A Short Adventure Story of La Liga’s top scorer in Malaysia

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“Even though it was very short, there was a huge impact that Guiza had on the Neighboring Country.”

1NEWS – In an era, Spain once had a sharp striker named Daniel Guiza. Even though he lived in the same era as Fernando Torres, the player born in Jerez de la Frontera, August 17, 1980, he was still brilliant.

Guiza stole the show while playing at Getafe and Real Mallorca. Bernd Schuster brought Guiza to Getafe in the summer of 2005. He immediately became first choice in his new team and was recognized as a top striker. He scored 27 goals in 70 competitive games, including seven goals in nine Copa del Rey appearances.

Club president Angel Torres described Guiza as “the best striker in La Liga after Ronaldo”, due to his ability to get the ball in front of goal in a variety of conditions and positions.

After four years at Getafe, Guiza returned to Mallorca for a transfer of 5 million euros. On 20 April 2008 he scored a hat-trick against Real Murcia, and finished the campaign as the league’s top scorer by scoring 27 goals in 37 games. The proud achievement was achieved without a single penalty kick goal.

“In 24 years of coaching, I have never had an El Pichichi winner in my team. Dani is the top scorer in our league, and deserves extra credit for doing so without taking a penalty, and he also deserves selection for Euro 2008,” said his club coach. that time, Gregorio Manzano.

Thanks to that performance, Guiza was selected to the Euro 2008 under Luis Aragones. On 18 June 2008, he made his debut in the tournament, and scored Spain’s winning goal against Greece.

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In the quarter-finals, Guiza came on as a substitute against Italy. He missed his team’s fourth attempt in a penalty shootout win. Then, in the semi-final against Russia, Guiza scored his second international goal, in a 3-0 win, after receiving a pass from Cesc Fabregas.

In the final against Germany, Guiza played 15 minutes after replacing Fernando Torres in the second half (who scored the only goal of the game). Even though Spain had taken the lead, Guiza almost helped Marcos Senna score with a clever pass.

After being selected to defend Spain in the 2009 Confederations Cup, Guiza’s career in the national team began to decline. He was not included in the 2010 World Cup squad.

His career at the club also faded after leaving Spain to play in Turkey for Fenerbahce. Only scoring 23 goals in three seasons in Istanbul saw Guiza return to Gatafe in 2011. Then, in 2013, he was loaned out to Johor Darul Ta’zim in the Malaysian Super League.

Although short, while defending JDT, Guiza actually performed very well. He made his first competitive appearance and league debut for his new team on 8 January 2013, in an away match against Pahang FA. Despite losing 2-3, he provided assists for both of his team’s goals.

Guiza only scored his first competitive goal on 15 January 2013 in an away match against treble winners, Kelantan FA. It was a curling free-kick from 30 yards as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Three days later he scored a goal from open play in a home match against Malaysia Cup runners-up 2012, ATM FA, with a lob volleyed from the edge of the penalty area which ended in a 2-2 draw. In total, Guiza scored eight goals from 12 appearances.

Unfortunately, Guiza had to end his short adventure in Malaysia in a less than pleasant way. He played his last match on 6 April 2013 in JDT’s 1-2 defeat against Selangor FA in the FA Cup. He actually wanted to stay, but the high price made JDT retreat regularly.

Although brief, Guiza’s presence at the Larkin Stadium (JDT’s old home) brought many changes. The stadium, which was previously almost empty, was always full when Guiza played.

Guiza’s exploits in Malaysia are also creating waves in Spain among his passionate fan base. They mingled with local supporters to cheer on their favorite team.

In addition, after the Guiza era, JDT became a big club in Malaysia. The club is inhabited by international star players such as Pablo Aimar and Luciano Figueroa. JDT also won the Malaysia Super League 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. In fact, in 2015, Harimau Selatan won the AFC Cup.

(diaz alvioriki/you)

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