Jordi Gómez

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Gómez and the second or maternal family name is García-Penche.
Jordi Gómez
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Gómez playing for Swansea City in 2009
Personal information
Full name Jordi Gómez García-Penche
Date of birth (1985-05-24) 24 May 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sunderland
Youth career
Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Barcelona C
2005–2007 Barcelona B 59 (6)
2007–2008 Espanyol B 22 (10)
2008–2009 Espanyol 3 (0)
2008–2009 Swansea City (loan) 44 (12)
2009–2014 Wigan Athletic 127 (17)
2014– Sunderland 0 (0)
National team
2001 Spain U17 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 02:26, 12 April 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Jordi Gómez García-Penche (born 24 May 1985) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Sunderland in England, mainly as a central midfielder.

After playing for the reserve teams of both Barcelona and Espanyol, he went on to spend the vast majority of his career in England, mainly with Wigan Athletic.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Gómez emerged through FC Barcelona's youth ranks, and completed his formation with neighbours RCD Espanyol. He made his professional debut with the latter in a 0–4 away defeat against Real Murcia on 23 March 2008,[1] appearing in a further two La Liga matches always as a second-half substitute.

Swansea City[edit]

On 6 June 2008, Gómez signed for Swansea City of the Football League Championship on a season-long loan, for a fee of £200,000 –[2] clubmate Albert Serrán also made the move, albeit in a permanent situation. He scored the winning goal with a deflected direct free kick against rivals Cardiff City on 23 September, in the first South Wales derby for seven years.[3]

Gómez was described by scouts as having "a lovely ability to receive the ball in space or if he is marked tightly, find space after his first touch".[4] Whilst on loan, reports surfaced that Swansea wanted to sign him permanently[5] and other teams were supposedly interested in acquiring his services,[6][7] but nothing came of it, as manager Roberto Martínez eventually announced the club would not be able to retain the player due to his high price tag.[8][9][10]

Wigan Athletic[edit]

Gómez finished the season with 14 goals in all competitions and returned to Espanyol, being immediately sold to Premier League team Wigan Athletic on a three-year contract on 19 June 2009, with the transfer fee estimated to be in the region of £1.7 million – the move also meant he would be reunited with former Swansea boss, countryman Martínez.[11] He made his debut in a 2–0 victory over Aston Villa on the opening day of the 2009-10 Premier League season on 15 August 2009,[12] and netted his first goal for the club against Birmingham City on 5 December, albeit in a 2–3 home loss.[13]

Gómez scored his second league goal in a 2–0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 2 October 2010. However, during the match, he escaped suffering a leg injury after a challenge from Karl Henry.[14][15]

On 17 December 2011, Gómez scored the equaliser for hosting Wigan in a 1–1 draw against Chelsea, his fourth goal in five league games.[16][17] He netted the second goal at Arsenal in only the eighth minute of an eventual 2–1 away win on 16 April 2012 at the Emirates Stadium,[18] and the Latics once again managed to avoid relegation.[19]

On 28 August 2012, Gómez scored once as Wigan defeated Nottingham Forest 4–1 away to reach the third round of the Football League Cup.[20] On 24 November he netted a hat-trick to help his club win 3–2 at home against Reading at the DW Stadium,[21] becoming just the second Spaniard to achieve the feat in the Premier League after Fernando Torres.[22][23]

On 9 March 2013, Gómez provided the cross from which Maynor Figueroa opened the scoring at Everton for the season's FA Cup, and he himself added the final 3–0 for his team's third goal in as many minutes, in an eventual qualification to the competition semi-finals.[24] He helped the club win the domestic cup, being replaced after 81 minutes by Ben Watson, who went on to score the winning goal;[25] however, only three days later, with him on the pitch again, Wigan were relegated from the top division following a 1–4 away defeat at Arsenal.[26]

Sunderland[edit]

On 29 May 2014, Gómez signed a three-year contract with Sunderland on a free transfer after his contract at Wigan expired.[27]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Wigan Athletic

Individual[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 12 May 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2004–05[29] Segunda División B 2 0 0 0 2 0
2005–06[30] Segunda División B 36 6 1 0 37 6
2006–07[31] Segunda División B 21 0 0 0 21 0
Total 59 6 1 0 60 6
Espanyol B 2007–08[32] Segunda División B 22 10 0 0 22 10
Espanyol 2007–08[32] La Liga 3 0 0 0 3 0
Swansea City (loan) 2008–09[33] Championship 44 12 3 0 4 2 51 14
Wigan Athletic 2009–10[34] Premier League 23 1 2 0 0 0 25 1
2010–11[35] Premier League 13 1 3 0 4 2 20 3
2011–12[36] Premier League 28 5 1 0 0 0 29 5
2012–13[37] Premier League 32 3 7 3 3 2 42 8
2013–14[38] Championship 31 7 5 3 1 0 9[a] 1 46 11
Total 127 17 18 6 8 4 9 1 162 28
Career total 255 45 22 6 12 6 9 1 298 58
  1. ^ One appearance in FA Community Shield, six appearances and one goal in UEFA Europa League, two appearances in Championship play-offs

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Murcia 4–0 Espanyol". ESPN Soccernet. 23 March 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Spanish duo complete Liberty move". BBC Sport. 6 June 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Swansea 1–0 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  4. ^ Claridge, Steve (24 February 2009). "Scouting report: Jordi Gómez, Swansea City". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Swans keen to keep Gomez". Sky Sports. 25 March 2009. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Boro linked with Gomez". Sky Sports. 28 May 2009. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Celtic eye £2m swoop for Espanyol star Jordi Gomez". Daily Record. 26 March 2009. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Swans – No bid for Gomez". Sky Sports. 27 April 2009. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Gomez in dark over future". Sky Sports. 1 May 2009. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Martinez doubts Gomez return". Sky Sports. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Wigan capture Gomez from Espanyol". BBC Sport. 19 June 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2009. 
  12. ^ "Aston Villa 0–2 Wigan". BBC Sport. 15 August 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  13. ^ "Wigan 2–3 Birmingham". BBC Sport. 5 December 2009. Retrieved 5 December 2009. 
  14. ^ "Martinez feared leg break". Sky Sports. 2 October 2010. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  15. ^ "Patience pays off for Jordi". Wigan Today. 4 October 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Wigan 1–1 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 17 December 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Jordi Gómez grabs late Wigan Athletic equaliser to foil Chelsea". The Guardian. 17 December 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  18. ^ Wigan shock misfiring Gunners; ESPN Soccernet, 16 April 2012
  19. ^ "Blackburn have been relegated to the Championship after losing at home to Wigan, whose Premier League status is secure for next season". BBC Sport. 7 May 2012. 
  20. ^ "Nott'm Forest 1–4 Wigan: First-half blitz helps Latics dodge banana-skin". Daily Mirror. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  21. ^ "Wigan 3–2 Reading". BBC Sport. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  22. ^ "Jordi Gomez expresses joy at scoring a hat-trick against Reading". Sky Sports. 26 November 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  23. ^ "Premier League Team of the Week: Hat-trick hero Gomez joins Anderson & Reina". Goal.com. 26 November 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  24. ^ "Everton 0–3 Wigan". BBC Sport. 9 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  25. ^ "Man City 0–1 Wigan". BBC Sport. 11 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  26. ^ "Arsenal 4–1 Wigan". BBC Sport. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  27. ^ "Gomez Agrees Move". Sunderland A.F.C. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  28. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/may/29/jordi-gomez-sunderland-free-transfer
  29. ^ "Jordi Gómez: Jordi Gómez García-Penche: 2004–05". BDFutbol. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  30. ^ "Jordi Gómez: Jordi Gómez García-Penche: 2005–06". BDFutbol. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  31. ^ "Jordi Gómez: Jordi Gómez García-Penche: 2006–07". BDFutbol. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  32. ^ a b "Jordi Gómez: Jordi Gómez García-Penche: 2007–08". BDFutbol. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  33. ^ "Games played by Jordi Gomez in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Jordi Gomez in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  35. ^ "Games played by Jordi Gomez in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  36. ^ "Games played by Jordi Gomez in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  37. ^ "Games played by Jordi Gomez in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  38. ^ "Games played by Jordi Gomez in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 

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