David Barral

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David Barral
Personal information
Full name David Barral Torres
Date of birth (1983-05-10) 10 May 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth San Fernando, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Levante
Number 7
Youth career
San Servando
1999–2002 San Fernando
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Real Madrid C
2003–2006 Real Madrid B 53 (9)
2003–2004 Fuenlabrada (loan) 34 (17)
2006–2012 Sporting Gijón 201 (48)
2012–2013 Orduspor 27 (4)
2013– Levante 32 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Barral and the second or maternal family name is Torres.

David Barral Torres (born 10 May 1983) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Levante UD as a striker.

Football career[edit]

Born in San Fernando, Cádiz, Andalusia, Barral started playing professionally in the lower divisions, with Real Madrid's B and C-teams, with a loan stint at neighbouring CF Fuenlabrada in between.[1] In the 2006–07 season he moved to Sporting de Gijón where, during his second year, he formed a formidable offensive partnership with Mate Bilić (arrived in January 2008) to help the Asturias side return to La Liga after a 10-year absence.[2]

Barral scored his first top flight goal on 26 October 2008, from a penalty in a 3–0 away win against Deportivo de La Coruña. During the season he again paired up with Bilić for 22 league goals combined, and netted a crucial in the campaign's closer – a 2–1 home win against Recreativo de Huelva – as Sporting eventually avoided relegation.[3]

On 20 March 2010, Barral scored at former club Real Madrid: he beat the offside trap and cut inside from the right hand, before firing past Iker Casillas for the game's first, but the hosts turned the score around for a final 3–1 win.[4]

In the 2010–11 campaign Barral continued to battle with Bilić for first-choice status,[1] with Sporting also having acquired Gastón Sangoy – coach Manuel Preciado often fielded only one striker. On 15 January 2011, in the 19th round, he opened his account, at home against Hércules CF (2–0);[5] in the following league match, also at El Molinón, he also found the net, for the game's only goal against Atlético Madrid;[6] the following month (12 February), he helped his team to a 1–1 home draw against FC Barcelona, after a fine individual effort early in the first half.[7]

In 2011–12 Barral scored nine goals in 30 contests (squad best), but it was not enough to prevent Sporting from being relegated after five years. On 5 July 2012, aged 29, he moved abroad for the first time, signing with Orduspor in the Süper Lig.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Olfato de gol (Scoring touch); El Comercio, 20 August 2006 (Spanish)
  2. ^ El Sporting regresa a la élite (Sporting returns to the elite); El Mundo Deportivo, 16 June 2008 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Sporting Gijon 2–1 Recreativo Huelva; ESPN Soccernet, 31 May 2009
  4. ^ Real Madrid rally to move clear of Barcelona in Spanish league; CNN, 21 March 2010
  5. ^ Sporting climb out of danger; ESPN Soccernet, 15 January 2011
  6. ^ Barral the hero; ESPN Soccernet, 23 January 2011
  7. ^ Gijon hold Barca; ESPN Soccernet, 12 February 2011
  8. ^ Orduspor muradına erdi!; Ajansspor, 5 July 2012 (Turkish)

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