Botía lining up for Spain U21 in 2011
|Full name||Alberto Tomás Botía Rabasco|
|Date of birth||27 January 1989|
|Place of birth||Alquerías, Spain|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|Current club||Elche (on loan from Sevilla)|
|2009–2010||→ Sporting Gijón (loan)||26||(0)|
|2013–2014||→ Elche (loan)||23||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 25 February 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Alberto Tomás Botía Rabasco (Spanish pronunciation: [alˈβerto βoˈti.a raˈβasko]; born 27 January 1989 in Alquerías, Region of Murcia) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Elche CF on loan from Sevilla FC as a central defender.
Aged just eight years old, Botía began playing for CD Beniel, soon joining neighbours Real Murcia, and remaining there for three years. In 2003, he moved to FC Barcelona, being inserted into its B-team after a further three seasons. On 30 May 2009, he made his official debut with the main squad, coming on as a second-half substitute for Gerard Piqué in the side's final game of the season, a 1–1 away draw against Deportivo de La Coruña.
On 14 July 2009 Botía was sent to fellow La Liga outfit Sporting de Gijón, on a season-long loan. An undisputed starter throughout his first campaign in the top-tier, he decided to extend his stay with the Asturias club in a four-year deal, with Barcelona keeping a buy-back clause for the first three.
On 7 February 2007, Botía was summoned for the Spanish U-19 team, for the "XXXIII International Atlantic Cup". Almost exactly two years later, he received his first U21 callup, for a friendly with Norway.
- Spain U20
- Spain U21
- Fútbol Draft Awards: 3rd Best Spanish U-21 Central Defender, 2009–10
- Deportivo La Coruña 1–1 Barcelona; ESPN Soccernet, 30 May 2009
- Sporting Gijón take Barcelona youngster Botía on loan; Goal.com, 14 July 2009
- "Botía transferred to Sporting". Barcelona's official website. 18 June 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
- "Domínguez, Montoya y Botía, novedades de la lista de Del Bosque" [Domínguez, Montoya and Botía, news in Del Bosque's list] (in Spanish). Marca. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
- ITA – ESP 1:2 (0:0); Pescara 2009, 4 July 2009
- Fútbol Draft Awards '10
- "Botía". Soccerway. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
- Alberto Botía at ESPN FC
- Sevilla official profile
- BDFutbol profile
- Futbolme profile (Spanish)
- Alberto Botía – FIFA competition record
- Transfermarkt profile