Pedro Contreras

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Pedro Contreras
Personal information
Full name Pedro Contreras González
Date of birth (1972-01-07) 7 January 1972 (age 45)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1996 Real Madrid B 44 (0)
1994–1999 Real Madrid 4 (0)
1996–1997 Rayo Vallecano (loan) 41 (0)
1999–2003 Málaga 146 (0)
2003–2008 Betis 55 (0)
2007–2008 Cádiz (loan) 36 (0)
Total 326 (0)
National team
2002 Spain 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Contreras and the second or maternal family name is González.

Pedro Contreras González (born 7 January 1972) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

He played in 246 La Liga games over the course of 13 seasons, representing in the competition Real Madrid, Rayo Vallecano, Málaga and Betis.

Contreras was called up for Spain at the 2002 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

A product of Real Madrid's youth system, Madrid-born Contreras picked up a UEFA Champions League winner's medal in 1998, even though he did not play a minute during the season. He spent four years with the B-side, Real Madrid Castilla, and appeared in four first-team games in the 1998–99 campaign as the former finished runner-up; for 1996–97, he was loaned out to Rayo Vallecano where he only missed one league match in 42, being however relegated from La Liga.[1]

Contreras moved to Málaga CF in the 1999–2000 season.[2] There, he was the undisputed first-choice, missing only six top division contests from 1999 to 2003.

Contreras signed for Real Betis in the 2003 summer, making 22 league appearances during his debut campaign but none in the following due to injury and the rise of Toni Doblas.[3][4] In 2005–06 he competed in both the UEFA Cup and the Champions League, where he kept a clean sheet against Chelsea in a 1–0 group stage win.[5]

Loaned to Cádiz CF (also in Andalusia, Segunda División) for 2007–08, alongside Dani,[6] Contreras was released at the end of the season. He subsequently retired from the game, and rejoined former club Málaga as a goalkeeping coach.[7]

International career[edit]

Contreras was third-choice for the Spanish national team in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, a late addition to coach José Antonio Camacho's squad after first-choice Santiago Cañizares was injured in a freak accident.[8] He received his only cap in a 0–0 home draw against Paraguay in Logroño, on 16 October of that year.[9]

Honours[edit]

Real Madrid
Málaga
Betis

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