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Alexandre Geijo

Álex Geijo
Personal information
Full name Alexandre Geijo Pazos
Date of birth (1982-09-05) 5 September 1982
Place of birth Geneva, Switzerland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Udinese
Number 82
Youth career
Galaica-Onex
1995–2000 Grand-Lancy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Neuchâtel Xamax 11 (1)
2001–2005 Málaga B 122 (51)
2003–2005 Málaga 15 (0)
2005–2007 Xerez 71 (20)
2007–2009 Levante 53 (15)
2009–2010 Racing Santander 19 (1)
2010– Udinese 6 (0)
2010–2012 Granada (loan) 60 (26)
2012–2013 Watford (loan) 20 (2)
2013–2014 Mallorca (loan) 27 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 2 December 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Alexandre "Álex" Geijo Pazos (born 5 September 1982) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Italian club Udinese Calcio as a striker.

Football career

The son of Spaniards who immigrated to Switzerland, Geijo was born in Geneva.[1] He started his professional career in his country of birth with Neuchâtel Xamax in 2000, moving the following year to Spain where he began playing with Málaga CF, with little individual success (15 matches in three seasons, playing mostly for the B-team), being released in the 2005 summer.

For the next two years Geijo played in the second division, with another Andalusia club, Xerez CD, where he blossomed into a useful offensive player, scoring 13 goals in his first season. For the 2007–08 campaign, he joined Levante UD:[2] in a team severely hindered by financial problems, and eventually relegated from La Liga, he finished the as second team goal scorer at five, behind Mustapha Riga's eight.

Geijo started his second year strong, netting ten second level goals before the end of 2008. However, he missed the remainder of the season due to a serious fibula injury, after an awkward fall in a training session.

On 28 July 2009, Geijo joined Racing de Santander for four years. Still recovering from injury, he nonetheless completed a successful medical.[3][4]

Geijo's first goal only arrived on 24 January 2010, but it was a crucial one, as the Cantabrians beat Sporting de Gijón away by a single goal.[5] However, on 1 February, he signed with Udinese Calcio in Italy, rejoining former Levante coach Gianni De Biasi.[6]

In the 2010 summer, inserted in a partnership between Granada CF and Udinese, Geijo was loaned to the Andalusians by the Italians, in a season-long move. On 30 October he put three past former team Xerez in a 5–0 home win and, on 13 November, he scored all of his team's goals in a 4–1 home defeat of FC Barcelona B;[7] he finished the campaign with 24 goals (fourth-best in the competition), and his team achieved a second consecutive promotion, reaching the top level after 35 years.

Geijo started 2011–12 injured, with Granada languishing in the table's bottom three for most of the first months. On 31 October 2011 he scored his first goal of the campaign, equalizing in an eventual 2–1 away win against Sevilla FC in a local derby.[8]

On 9 August 2012, Geijo joined Football League Championship club Watford on a season-long loan.[9][10] He scored his first goal on 27 November, playing the full 90 minutes in a 4–1 win at Sheffield Wednesday.

References

  1. ^ Alex Geijo: goles con acento andaluz (Alex Geijo: goals with Andalusian accent); Swiss Info, 31 January 2009 (Spanish)
  2. ^ Geijo presented as new Levante squad member; Levante's official website (Spanish)
  3. ^ Alex Geijo será presentado el Sábado tras pasar con éxito las pruebas médicas (Alex Geijo will be presented next Saturday, after successful medical); Racing's official website (Spanish)
  4. ^ Racing Santander sign Levante striker Geijo; Tribal Football, 29 July 2009
  5. ^ Geijo goal sinks Gijon; ESPN Soccernet, 24 January 2010
  6. ^ Udinese sign Racing Santander striker; Ontheminute, 2 February 2010
  7. ^ Barça B: Granada CF 4–1 FC Barcelona B; Total Barça, 15 November 2010
  8. ^ Sevilla slip up against Granada; ESPN Soccernet, 31 October 2011
  9. ^ Udinese forward confirms arrival via Twitter; Vital Football, 4 August 2012
  10. ^ Striker Geijo signs; Watford's official website, 9 August 2012

External links

  • Levante official profile (Spanish)
  • BDFutbol profile
  • Soccerway profile
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