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|
|2009–2010||→ Sporting Gijón (loan)||26||(0)|
|2013–2014||→ Elche (loan)||33||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 24 November 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Alberto Tomás Botía Rabasco (Spanish pronunciation: [alˈβerto βoˈti.a raˈβasko]; born 27 January 1989) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Greek club Olympiacos F.C. as a central defender.
Botía was born in Alquerías, Region of Murcia. Aged just eight years old he 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 Botía 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 campaign, a 1–1 away draw against Deportivo de La Coruña.
On 14 July 2009 Botía was sent to fellow La Liga club Sporting de Gijón, on a season-long loan. An undisputed starter throughout his first year in the top-tier, he decided to extend his stay with the Asturians in a four-year deal, with Barcelona keeping a buy-back clause for the first three.
On 8 August 2012 Botía signed with Sevilla FC, for a fee believed to be in the region of €3 million. He was brought in with the help of the Doyen Group, an Anglo-Portuguese investment firm. He made his official debut for his new team 18 days later, playing the second half of a 1–1 away draw against Granada CF.
On 23 February 2013 Botía put the visitors ahead at former club Barcelona, but in an eventual 1–2 loss. For the 2013–14 campaign, after 25 official appearances for the Andalusia team, he was loaned to Elche CF.
On 7 February 2007 Botía was summoned for the Spanish under-19 team, for the "XXXIII International Atlantic Cup". Almost exactly two years later he received his first under-21 callup, for a friendly with Norway.
- Spain U20
- Spain U21
- 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.
- "Sevilla snaps up Botía". Marca. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
- "Sevilla complete signing of Alberto Botia". Inside Spanish Football. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
- "El Sevilla saca petróleo de Los Cármenes" [Sevilla drills for oil at Los Cármenes] (in Spanish). Marca. 26 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
- "El gol de Botía no fue suficiente" [Botía goal was not enough] (in Spanish). Europa Press. 24 February 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
- "Botía set to become third Elche loan signing from Sevilla". Inside Spanish Football. 23 July 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
- Έπιασε λιμάνι ο Μποτία (in Greek). Nova Sports. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
- Ανακοινώθηκε ο Μποτία (in Greek). Red Planet. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
- "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
- "Botía". Soccerway. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
- Alberto Botía at ESPN FC