ⓘ Xavi Bartolo


ⓘ Xavi Bartolo

Born in Bellver de Cerdanya, Lleida, Catalonia, Bartolo spent several campaigns with the reserves before making his first-team debut during the 1989–90 season, achieving promotion from Segunda Division B. After a one-year loan to Tercera Division side UD Fraga, he returned to Lleida in July 1991 and was definitely promoted to the main squad.

Bartolo made his professional debut on 1 September 1991, starting in a 0–3 Segunda Division away loss against Celta de Vigo. Fourteen days later he scored his first goals in the category, netting a brace in a 3–1 win at UE Figueres.

Bartolo achieved promotion to La Liga in the 1992–93 campaign, scoring a career-best eight goals in 29 appearances. He made his first appearance in the main category on 5 September 1993, starting in a 0–1 away defeat to CD Tenerife.

Bartolo left Lleida in 1995, and signed for Levante UD in the third division. The following January, he joined second level side CD Leganes, but featured rarely.

In 1996 Bartolo agreed to a contract with Gimnàstic de Tarragona, and retired with the club in 1998 at the age of just 30.


1. Coaching career

In June 2009, Bartolo was named assistant of Javi Lopez at Recreativo de Huelva, after previously working for Lleida, Hercules CF, Gimnàstic and CD Castellon as a fitness coach. He was also Luis Cesar Sampedros assistant at Nàstic before moving to FC Cartagena and reuniting with Lopez.

Bartolo subsequently worked as a fitness coach for Real Murcia before being appointed manager of EF Valls youth setup on 4 March 2014. In July, he joined CF Reus Deportiu as a fitness coach, and became the assistant manager of Aritz Lopez Garai in 2017.

In May 2018, Bartolo replaced Lopez Garai at the helm of Reus as the latter had a heart surgery. of On 23 June, he was definitely appointed manager. Halfway through the 2018–19 season, Bartolo, along with the rest of the Reus players and staff, left the club after it was expelled by the LFP.

On 16 May 2019, Bartolo returned to Gimnàstic after being named manager for the 2019–20 campaign. He was dismissed on 17 November, with the club having spent three weeks in the relegation zone.

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