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Who is Villarreal CF manager Javier Calleja?
Javier Calleja was born on 12 May 1978 in Alcalá de Henares, Spain and he’s 41 years of age. Calleja was appointed by Villareal CF after taking over from the previous manager Luis García. He previously played professional football in midfield for clubs around Spain such as Real Madrid’s C team, Malaga, Osasuna and Villareal CF.
Calleja came through the youth academy at Real Madrid as he made 60 appearances and scored 11 goals for the Real Madrid C team between the years of 1996 and 1998. In 1998, Almería acquired the services of Calleja for less than a year where he failed to impress after making only 3 competitive appearances for the club. In 1999, Villareal CF signed Calleja as he made 124 appearances for the club and scored 9 goals over the course of 7 seasons. He also had a loan spell at Onda in the 1999-2000 season where he made 29 competitive appearances and scored 17 goals in a hugely impressive stint.
In 2006, Málaga brought Calleja in from Villareal CF where he made 104 appearances for Málaga and scored 5 goals. In 2009, Calleja joined Osasuna where he made 46 appearances and scored 1 goal in his 3 years at the club before he decided to retire in 2012. He also made a single appearance for the Spanish under 16’s National team in 1993.
After Calleja retired in 2012, he joined Villareal CF as a youth team manager where he worked for 5 seasons. In 2017, he was appointed as manager of the Villareal CF reserve team before being appointed as the permanent manager of the first team less than a year later. In his opening season at the club, Calleja guided the club to a 5th place finish in La Liga along with a round of 16 appearance in the Copa del Rey and a round of 32 appearance in the UEFA Europa League.
In the following season, the club lost their top scorer in Carlos Bacca, however, they replaced him with previous Angers striker Karl Toko Ekambi. In this season, the club had a poor run after finishing 14th in the league along with a quarter final appearance in the UEFA Europa League. This season, Calleja will have to improve his results if he’s going to please the fans and the board. They’ve spent £12m on players like Raul Albiol and Rubén Peña and will hope this quality will show on the pitch.