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Javier Arizmendi

Javier Arizmendi
Spain1(0)
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 October 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Arizmendi and the second or maternal family name is De Lucas.

Ángel Javier Arizmendi de Lucas (born 3 March 1984) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Deportivo de La Coruña as either a forward or winger.

Club career

Born in Madrid, and a product of local Atlético Madrid's youth system, Arizmendi made his La Liga debut for the club on 15 February 2004, in a 1–3 away loss against FC Barcelona. The following season, he played on loan with fellow league side Racing de Santander.

As opportunities were scarce at Atlético, Arizmendi was signed by Deportivo de La Coruña for 2 million, on 3 January 2006. The Colchoneros bought him back according to a clause in the contract[1] but, on 21 June 2007, he was signed by Valencia CF on a six-year deal.[2]

During 2007–08 Arizmendi's physical style of play was occasionally put to use at right-back, due to injuries to habitual Miguel and Marco Caneira. On 23 March 2008 he scored his first Valencia goal in a 3–2 win at Real Madrid,[3] while also helping the Che to the season's Copa del Rey.

On 12 August 2008 Arizmendi was signed by Real Zaragoza for €4 million, on a six-year contract. In his debut year he was instrumental as the Aragonese returned to the top flight after just one year out, netting nine times in the league alone.

On 30 June 2010, after greatly helping Zaragoza retain its division status – 31 games, five goals, 2,064 minutes – Arizmendi signed for six years with Getafe CF, qualified for the UEFA Europa League. In August of the following year, however, after an unassuming season and the arrival of new manager Luis García, he moved to Neuchâtel Xamax in Switzerland, on a season-long loan.[4]

Along three other teammates, Arizmendi was released from contract by the Super League team on 6 January 2012.[5] He played his first game in his second spell on 4 February, appearing 24 minutes and being booked in a 0–1 home loss against Real Madrid.[6]

International career

In 2003, without having played any football at the highest level, Arizmendi was called up to the under-20 side that competed at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates, where he scored an extra time winner against Canada in the quarterfinals, after coming on as a substitute.[7] Spain finished runner-up.

He made his international debut for the senior side in a friendly against England on 7 February 2007, playing the final 30 minutes in a 1–0 triumph at Old Trafford.

Controversy

During the 2005 Mediterranean Games, Arizmendi controversially celebrated the nation's gold medal carrying a Spanish flag which hailed from the days of Francisco Franco's fascist dictatorship. The player argued it was thrown from the stands at Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos, and that he did not notice the emblem on it.[8]

Honours

Valencia
Spain U20
Spain U23

References

External links

  • Mallorca official profile (Spanish)
  • BDFutbol profile
  • National team data
  • Javier Arizmendi at National-Football-Teams.com
  • FIFA competition record
  • Transfermarkt profile
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