Javier Camuñas

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Javier Camuñas
Personal information
Full name Javier Camuñas Gallego
Date of birth (1980-07-17) 17 July 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder / Striker
Youth career
Real Madrid
Leganés
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Atlético Pinto 33 (4)
2000–2002 Rayo Vallecano B
2001–2002 Getafe (loan) 43 (8)
2002–2004 Rayo Vallecano 18 (0)
2003–2004 Ciudad Murcia (loan) 40 (8)
2004–2007 Xerez 115 (19)
2007–2009 Recreativo 71 (15)
2009–2011 Osasuna 67 (7)
2011–2013 Villarreal 27 (1)
2012–2013 Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 23 (1)
Total 437 (63)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Javier Camuñas Gallego (born 17 July 1980) is a Spanish retired footballer. A versatile midfielder (able to play as an attacking midfielder or in the wings), he could also appear as a second striker.

He amassed La Liga totals of 205 games and 24 goals over the course of eight seasons, representing in the competition Rayo Vallecano, Recreativo, Osasuna, Villarreal and Deportivo. He added 155/27 in Segunda División, mainly with Xerez.

Football career

After starting out with modest local Club Atlético de Pinto, Madrid-born Camuñas switched to neighbours Rayo Vallecano, first representing its reserves then being loaned to another team from the capital, Getafe CF (by that time in the third division).

He returned to Rayo in the 2002–03 season, making his La Liga debut on 1 September 2002 in a 2–2 home draw against Deportivo Alavés.[1] Rayo finished the campaign last and Camuñas went on to have four steady years in the second level, with Ciudad de Murcia and Xerez CD, scoring 18 league goals in his final two combined.

Having been acquired by top level's Recreativo de Huelva for 2007–08,[2] Camuñas was one of the Andalusia side's most important players as they barely avoided top division relegation. He played in all the matches save – one 28 of those complete – and netted on five occasions.

In the following season, Camuñas scored even more (ten), but Recre finished last. In late August 2009, he signed a three-year contract with top-tier club CA Osasuna; an everpresent figure in his first year, he netted his first goal on 24 January 2010, against former side Xerez (2–1 away triumph).[3]

Camuñas was again an automatic first-choice for Osasuna in 2010–11. On 30 January 2011 he scored the game's only goal in a home win against Real Madrid, which he had represented as a youth.[4]

On 19 July 2011, Camuñas signed with Villarreal CF for three years.[5] He struggled to gain playing time in his first season, also suffering physical problems throughout the campaign.[6][7] On 5 February 2012 he scored his first official goal for the Yellow Submarine, the winner in a 2–1 success at Sevilla FC for the club's first away win of the campaign,[8] which eventually ended in relegation after twelve years.

References

  1. ^ Justo empate entre Rayo y Alavés (Fair draw between Rayo and Alavés); El Mundo, 1 September 2002 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ El Recreativo presenta a Silvestre Varela y confirma el fichaje de Camuñas (Recreativo presents Silvestre Varela and confirms signing of Camuñas); Marca, 26 June 2007 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ New boss, same old story; ESPN Soccernet, 24 January 2010
  4. ^ Real suffer shock defeat; ESPN Soccernet, 30 January 2011
  5. ^ Villarreal agree Camunas deal; ESPN Soccernet, 19 July 2011
  6. ^ Four ruled out as Villarreal suffer further setback; UEFA.com, 31 October 2011
  7. ^ Nilmar queda como único delantero del Villarreal tras la lesión de Camuñas (Nilmar is only Villarreal forward available after Camuñas injury); ABC, 9 January 2012 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ First away win for Villarreal; ESPN Soccernet, 5 February 2012

External links

  • Javier Camuñas at BDFutbol
  • Javier Camuñas at Soccerway
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