Koke (footballer born 1992)

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Koke
Koke Resurrección - 01.jpg
Koke playing for Atlético Madrid in 2013
Personal information
Full name Jorge Resurrección Merodio
Date of birth (1992-01-08) 8 January 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Atlético Madrid
Number 6
Youth career
2000–2008 Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Atlético B 66 (7)
2009– Atlético Madrid 110 (13)
National team
2008 Spain U16 3 (0)
2008–2009 Spain U17 21 (0)
2010–2011 Spain U19 9 (0)
2011 Spain U20 5 (1)
2011– Spain U21 12 (1)
2012 Spain U23 6 (1)
2013– Spain 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 November 2013

Jorge Resurrección Merodio, commonly known as Koke (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkoke]; born 8 January 1992), is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Atlético Madrid in La Liga, as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Koke was born in Madrid. Having arrived at Atlético Madrid's youth system at the age of eight, he made his debut for the first team on 19 September 2009, playing in the second half of a 2–5 away loss against FC Barcelona.[2] Again from the bench he appeared in the next La Liga round, at home against UD Almería (2–2).[3]

Koke scored his first goal for Atlético against Sevilla FC on 26 February 2011, his 47th-minute header from a Diego Forlán cross being the 1–1 equalizer in an eventual 2–2 home draw.[4] He finished his first full season as a professional with 17 games, as the Colchoneros finished seventh and qualified for the UEFA Europa League.

Koke was again an important midfield unit for Atlético in the 2011–12 campaign, under both Gregorio Manzano and his successor Diego Simeone. On 29 April 2012 he netted his first league goal of the season, opening the score in the 62nd minute of an eventual 2–2 draw at Real Betis.[5]

Aged only 20, Koke came of age during 2012–13, starting in 38 of his 48 official appearances and scoring three goals – this included 112 minutes of play in the season's Copa del Rey final, won against Real Madrid.[6] He also began developing above-average passing skills, either through set pieces or open play.[7][8]

On 9 April 2014 Koke scored his seventh official goal of the campaign, netting the game's only in the UEFA Champions League tie against Barcelona to send Atlético to the semi-finals of the competition for the first time since 1974.[9][10]

International career[edit]

Koke was a member of the Spanish team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London,[11] playing all three games as the tournament ended in the group stage for the nation. He made his debut for the full side on 14 August 2013, replacing Santi Cazorla for the final 12 minutes of a 2–0 friendly win in Ecuador.[12]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Atlético Madrid

Country[edit]

Spain U21
Spain U17

FIFA[edit]

FIFA 13
  • TOTS
FIFA 14
  • In Form
  • MOTM

Club statistics[edit]

As of 10 April 2014[13]
Club Season League Cup[14] Continental[15] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Atlético Madrid 2009–10 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2010–11 17 2 2 0 0 0 19 2
2011–12 25 2 2 0 13 0 40 2
2012–13 33 3 7 0 8 0 48 3
2013–14 30 6 9 0 10 1 49 7
Atlético Madrid 109 13 20 0 31 1 160 14
Career totals 109 13 20 0 31 1 160 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://clubatleticodemadrid.com/jugadores/jorge-resurreccion-merodio-2013-2014
  2. ^ Barca rout Atletico; ESPN Soccernet, 19 September 2009
  3. ^ Piatti leaves it late for Almería; ESPN Soccernet, 23 September 2009
  4. ^ Reyes to the rescue for Atletico; ESPN Soccernet, 26 February 2011
  5. ^ Falcao rescues Atletico; ESPN Soccernet, 29 April 2012
  6. ^ "Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo off in Real Madrid loss". BBC Sport. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Koke se destapa como asistente" [Koke discovers passing ability] (in Spanish). Marca. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Koke, el pasador de lujo del Atlético de Madrid" [Koke, Atlético de Madrid's passer extraordinaire] (in Spanish). Vavel. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Atlético Madrid 1–0 Barcelona". BBC Sport. 9 April 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Koke takes Atlético through at Barcelona's expense". UEFA.com. 9 April 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Euro 2012 trio Mata, Alba & Martinez in Spain Olympic squad". BBC Sport. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Taconeo ante Ecuador" [Taconeo against Ecuador] (in Spanish). Marca. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  13. ^ Koke at ESPN FC
  14. ^ Includes Copa del Rey and Supercopa de España
  15. ^ Includes UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Intertoto Cup and UEFA Super Cup

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