Unai Vergara

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Full name Unai Vergara Díez-Caballero
Date of birth (1977-01-20) 20 January 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth Portugalete, Spain
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Ferrán Martorell
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Sant Andreu 31 (2)
1997–1999 Gramenet 70 (7)
1999–2000 Mérida 38 (4)
2000–2004 Villarreal 60 (5)
2003–2004 Albacete (loan) 14 (0)
2004–2005 Elche 15 (0)
2005–2007 Lleida 26 (1)
2007–2008 Gavà 34 (3)
Total 288 (22)
National team
2000 Spain U21 1 (0)
2000 Spain U23 3 (0)
2001 Spain 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Olympic medal record
Representing  Spain
Men's Football
Silver medal – second place 2000 Sydney Team Competition
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Vergara and the second or maternal family name is Díez-Caballero.

Unai Vergara Díez-Caballero (born 20 January 1977), known simply as Unai, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender.

He amassed La Liga totals of 74 games and five goals over the course of four seasons, almost exclusively with Villarreal. The owner of a powerful left-foot shot,[1] he also played in the competition with Albacete.

Club career[edit]

Unai in Portugalete, Biscay. After three seasons playing with modest sides in the Catalonia area, he represented CP Mérida in 1999–2000's second division, where he produced a fine individual campaign; however, although the Extremadura team finished sixth, the club was relegated for lack of payment to its players.

Subsequently, Unai joined Villarreal CF, which had just returned to La Liga. He was relatively used during three seasons, also adding three goals in his first. His first match in the competition took place on 28 October 2000, when he came from the bench in a 0–0 home draw against Athletic Bilbao.[2]

After a string of injuries (some serious), Unai had an unassuming loan spell at Albacete Balompié, being released in June 2004 and going on to represent Elche CF, UE Lleida (second level) and CF Gavà (third).[3]

International career[edit]

On 28 February 2001, Unai made his sole appearance for Spain, playing 90 minutes in a 0–3 friendly loss against England in Birmingham.[4] Previously, he represented the nation at the 2000 Summer Olympics, playing three times for the eventual silver medalists.[5]

Unai was the first-ever Villarreal player to be called up for either team.[1]


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