José María Gutiérrez Hernández is a retired Spanish international player who featured for the Spanish and European giants Real Madrid. Guti has played for Real Madrid all his life like his team mates Raul and Iker Casillas. He played in the central midfield position, although he started his career as a striker for the Merengues.
Guti made his professional debut for Real Madrid in La Liga in the 1995-1996 season against Sevilla FC in a match that Real won 4-1. That season he featured 8 more times for Real but managed a solitary goal.
For the next four years, Guti was very much in the thick of things at the Bernabeu as the club won the UEFA Champions League in 1998 and then again in 2000. Guti was also an important part of the team that won the Champions League in 2002.
But thereafter his significance in the team decimated as under the erstwhile president Florentino Perez Real Madrid went on a galactico roller-coaster ride. The likes of Zinedine Ziadane and Ronaldo were imported to the Bernabeu and thereby Guti began to spend more time on the sidelines and his talent, still revealing itself, failed to be capitalized on.
But last season under Fabio Capello, Guti was handed the responsibility of marshalling the midfield and his midfield creativity was aptly demonstrated, especially in matches in the second half of the season when he came on a substitute and turned matches around with his deft killer final pass.
This season too Guti has sustained his place in Real Madrid’s starting line-up under new coach Bernd Schuster.
Guti has never quite managed to step up to the senior Spanish national team from the junior levels. He has made just 14 international appearances for Spain and scored 3 goals but more agonizingly for the player, he hasn’t featured in any of the major international competitions for his country.
He is currently assistant manager for Besiktas.