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Juanfran
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Personal information
Full name Juan Francisco García García
Date of birth July 15, 1976 (1976-07-15) (age 33)
Place of birth    Rafelbuñol, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current club AEK Athens
Number 7
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1994–1997
1997–1999
1999–2004
2004–2006
2005–2006
2006–2008
2008–
Levante
Valencia
Celta Vigo
Beşiktaş
Ajax (loan)
Zaragoza
AEK Athens
048 (1)
041 (0)
126 (6)
013 (1)
016 (0)
063 (0)
026 (0)   
National team
1998
2000–2003
Spain U21
Spain
001 (0)
011 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 8 June 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

"Juanfran" redirects here, For other people, See Juanfran (disambiguation).

Juan Francisco García García, aka Juanfran (born July 15, 1976 in Rafelbuñol, Valencia), is a Spanish footballer who currently plays for AEK Athens FC, as a left defender.

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Club career

Juanfran started his professional career at Levante UD, where he attracted the attention of Valencian Community giants Valencia CF, signing after three seasons for 1 million. On August 31, 1997, he played his first La Liga match, in a 2–1 loss at RCD Mallorca, and went on make 50 overall appearances for the Che.

Juanfran joined Celta de Vigo prior to 1999–2000 for €4 millions, where he was an undisputed starter in a Galicia team that appeared in the UEFA Cup and the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League (Juanfran netted in a 1–1 tie at Club Brugge, as Celta proggressed to the knockout round). However, in 2003–04, Celta would also be relegated to Segunda División.

After leaving Celta in 2004, Juanfran joined Turkish giants Beşiktaş JK,[1] but soon fell out of favour with team management (the coach who brought him to Istanbul, compatriot Vicente del Bosque, was dismissed midway through the season) and would spend the following season on loan to Dutch side Ajax Amsterdam.[2]

In 2006–07, Juanfran returned to Spain, joining Real Zaragoza for €1.5 million,[3] where he was a key defensive element as the Aragonese team achieved a UEFA Cup spot. The following season, Juanfran struggled individually and collectively, and Zaragoza returned to the second level after a five-year stint.

On July 30 2008, Juanfran agreed to sign a two-year deal with AEK Athens FC, earning approximately €1 million per season.[4]

International career

Juanfran had 11 caps for Spain, making his international debut in a friendly against Italy, on March 29, 2000, after impressive displays at Celta. Subsequently, he was included in the nation's 2002 FIFA World Cup squad, and appeared in three matches out of five.

Juanfran's last match was an Euro 2004 qualifier against Northern Ireland in 2003, playing the whole 90 minutes of a 0–0 away draw.

Honours

References

  1. ^ Juanfran the man for Besiktas; UEFA.com, 6 August 2004
  2. ^ Ajax take a chance on Juanfran; UEFA.com, 12 August 2005
  3. ^ Fernández lands former charges; UEFA.com, 3 July 2006
  4. ^ Released Juanfran to close deal with AEK Athens (Spanish); Diario Marca, 26 July 2008

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