Palop playing for Sevilla in 2008
|Full name||Andrés Palop Cervera|
|Date of birth||22 October 1973|
|Place of birth||L'Alcúdia, Spain|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Current club||Bayer Leverkusen|
|1997–1999||→ Villarreal (loan)||74||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
After having languished on the bench of hometown side Valencia for most of his stay, he became a premiere player with Sevilla well into his 30's, helping it consolidate in both the domestic and European fronts. Over the course of 15 seasons he appeared in 295 games in La Liga, where he also represented Villarreal in 1998–99.
A youth product of local giants Valencia CF's youth ranks, Palop was born in L'Alcúdia, Valencia, and his first professional seasons were spent at neighbours Villarreal CF, in a two-year loan spell. He was the undisputed starter in the side's La Liga promotion – a first ever – and relegation, being subsequently recalled by the Che.
In his six-year stint with Valencia's main squad, however, Palop was mostly backup to veteran Santiago Cañizares, his most games consisting of 15 in his first year; as the club were crowned league champions in 2002 and 2004, he could only appear seven times combined (all in the former), and eventually grew unsettled.
Palop joined Sevilla FC in the 2005 summer, quickly becoming one of the Andalusians' cornerstones as they added five titles in only one year. On 15 March 2007 he made headlines when he scored an injury time-equalising goal in the UEFA Cup round-of-16 tie against FC Shakhtar Donetsk, forcing extra time as a result – Sevilla, which had drawn 2–2 at home in the first leg, went on to win 3–2, and eventually won the competition for the second consecutive time; in the final against fellow league side RCD Espanyol he stopped three of four penalty kicks in the shootout, being named Man of the match.
In the following years veteran Palop continued to be an undisputed starter for Sevilla, never appearing in less than 31 league matches. In 2009–10, he helped the club to the fourth place in the league (with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Champions League) and the season's Copa del Rey.
Uncapped, Palop lost a narrow competition with Pepe Reina of Liverpool for second-choice at UEFA Euro 2008, but beat FC Barcelona's Víctor Valdés for the third spot on the squad. During the ceremony following Spain's victory in the tournament, he wore Luis Arconada's original Euro 1984 final shirt. He received the gold medal from Michel Platini (who had won the 1984 continental competition, scoring the final opener from an Arconada blunder), later president of UEFA.
- UEFA Cup: 2005–06, 2006–07
- UEFA Super Cup: 2006; Runner-up 2007
- Spanish Cup: 2006–07, 2009–10
- Spanish Supercup: 2007; Runner-up 2010
- Sevilla saved by last gasp Palop; UEFA.com, 15 March 2007
- Shakhtar Donetsk 2–3 FC Sevilla; ESPN Soccernet, 15 March 2007
- Palop ensures cup joy for Sevilla; UEFA.com, 16 May 2007
- Palop adds experience to Leverkusen; UEFA.com, 2 June 2013
- Casillas no viajará a Grecia y Luis llama a Palop (Casillas will not travel to Greece and Luis calls Palop); Marca, 20 August 2007 (Spanish)
- Arconada alucinó con el gesto de Palop (Arconada went crazy with Palop's gesture); El Mundo Deportivo, 2 July 2008 (Spanish)