Albert Jorquera

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Albert Jorquera
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Jorquera training with Barcelona in 2007
Personal information
Full name Albert Jorquera i Fortià
Date of birth (1979-03-03) 3 March 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Bescanó, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Vilobí
1994–1998 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Barcelona C 7 (0)
1999–2004 Barcelona B 49 (0)
2000–2001 Ceuta (loan) 3 (0)
2001–2002 Mataró (loan) 31 (0)
2003–2009 Barcelona 7 (0)
2009–2010 Girona 33 (0)
Total 130 (0)
National team
2007–2010 Catalonia 3 (0)
* 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 Jorquera and the second or maternal family name is Fortià.

Albert Jorquera i Fortià (born 3 March 1979) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

He spent the bulk of his professional career with FC Barcelona (ten years, including loans), but could never be more than second or third-choice at his main club, which he left in 2009.

Football career[edit]

Born in Bescanó, Girona, Catalonia, Jorquera started playing in FC Barcelona's youth ranks in 1994. After that he went to its C-team in 1998, being promoted to FC Barcelona B the following year.

After loan stints with third division sides AD Ceuta and CE Mataró, Jorquera returned as first-choice for the B-side. His first appearance in La Liga was against Athletic de Bilbao on 17 January 2004 (a 1–1 home draw) and, the following season, following the departure of unsettled Rüştü Reçber, he joined the main squad permanently.

In March 2007, Jorquera signed a contract extension with Barcelona until June 2008.[1] However, on 29 December, playing an unofficial game for the Catalonia national football team, he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his right knee, which kept him out of the pitches for six months; Barcelona signed Celta de Vigo's José Manuel Pinto until the end of the campaign.[2]

In March 2008 Jorquera's contract was extended again, this time running until summer 2010. On 9 December he got his first start in 2008–09, playing in a 2–3 home loss against FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the last UEFA Champions League group stage matchVíctor Valdés, amongst other regulars, was being rested for El Clásico against Real Madrid, the following Saturday;[3][4] additionally, Pinto had previously been cast as the starter in the Copa del Rey.

In August 2009 Jorquera signed with Girona FC of the second level, with Barcelona having the right to recall him if needed.[5] After starting throughout most of the season, however, the 31-year-old announced his retirement, citing personal reasons.[6]

Honours[edit]

Jorquera playing against Getafe in 2007.

Barcelona[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

[7]

Club Season League Cup[8] Europe[9] Club World Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 1999–2000 8 0 - - - - - - 8 0
Total 8 0 - - - - - - 8 0
Ceuta 2000–01 3 0 1 0 - - - - 4 0
Total 3 0 1 0 - - - - 4 0
Mataró 2001–02 31 0 - - - - - - 31 0
Total 31 0 - - - - - - 31 0
Barcelona B 2002–03 23 0 - - - - - - 23 0
2003–04 18 0 - - - - - - 18 0
Total 41 0 - - - - - - 41 0
Barcelona 2003–04 2 0 0 0 0 0 - - 2 0
2004–05 2 0 0 0 0 0 - - 2 0
2005–06 3 0 4 0 1 0 - - 8 0
2006–07 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2007–08 0 0 1 0 1 0 - - 2 0
2008–09 0 0 0 0 1 0 - - 1 0
Total 7 0 14 0 3 0 0 0 24 0
Girona 2009–10 33 0 1 0 0 0 - - 34 0
Total 33 0 1 0 0 0 - - 34 0
Career totals 123 0 16 0 3 0 0 0 142 0

Personal life[edit]

Jorquera is cousin of another Barça graduate, Marc Crosas. Professionally, he played mainly for Celtic in Scotland.[10]

After retiring, he took advantage of his gemology degree from the University of Barcelona and joined the family's jewellery business.[11]

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