Andrés Palop

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Andrés Palop
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Palop playing for Sevilla in 2008
Personal information
Full name Andrés Palop Cervera
Date of birth (1973-10-22) 22 October 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth L'Alcúdia, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Valencia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1997 Valencia B 68 (0)
1997–2005 Valencia 43 (0)
1997–1999 Villarreal (loan) 74 (0)
2005–2013 Sevilla 217 (0)
2013–2014 Bayer Leverkusen 0 (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 Palop and the second or maternal family name is Cervera.

Andrés Palop Cervera (born 22 October 1973) is a Spanish retired professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

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.

Palop was selected by Spain for Euro 2008, but never gained an international cap.

Club career[edit]

Valencia[edit]

Born in L'Alcúdia, Valencian Community, Palop was a youth product of local giants Valencia CF, and his first professional seasons were spent at neighbours Villarreal CF, in a two-year loan spell. He was the undisputed starter in both the side's La Liga promotion in 1997 – a first ever – and relegation the following season, 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 campaign), and eventually grew unsettled.

Palop during a match with Sevilla.

Sevilla[edit]

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;[1][2] 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.[3]

In the following seasons veteran Palop continued to be an undisputed starter for Sevilla, never appearing in less than 31 league matches. In 2009–10 he helped the team to the fourth place in the league, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Champions League, and the campaign's Copa del Rey.

Bayer Leverkusen[edit]

In early June 2013, Palop signed a one-year contract with German side Bayer 04 Leverkusen, moving abroad for the first time at the age of nearly 40.[4]

International career[edit]

Palop was first called up for Spain in August 2007, for a friendly with Greece, after a last-minute injury to Iker Casillas. However, he did not leave the bench in the match.[5]

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.[6] 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.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Valencia
Sevilla

International[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 1 June 2013[7][8]
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Valencia 1997–98 La Liga 0 0 0 0 - - - - - - 0 0
1999–00 La Liga 15 0 0 0 - - 6[b] 0 - - 21 0
2000–01 La Liga 1 0 2 0 - - 1[b] 0 - - 4 0
2001–02 La Liga 7 0 0 0 - - 3[c] 0 - - 10 0
2002–03 La Liga 9 0 2 0 - - 3[b] 0 - - 14 0
2003–04 La Liga 0 0 6 0 - - 6[c] 0 - - 12 0
2004–05 La Liga 11 0 1 0 - - 2[c] 0 - - 14 0
Total 43 0 11 0 - - 21 0 - - 75 0
Villarreal 1997–98 Segunda División 39 0 0 0 - - - - 2[d] 0 41 0
1998–99 La Liga 35 0 5 0 - - - - 2[e] 0 42 0
Total 74 0 5 0 - - - - 4 0 83 0
Sevilla 2005–06 La Liga 36 0 0 0 - - 7[c] 0 - - 43 0
2006–07 La Liga 34 0 4 0 - - 12[c] 1 1[f] 0 51 1
2007–08 La Liga 31 0 0 0 - - 9[b] 0 3[f][g] 0 43 0
2008–09 La Liga 35 0 6 0 - - 6[c] 0 - - 47 0
2009–10 La Liga 33 0 6 0 - - 5[b] 0 - - 44 0
2010–11 La Liga 19 0 3 0 - - 8[b][c] 0 2[g] 0 32 0
2011–12 La Liga 13 0 1 0 - - 2[c] 0 - - 16 0
2012–13 La Liga 16 0 3 0 - - - - - - 19 0
Total 217 0 23 0 - - 49 1 6 0 295 1
Bayer Leverkusen 2013–14 Bundesliga 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0 - - 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0 - - 0 0
Career total 334 0 39 0 - - 70 1 10 0 453 1
  1. ^ Includes Copa del Rey and DFB-Pokal matches.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ Appearances in Promotion play-offs
  5. ^ Appearances in Relegation play-offs
  6. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Super Cup
  7. ^ a b Appearances in Supercopa de España

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Javi Navarro
Sevilla captain
2008–2013
Succeeded by
Ivan Rakitić