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Sergio Santamaría González

Sergio Santamaría
Personal information
Full nameSergio Santamaría González
Date of birth (1980-07-16) 16 July 1980 (age 33)
Place of birthMálaga, Spain
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing positionAttacking midfielder
Youth career
1991–1992La Cala Moral
1992–1996Málaga
1996–1998Barcelona
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1998–2000Barcelona C59(13)
1998–2004Barcelona B67(8)
2000–2005Barcelona6(0)
2001–2002Oviedo (loan)32(2)
2002–2003Elche (loan)15(1)
2004–2005Alavés (loan)25(0)
2005–2006Albacete31(0)
2006–2007Sant Andreu25(3)
2007–2008Logroñés28(3)
2008–2009Alzira19(0)
2009–2010Antequera18(1)
2010–2011Alhaurín Torre0(0)
Total325(31)
National team
1997–1998Spain U179(2)
1998–1999Spain U188(1)
2000Spain U211(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Santamaría and the second or maternal family name is González.

Sergio Santamaría González (born 16 July 1980) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as an attacking midfielder.

Club career

Santamaría was born in Málaga, Andalusia. At age 12, after scoring 52 goals for local club La Cala del Moral, he moved to neighbours Málaga CF to continue his grooming, and joined country giants FC Barcelona after four seasons.

In 1998–99, the Catalan's director of football, Lorenzo Serra Ferrer, promoted him to the club's B-side, a team which also included Luis García, Carles Puyol and Xavi Hernández. In the following seasons he switched back and forth between the B and the C outfits, as both squads operated in 4–3–3, and the player scored 11 goals; on 19 May 2000 he made his first-team – and La Liga – debut, playing 45 minutes against Celta de Vigo in the season's closer.

After the following season, in which he played exclusively for the B's, Santamaría begun a series of loans until his June 2005 final release, all in the second division. In between, he also appeared four times for Barça in the campaign in which he was not loaned; in all three seasons away from his main club combined, he netted three times and provided 35 assists.

In the 2005 summer Santamaría moved to Albacete Balompié, also in the second level. In the following two seasons he dropped down to division three, with UE Sant Andreu and CD Logroñés;[1] after a solid individual season with the latter, the club was nonetheless relegated due to economic issues.

Santamaría resumed his career in the fourth division, respectively with UD Alzira, Antequera CF and Alhaurín de la Torre CF (the latter two in his native region). He retired in June 2011 at the age of 31, due to injury.

International career

As he was part of Barcelona B's setup, Santamaría was called to represent Spain at the 1997 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Egypt. He was the recipient of the tournament's Golden Ball, over the likes of Ronaldinho, Gabriel Milito and Sebastian Deisler; Spain finished third.[2]

References

External links

  • BDFutbol profile
  • Futbolme profile (Spanish)
  • FIFA competition record

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