Sergio (footballer, born 1976)

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Sergio
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Sergio in training with Deportivo
Personal information
Full name Sergio González Soriano
Date of birth (1976-11-10) 10 November 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth L'Hospitalet, Spain
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Espanyol (coach)
Youth career
Hospitalet
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Hospitalet 11 (2)
1995–1998 Espanyol B 100 (11)
1998–2001 Espanyol 107 (10)
2001–2010 Deportivo La Coruña 294 (28)
2010–2011 Levante 14 (2)
Total 526 (53)
National team
2001–2005 Spain 11 (0)
1999–2013 Catalonia 15 (2)
Teams managed
2013–2014 Espanyol B (assistant)
2014 Espanyol B
2014– Espanyol
* 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 González and the second or maternal family name is Soriano.

Sergio González Soriano (born 10 November 1976), simply known as Sergio, is a Spanish retired footballer, and current coach of RCD Espanyol.

A hard-working central midfielder he was adept at both defence and playmaking, and spent nearly one decade as a professional at Deportivo de La Coruña after starting at Espanyol. Over the course of 14 La Liga seasons, he amassed totals of 418 games and 34 goals.

Sergio represented the Spanish national team in the 2002 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Born in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia, Sergio started out at local CE L'Hospitalet, moving to neighbouring RCD Espanyol in 1995 and going on to spend nearly three years with its reserves in the third division. He played his first La Liga match on 10 April 1998, in a 2–0 home win against CD Tenerife, and was an undisputed starter in the next three seasons, going on to total nearly 125 official appearances.

Looking for greater challenges, Sergio accepted a move to Deportivo de La Coruña in the summer of 2001. In his first year with the Galician team he played all 38 matches and added four goals, as Depor finished runner-up and won the Copa del Rey – in the final he scored the opener in a 2–1 win over Real Madrid in its homeground, as the opposing club was celebrating its 100th anniversary (the play was dubbed Centenariazo).[1]

Sergio went on to only miss eight league matches in the following four seasons combined, amassing over 300 overall appearances during his stint. He only failed to find the net at least once in the 2009–10 campaign, in which he appeared in 24 matches.

In mid-July 2010, after nearly one full decade with Deportivo, 33-year-old Sergio moved to Levante UD, freshly returned to the top level.[2] After three losses he was essential as the Valencian won in the fourth round of the season, scoring the only goal at UD Almería on 22 September;[3] he was released by the club after an injury-ravaged season.

Sergio started working as a manager in 2013, being in charge of Espanyol B. On 27 May 2014 he was named as the new coach of the first team, replacing Javier Aguirre after his contract expired. Sporting director Óscar Perarnau commented: "We are delighted with Sergio's personality and he knows the club perfectly. "He has little experience as a coach but everyone has to start one day and we believe he has what it takes".[4]

International career[edit]

Sergio made his debut for Spain on 24 March 2001, coming on as a substitute for Pep Guardiola in a 5–0 win against Liechtenstein for the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.[5] Selected for the finals in Japan and South Korea, he appeared in a 3–2 group stage defeat of South Africa, replacing David Albelda.[6]

Since 1999 Sergio represented the Catalonia football team, making his debut on 23 December in a 1–0 friendly win with Yugoslavia and scoring his first goal nearly ten years later, in a 4–2 friendly against Argentina.[7]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Catalonia's goal tally first.[7]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 22 December 2009 Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain  Argentina 3–1 4–2 Friendly
2 2 January 2013 Cornellà-El Prat, Barcelona, Spain  Nigeria 1–0 1–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Espanyol
Deportivo

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 10 February 2011[8]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
1994–95 Hospitalet Segunda División B 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 2
1995–96 Espanyol B 36 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 36 4
1996–97 34 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 34 2
1997–98 30 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 5
1997–98 Espanyol La Liga 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
1998–99 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 34 0
1999–00 30 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 5
2000–01 37 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 37 4
2001–02 Deportivo 38 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 38 4
2002–03 37 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 37 3
2003–04 37 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 37 3
2004–05 34 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 34 3
2005–06 36 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 36 4
2006–07 28 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 29 2
2007–08 32 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 5
2008–09 28 4 0 0 0 0 8 1 36 5
2009–10 24 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 27 0
2010–11 Levante 14 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 16 3
Total Spain 526 53 6 0 0 0 8 1 540 55
Career total 526 53 6 1 0 0 8 1 540 55

International[edit]

Spain
Year Apps Goals
2001 3 0
2002 4 0
2003 3 0
2004 0 0
2005 1 0
Total 11 0

[9][10]

Catalonia
Year Apps Goals
1999 1 0
2000 1 0
2001 1 0
2002 1 0
2003 1 0
2004 2 0
2005 1 0
2006 1 0
2007 1 0
2008 2 0
2009 1 1
2010 1 0
2011 0 0
2012 0 0
2013 1 1
Total 15 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El Depor, en casa de Sergio" [Depor, at Sergio's] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 7 November 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Sergio González se convierte en nuevo jugador del Levante UD (Sergio González becomes new Levante UD player); Levante's official website, 22 July 2010 (Spanish)
  3. ^ "Gonzalez strike ensures Levante get off the mark". ESPN Soccernet. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Espanyol: Sergio Gonzalez is named new coach". BBC Sport. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Spain – Liechtenstein". FIFA.com. 24 March 2001. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Heartbreak for South Africa". BBC Sport. 12 June 2002. Retrieved 21 February 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Cruyff's coaching return brings win over Argentina". USA Today. 22 December 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Sergio". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Selecció Catalana" [Catalan national team] (in Catalan). Futcat. Archived from the original on 21 May 2007. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "Gran Victória de Catalunya contra Colómbia (2–1)" [Great Catalonia win against Colombia (2–1)] (in Catalan). Catalan Football Federation. 28 December 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 

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