Profiles - Javito

FRANCISCO JAVIER PERAL PERIANE ‘JAVITO’
Squad Number 10/11: 25
Date of Birth: 04 November 1983
City of Birth: Plasencia, Extremadura (Spain)
Nationality: Spanish (international with the U-21 team in 2005)
Contract: Until June 2011
Transfer: Free-transfer (2011, from Aris Thessaloniki F.C.)
Career: Deportivo (2011-now), Aris Thessaloniki F.C. (2006-2010), Barcelona (2004-2006)
Buy-out Clause: None
Height: 176 cm
Weight: ?
Positions: Midfielder (central/right)


JAVITO is another player coming out from the endless list of promises of Barcelona FC. He just played once with the Catalan first team (he did it in Champions League), so he had to search for a better future in Greece, now, as a more mature player, he is returning to Spain in order to join Deportivo. He is coming loaned until the end of the season 2010/11

Described as a winger/playmaker that shines due to his explosiveness and quickness, Barcelona’s scouts discovered Javier, nicknamed ‘Javito’ (diminutive of Javier), when he was playing at the regional leagues of Extremadura. The player went to Catalonia in the year 2000 when he was only 17, his dream was to debut at the Camp Nou and had a promising career there until he reached Barcelona B squad.

And his big dream came true in 2002 as he debuted with Barca’s first team playing for the UEFA Champions League in the match against Shakhtar Donetsk, replacing none other than Ronaldinho, who at the time was the big star at the Catalan team. On the following summer he was included into the first team that made the pre-season stage, but was unlucky as he got a rare disease called venous thrombosis, the long recovery plus the irruption of Messi erased his name from the map.

Suddenly, he had to search for a life elsewhere and joined Aris in summer 2006, rather as first Spanish acquisition of the time, as a result of great relationships to Spanish transfer market that famous Spanish agent and ex-collaborator in Aris, Manel Ferrer had. At the time the winger/playmaker expressed his sorrow for leaving his former club, “It’s a pity to leave Barcelona, because I am leaving a lot of friends. I don’t even know when I will come back to my home town. After six years there I have left many friends and will miss all of them.   I’m truly grateful with Barcelona for the big opportunity that they gave to me.”

And the true is that Javito succeeded in Greece, playing 163 matches and scoring 21 goals. The Greeks describes him as “very fit player with decent working-rate for one attacker and that possesses a great technique and dribbling ability.” His most notable moments were a great performance in the 4-0 win over AEK FC in the post-season 2008 play-offs, match in which he scored twice, plus his away goal at Real Zaragoza (on October 4, 2007), securing his team the first and historic UEFA Cup 2007/08 group stage qualification.

His performance was so convincing that soon he earned a contract extension of another 3 years (lasting until June of 2011) for approximate annual wages of 180.000 euros, as some close sources reported. And Javito’s great moments continued at Aris, on the season 2008/09 he scored the winning goal against Olympiakos (1-0, October 26, 2008), a goal that broke the ten-year record of invincibility that Olympiakos had held at Aris' own stadium. On the 2010/2011 campaign (September 17, 2010 ) Javito scored the winning goal against Atlético Madrid, in Aris victory 1-0.. He was also announced MVP of 5th matchday of Greek Superleague.

Olympiakos got interested in him and it was reported that the ‘Red-Whites’ offered a contract to him starting in June of 2011 for about 500.000 euros per season. But the player was still wishing to return to Spain and prove his value, he then asked to Aris to allow a loan period for six months before moving on during the summer. At the time Deportivo was searching for a new right winger in order to replace Uruguayan Jonathan Urreta and in that way both sides crossed their paths. One January 30th, 2011, Javito was loaned to Spanish outfit Deportivo de La Coruña for the remainder of the season 2010/11.

Before passing the medicals, the player commented that, “Since I was a kid my dream was to play at the Spanish league. The chance came out and I talked to them, and said that I wanted to come to Deportivo.” He also confirmed that he met Donato in Greece as he was an assistant at Aris, “I didn’t talk to him after selling this opportunity, but he told me before that if I was coming then I should phone him.”

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