Javi Moreno

Javier Moreno Valera (born 10 September 1974) is a Spanish former footballer who played as a striker, and the current manager of SD Ejea.

Javi Moreno
Personal information
Full name Javier Moreno Valera
Date of birth (1974-09-10) 10 September 1974 (age 46)
Place of birth Silla, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Pozoblanco (coach)
Youth career
1990–1994 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1996 Barcelona C 19 (9)
1996 Barcelona B 10 (5)
1996–1997 Córdoba 15 (0)
1997 Yeclano 16 (6)
1998–2001 Alavés 82 (30)
1998–1999Numancia (loan) 39 (18)
2001–2002 Milan 16 (2)
2002–2004 Atlético Madrid 29 (5)
2004Bolton Wanderers (loan) 8 (0)
2004–2005 Zaragoza 18 (4)
2005–2008 Córdoba 94 (48)
2008–2009 Ibiza 14 (2)
2009 Lucena 8 (1)
Total 368 (130)
National team
1992–1993 Spain U18 16 (10)
2001 Spain 5 (1)
Teams managed
2012-2015 Utiel
2015–2016 Novelda
2016 Alcorcón B
2018–2019 Córdoba (youth)
2019–2020 Pozoblanco
2020– Ejea
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Best known for his Alavés stint,[1] he also had short spells in Italy and England, with little impact, amassing La Liga totals of 118 matches and 38 goals.

Club careerEdit

Early years and AlavésEdit

Born in Silla, Valencian Community, Moreno made his professional debuts with FC Barcelona's B-team. After stints with lowly Córdoba CF and Yeclano CF he first joined Deportivo Alavés in January 1998, with the Basque team competing in Segunda División.

After being instrumental in CD Numancia's first ever La Liga promotion in 1999,[2][3] Moreno returned to Alavés, shooting to prominence during his second spell after playing a pivotal role in their run to the 2001 UEFA Cup final. Along the way, defeated were the likes of Gaziantepspor, Lillestrøm SK, Rosenborg BK, Inter Milan, fellow league club Rayo Vallecano and 1. FC Kaiserslautern, before an eventual 4–5 extra time loss to Liverpool in the decisive match, with the player scoring two goals in three minutes (he also finished the league season with 22 successful strikes, good enough for third).[4][5][6]


Moreno's performances and goals during 2000–01 convinced Serie A's A.C. Milan to buy him, amid attention from Europe's other elite clubs.[7] However, he struggled immensely in his sole campaign in Italy,[8] returning to his country to join Atlético Madrid who had just returned to the top flight.[9]

With goals hard to come by, a January 2004 loan move to Bolton Wanderers ensued[10] but, after eight goalless appearances for The Trotters, including one in the final of the Football League Cup against Middlesbrough,[11] Moreno found himself on the move again, this time to Real Zaragoza, where he appeared sparingly.[12]

Return to SpainEdit

Moreno refound his goalscoring form for old acquaintance Córdoba in July 2005, helping them to promotion to the second division in 2007 while finishing the Segunda División B top scorer with 24 goals in 32 appearances.[13] After three years he was released, subsequently joining SE Eivissa-Ibiza in the third level; as he did not play the number of minutes he was expecting upon signing, he announced his retirement in December 2008.[14]

Roughly one year after, Moreno returned to active aged 35, joining another club in division three, Lucena CF, and retiring for good at the season's end.[2] On 23 September 2016, he was named AD Alcorcón B manager after replacing Óscar Mena.[15]

International careerEdit

Moreno played five games for Spain in 2001, scoring once. His debut came on 28 February against England, in a friendly match played in Birmingham (0–3 loss) where he had a penalty saved by Nigel Martyn.[16]

On 2 June, a mere seconds after having come on as a substitute for Luis Enrique, Moreno netted the nation's second goal in an eventual 4–1 home win over Bosnia and Herzegovina for the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.[17]

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2 June 2001 Carlos Tartiere, Oviedo, Spain   Bosnia and Herzegovina 2–1 4–1 2002 World Cup qualification[17]







  1. ^ Un delantero al gusto inglés (Forward made in England); El País, 27 February 2001 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ a b Vasco, Miguel Ángel (28 March 2013). "'Reconozco que no me cuidaba: no era de salir pero sí de comer'" [I admit I did not take care of myself: I did not hang out but I ate] (in Spanish). Diario AS. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Breve enciclopedia numantina" [Brief numantina encyclopedia] (in Spanish). Desde Soria. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  4. ^ Andrados, Juan Pedro. "Spain 2000/01". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  5. ^ a b 16 May; UEFA, 16 May 2008
  6. ^ "Liverpool win nine-goal epic with golden goal". UEFA. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  7. ^ Webster, Rupert. "Moreno reigning in Spain". Sky Sports. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  8. ^ Mocciaro, Gaetano (5 May 2013). "Javi Moreno, l'ennesimo abbaglio Made in Spain" [Javi Moreno, umpteenth blunder Made in Spain] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato Web. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  9. ^ Torelló, Roger (16 July 2002). "Presentación con ilusión" [Hungry presentation] (PDF) (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  10. ^ Moreno bound for Bolton; UEFA, 5 January 2004
  11. ^ "Boro lift Carling Cup". BBC Sport. 29 February 2004. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  12. ^ Paricio, Isabel (20 September 2004). "Javi Moreno resucita y da el triunfo al Zaragoza" [Javi Moreno comes back to life and gives win to Zaragoza] (in Spanish). El País. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  13. ^ a b "Javi Moreno sueña con "entrenar" al Córdoba" [Javi Moreno dreams of "coaching" Córdoba] (in Spanish). Diario Córdoba. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  14. ^ Javi Moreno anuncia su retirada (Javi Moreno announces retirement); Diario AS, 4 December 2008 (in Spanish)
  15. ^ "Javi Moreno nuevo entrenador del filial" [Javi Moreno new reserves coach] (in Spanish). AD Alcorcón. 23 September 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  16. ^ Inglaterra golea (3–0) a España (England rout (3–0) Spain); El País, 1 March 2001 (in Spanish)
  17. ^ a b Una goleada sin mucho brillo (Unassuming rout); El País, 3 June 2001 (in Spanish)
  18. ^ "El Zaragoza gana su primera Supercopa frente al Valencia" [Zaragoza win their first Supercup against Valencia] (in Spanish). El País. 25 August 2004. Retrieved 16 March 2017.

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