Curro Torres

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Curro Torres
Personal information
Full name Cristóbal Emilio Torres Ruiz
Date of birth (1976-12-27) 27 December 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth Ahlen, West Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Valencia B (coach)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 Gramenet 53 (5)
1997–1999 Valencia B 65 (8)
1999–2009 Valencia 117 (1)
1999–2000 Recreativo (loan) 37 (1)
2000–2001 Tenerife (loan) 39 (2)
2007–2008 Murcia (loan) 2 (0)
2009–2011 Gimnàstic 0 (0)
Total 313 (17)
National team
2001–2002 Spain 5 (0)
Teams managed
2014– Valencia B
* 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 Torres and the second or maternal family name is Ruiz.

Cristóbal Emilio Torres Ruiz, commonly known as Curro Torres (born 27 December 1976), is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a right defender.

In his professional career, whose later years were blighted by several injuries, he represented mainly Valencia, helping the team to two La Liga championships (playing in a total of 119 games in that category over the course of eight seasons, scoring once) and the 2004 UEFA Cup.

Torres represented Spain at the 2002 World Cup.

Early years[edit]

Torres was born in Ahlen, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany. His parents hailed from Granada, and emigrated for working purposes.

When their son was still an infant they moved back to Spain, settling in Catalonia.[1]

Club career[edit]

Torres began his career with UDA Gramenet before joining Valencia CF in 1997. He was a regular with the B-team for two seasons, being subsequently loaned out to Recreativo de Huelva and CD Tenerife in the next two years. In the latter, alongside Mista and Luis García, he was a key member of the Canary Islands club – coached by Rafael Benítez – that won promotion to La Liga.

Torres then returned to Valencia, where he proceeded to become a key member in the teams that won the national league twice and the 2003–04 UEFA Cup, again under Benítez. From early 2005 onwards, however, he would be severely hindered by injuries,[2] although he appeared in 17 games in the 2006–07 campaign, mainly as a left-back due to Emiliano Moretti's forced absence.

For 2007–08 Torres was loaned to top level newcomers Real Murcia,[3] where his physical problems resurfaced (two league appearances). Upon Murcia's relegation he returned to Valencia, being restricted to two UEFA Cup matches during the season, with even midfielder Hedwiges Maduro being preferred as Miguel's backup;[4] he left the Che in June 2009.

On 27 July 2009 Torres moved to Gimnàstic de Tarragona in Segunda División, playing no minutes whatsoever in the season (league or cup) as Nàstic finished in 18th position.[5] In January of the following year, after the loan acquisitions of Borja Viguera and Álex Bergantiños by the club, the 34-year-old's contract was cancelled.[6]

On 7 April 2014 Torres returned to Valencia after nearly five years, being appointed manager of the reserves in Segunda División B.[7]

International career[edit]

Courtesy of solid performances whilst at Valencia, Torres made his debut for Spain on 14 November 2001 in a friendly match with Mexico in Huelva (1–0 win),[8] and was a member of the 2002 FIFA World Cup squad, where he appeared against South Africa in the group stage.[9]




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