Urbano Ortega

Personal information
Full name Urbano Ortega Cuadros
Date of birth (1961-12-22) 22 December 1961
Place of birth Beas de Segura, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1982 Español 54 (5)
1982–1991 Barcelona 123 (7)
1991–1993 Español 59 (3)
1993–1994 Lleida 36 (1)
1994–1996 Mérida 59 (3)
1996–1997 Málaga 25 (0)
Total 356 (19)
National team
1979–1980 Spain U18 11 (3)
1980–1983 Spain U21 13 (2)
1982–1988 Spain U23 6 (0)
1980 Spain amateur 3 (0)
Teams managed
2003–2004 Xerez (assistant)
2004–2005 Córdoba (assistant)
2005–2006 Dinamo Bucureşti (assistant)
2007 Lleida (assistant)
2007–2008 Baza

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Ortega and the second or maternal family name is Cuadros.

Urbano Ortega Cuadros (born 22 December 1961), known simply as Urbano, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a midfielder.

Over the course of 16 La Liga seasons (17 during his career) he amassed totals of 301 games and 16 goals, mainly for Espanyol and Barcelona.

Club career

Urbano was born in Beas de Segura, Province of Jaén. After starting out with RCD Español he moved in 1982 to Catalonia neighbours FC Barcelona; with the latter he only started in two of his nine seasons, being sparingly used as a backup (just 41 La Liga matches combined in the remaining years).

Subsequently, Urbano returned to (now called) Espanyol for two more seasons, with top flight relegation in the latter. He closed out his professional career in 1996, after playing with modest UE Lleida (one year) and CP Mérida (two), with two additional campaigns in the main division, one with each team.

Urbano began coaching in 2003, assisting former Barça teammate Esteban Vigo at numerous clubs, including Romanian club FC Dinamo Bucureşti. His first head coach experience arrived in 2007–08 in Segunda División B, with CD Baza: he resigned in June 2008, as the team dropped down a level.

After working as a scout for Barcelona and Villarreal CF, Urbano returned to another former side, Espanyol, in July 2009, as a club delegate.

International career

Urbano never gained a senior cap for Spain, but was a regular for its under-21 team, also competing at the 1980 Summer Olympics.


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