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Alejandro "Álex" Bergantiños García (born 7 June 1985) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Deportivo de La Coruña as a defensive midfielder.

Álex Bergantiños
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Bergantiños with Sporting Gijón in 2017
Personal information
Full name Alejandro Bergantiños García
Date of birth (1985-06-07) 7 June 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth A Coruña, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Deportivo La Coruña
Number 4
Youth career
1993–2002 Imperátor OAR
2002–2004 Deportivo La Coruña
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Deportivo B 97 (10)
2008– Deportivo La Coruña 206 (8)
2008–2010Xerez (loan) 57 (0)
2010–2011Granada (loan) 6 (0)
2011Gimnàstic (loan) 22 (1)
2017–2018Sporting Gijón (loan) 36 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 June 2019

Football careerEdit

Bergantiños was born in A Coruña. He had his first professional spell as a footballer in 2008, at already 23: loaned by local Deportivo de La Coruña, he was an essential midfield figure as Xerez CD achieved a first-ever top flight promotion – 31 games, 21 starts and 2,085 minutes played.

In very late August 2009, Depor agreed to loan Bergantiños once again to the Andalusians, in another season-long move.[1] He made his La Liga debut on 30 August, playing the last 30 minutes in a 0–2 away loss against RCD Mallorca,[2] and produced roughly the same numbers than in the previous campaign as the Andalusians were immediately relegated back.

Bergantiños moved on loan to Granada CF for the 2010–11 Segunda División season,[3] but left in January 2011 to begin yet another loan, at Segunda División rivals Gimnàstic de Tarragona.[4]

Bergantiños returned to Galicia for the 2011–12 campaign, and soon became a first-team regular, appearing in all the league games and helping his team achieve promotion back to the top flight.[5] He scored his first goal in the competition on 20 October 2012, but in a 4–5 home loss against FC Barcelona;[6] on 12 December 2015, against the same opponent but at the Camp Nou, he helped the visitors come from behind 0–2 to draw it 2–2 by netting in the 85th minute.[7]

On 2 March 2017, in his first league game of the season, Bergantiños had an accidental collision with Fernando Torres, from which the Atlético Madrid striker suffered cranial injuries; he visited the opponent in hospital shortly afterwards.[8] Ten days later, he scored the winner in a 2–1 victory against reigning champions Barcelona at the Estadio Riazor.[9]

On 11 July 2017, Bergantiños was loaned to Sporting de Gijón for one year.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Deportivo y Xerez cierran por escrito la cesión de Álex Bergantiños (Deportivo and Xerez agree to loan of Álex Bergantiños in writing); Diario AS, 27 August 2009 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ El Mallorca bautiza al Xerez en Primera (Mallorca baptise Xerez in Primera); Marca, 30 August 2009 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Álex Bergantiños se va cedido al Granada (Álex Bergantiños goes on loan to Granada); Marca, 14 July 2010 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Gimnàstic: llega Álex Bergantiños (Gimnàstic: Álex Bergantiños arrives); esFutbol, 11 January 2011 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Álex Bergantiños confía en sus posibilidades (Álex Bergantiños trusts in his possibilities); Marca, 15 June 2012 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ "El partido padre" [The mother of all matches] (in Spanish). Marca. 20 October 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Barcelona held by Deportivo La Coruna as Lucas fires comeback". ESPN FC. 12 December 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Bergantiños visitó a Fernando Torres en el hospital" [Bergantiños visited Fernando Torres in hospital] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 3 March 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Deportivo La Coruña's Alex Bergantinos brings Barcelona back to earth". The Guardian. 12 March 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Bergantiños llega cedido por el Dépor" [Bergantiños arrives on loan from Dépor] (in Spanish). Sporting Gijón. 11 July 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2017.

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