Miki Roqué

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Miki Roqué
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Roqué in training with Betis
Personal information
Full name Miguel Roqué Farrero
Date of birth (1988-07-08)8 July 1988
Place of birth Tremp, Spain
Date of death 24 June 2012(2012-06-24) (aged 23)
Place of death Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
2004–2005 Lleida
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2009 Liverpool 0 (0)
2007 Oldham Athletic (loan) 4 (0)
2007–2008 Xerez (loan) 1 (0)
2008–2009 Cartagena (loan) 30 (3)
2009–2011 Betis B 31 (1)
2010–2012 Betis 12 (2)
Total 78 (6)
National team
2006–2007 Spain U19 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Roqué and the second or maternal family name is Farrero.

Miguel "Miki" Roqué Farrero (8 July 1988 – 24 June 2012) was a Spanish footballer. Mainly a central defender, he could also appear as a defensive midfielder.

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.[1]

Club career[edit]

Early years / Liverpool[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]

Roqué spent the end of the 2006–07 season on loan at Oldham Athletic in League One,[4] 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 the 2007–08 campaign he only appeared once for Segunda División side Xerez CD and, in the following season, he was much more used by FC Cartagena,[5] helping the Murcian club promote from Segunda División B.


On 16 June 2009, Liverpool released Roqué after a four-year stay. He returned to Spain and joined Real Betis' reserves the following month.[6]

In 2010–11 Roqué started appearing with the main squad, and contributed with 12 games (ten starts) and two goals[7][8] as the Andalusians returned to La Liga after a two-year absence.

Health and death[edit]

On 5 March 2011, after undergoing a routine check-up due to back problems, Roqué was diagnosed with pelvic cancer,[9][10] 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.[11]

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.[1][12] His death prompted a series of tributes on Twitter, including from several international players competing in UEFA Euro 2012;[13] 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.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Fallece Miki Roqué" [Miki Roqué dies] (in Spanish). Marca. 24 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Youngsters seal Liverpool switch". BBC Sport. 16 August 2005. Retrieved 6 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Galatasaray 3–2 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 5 December 2006. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Oldham capture Liverpool teenager". BBC Sport. 21 March 2007. Retrieved 6 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Spanish defender goes on loan". Liverpool's official website. 11 August 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "El Betis "B" ficha al español Miki Roqué (21 años) del Liverpool CF" [Betis B signs Spaniard Miki Roqué (21 years) from Liverpool FC] (in Spanish). Join Futbol. 22 July 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Miki Roqué y Dorado se convierten en delanteros y firman la remontada del Betis" [Miki Roqué and Dorado turn forwards and sign Betis comeback] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 16 October 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "El Betis se reafirma como líder sólido" [Betis stakes a claim as undisputed leader] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 15 January 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Le detectan un tumor maligno a Miki Roqué" [Miki Roqué diagnosed with malignant tumor] (in Spanish). Marca. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "LFC saddened by Roque news". Liverpool's official website. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
  11. ^ Miki Roqué Bracelets: help to rise funds to fight cancer; Welcome to My Press, 12 April 2011
  12. ^ Former Liverpool FC defender Miki Roque dies at the age of 23; Click Liverpool, 24 June 2012
  13. ^ "Soccer-Betis defender Roque dies of cancer". Reuters. 24 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  14. ^ Spain dedicate success to loved ones and lost ones; ESPN, 1 July 2012

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