David Fuster

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David Fuster
Personal information
Full name David Fuster Torrijos
Date of birth (1982-02-03) 3 February 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Oliva, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Olympiacos
Number 19
Youth career
2000–2002 UD Oliva
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 UD Oliva 40 (12)
2004–2008 Villarreal B 58 (13)
2008–2009 Elche 36 (13)
2009–2010 Villarreal 22 (3)
2010– Olympiacos 88 (24)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Fuster and the second or maternal family name is Torrijos.

David Fuster Torrijos (born 3 February 1982) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Olympiacos F.C. of the Superleague Greece, as an attacking midfielder.

Football career[edit]

Villarreal[edit]

Fuster was born in Oliva, Valencia. Aged already 22 he was signed from his hometown club by Villarreal CF, but spent four years exclusively with its reserves, helping the team promote to the third division in 2007.

In 2008 Fuster was sold to neighbours Elche CF, with an option to rebuy afterwards. After a solid 2008–09 season in the second level – he was the club's topscorer at 13, tied for tenth in the league – he was rebought by Villarreal for a mere 500.000.[1] He received relative amount of playing time in his debut year, scoring his first goal for the club in the 2–3 away defeat against Sevilla FC on 8 November 2009;[2] on 2 January 2010 he added another, in the club's 1–1 draw at La Liga and UEFA Champions League champions FC Barcelona.[3]

Olympiacos[edit]

In late August 2010, 28-year-old Fuster signed for Olympiacos F.C. in Greece for the amount of €1,500,000, rejoining former Villarreal acquaintances Ariel Ibagaza and Ernesto Valverde (manager).[4] In his first season he won the league and reached the quarterfinals in the domestic cup, ranking third in the goal scorers' chart and leading the team in minutes played.

On 28 September 2011 Fuster scored his first goal in the Champions League, in a 1–2 away defeat against Arsenal.[5] He also netted in the second game between the two teams (3–1 home win),[6] as the Piraeus outfit finished third in its group, being "demoted" to the UEFA Europa League; in the latter competition his second-half strike gave his team a 1–0 away win over FC Rubin Kazan in the round-of-32 (eventually 2–0 on aggregate).[7] In the next round he repeated the feat against FC Metalist Kharkiv,[8] who however won the second leg 2–1 in Athens to progress, with the player featuring the 90 minutes[9] and finishing as club top scorer in the tournament with four goals.

On 28 April 2012, in the 119th minute of the final of the Greek Cup, Fuster scored from a Vasilis Torosidis assist for the 2–1 winner against Atromitos FC, after having come on as a late substitute.[10] During the 2012–13 campaign, as Leonardo Jardim was at the helm of the team, he suffered a dip in form, also being injured for two months; when he returned, however, Jardim's replacement Míchel showed confidence in his compatriot.[11][12]

On 7 April 2013 Fuster scored his third and last goal in the season, contributing to a 4–0 success at Platanias F.C.[13] as Olympiacos won its third national championship in a row. On 15 March of the following year he netted another, with his team downing Panthrakikos F.C. 2–0 at home and renewing its domestic supremacy.[14]

Honours[edit]

Olympiacos

Club statistics[edit]

As of 16 April 2014[15]
Club Season League Cup Continental[A] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Elche 2008–09 36 13 36 13
Total 36 13 36 13
Villarreal 2009–10 22 3 2 0 4 0 28 3
Total 22 3 2 0 4 0 28 3
Olympiacos 2010–11 29 13 2 0 31 13
2011–12 20 4 6 2 8 4 34 10
2012–13 18 3 6 3 6 0 30 6
2013–14 21 4 5 1 8 0 34 5
Total 88 24 20 6 22 4 130 34
Career total 146 40 22 6 26 4 194 50

Notes[edit]

A. ^ Includes appearances in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

References[edit]

  1. ^ David Fuster anuncia su regreso al Villarreal (David Fuster announces return to Villarreal); La Verdad, 12 June 2009 (Spanish)
  2. ^ Returning duo seal Sevilla win; ESPN Soccernet, 8 November 2009
  3. ^ Barcelona held at home; ESPN Soccernet, 2 January 2010
  4. ^ Villarreal midfielder Fuster joins Olympiakos; ESPN Soccernet, 23 August 2010
  5. ^ Teenager inspires Arsenal against Olympiacos; UEFA.com, 28 September 2011
  6. ^ Olympiacos beat Arsenal but bow out; UEFA.com, 6 December 2011
  7. ^ Carroll proves Olympiacos hero at Rubin; UEFA.com, 14 February 2012
  8. ^ Advantage Olympiacos as Metalist run out of ideas; UEFA.com, 8 March 2012
  9. ^ Last-gasp Metalist strike down Olympiacos; UEFA.com, 15 March 2012
  10. ^ "David Fuster propicia el doblete para el Olympiacos de Valverde" [David Fuster hands double to Valverde's Olympiacos] (in Spanish). Marca. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Ανακοίνωση της ΠΑΕ Ολυμπιακός" (in Greek). Olympiacos' official website. 19 January 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Εποχή Μίτσελ στον Ολυμπιακό" (in Greek). Olympiacos' official website. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Πλατανιάς – Ολυμπιακός 0–4" [Platanias – Οlympiacos 0–4] (in Greek). Sport 24. 7 April 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "Ολυμπιακός – Πανθρακικός 2–0" [Οlympiacos – Panthrakikos 2–0] (in Greek). Sport 24. 15 March 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "David Fuster". Soccerway. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 

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