Xavi Torres

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Xavi Torres
Xavi Torres.jpg
Torres playing with Levante
Personal information
Full name Xavier Torres Buigues
Date of birth (1986-11-21) 21 November 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Xàbia, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Betis
Number
Youth career
1994–2006 Villarreal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Villarreal B
2006–2007 Alicante 36 (4)
2007–2009 Barcelona B 59 (5)
2009 Barcelona 2 (0)
2009–2012 Málaga 11 (1)
2010–2012 Levante (loan) 69 (5)
2012–2013 Getafe 35 (0)
2013– Betis 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Torres and the second or maternal family name is Buigues.

Xavier 'Xavi' Torres Buigues (born 21 November 1986) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Betis as a defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Xàbia, Alicante, Valencian Community, Torres played his youth career at two clubs, including Villarreal CF where he finished his formation in 2006. His professional debuts were made at local Alicante CF – also in his native region – in the 2006–07 season, in Segunda División B.

Barcelona[edit]

In the 2007 summer Torres signed for FC Barcelona, spending the vast majority of his two-year spell with the reserve team, which he helped return to the third level in his debut campaign, as the Catalans were coached by young Pep Guardiola.

On 17 May 2009 Torres made his La Liga debut, appearing for the already crowned champions in a 1–2 away loss against RCD Mallorca. After the match, the player said that he was very grateful to Guardiola – promoted to first-team manager in the previous summer – for giving him an opportunity to play in the main squad;[1] it would be the first of two appearances.

Málaga[edit]

On 12 June 2009 Málaga CF signed Torres on a free transfer, for four seasons.[2] On 30 August he scored his first goal with the Andalusians, closing the score at 3–0 against Atlético Madrid in the 89th minute, in the season's opener.[3]

On 13 September 2009 Torres made his Málaga debut as a starter, in a 0–1 defeat at Deportivo de La Coruña, being replaced by Victor Obinna in the 84th minute.[4] However, he appeared rarely in his first year and, on 7 June 2010, was loaned to freshly-promoted side Levante UD.[5] He made his debut on 28 August, playing the entire 1–4 home loss against Sevilla FC.

Levante[edit]

In early December 2010, Torres was linked with a potential move to Everton,[6] but nothing came of it. He rarely missed a game for Levante – being the second most used player in the squad – as the Valencian team finally retained its top division status. In July 2011, the move was extended for a further season.

Torres scored his first goal for Levante on 20 November 2011, in a 2–3 defeat at Atlético Madrid.[7] He ended the campaign with five as the Granotas finished sixth and qualified to the UEFA Europa League for the first time ever.

Getafe[edit]

On 31 May 2012, Levante activated the 300.000 buying option it had on Torres, offering the player a four-year contract[8] which he refused.[9] On 1 August, after lengthy negotiations, he signed a four-year deal with fellow league team Getafe CF, for a fee of €400.000.

Torres started in most of his league appearances for the Madrid outskirts club (37 official contests during the season), his first being on 26 August 2012 in a 2–1 home win against Real Madrid, where he featured the 90 minutes.[10]

Betis[edit]

On 7 August 2013, Torres signed for four seasons with Real Betis. He scored his first goal for the Andalusians 22 days later, grabbing his team's last in a 6–0 home routing of FK Baumit Jablonec for the Europa League playoff round.[11] In December, however, he suffered an Achilles tendon injury in a game against HNK Rijeka for the same competition, being sidelined for the rest of the campaign.[12]

Honours[edit]

Barcelona

Club statistics[edit]

As of 28 April 2012[13]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Alicante 2006–07 36 4 1 0 - - 37 4
Total 36 4 1 0 - - 37 4
Barcelona B 2007–08 33 4 - - - - 33 4
2008–09 26 1 - - - - 26 1
Total 59 5 - - - - 59 5
Barcelona 2008–09 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Málaga 2009–10 11 1 4 0 - - 15 1
Total 11 1 4 0 - - 15 1
Levante 2010–11 35 0 3 0 - - 38 0
2011–12 31 5 3 0 - - 34 5
Total 66 5 6 0 - - 72 5
Career totals 174 15 11 0 0 0 185 15

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