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Vitolo (footballer, born 1983)

Vitolo (footballer, born 1983)

Spanish footballer
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Intro Spanish footballer
Countries Spain
Occupations Association football player
Gender male
Birth 9 September 1983 (Santa Cruz de Tenerife)
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Biography

Víctor José Añino Bermúdez (born 9 September 1983), known as Vitolo, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for CD Tenerife as a defensive midfielder.
He began his career at Tenerife, going on to appear in 67 La Liga matches combined for that club and Racing de Santander and returning to the former in 2014. He also competed extensively in Greece, mainly with PAOK and Panathinaikos.
Vitolo gained 18 caps for Spain at youth level, being runner-up with the under-20 team at the 2003 World Cup.

Club career

Vitolo was born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands. A product of CD Tenerife's youth system he played one match for the first team during the 2001–02 season, as the club returned to the second division one year after being promoted; he made his debut in La Liga on 16 September 2001, coming on as a 76th-minute substitute in a 2–0 home win against Villarreal CF.

From 2005 to 2007, Vitolo was a key midfield element for Racing de Santander, which finished tenth in the top level in the latter campaign. After some problems with newly appointed coach Marcelino García Toral, however, he would spend 2007–08 on loan to another side in division two, Celta de Vigo.

With the Galicians, Vitolo did not manage to return to the main category of Spanish football, and his buy-out clause of approximately €3 million was not activated, so the player returned to Cantabria. In August 2008, however, he terminated his contract and joined Aris Thessaloniki FC; under compatriot Quique Hernández, he eventually developed into a key midfield element during his first and only season.

On 27 July 2009, Vitolo signed a four-year deal with PAOK FC. He scored his first goal in Greece against his former club, in a 4–1 derby win.

On 13 July 2011, Vitolo was released by PAOK. Later in the same day he signed with another team in the country's Superleague, Panathinaikos FC, penning a three-year contract.

In the 2013 summer, Vitolo was released by Panathinaikos and joined Super Lig's Elazığspor for three years. However, in February of the following year he cut ties with the club, playing his last game in December 2013 in a 1–0 home win over Rizespor – his side was eventually relegated in May, after ranking third from bottom.

On 18 June 2014, Vitolo returned to his first club Tenerife after agreeing to a two-year deal.

International career

Vitolo represented Spain at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship held at the United Arab Emirates, alongside the likes of Sergio García and Andrés Iniesta. During the competition he played holding midfielder with notable performances, as Spain went on to lose 0–1 to Brazil in the final.

Eventually, Vitolo progressed to the under-21s.

Club statistics

As of 7 May 2016
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
2001–02 Tenerife La Liga 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2002–03 Segunda División 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2003–04 31 0 1 0 0 0 32 0
2004–05 35 1 2 0 0 0 37 1
2005–06 Racing La Liga 33 0 2 0 0 0 35 0
2006–07 33 0 1 0 0 0 34 0
2007–08 Celta Segunda División 34 0 3 1 0 0 37 1
Greece League Greek Cup Europe Total
2008–09 Aris Superleague Greece 21 0 3 0 0 0 24 0
2009–10 PAOK 26 1 3 0 2 0 31 1
2010–11 25 2 1 0 10 0 36 2
2011–12 Panathinaikos 25 0 2 0 1 0 28 0
2012–13 26 4 3 0 10 1 39 5
Turkey Süper Lig Turkish Cup Europe Total
2013–14 Elazığspor Süper Lig 11 0 4 0 0 0 15 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
2014–15 Tenerife Segunda División 38 5 1 0 0 0 39 5
2015–16 36 0 0 0 0 0 36 0
Total Spain 243 6 10 1 0 0 253 7
Greece 122 5 12 0 23 1 157 6
Turkey 11 0 4 0 0 0 15 0
Career total 376 11 26 1 23 1 425 13

Honours

Spain U20
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup: Runner-up 2003

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