Guti Guti
Spanish footballer
Guti Guti
José María Gutiérrez Hernández, commonly known as Guti, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. During his professional career, he played almost exclusively for Real Madrid – appearing in more than 500 official games and serving as vice-captain – helping the club to 15 trophies, most notably three UEFA Champions League and five La Liga titles. Guti played 13 times with Spain since making his debut in 1999.
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    THIRTIES
  • 2012
    Age 35
    Guti announced his retirement from football on 21 September 2012, and further went on to say that "I'm going to train to become a sporting director or a coach and I'd like to train youngsters...
    More Details Hide Details I'd really like to coach the Real Madrid youth team. That's my dream." 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 13 caps in approximately six years.
  • 2011
    Age 34
    On 11 May 2011, he started as his team won the Turkish Cup against İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor on penalties (4–3, 2–2 after extra time); it was the first domestic cup of his professional career.
    More Details Hide Details Guti was deemed surplus to requirements at Beşiktaş for 2011–12, following the appointment of new manager Carlos Carvalhal. On 15 November 2011, the 35-year-old was released by the club.
  • 2008
    Age 31
    On 10 February 2008 Guti scored two goals and three assists in a home game against Real Valladolid, for which he was awarded the Man of the match – Real Madrid won the game 7–0 and ultimately lifted another champions trophy.
    More Details Hide Details On 14 September he netted the club's 5000th league goal, in a 4–3 win over CD Numancia. 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 campaign's Copa del Rey, he allegedly insulted coach Manuel Pellegrini at half-time, being then left out of the playing squads for a lengthy period; after being reinstated he suffered with some injuries but, due to the Brazilian also having physical problems, managed to appear regularly until the season's end. On 25 July 2010, Guti left Madrid after nearly 25 years of service for the club. He said: "I have an offer from Beşiktaş JK, but I haven't decided yet". The deal was concluded the following day, with the player signing a two-year contract. He started in his first official match for the Istanbul-based club, assisting in the game's only goal against Bucaspor.
  • 2007
    Age 30
    His excellent short and through pass abilities, especially a performance in a 3–2 home win against Sevilla on 6 May 2007 in which he played just 32 minutes from the bench, contributed to many of the goals which helped Real Madrid become league champions for the 30th time.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2006
    Age 29
    With Zinedine Zidane retired, Guti found himself as the creative playmaker for 2006–07, his preferred position.
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  • 2005
    Age 28
    He only managed to net one official 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).
    More Details Hide Details 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 Santiago Bernabéu Stadium appeared insecure. He was linked with a move away to cross-town rivals Atlético Madrid but, in the end, decided to stay with Real while Kaká stayed in Italy.
  • 2004
    Age 27
    During the 2004–05 campaign, 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.
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  • 2001
    Age 24
    During the next two seasons combined he would net eight goals in 63 games, contributing with three in nine matches as the 2001–02 Champions League ended in conquest.
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  • 1999
    Age 22
    Guti married Arancha de Benito, a Spanish television celebrity, on 22 June 1999.
    More Details Hide Details The couple divorced after almost ten years of matrimony and two children, Zaira and Aitor, but remained close friends. His cousin, Javi Hernández, also played youth football for Real Madrid. Guti played himself in two motion pictures, Torrente 3: El Protector and Goal II: Living the Dream. He has also appeared in a 2005 documentary/movie about Real Madrid called Real, The Movie. Real Madrid Beşiktaş Spain U18 Spain U21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 individual season, netting 14 goals and playing most of the season as a striker, due to injuries to Fernando Morientes, and contributing greatly to the team's 27th league title, and subsequently another domestic Supercup. After the purchase of Ronaldo in 2002, Guti returned to midfield, and his goalscoring rate went down drastically.
    Guti played 13 times with Spain, making his debut in 1999.
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  • 1997
    Age 20
    In 1997–98, he helped the Merengues lift the UEFA Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup, while the player himself added the UEFA U-21 Championship.
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    In 1997 Guti added two trophies to his cabinet, La Liga and the Supercopa de España, playing 17 games during the season and scoring once.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1995
    Age 18
    Previously he won the UEFA European Under-18 Championship in 1995, followed by the under-21 one in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details Originally a striker, Guti later developed into a talented playmaker, who was known in particular for his vision, technique, creativity, passing range and ability to provide assists for team-mates. A versatile player, he was usually deployed as an attacking midfielder behind the forwards, which was his preferred position, but was also capable of playing as a second striker, a winger or in a defensive midfield role as a deep-lying playmaker.
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1986
    Age 9
    Born in Torrejón de Ardoz, Community of Madrid, Guti began playing for Real Madrid's cantera in 1986, initially as a striker but being later moved to midfield, and remained there for the vast majority of his career.
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  • 1976
    Born
    Born on October 31, 1976.
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