First Spanish footballer in the Iraqi league

Jorge Gotor has become the first Spaniard to play in the Iraqi league after he signed a one-year contract with leaders Arbil.

The 26 year-old defender recently rescinded his ties with Segunda División B side CD Sariñena to move to Iraq in an attempt to relaunch his career.

Gotor began the season as a regular fixture in the team led by Alex Monserrate. However after he was sent off against the Real Madrid C side in his seventh appearance for the club, he was benched and was never able to retain his place in the starting line-up.

The player has made 12 appearances this season, receiving one yellow, one red and scoring one goal.

Jorge Gotor Blas was born in Zaragoza, on April 14, 1987 and progressed through the youth ranks of local club Real Zaragoza, but only managed to play for the B-side. He never made an appearance for the first team, but was named on the bench against Valencia and Real Valladolid in the 2007-08 La Liga season.

He moved to the RCD Espanyol in 2008, making appearances for the club’s B-side and then Real Murcia in season 2010-11.

At the club, he played only once in the Copa del Rey at the Santiago Bernabéu against Real Madrid coming up against Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuaín. Gotor unsurprisingly ended up on the losing side, with goals from Esteban Granero, Higuaín, Ronaldo, Benzema and Xabi Alonso inflicting a 5-1 defeat on Gotor’s side.

Since then, he has played for Getefe CF “B”, Atlético Baleares and
Club Deportivo Guijuelo. In August of this year, he signed a one-season contract with CD Sariñena.

He also participated in the ranks of the Spanish team playing for the U-16, U-17 and U-18. With the U-17s he managed to be runner-up in Europe.

Gotor is the second Spaniard at the Arbil club, with the side having employed Liverpool’s former fitness coach Gonzalo Rodríguez García at the start of the season.

Arbil is also expected to announce a third Spanish signing, a striker, in the coming days.

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