Roqué in training with Betis
|Full name||Miguel Roqué Farrero|
|Date of birth||8 July 1988|
|Place of birth||Tremp, Spain|
|Date of death||24 June 2012(aged 23)|
|Place of death||Barcelona, Spain|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2007||→ Oldham Athletic (loan)||4||(0)|
|2007–2008||→ Xerez (loan)||1||(0)|
|2008–2009||→ Cartagena (loan)||30||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
He signed with Liverpool before his 18th birthday, going on to be loaned to several teams in England and Spain for the duration of his contract. In 2009 he joined Betis, playing in Segunda División with the club.
Roqué died in June 2012 at the age of 23, due to cancer.
Early years / Liverpool
Roqué was born in Tremp, Lleida, Catalonia. At only 17 he was signed from local side UE Lleida by Liverpool, managed by countryman Rafael Benítez. He came on as a substitute in both legs of the 2006 FA Youth Cup Final against Manchester City, and made his first-team debut in the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League against Galatasaray SK on 5 December 2006 – also coming from the bench, replacing another Spaniard, Xabi Alonso – in a 2–3 away loss.
Roqué spent the end of the 2006–07 season on loan at Oldham Athletic in League One, appearing rarely for the Latics as the club finished in sixth position. In the following two years, still in that predicament, he played in his country, with very different fates: in 2007–08 he only appeared once for second division side Xerez CD and, in the following season, he was much more used by FC Cartagena, helping the Murcian club promote from the third level.
Health and death
On 5 March 2011, after undergoing a routine check-up due to back problems, Roqué was diagnosed with pelvic cancer, undergoing surgery to excise a malignant tumor the following day. The club sought to help the player raise funds to pay for treatment by the sale of wrist-bands to fans.
On 24 June 2012, after just over a year of illness, Roqué lost his battle against cancer and died, two weeks before his 24th birthday. His death prompted a series of tributes on Twitter, including from several international players competing in UEFA Euro 2012; On 1 July, after the final of the continental competition, Spain goalkeeper Pepe Reina (his former Liverpool team-mate) wore a Betis shirt featuring Roqué's name during the players' victory lap of the Olympic Stadium in Kiev.
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- Spain dedicate success to loved ones and lost ones; ESPN, 1 July 2012