Raúl Baena

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Raúl Baena
Personal information
Full name José Raúl Baena Urdiales
Date of birth (1989-03-02) 2 March 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Torrox, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Rayo Vallecano
Number 4
Youth career
1994–1999 Faro Torrox
1999–2003 Málaga
2003–2007 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Espanyol B 38 (3)
2009–2013 Espanyol 85 (2)
2013– Rayo Vallecano 20 (0)
National team
2006 Spain U17 4 (0)
2011 Spain U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Baena and the second or maternal family name is Urdiales.

José Raúl Baena Urdiales (born 2 March 1989) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Rayo Vallecano as a defensive midfielder.

Football career[edit]

Born in Torrox, Málaga, Andalusia, and after starting his footballing career at local Málaga CF and later coming through the FC Barcelona's youth ranks,[1] Baena switched to Catalonia neighbours RCD Espanyol in 2007, at the age of 18. He made his debut with its first team on 4 October 2009 in a La Liga game against Villarreal CF, playing the second half as his ten-man side eventually held off the hosts to a 0–0 draw.[2]

Baena quickly became an integral part of the main squad, alternating starts with appearances from the bench in his debut season. On 12 December 2009, his penalty offense on FC Barcelona's Xavi supposed the game's only goal, in a derby defeat.[3]

Baena was regularly used by manager Mauricio Pochettino in the following campaigns, often partnering another club youth graduate, Javi Márquez, in central midfield. On 21 January 2012 he scored his first goal in the top flight, opening the scoresheet in a 3–0 home success over Granada CF.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bronca de Laporta con el abogado de un ex canterano" [Laporta has run-in with former youth player's lawyer] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 29 October 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Drab draw for Villarreal; ESPN Soccernet, 4 October 2009
  3. ^ Ibrahimovic spot-kick sinks Espanyol; ESPN Soccernet, 12 December 2009
  4. ^ "Baena sets Espanyol on their way". ESPN Soccernet. 21 January 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 

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