Albelda as a Valencia player
|Full name||David Albelda Aliqués|
|Date of birth||1 September 1977|
|Place of birth||La Pobla Llarga, Spain|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|1996–1997||→ Villarreal (loan)||34||(0)|
|1998–1999||→ Villarreal (loan)||35||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in La Pobla Llarga, Valencian Community, Albelda started his career as a central defender with local UD Alzira and, after having served two separate loans with Villarreal CF, also in the region, returned for good to first professional club Valencia CF in the 1999–2000 season, playing a major role in a squad that was crowned La Liga champions in 2002 and 2004, adding to that the 2004 UEFA Cup; since the 2001 summer, with Gaizka Mendieta's departure, he was also awarded team captaincy.
On 20 December 2007 Albelda, along with teammates Santiago Cañizares and Miguel Ángel Angulo was axed from the Valencia squad by recently arrived coach Ronald Koeman. In the captain's case, he had ironically just renewed his link with the Che until 2011.
In response, on 2 January 2008, Albelda's lawyer claimed that Valencia had ignored his client's plea for an amicable end to the player's contract, with legal recourse the only possible avenue left. With news of this hitting the media, several teams, although he would not be able to join any Spanish team for the remainder of the season, having played more than four league games, studied the possibility of signing him in the winter transfer window, with hopes of a free transfer.
In late April 2008, however, with Koeman's sacking, all three were reinstated by new manager Voro in a squad seriously threatened with relegation, with five remaining rounds. He returned to action in the second half of the 0–6 away loss against FC Barcelona on 4 May, and received his first post-reinstatement start in a 5–1 success in the derby away at Levante UD in the following week, as Valencia mathematically retained top flight status.
For 2008–09 Albelda remained a regular fixture, alongside longtime central midfield teammate Rubén Baraja. On 10 January 2009 he delivered an outstanding performance at right back, replacing suspended Miguel in a 3–3 home derby against Villarreal.
Albelda was played intermittently by Valencia from 2010 to 2013, also suffering several injury problems. On 10 June 2013, it was announced that the 35-year-old would not renew his contract with the club, leaving as a free agent; he announced his retirement two months later.
A Spanish international since 5 September 2001, in 2–0 away win against Liechtenstein for the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Albelda was part of the Spanish squad in the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups. He also played in UEFA Euro 2004.
After having been ousted from the Valencia squad, Albelda would still be called by national team boss Luis Aragonés to a 6 February 2008 friendly with France, but would eventually not make the final cut for Euro 2008 as Spain emerged victorious.
- UEFA Cup: 2003–04
- UEFA Super Cup: 2004
- La Liga: 2001–02, 2003–04
- Copa del Rey: 2007–08
- Supercopa de España: 1999
- UEFA Champions League: Runner-up 1999–2000, 2000–01
- Spain U23
- "David Albelda". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
- "La noche del dorsal '6': de Puchades a David Albelda" [The night of the number '6': from Puchades to David Albelda] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
- "Koeman sticks the boot into Cañizares, Albelda". Goal.com. 18 December 2007. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
- "Valencia reach Albelda agreement". UEFA.com. 29 June 2007. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
- "Albelda reclama la extinción de su contrato por vía judicial tras la ausencia de respuesta del Valencia" [Albelda wants out of contract judicially after no response from Valencia] (in Spanish). Cadena SER. 2 January 2008. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
- "Levante 1–5 Valencia". ESPN Soccernet. 11 May 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
- "Valencia 3–3 Villarreal". ESPN Soccernet. 10 January 2009. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
- "Albelda se convierte en un jugador polivalente un año después de ser excluido" [Albelda becomes a versatile player one year after being outcast] (in Spanish). Soitu. 11 January 2009. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
- "David Albelda withdraws from Valencia training". Inside Spanish Football. 11 September 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
- "La lesión de Albelda les reafirma en buscar pivotes" [Albelda injury makes their search for holding midfielders more pressing] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
- "Valencia: La maldición de Chamartín" [Valencia: The curse of Chamartín] (in Spanish). Goal.com. 24 February 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
- "Albelda no renueva con el Valencia" [Albelda does not renew with Valencia] (in Spanish). Marca. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
- "Albelda se retira del fútbol profesional" [Albelda retires from professional football] (in Spanish). Super Deporte. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
- "Luis Aragonés, sin perdón" [Luis Aragonés, unforgiven] (in Spanish). Notas de Fútbol. 1 February 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- "Albelda". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
- Valencia official profile
- BDFutbol profile
- National team data
- CiberChe stats and bio (Spanish)
- David Albelda at National-Football-Teams.com
- David Albelda – FIFA competition record