Francesc Arnau

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Francesc Arnau
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Personal information
Full name Francesc Xavier Arnau Grabulosa
Date of birth (1975-05-23) 23 May 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth Les Planes, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1994–1995 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1999 Barcelona B 119 (0)
1996–2001 Barcelona 24 (0)
2001–2011 Málaga 131 (0)
Total 274 (0)
National team
1996–1998 Spain U21 13 (0)
1997 Spain U23 2 (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 Arnau and the second or maternal family name is Grabulosa.

Francesc Xavier Arnau Grabulosa (born 23 May 1975) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

In a 16-year professional career he only played for Barcelona and Málaga, appearing in 126 La Liga games over the course of 12 seasons.

Club career[edit]

Barcelona[edit]

Born in Les Planes d'Hostoles, Girona, Catalonia, Arnau was a youth graduate from La Liga powerhouse FC Barcelona. He made his first-team debuts in 1996–97, in a 3–3 home draw against Atlético de Madrid on 9 November 1996.

During five seasons he was second-choice to Ruud Hesp and Pepe Reina, while also registered with the B-side.

Málaga[edit]

For the 2001–02 campaign Arnau moved to Málaga CF for 2.1 million, also playing second-fiddle until the departure of Pedro Contreras to Real Betis in 2003. He would eventually become club captain, but lost his job in 2007–08 in the second division, to Iñaki Goitia.

In the 2009 summer Goitia was sold also to Betis, but Málaga also acquired Gustavo Munúa and Roberto Santamaría, so Arnau was demoted to as low as third-choice in the 2009–10 season, eventually finishing backup to the Uruguayan but without making one single official appearance.

After Munúa's departure, Arnau played the first game of 2010–11 – a 1–3 home loss against Valencia CF – as Rodrigo Galatto was not yet eligible.[1] He continued appearing regularly for the club in the following weeks after the Brazilian performed poorly and another new signing, Rubén, went down with an injury.

On 21 May 2011 Arnau played his last match as a professional, coming on as a substitute for Wilfredo Caballero in the last minutes of a 1–3 home defeat against his first club Barcelona,[2] with Málaga finally retaining its top division status. After retiring at the age of 36, he continued working with his last team, as a youth coach, alongside former club teammate Salva.[3]

International career[edit]

Arnau appeared for Spain at the 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, being named the tournament's MVP, as Spain emerged victorious.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Barcelona
Málaga

Country[edit]

Spain U21

References[edit]

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