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Full name  Javier Gracia Carlos
1989–1992  Bilbao Athletic
Playing position  Midfielder
Years  Team
Height  1.85 m

Current team  Malaga (coach)
Role  Footballer
Place of birth  Pamplona, Spain
Name  Javi Gracia
Manages  Malaga CF
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Date of birth  (1970-05-01) 1 May 1970 (age 45)
Team coached  Malaga CF (Manager, since 2014)
Similar People  Idriss Carlos Kameni, Guillermo Ochoa, Vitorino Antunes, Oriol Riera, Bernd Schuster

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Javier 'Javi' Gracia Carlos (born 1 May 1970) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder, and is a current manager.



Playing career

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Born in Pamplona, Navarre, Gracia started playing professionally with Bilbao Athletic, Athletic Bilbao's reserves, never appearing officially for the first team during three years. In the 1992–93 campaign, he scored a career-best 12 goals in all 38 games as UE Lleida returned to La Liga after an absence of more than 40 years, as champions.

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Gracia spent the following six seasons in the top flight, appearing regularly for both Real Valladolid and Real Sociedad safe for his last year (15 matches, one goal). In 1999, he returned to Segunda División and signed for Villarreal CF, helping the Valencian club promote to the top division after one year and being regularly used in the following campaign – 1,765 minutes of action – as the team easily maintained their division status.

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In January 2003, after being scarcely played in his last one-and-a-half seasons at Villarreal, 32-year-old Gracia joined Córdoba CF in the second level, closing out his career in June of the following year. He appeared in 229 Spanish top division games over the course of nine seasons, netting 17 goals.

Coaching career


After starting his manager career with former club Villarreal (youth sides), Gracia spent in Segunda División B, with Pontevedra CF, finishing first and second with the team in the regular season, but always falling short in the promotion playoffs.

In 2008–09, still in division three, Gracia finally achieved promotion, now with Cádiz CF, but he was fired midway through the following season as the Andalusians were immediately relegated back. In the 2010–11 campaign, with Villarreal's reserves, he managed to avert a drop also in the second tier.

After one year in Greece, Gracia returned to his country, leading UD Almería back to the top flight in 2013 but being dismissed shortly after. On 4 September of that year he was appointed at CA Osasuna, replacing fired José Luis Mendilibar.

On 30 May 2014, Gracia was named the new manager of Málaga CF. During his two-year tenure, he led the team to the ninth and eighth position, respectively.

Before the start of the 2016–17 season, Gracia joined FC Rubin Kazan. After only achieving a ninth-place finish in the Russian Premier League, he left the club by mutual consent.

Managerial statistics

As of 21 May 2017


  • Segunda División: 1992–93
  • Manager

  • Segunda División B: 2006–07, 2008–09
  • References

    Javi Gracia Wikipedia