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 42)
Place of birth Ferrol, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1984–1995 Racing Santander
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)
2002–2003Alavés (loan) 22 (0)
2003–2005 Fiorentina 10 (0)
2004Ancona (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

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

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.[1] He competed a further six campaigns also in that country, mostly in Serie B, returning in 2008 to his homeland to sign with a second division newcomer, SD Huesca.[2]

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.[3]

On 6 August 2015, Helguera was named UD Las Palmas' technical secretary.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Helguera was the younger brother of former Real Madrid, Valencia and Spain defender Iván Helguera. Both played abroad in Italy.[5]


  1. ^ "Alavés opt for Helguera". UEFA. 27 July 2002. Retrieved 30 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Luis Helguera, refuerzo de lujo para el club oscense" [Luis Helguera, deluxe signing for club from Huesca]. Marca (in Spanish). 1 September 2008. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  3. ^ Ignacio Martín (20 February 2017). "«Tengo clarísimo que viviré en Zaragoza, algún día volveré»" [«It's clear as can be I will live in Zaragoza, I will return someday»]. El Periódico de Aragón (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  4. ^ Toni Cruz (6 August 2015). "Luis Helguera, nuevo secretario técnico de la UD" [Luis Helguera, new UD technical secretary] (in Spanish). Vavel. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  5. ^ "El exzaragocista Luis Helguera apuesta por su hermano Iván" [Former zaragocista Luis Helguera bets on brother Iván]. El Periódico de Aragón (in Spanish). 16 March 2004. Retrieved 7 March 2014.

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