Koke (footballer, born 1983)
Koke playing for Jahn Regensburg in 2013
|Full name||Sergio Contreras Pardo|
|Date of birth||27 April 1983|
|Place of birth||Málaga, Spain|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2006||→ Sporting CP (loan)||6||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 DECEMBER 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
In a much-travelled career, he represented clubs in Spain, France, Portugal, Greece, the United States, Azerbaijan, Germany, Bolivia and India.
On 23 February 2003, he scored a late equalizer in a 1–1 home draw against Celta de Vigo in La Liga, where he appeared in six games, five from the bench, totalling 176 minutes for the Andalusians during the 2002–03 season.
In January 2004, after seeing very little playing time in the first team, barred by veteran Salva, Koke joined Ligue 1 powerhouse Olympique de Marseille, playing ten times without scoring the remainder of the season. The following one was much better, with him netting five goals in 24 appearances.
In the 2005–06 campaign, with the arrival of Mamadou Niang (in August 2005) and Toifilou Maoulida (in January 2006), Koke was deemed surplus to requirements, scoring one goal in nine league matches and, in January 2006, was sent on loan to Sporting Clube de Portugal where he played almost no part in the club's season, although he did find the net twice as a substitute against Gil Vicente F.C. on 5 March, in a 2–0 home win.
The arrival – initially on loan – of Djibril Cissé in August 2006 meant the end of Koke's adventure in France. He would eventually sign for Aris Thessaloniki FC, a team that was filled with Spanish players, in a three-year deal. He produced the best football of his career in years, scoring ten league goals for a team that finished fourth in the league after being promoted the previous season.
In 2007–08, Koke added another ten in the league's regular season, adding one in the UEFA Cup group stage game against Red Star Belgrade. In July 2008 he signed a new five-year contract with Aris, while also attaining club vice-captaincy, second to Konstantinos Nebegleras, and becoming himself captain in the 2009–10 campaign.
On 29 April 2011, Koke made his debut for his new team, coming on as a late substitute in a 4–1 win against D.C. United. However, after failing to settle in Houston and struggling in the league, he had his contract termination request accepted by the club on 30 May, leaving the club after little more than a month.
Return to Spain
Koke returned to Spain in September 2011, signing with Rayo Vallecano, freshly promoted to the top division. On 23 October, in his very first game, he scored his first goal for the club: after having replaced Piti midway through the second half of the away match against Real Betis, he netted the final 2–0 in the 88th minute, through a penalty kick.
In February 2012, Koke joined Azerbaijan Premier League side Baku FC. He appeared in a total of 15 games in his only season and scored four goals, including one in the campaign's Azerbaijan Cup final, which his club won.
Koke was released in the summer.
On the last day of the 2013 January transfer window, Koke joined SSV Jahn Regensburg in the 2. Bundesliga. On 26 July, he changed clubs and countries again, signing a one-year contract with Club Blooming in Bolivia.
On 15 September 2014, Koke moved to NorthEast United FC. He scored the game's only goal against the Kerala Blasters to mark his Indian Super League debut, and the The Times of India subsequently wrote about the match: "The roar of the crowd could be heard a kilometre away from the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium".
- FK Baku
Club statistics (incomplete)
- As of 23 July 2013
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|USA||League||Open Cup||League Cup||North America||Total|
|2011||Houston Dynamo||Major League Soccer||7||1||—||—||—||7||1|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Supercopa de España||Europe||Total|
|2011–12||Rayo Vallecano||La Liga||5||1||1||0||—||—||6||1|
|Azerbaijan||League||Azerbaijan Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2011–12||FK Baku||Azerbaijan Premier League||10||2||5||2||—||—||15||4|
|2012–13||Jahn Regensburg||2. Bundesliga||9||3||0||0||—||—||9||3|
- "El Celta paga su falta de ambición ante el Málaga" [Celta pays for lack of ambition against Málaga] (in Spanish). El País. 24 February 2003. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
- "Koke in the can for Marseille". UEFA.com. 2 February 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
- "Sporting-Gil Vicente, 2–0: Um jogo da vida real" [Sporting-Gil Vicente, 2–0: A real life game] (in Portuguese). Record. 6 March 2006. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
- "Koke is it for Aris". UEFA.com. 15 August 2006. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
- "Bruin leads explosive Dynamo offense in rout of DC". MLS Soccer.[dead link]
- de Jesus Ortiz, Jose (30 May 2011). "Koke's short stint with Dynamo comes to an end". Chron. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
- "Real Betis 0–2 Rayo Vallecano". ESPN Soccernet. 23 October 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
- "Bakú, destino final para Koke" [Bakú, final destination for Koke] (in Spanish). Málaga Hoy. 13 February 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
- "Del primer título de Torres a los goles exóticos de Rafa Jordá o 'Koke'" [From Torres' first honour to exotic goals by Rafa Jordá or 'Koke'] (in Spanish). Marca. 6 May 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
- "Koke deja el Baku de Azerbaiyán para firmar por el Pescara italiano" [Koke leaves Baku from Azerbaijan to sign for Italy's Pescara] (in Spanish). La Opinión de Málaga. 31 October 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
- "Regensburg holt de Guzman, Hendl und Koke" [Regensburg gets de Guzman, Hendl and Koke] (in German). kicker. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
- "Koke se marcha al Blooming boliviano" [Koke goes to Bolivia's Blooming] (in Spanish). Marca. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
- "Koke signs for NorthEast United FC". The Times of India. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
- "Koke signs with NorthEast United FC". Goal.com. 16 September 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
- Ganguily, Abhishek (13 October 2014). "ISL: NorthEast United ride high on Koke, beat Kerala Blasters 1–0". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
- "Koke". Soccerway. Retrieved 21 April 2014.