Guti – Wikipedia

Spanish footballer and manager

José María Gutiérrez Hernández (born 31 October 1976), known as Guti, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as an attacking midfielder, currently a manager.

During his career, he played almost exclusively for Real Madrid – appearing in 542 official games and serving as vice-captain – helping the club to win 15 trophies, most notably three Champions League titles and five La Liga championships.[2] He also competed professionally in Turkey, with Beşiktaş.

Guti played 13 times with Spain, making his debut in 1999.

Playing career[edit]


Real Madrid[edit]

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. On 2 December 1995 he made his first-team debut, in a 4–1 home win against Sevilla FC;[3] he finished the season with one goal[4] in nine appearances.

In 1997, Guti added two trophies to his cabinet, La Liga and the Supercopa de España, playing 17 competitive games during the campaign. In 1997–98 he helped the Merengues lift the UEFA Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup, while the player himself added the UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

1999–2000 started badly for Guti: struggling with the responsibility of replacing Clarence Seedorf, he was sent off for kicking a fallen adversary in a home fixture against Real Sociedad.[5] This negative trait was often recurrent, as he was given his marching orders eight times during his career in the league alone.[6] In the season, in which he also captured the Champions League, he scored six goals in 28 games; the following year he had his best individual input, netting 14 times and playing mostly as a striker due to injuries to Fernando Morientes, and contributing greatly to the team’s 27th league title and subsequently another domestic Supercup.[7]

After the purchase of Ronaldo in 2002, Guti returned to midfield, and his goalscoring rate went down drastically. During the next two seasons combined he would score eight goals in 63 games, contributing with three in nine matches as the 2001–02 Champions League ended in conquest.

During 2004–05, Guti had his lowest season in terms of scoring, as he failed to find the net for the first time in seven years with the first team. He only managed one official goal, in an international against San Marino in February 2005; in 2005–06, he played 43 games and netted six times (four in the league and two in European competition).

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.[8]

With Zinedine Zidane retired, Guti found himself as the creative playmaker for 2006–07, his preferred position. 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,[9] contributed to many of the goals which helped Real Madrid become league champions for the 30th time.[10]

On 10 February 2008, Guti scored two goals and three assists in a home game against Real Valladolid, for which he was named Man of the match[11]– his team won the game 7–0 and ultimately lifted another champions trophy. On 14 September he netted their 5,000th league goal, in a 4–3 win over CD Numancia.[12]

In 2009–10, already with Kaká on board, Guti still managed to appear significantly in the early stages, netting twice in the league.[13][14] 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;[15] after being reinstated he suffered with some injuries[16] but, due to the Brazilian also having physical problems, managed to appear regularly until the season’s end.[17]


On 25 July 2010, Guti left Real Madrid after nearly 25 years of service.[18] He said: “I have an offer from Beşiktaş JK, but I haven’t decided yet”.[19] The deal was concluded the following day, with the player signing a two-year contract.[20][21] He started in his first official match for the Istanbul-based club, assisting in the game’s only goal against Bucaspor.[22]

On 28 November 2010, Guti contributed to Beşiktaş’ victory against Galatasaray SK with one goal and one assist. It was the team’s first win at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium in eight years.[23] On 11 May 2011, he started as they 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.[24]

Guti was deemed surplus to requirements at Beşiktaş for 2011–12, following the appointment of new manager Carlos Carvalhal.[25] On 15 November 2011, the 35-year-old was released.[26]


A Spain international since 5 May 1999 (Spain–Croatia, 3–1),[27] Guti nevertheless failed to appear in any tournament’s final stage for his country, winning a total of 13 caps in approximately six years.

Previously, he won the UEFA European Under-18 Championship in 1995, followed by the under-21 one in 1998.

Coaching career[edit]

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… I’d really like to coach the Real Madrid youth team. That’s my dream.”[28] He started working as a manager in 2013, going on to work with Real Madrid’s youths for several years.[29]

On 4 July 2018, Guti was named Şenol Güneş’s assistant at former club Beşiktaş.[30] On 5 November 2019, he was appointed head coach of Spanish Segunda División’s UD Almería.[31] The following February, he offered to resign and to refund his salary if rumours that he attended a nightclub with players after a defeat could be proven;[32] on 26 June, he was sacked after a 0–1 home defeat to AD Alcorcón[33] and replaced by Mário Silva.[34]

Style of play[edit]

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 teammates; he also possessed an eye for goal courtesy of his ability to make late runs into the box. 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.[9][35][36][37] Despite his talent, he was known to be injury prone and also had a controversial character, which along with his turbulent personal life off the pitch, led him to have difficulties with several of his managers throughout his career; he has also been accused by certain pundits of being inconsistent and of having a poor work-rate.[38]

Personal life[edit]

Guti married Arancha de Benito, a Spanish television celebrity, on 22 June 1999. The couple divorced after almost ten years of marriage and two children, Zaira and Aitor, but remained close friends;[39] on 14 July 2016, he married Argentine TV presenter Romina Belluscio, who gave birth to his youngest son Enzo in 2013.[40]

Guti’s cousin, Javi Hernández, also played youth football for Real Madrid.[41]

Other ventures[edit]

Guti played himself in two motion pictures, Torrente 3: El Protector and Goal II: Living the Dream.[42] He also appeared in a 2005 documentary/movie about Real Madrid called Real, The Movie.

Career statistics[edit]




Year Apps Goals
1999 1 0
2000 2 0
2001 0 0
2002 3 1
2003 4 1
2004 2 0
2005 1 1
Total 13 3
Spain score listed first, score column indicates score after each Guti goal.[45]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 25 June 2020
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref
Almería Spain 5 November 2019 26 June 2020 22 9 5 8 35 24 +11 040.91 [46]
Total 22 9 5 8 35 24 +11 040.91




Real Madrid

  • La Liga: 1996–97, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08[2]
  • Supercopa de España: 1997, 2001, 2003, 2008[2]
  • UEFA Champions League: 1997–98, 1999–2000, 2001–02[2]
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2002[2]
  • Intercontinental Cup: 1998, 2002[2]



Spain U18

Spain U21



Real Madrid youth


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  7. ^ “El Real Madrid recuerda el hat-trick de Guti en 2000″ [Real Madrid remember Guti hat-trick in 2000] (in Spanish). Realidad Blanca. 24 February 2017. Archived from the original on 8 August 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  8. ^ Borasteros, Daniel; Giovio, Eleonora (27 July 2006). “Kaká planta a Calderón” [Kaká turns back on Calderón] (in Spanish). El País. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  9. ^ a b Recital de Guti (Guti recital); El País, 6 May 2007 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ “El Real Madrid gana su 30º título de Liga” [Real Madrid win 30th league title] (in Spanish). Cadena SER. 17 June 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  11. ^ Real Madrid 7–0 Valladolid Archived 14 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine; Real Madrid CF, 10 February 2008
  12. ^ Bernabéu debut slugfest Archived 28 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine; Real Madrid CF, 14 September 2008
  13. ^ Rincón, Jaime (12 September 2009). “Kaká recarga la pólvora blanca” [Kaká recharges white gunpowder] (in Spanish). Marca. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  14. ^ “Manita del Real Madrid al Xerez con dos goles de Cristiano Ronaldo” [Real Madrid fiver to Xerez with two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo] (in Spanish). El Correo Gallego. 20 September 2009. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  15. ^ Pellegrini se carga a Guti (Pellegrini ousts Guti); Marca, 30 October 2009 (in Spanish)
  16. ^ “Guti: “El que no se crea mis lesiones que se vaya a coger amapolas” [Guti: “Whoever thinks I’m lying about my injuries can go get stuffed”] (in Spanish). RTVE. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  17. ^ Giovio, Eleonora (10 January 2010). “El rompecabezas con Guti y Kaká” [The Guti and Kaká puzzle] (in Spanish). El País. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  18. ^ Guti calls time on his 15-year career at Real Madrid; The Guardian, 25 July 2010
  19. ^ Guti leaves Real Madrid, set for Besiktas; ESPN Soccernet, 25 July 2010
  20. ^ Beşiktaş take on Madrid stalwart Guti; UEFA, 26 July 2010
  21. ^ Guti’ye Muhteşem Karşılama (Welcome Guti) Archived 11 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine; Beşiktaş JK, 26 July 2010 (in Turkish)
  22. ^ Bucaspor 0–1 Beşiktaş[permanent dead link]; Beşiktaş JK, 16 August 2010 (in Turkish)
  23. ^ Geleneği GUTİ bozdu (Guti ended jinx); NTV, 28 November 2010 (in Turkish)
  24. ^ a b “Guti gana la Copa de Turquía” [Guti wins the Turkish Cup] (in Spanish). ABC. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  25. ^ Moreno, Jorge A. (15 November 2011). “Guti, fin de la pasión turca” [Guti, end of Turkish passion] (in Spanish). ABC. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  26. ^ Guti’nin Sözleşmesi Feshedildi (Guti’s contract terminated); Beşiktaş JK, 15 November 2011 (in Turkish)
  27. ^ “España vence a Croacia en la inauguración del Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla” [Spain defeat Croatia in opening of Sevilla Olympic Stadium] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 6 May 1999. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  28. ^ “Guti hangs up his boots”. ESPN FC. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  29. ^ Rubio, Laura; Whelan, Padraig (23 February 2017). “The Guti generation awaits at Real Madrid”. Madrid: Marca. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  30. ^ “Guti to leave Real Madrid for Besiktas coaching role”. beIN Sports. 4 July 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  31. ^ Sánchez, Guillermo; Díaz, José Félix (5 November 2019). “Guti,the new coach of Almeria”. Marca. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  32. ^ “Guti: Almeria manager denies attending party with players”. BBC Sport. 16 February 2020. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  33. ^ Sánchez, Guillermo; Munday, Billy (26 June 2020). “Almeria sack Guti as head coach”. Marca. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  34. ^ Aguilera, Juanjo (26 June 2020). “Mario Silva dirige la primera sesión de trabajo post-‘Guti’ [Mario Silva in charge of the first post-‘Guti’ working session]. Ideal (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  35. ^ Caferoglu, Livio (12 February 2016). ‘Guti could’ve been best ever’. Football España. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  36. ^ Dawes, Olly (27 September 2012). “Appreciating Guti”. Football España. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  37. ^ “Historic Goals: Guti”. Real Madrid C.F. 27 June 2020. Retrieved 27 May 2022.
  38. ^ Huang, Jackson (10 January 2010). “Guti: The Final Verdict on a Talented Player”. Bleacher Report. Retrieved 27 May 2022.
  39. ^ Guti y Arantxa de Benito se divorcian tras nueve años (Guti and Arantxa de Benito divorce after nine years); El Mundo, 14 April 2009 (in Spanish)
  40. ^ “Guti, boda sorpresa con Romina Belluscio” [Guti, surprise marriage to Romina Belluscio] (in Spanish). El País. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  41. ^ “Javier Hernández, primo hermano y heredero de Guti del Real Madrid” [Javier Hernández, first cousin and heir of Guti from Real Madrid] (in Spanish). Join Futbol. 29 May 2008. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  42. ^ “Cult hero: Madrid’s thoughtful playmaker Guti”. UEFA. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
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  47. ^ “1998: Iván Pérez applies finishing touch”. UEFA. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  48. ^ “Spain » Copa del Rey 2001/2002 » Top Scorer”. Worldfootball. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  49. ^ “Statistics”. ESPN FC. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  50. ^ a b c “Guti cierra una temporada perfecta para el juvenil del Real Madrid” [Guti completes perfect season for Real Madrid’s Juvenil] (in Spanish). Cadena SER. 25 June 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2019.

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