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Personal information
Full name José María Gutiérrez Hernández
Date of birth October 31, 1976 (1976-10-31) (age 33)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Real Madrid
Number 14
Youth career
1984–1994 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Real Madrid C 12 (3)
1995–1996 Real Madrid B 26 (11)
1995– Real Madrid 374 (45)
National team
1995 Spain U18 4 (1)
1996–1998 Spain U21 8 (1)
1999– Spain 14 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 March 2010.
† Appearances (Goals).

José María Gutiérrez Hernández, commonly known as Guti (born October 31, 1976 in Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid), is a Spanish footballer who currently plays for Real Madrid.

The attacking midfielder serves as vice-captain, and, alongside Raúl González and Iker Casillas, has played at the club his entire career.

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Club career

Guti began playing for Real Madrid's cantera in 1984, initially as a striker, but was later moved to midfield, and remained there for the vast majority of his career. On 2 December 1995, he made his first-team debut against Sevilla FC, with Real Madrid winning 4–1. He finished the season with one goal in nine appearances.

In 1997, Guti added two trophies to his cabinet, the league and the Spanish Supercup. He played 17 games that season, scoring once. In 1997–98, he helped the Merengues lift the UEFA Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup, while Guti himself added the UEFA U-21 Championship.

The 1999–2000 season started badly for Guti: struggling with the responsibility of replacing Clarence Seedorf, he was sent off for kicking a fallen adversary. This negative trait was often recurrent in his career, as he was shown his marching orders eight times during his career in the league alone. In the campaign, in which he also captured the Champions League, he scored six goals in 28 games. The following year he had his best scoring season for Real Madrid, scoring 14 goals and playing most of the season as a striker, due to injuries to Fernando Morientes, contributing greatly to Madrid's 27th league title, and subsequently another Spanish Supercup.

After the purchase of Ronaldo in 2002, Guti returned to midfield, and his goalscoring rate went down drastically. During the next two seasons, he would score eight goals in 63 games. Along came another Champions League, a UEFA Super Cup, and an Intercontinental Cup. In 2003, he added another domestic Supercup.

During 2004–05, Guti had his lowest season in terms of goal scoring, as he failed to score for the first time in seven seasons with the first team. He only managed to score only one goal, in an international against San Marino in February 2005. In 2005–06, he played 43 games and scored six goals (four in the league and two in European competition).

With the election of Ramón Calderón as club president and his subsequent vow to bring A.C. Milan's Brazilian star Kaká to Real Madrid, Guti's future at the Bernabéu appeared insecure. He was linked with a move away to cross-town rivals Atlético de Madrid but, in the end, decided to stay with Real while Kaká stayed in Italy.

With Zinedine Zidane retired, Guti found himself as the creative playmaker for 2006–07, his preferred position. His excellent short and through pass abilities, especially a performance in a 6 May 2007 3–2 home win against Sevilla, in which he played just 32 minutes from the bench,[1] contributed to many of the goals which helped Real Madrid become league champions for the 30th time.

On 10 February 2008, Guti had two goals and four assists in a home game against Real Valladolid for which he was awarded the man of the match.[2] Real Madrid won the game 7–0 and ultimately lifted another champions trophy. On 14 September, he scored Real Madrid's 5000th league goal in a 4–3 win over CD Numancia.[3]

In 2009–10, already with Kaká on board, Guti still managed to appear significantly in the early stages of the season, netting twice in the league; however, in late October, following the 0–4 shock defeat at AD Alcorcón for the domestic cup, he allegedly insulted coach Manuel Pellegrini at halftime, being then suspended for a lengthy period.[4]

International career

A Spanish international since 5 May 1999 (Spain-Croatia, 3–1), Guti nevertheless failed to appear in any tournament's final stage for his country, winning a total of 14 caps in approximately six years.

Previously, he won the UEFA U-19 Championship in 1995, followed by the Under-21 one in 1998.

Personal life

Guti married Arantxa de Benito, a Spanish television celebrity, on June 22, 1999. Together, they have two children. The couple divorced in 2009, but remained close friends.[5]

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Other ventures

Guti played himself in two motion pictures, Torrente 3: El Protector and Goal! 2: Living the Dream....[6] He has also appeared in a 2005 documentary/movie about Real Madrid called Real, The Movie.

Club statistics

As of 10 March 2010.
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
1995-96 Real Madrid Spanish League 9 1 - 0 0 9 1
1996-97 14 0 3 0 0 0 17 0
1997-98 17 1 1 0 2 0 20 1
1998-99 28 1 4 2 4 0 36 3
1999-00 28 6 4 1 10 1 42 8
2000-01 32 14 - 12 4 44 18
2001-02 28 3 7 6 9 3 44 12
2002-03 34 4 2 2 9 5 45 11
2003-04 26 2 8 1 9 0 43 3
2004-05 31 0 - 8 0 39 0
2005-06 33 4 4 0 7 2 44 6
2006-07 30 1 - 7 0 37 1
2007-08 32 3 4 1 7 0 42 4
2008-09 18 3 1 0 6 0 25 3
2009-10 14 2 1 0 3 1 18 3
Total Spain 374 45 39 13 94 16 523 77
Career Total 374 45 39 13 94 16 523 77

International goals

Guti: International goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2002-10-12 Estadio Carlos Belmonte, Albacete, Spain  Northern Ireland 2-0 3-0 Euro 2004 qualifying
2 2003-02-12 ONO Estadi, Mallorca, Spain  Germany 3-1 3-1 Friendly match
3 2005-02-09 Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos, Almeria, Spain  San Marino 4-0 5-0 2006 WCQ

Honours

Real Madrid
Spain U21
Spain U18

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