25 matches combined (nine starts, 952 minutes) as both managed to maintain their league status.

Catania[edit]

On 19 July 2011, after he failed to renew his contract with Atlético Madrid, Keko completed a transfer to Calcio Catania in Italy, signing a three-year deal and being awarded the No. 15 jersey at the Sicilian club.[4] On 7 January 2012, however, along with teammate Fabio Sciacca, he joined Serie B's U.S. Grosseto F.C. on loan.[5]

Keko scored on his Serie A debut on 24 February 2013, starting and contributing to a 2–1 away win over Parma FC.[6] He was released by Catania in May 2014.

Albacete[edit]

On 28 August 2014, Keko signed a 1+1 deal with Albacete Balompié, freshly promoted to the second level.[7] He totalled more than 2,500 minutes of action during his first and only season, notably scoring a brace in a 3–2 success at UE Llagostera on 21 May 2015 that confirmed the club's survival.[8]

Eibar[edit]

On 9 July 2015, Keko moved to SD Eibar in the top division after agreeing to a two-year contract.[9] He scored his first goal in the competition on 30 December, netting the first in a 2–0 home win against Sporting de Gijón.[10]

Málaga[edit]

On 21 June 2016, Keko joined Málaga CF on a four-year deal.[11]

International career[edit]

Keko participated in the 2008 UEFA European Under-17 Championship with Spain, helping his country to eventual victory in the tournament and scoring in the final, a 4–0 win over France.[12]

Honours[edit]

International[edit]

Spain[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Atletico Madrid's Keko delighted with debut against Racing Santander". Goal.com. 13 September 2009. Retrieved 26 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Villa strikes as Valencia triumph". ESPN Soccernet. 6 February 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Keko se va al Girona y el Pontevedra pide la cesión de Riau" [Keko goes to Girona and Pontevedra wants Riau on loan] (in Spanish). La Verdad. 26 January 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Keko ficha por el Catania" [Keko signs for Catania] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Catania, ufficiale Keko e Sciacca a Grosseto (Catania, official Keko and Sciacca to Grosseto); Calcio Mercato, 7 January 2012 (Italian)
  6. ^ "Parma 1–2 Catania". ESPN FC. 24 February 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Keko Gontán llega al Albacete Balompié (Keko Gontán arrives at Albacete Balompié); Vavel, 28 August 2014 (Spanish)
  8. ^ El Albacete sella la salvación a costa de la gran racha azulgrana (Albacete seals salvation at the expense of great azulgrana run); Marca, 21 May 2015 (Spanish)
  9. ^ El Eibar firma por dos temporadas al delantero Keko, procedente del Albacete (Eibar signs forward Keko for two seasons, from Albacete); SD Eibar, 9 July 2015 (Spanish)
  10. ^ Keko y Bastón sonríen al fin de año (Keko and Bastón smile at the end of the year); Marca, 30 December 2015 (Spanish)
  11. ^ Málaga CF signs Sergio Gontán ‘Keko’; Málaga CF, 21 June 2016
  12. ^ a b Saffer, Paul (16 May 2008). "Stupendous Spain win U17 crown". UEFA.com. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 

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