Luis Helguera

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Luis Helguera
Personal information
Full name Luis Helguera Bujía
Date of birth (1976-06-09) 9 June 1976 (age 40)
Place of birth Ferrol, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 Manchego 72 (3)
1997–1999 Zaragoza B 64 (3)
1998–2000 Zaragoza 20 (0)
2000–2003 Udinese 54 (1)
2002–2003 Alavés (loan) 22 (0)
2003–2005 Fiorentina 10 (0)
2004 Ancona (loan) 13 (0)
2005–2008 Vicenza 109 (0)
2008–2013 Huesca 185 (8)
Total 440 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Helguera and the second or maternal family name is Bujía.

Luis Helguera Bujía (born 9 June 1976) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a midfielder.

He is the younger brother of former Real Madrid, Valencia and Spain defender Iván Helguera whom, like him, played abroad in Italy.[1]

Football career[edit]

Helguera was born in Ferrol, Galicia. After beginning with lowly Club Deportivo Manchego he moved to La Liga with Real Zaragoza, where he appeared sporadically during three seasons (his most games being 16 in 1999–2000, as the Aragon team finished fourth).

After his older brother, Iván, had played one season at A.S. Roma, Helguera also moved to Italy, representing Udinese Calcio for two years with a Deportivo Alavés loan in between.[2] Also in that country he competed a further six campaigns, mostly in Serie B, returning in 2008 to his homeland to sign with a second division newcomer, SD Huesca.

Helguera rarely missed a game for the club during his spell, helping it consecutively retain its status. In 2010–11 he also collected a season-worse 20 yellow cards, in 37 matches; he retired in June 2013 at the age of 37 following the team's relegation, amassing second level totals of 185 games and eight goals over the course of five seasons.

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