Rubén Rochina

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Rubén Rochina
Rubén Rochina (cropped).jpg
Rochina in action with Blackburn Rovers
Personal information
Full name Rubén Rochina Naixes
Date of birth (1991-03-23) 23 March 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Sagunto, Spain
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Granada
Number 23
Youth career
2003–2004 Valencia
2004–2010 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Barcelona B 26 (4)
2011–2014 Blackburn Rovers 46 (7)
2013 Zaragoza (loan) 15 (1)
2014 Rayo Vallecano (loan) 17 (3)
2014– Granada 7 (1)
National team
2008 Spain U17 7 (4)
2009 Spain U18 1 (0)
2010 Spain U19 9 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 4 November 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rochina and the second or maternal family name is Naixes.

Rubén Rochina Naixes (born 23 March 1991) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Granada CF as a striker.

Rochina began his professional career with Barcelona B before joining Blackburn Rovers in 2011, spending three years with the club that included two loan spells, at Zaragoza and Rayo Vallecano.

Club career[edit]

Barcelona[edit]

Born in Sagunto, Valencian Community, Rochina arrived at Barcelona's youth system at the age of 13, after starting his development with local Valencia.[1]

Whilst still a junior, he appeared in 13 games for Barcelona's reserves in the Segunda División B, playing three times (117 minutes) in the 2009–10 season as Luis Enrique's side returned to the Segunda División after an 11-year absence.[2][3]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

On 31 January 2011, without having appeared for Barcelona's first team, Rochina joined Premier League team Blackburn Rovers on a four-year deal.[4] On 11 February he scored twice for the reserves against Newcastle United's reserves, in a 4–4 draw.[5]

On 16 April Rochina made his league debut for his new club, starting in a 2–0 away loss against Everton.[6] On 24 August he scored his first competitive goal for Rovers, just five minutes into the League Cup match against Sheffield Wednesday, and added a second in a 3–1 home win.[7]

Rochina scored his first league goal for Blackburn on 11 September, in a 1–1 away draw against Fulham.[8] In the next game he provided an assist in a 4–3 home victory over Arsenal,[9] and appeared in 18 matches during the season as the team was relegated.

On 1 September 2012, Rochina scored a back-heeled goal to equalise six minutes from time in a 3–3 draw at Leeds United.[10] He spent the second half of the campaign on loan at Real Zaragoza.[11] He made his La Liga debut on 3 February 2013 as a 74th-minute substitute in a 1–1 away draw with Málaga,[12] and scored his first goal in the competition on 27 April to help defeat Mallorca 3–2 at La Romareda,[13] as the Aragonese eventually suffered relegation after finishing bottom.

On the opening day of the 2013–14 Championship season, Rochina dislocated his shoulder during the fixture against Derby County.[14] After surgery, he missed the next three months of the campaign, and on 20 January 2014 he returned to the Spanish top flight on loan, this time to Rayo Vallecano.[15] His first appearance came six days later, in a 4–2 home loss to Atlético Madrid in which he played 34 minutes.[16]

Granada[edit]

On 3 August 2014 Rochina signed a four-year deal with Granada, for an undisclosed fee.[17]

International career[edit]

Rochina was capped for Spain at under-17, under-18 and under-19 levels, for a total of 17 caps and eight goals.

Honours[edit]

Spain U17

Club statistics[edit]

As of 2 June 2014
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2008–09[18] Segunda División B 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 2
2009–10[19] Segunda División B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2010–11[20] Segunda División 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 2
Total 26 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 4
Blackburn Rovers 2010–11[21] Premier League 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2011–12[22] Premier League 18 2 1 0 4 4 0 0 23 6
2012–13[23] Championship 19 5 2 0 1 0 0 0 22 5
2013–14[24] Championship 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 46 7 3 0 5 4 0 0 54 11
Zaragoza 2012–13[25] La Liga 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 1
Rayo Vallecano 2013–14[26] La Liga 17 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 3
Career totals 104 15 3 0 5 4 0 0 112 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El pasado 'che' de Rochina" [Rochina's 'che' past]. El Periódico de Aragón (in Spanish). 19 February 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  2. ^ San Antonio, Ivan (11 January 2009). "Luis Enrique ya tiene el '9' que buscaba" [Luis Enrique already has the number 9 he was looking for]. Sport (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Rubén Rochina: La cantera del Barça es la mejor del mundo" [Rubén Rochina: Barça's youth system is the best in the world]. Terra (in Spanish). 3 January 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Rubén of the Rovers". Blackburn Rovers F.C. 1 February 2011. Archived from the original on 3 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Quraishi, Mushtaq (13 April 2011). "Fans call for Rochina's chance to shine". A Different League. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Da Silva, Michael (16 April 2011). "Everton 2–0 Blackburn". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Blackburn 3–1 Sheffield Wed". BBC Sport. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  8. ^ Fifield, Dominic (11 September 2011). "Struggling Fulham and Blackburn left frustrated after stalemate". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Hassan, Nabil (17 September 2011). "Blackburn 4–3 Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Leeds United 3 Blackburn Rovers 3: Ruben is United's Achilles' heel". Yorkshire Post. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "DJ Campbell & Jerome Thomas: Blackburn want duo on loan". BBC Sport. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "Malaga suffer blow". ESPN FC. 3 February 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Zara edge basement thriller". ESPN FC. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  14. ^ Winter, Henry (4 August 2013). "Derby County 1 Blackburn Rovers 1: match report". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "Ruben heads home". Blackburn Rovers F.C. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "El Atlético retoma la senda del triunfo" [Atlético rediscovers winning ways]. Marca (in Spanish). 26 January 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Rochina returns to Spain". Blackburn Rovers F.C. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "Rochina: Rubén Rochina Naixes: 2008–09". BDFutbol. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  19. ^ "Rochina: Rubén Rochina Naixes: 2009–10". BDFutbol. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  20. ^ "Rochina: Rubén Rochina Naixes: 2010–11". BDFutbol. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Ruben Rochina in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Ruben Rochina in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Ruben Rochina in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  24. ^ "Games played by Ruben Rochina in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  25. ^ "Rochina: Rubén Rochina Naixes: 2012–13". BDFutbol. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  26. ^ "Rubén Rochina". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 

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