Albert Ferrer

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Albert Ferrer
Albert Ferrer Liverpool vs Chelsea CL 08 cropped.jpg
Ferrer in 2008
Personal information
Full name Albert Ferrer i Llopis
Date of birth (1970-06-06) 6 June 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Córdoba (coach)
Youth career
1986–1988 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1990 Barcelona B 47 (2)
1990–1998 Barcelona 204 (1)
1990 Tenerife (loan) 17 (0)
1998–2003 Chelsea 76 (0)
Total 344 (3)
National team
1988 Spain U18 7 (1)
1988–1989 Spain U19 3 (0)
1989–1990 Spain U20 5 (0)
1990–1991 Spain U21 2 (0)
1991–1992 Spain U23 6 (0)
1991–1999 Spain 36 (0)
Teams managed
2010–2011 Vitesse
2014– Córdoba
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Ferrer and the second or maternal family name is Llopis.

Albert Ferrer i Llopis (Catalan pronunciation: [əɫˈβɛr fəˈre]; born 6 June 1970) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a right back, and the current coach of Córdoba CF.

Having represented local Barcelona for almost a decade, he went on to appear for England's Chelsea until his retirement. During his spell in his country he was nicknamed Chapi, and appeared in a total of 221 La Liga games during nine seasons.

A Spanish international on more than 30 occasions, Ferrer represented the nation in two World Cups and won an Olympic gold medal in 1992.

He began his managerial career at the Dutch club Vitesse and took over at Córdoba in 2014, guiding the club to promotion in his first season.

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Ferrer was a pacy and tough-tackling defender.[1] He began his professional career with FC Barcelona B, then served a loan with CD Tenerife in the 1989–90 season, with whom he made his La Liga debuts at the age of 19.

Ferrer returned to the main squad the following summer, and became the club's first-choice right back, remaining as such for the following eight years and scoring once. He often partnered another club graduate, Sergi Barjuán, in the defensive wings.

Ferrer was a key member of the famous Dream Team and, during his time with the Blaugrana, won five leagues, a European Cup, a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, two domestic cups, four Supercups and two UEFA Super Cups.

As the Dutch dominance at the Camp Nou in terms of players was still an important one (the club was coached by Louis van Gaal), Ferrer left in June 1998 amongst other club greats as Guillermo Amor, moving to Chelsea for £2.2 million and quickly establishing himself in the side, helping it qualify for its first ever Champions League campaign in his debut campaign. Chelsea won the FA Cup the following year (but he missed the final through injury) and reached the quarterfinals of the Champions League; during his team's run in the latter he played in 14 of 16 games, and scored his only goal for the Blues in a 2–0 win against Hertha BSC.[2]

A combination of injuries[3] and manager Gianluca Vialli's squad rotation policy reduced Ferrer's opportunities in the following season and he made only 14 league appearances. Chelsea reached another FA Cup final in 2002 – which he again missed, though this time through not being selected. Out of favour and facing strong competition from younger teammates he made just seven league appearances in his final two years, and left in May 2003 upon the expiry of his contract, playing 113 overall matches for the Londoners and retiring shortly after at 33.

International career[edit]

Ferrer was a Spanish international on 36 occasions. His debut came on 4 September 1991 in a friendly win with Uruguay in Oviedo,[4] as La Roja eventually did not qualify for UEFA Euro 1992.

Subsequently, Ferrer was a regular figure in the national side, appearing as starter at the 1994 FIFA World Cup and playing once in the 1998 edition, the 2–3 group stage loss against Nigeria, missing Euro 1996 and 2000 through injury[5] (with Barça teammate Sergi on the other flank in all these tournaments).

In 1992, Ferrer was first-choice for the Olympic team that won the gold medal at the Summer Olympics, held in his hometown.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring, Ferrer spent several years working as a color commentator, working for a number of Spanish broadcasters. In late October 2010, he was announced as new head coach of Vitesse Arnhem in the Eredivisie, his staff also including compatriot Albert Capellas (formerly youth coach at Barcelona) and former Dutch goalkeeper Stanley Menzo, who left his post at SC Cambuur in order to join the Spaniards.[6]

Ferrer led Vitesse to the 15th position, in a narrow escape from relegation. He was subsequently relieved from his duties, being replaced by John van den Brom.[7]

On 17 February 2014 Ferrer was appointed at Segunda División club Córdoba CF.[8] After finishing the season in 7th, the club defeated UD Las Palmas in the play-off final to return to La Liga for the first time in 42 years.[9]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Barcelona
Chelsea

Country[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Euro 2000 profile; BBC Sport
  2. ^ Moore, Glenn (3 November 1999). "Chelsea's big night is spoiled by Sutton". London: The Independent. Retrieved 6 November 2009. 
  3. ^ Ferrer set to retire; BBC Sport, 8 May 2003
  4. ^ "Tiempo de llorar, tiempo de soñar" [A time to cry, a time to dream] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 5 September 1991. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Camacho blow for Ferrer; BBC Sport, 15 May 2000
  6. ^ "Oud-Barcelonaspeler Ferrer opvolger trainer Bos" [Former Barcelona player Ferrer is Bos' successor] (in Dutch). De Telegraaf. 27 October 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Vitesse en Ferrer gaan uit elkaar" [Vitesse and Ferrer part company] (in Dutch). Vitesse. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Albert Ferrer nuevo entrenador del Córdoba C.F." [Albert Ferrer new Córdoba C.F. manager] (in Spanish). Córdoba CF. 17 February 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Las Palmas-Cordoba La Liga play-off ends with pitch invasion". Goal.com. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 

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