Full Name: Juan Gutiérrez Moreno
Left Atlético in: 2011
Currently playing for: Real Valladolid
Squad Number: 16
DoB: 23 July 1976
Buyout Clause: Unknown
Previous Clubs: Recreativo Huelva (2000-2001), Real Betis (2001-2009)
Juanito seemed destined to spend his entire career in Andalucía. After coming through the ranks of Cádiz and going on loan to nearby Recreativo de Huelva, Juanito played at Real Betis for almost a decade. But when Atlético came knocking in 2009 following Betis’ relegation to the Segunda, Juanito decided to finally swap the south of Spain for an adventure in Madrid.
Juanito joined Real Betis from Cádiz in 1997. He spent three seasons at Betis B, before going on loan to Recreativo de Huelva, playing pretty much the entire season for Recre in Spain’s second division. After returning to Betis he was handed his debut in la Liga, and the Anadalucians never looked back. He played 26 games for them that season and established himself as an undisputed starter. The centre-back was highly regarded in Seville, eventually being selected as los Verdiblancos’ captain.
Betis’ biggest success came in 2004, when the team qualified for the UEFA Champions League and won the Copa del Rey. When Juanito left for Atlético in the summer of 2009, he had played 258 league games for Betis, scoring 19 goals in the process.
Since arriving at the Vicente Calderón, Juanito has not been able to earn a spot in the starting line-up. With the 34 year-old on the bench, Atlético won the Europa League final and reached the final of the Copa del Rey, both in May 2010.
In January 2011 Atlético and Juanito mutually agreed to terminate the defender’s contract and that same month he joined Real Valladolid in the second division.
Internationally, Juanito has represented Spain on 25 occassions. He was part of the European Championship squads in 2004 and was again called up in 2008, where Spain went on to win the tournament.
He also appeared at the World Cup in 2006. In the third match of the group stages in Germany, the defender scored against Saudi Arabia and became the first Real Betis player ever to score in the World Cup Finals.