Víctor Ruiz Torre

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Víctor Ruiz
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Ruiz being presented by Napoli
Personal information
Full name Víctor Ruiz Torre
Date of birth (1989-01-25) 25 January 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Esplugues de Llobregat, Spain
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Villarreal (on loan from Valencia)
Number 15
Youth career
1998–2002 Barcelona
2002–2006 Cornellà
2006–2008 Espanyol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Espanyol B 44 (0)
2009–2011 Espanyol 37 (2)
2011 Napoli 6 (0)
2011– Valencia 59 (1)
2014– Villarreal (loan) 4 (0)
National team
2006 Spain U17 1 (0)
2007–2008 Spain U19 3 (0)
2010–2011 Spain U21 5 (0)
2012 Spain U23 1 (0)
2010– Catalonia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 October 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 February 2012
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Ruiz and the second or maternal family name is Torre.

Víctor Ruiz Torre (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbiktor ˈrwiθ ˈtore]; born 25 January 1989) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Villarreal CF on loan from Valencia CF as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Espanyol[edit]

Born in Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia, Ruiz arrived in RCD Espanyol's youth system in 2006 at the age of 17, from neighbouring UE Cornellà. In the 2008–09 season he made his senior debuts, helping the reserve side win its Tercera División group and subsequently promote in the playoffs.

On 6 December 2009 Ruiz made his debut with Espanyol's first team, starting and being booked in a 0–4 home loss against Racing de Santander. Coach Mauricio Pochettino, however, fielded him in a further 21 La Liga games that campaign, with the team finally ranking in 11th position; he added two goals, against Málaga CF (1–2 away defeat[1]) and Atlético Madrid (3–0, home[2]).

Napoli / Valencia[edit]

In 2010–11, Ruiz played all the minutes for Espanyol in the first 15 rounds. On 31 January 2011 he was sold to S.S.C. Napoli for 6 million in a four 1/2-year contract, with the Italians also ceding the sporting rights to Jesús Dátolo who was playing with the Spaniards on loan.[3]

On 30 August 2011 Ruiz returned to his country, penning a five-year deal with Valencia CF.[4] He made his official debut on 10 September, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 home win against Atlético Madrid.

International career[edit]

Shortly after making his professional debuts with Espanyol, Ruiz was called to the Spanish under-21 team by manager Luis Milla. On 8 February 2011, in the last minutes of a 2–1 friendly win with Denmark, he was sent off for punching Nicki Bille, who celebrated his goal in front of Ruiz's face.[5][6]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Espanyol B

Country[edit]

Spain U21

Club statistics[edit]

As of 8 October 2014[7]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Espanyol 2009–10 22 2 - - - - 22 2
2010–11 15 0 - - - - 15 0
Total 37 2 - - - - 37 2
Napoli 2010–11 6 0 - - 1 0 7 0
Total 6 0 - - 1 0 7 0
Valencia 2011–12 22 0 7 1 8 1 37 2
2012–13 26 0 4 0 2 0 32 0
Total 48 0 11 1 10 1 55 2
Villarreal 2014–15 4 0 0 0 3 0 7 0
Total 4 0 0 0 3 0 7 0
Career totals 95 2 11 1 14 1 122 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Espanyol continue away day blues; ESPN Soccernet, 21 February 2010
  2. ^ Espanyol boost survival hopes; ESPN Soccernet, 11 April 2010
  3. ^ Napoli sign Ruiz from Espanyol; UEFA.com, 31 January 2011
  4. ^ Valencia complete deal for Ruiz; ESPN Soccernet, 30 August 2011
  5. ^ Ten-man Spain defeat hosts Denmark; UEFA.com, 8 February 2011
  6. ^ International Matches – Under 21; Soccer Spain, 8 February 2011
  7. ^ "Víctor Ruiz". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 

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