Moisés García León

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Moisés
Personal information
Full name Moisés García León
Date of birth (1971-07-10) 10 July 1971 (age 45)
Place of birth Zaragoza, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Club information
Current team
Zaragoza (assistant)
Youth career
Zaragoza
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 Zaragoza B 35 (23)
1988–1994 Zaragoza 42 (8)
1994–1996 Osasuna 50 (11)
1996 Leganés 16 (13)
1997–1998 Celta 23 (7)
1998–2001 Villarreal 93 (28)
2001–2002 Sevilla 43 (14)
2003 Córdoba 23 (6)
2003–2005 Elche 74 (27)
2005–2007 Hércules 70 (22)
2007 Poli Ejido 4 (0)
2008–2009 Gimnàstic 53 (12)
2009–2010 Huesca 33 (4)
2010–2011 La Muela 28 (3)
Total 587 (178)
National team
1988–1989 Spain U19 4 (2)
1989 Spain U20 3 (1)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Huesca (assistant)
2012–2013 Hércules (assistant)
2013– Zaragoza (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Moisés García León (born 10 July 1971), known simply as Moisés, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a centre forward.

In a 21-year professional career (23 seasons in total) he played for 13 teams – including Zaragoza, Celta, Villarreal and Sevilla in La Liga – amassing totals of 552 games and 155 goals, 163/40 in the top flight.

Playing career[edit]

A product of hometown Real Zaragoza's youth system, Moisés was born in Zaragoza, Aragon. He was only 17 when he made his debut with the first team on 6 November 1988 in a 2–1 home win against Real Murcia, being the youngest player to ever appear in La Liga for the club;[1] however, he could never break into the starting XI.

After two-and-a-half seasons in the second division, with CA Osasuna and CD Leganés, Moisés returned to the top flight with Celta de Vigo, but appeared sparingly during his stay in Galicia. In 1999–2000, he was instrumental in helping Villarreal CF return to the latter competition as he scored 17 goals, joint-second best in the competition.

Moisés managed to stay in the Spanish top level until December 2002, receiving relative playing time with both the Yellow Submarine and Sevilla FC. From there onwards he resumed his career solely in division two, with very good scoring records (in 2008–09, at already 37, his goals proved crucial in the campaign's final stretch, as Gimnàstic de Tarragona finally escaped the relegation zone).

Aged 39, Moisés signed with amateurs CD La Muela, promoted to the third tier for the first time ever, thus returning to his native region after a two-decade absence.

Coaching career[edit]

After La Muela's immediate relegation back, Moisés retired from football and returned to former club SD Huesca, joining Quique Hernández's coaching staff early into the season as the pair helped the team finally retain their second division status.

On 22 October 2012, in the same predicament and also in level two, he joined Hércules CF and reunited with Hernández, who had been appointed following the sacking of Juan Carlos Mandiá.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Moisés' brothers, Eduardo, Gerardo and Manuel, were also professional footballers. The second, a defender, totalled 240 matches in the first division, representing most notably Málaga CF.[3][4]

Honours[edit]

Zaragoza

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kevin Lacruz debutó con el primer equipo del Real Zaragoza en liga (Kevin Lacruz made league debut with Real Zaragoza's first team); Join Futbol, 14 September 2009 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ "Quique Hernández releva a Mandiá en el Hércules" [Quique Hernández replaces Mandiá in Hércules]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 22 October 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Dos hermanos, un sueño y los mismos colores" [Two brothers, one dream and the same colours]. Marca (in Spanish). 3 August 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "El adiós del trotamundos del fútbol" [The globetrotter of football's goodbye]. Marca (in Spanish). 3 June 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 

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