Joan Verdú

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Joan Verdú
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Personal information
Full name Joan Verdú Fernández
Date of birth (1983-05-05) 5 May 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 10
Youth career
PB Anguera
1998–2002 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Barcelona C 19 (2)
2002–2006 Barcelona B 134 (31)
2006–2009 Deportivo La Coruña 85 (9)
2009–2013 Espanyol 144 (23)
2013–2014 Betis 20 (2)
2014– Baniyas 11 (5)
National team
2002 Spain U20 2 (1)
2006– Catalonia 9 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 15 December 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 January 2013
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Verdú and the second or maternal family name is Fernández.

Joan Verdú Fernández (born 5 May 1983) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Baniyas SC in United Arab Emirates.

A versatile midfielder, adept as both central or attacking midfielder, he started professionally at Barcelona, but played mainly for local rivals Espanyol during his career, amassing La Liga totals of 249 games and 34 goals over the course of eight seasons and also representing in the competition Deportivo and Betis.

Football career[edit]

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Verdú was a product of FC Barcelona's youth system. He played mainly for its B-side as a senior, making his debut with the main squad on 7 December 2004 in a UEFA Champions League 0–2 away loss against FC Shakhtar Donetsk.[1]

For 2006–07 Verdú moved to Deportivo de La Coruña, being relatively used by the Galicians throughout the season and scoring in a 2–0 away win against Villarreal CF on 11 February 2007. He produced similar numbers in his second year in La Liga.

Profiting from Juan Carlos Valerón's age and recurrent physical problems, Verdú had a breakthrough year in the 2008–09 campaign, often assuming the playmaking duties of the former while also adding seven league goals. However, after a new deal could not be agreed, the free agent moved back to his native region after three years, signing a four-year contract with RCD Espanyol.[2]

On 19 September 2009 Verdú netted against his previous team, in a 3–2 away triumph,[3] and started most of his first year, also benefitting from age and injury-related problems of another teammate, Iván de la Peña. Without any real competitor in the following season – de la Peña only saw 30 minutes of action – he improved his numbers to 37 games and five goals, as the Pericos finished comfortably in midtable.

In the 2013 summer the free agent Verdú signed a four-year deal with another club in the category, Real Betis.[4]


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