Palop playing for Sevilla in 2008
|Full name||Andrés Palop Cervera|
|Date of birth||22 October 1973|
|Place of birth||L'Alcúdia, Spain|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|1997–1999||→ Villarreal (loan)||74||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
After having languished on the bench of hometown club Valencia for most of his stay, he became a premiere player with Sevilla well into his 30s, helping it consolidate in both the domestic and European fronts. Over the course of 15 seasons he appeared in 295 games in La Liga, where he also represented Villarreal in 1998–99.
Born in L'Alcúdia, Valencian Community, Palop was a youth product of local giants Valencia CF, and his first professional seasons were spent at neighbours Villarreal CF, in a two-year loan spell. He was the undisputed starter in both the side's La Liga promotion in 1998 – a first ever – and relegation the following season, being subsequently recalled by the Che.
In his six-year stint with Valencia's main squad, however, Palop was mostly backup to veteran Santiago Cañizares, his most games consisting of 15 in his first year. As the club were crowned league champions in 2002 and 2004, he could only appear seven times combined (all in the former campaign), and eventually grew unsettled.
Palop joined Sevilla FC in the 2005 summer, quickly becoming one of the Andalusians' cornerstones as they added five titles in only one year. On 15 March 2007, he made headlines when he scored an injury time-equalising goal in the UEFA Cup round-of-16 tie against FC Shakhtar Donetsk, forcing extra time as a result – Sevilla, which had drawn 2–2 at home in the first leg, went on to win 3–2, and eventually won the competition for the second consecutive time; in the final against fellow league team RCD Espanyol he stopped three of four penalty kicks in the shootout, being named Man of the match.
In the following campaigns, veteran Palop continued to be an undisputed starter for Sevilla, never appearing in fewer than 31 league matches. In 2009–10 he helped to a fourth place in the league, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Champions League, and victory in the Copa del Rey.
In early June 2013, Palop signed a one-year contract with Bayer 04 Leverkusen, moving abroad for the first time at the age of nearly 40. He was used exclusively as back-up by the German Bundesliga club, and in April 2014 he announced his retirement.
On 18 February 2015, Palop was named manager at CD Alcoyano for the remainder of the season in Segunda División B. In June, after achieving the sufficient qualifications, he took the post on a permanent basis, announcing his exit in May 2016.
Uncapped, Palop lost a narrow competition with Pepe Reina of Liverpool for second-choice at UEFA Euro 2008, but beat FC Barcelona's Víctor Valdés for the third spot on the squad. During the ceremony following Spain's victory in the tournament, he wore Luis Arconada's original Euro 1984 final shirt. He received the gold medal from Michel Platini (who had won the 1984 continental competition, scoring the final opener from an Arconada blunder), later president of UEFA.
Style of play
Palop was mainly known for his shot-stopping abilities, and also earned a reputation as a penalty-saving specialist throughout his career.
- As of 15 May 2016
|Alcoyano||18 February 2015||20 May 2016||52||24||14||14||63||48||+15||46.15|||
- Copa del Rey: 2006–07, 2009–10
- Supercopa de España: 2007; Runner-up 2010
- UEFA Cup: 2005–06, 2006–07
- UEFA Super Cup: 2006; Runner-up 2007
- "En la quiniela de Palop no caben las variantes" [No variables in Palop's pools] (in Spanish). Estadio Deportivo. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
- Sevilla saved by last gasp Palop; UEFA.com, 15 March 2007
- Shakhtar Donetsk 2–3 FC Sevilla; ESPN Soccernet, 15 March 2007
- Palop ensures cup joy for Sevilla; UEFA.com, 16 May 2007
- "Ganó el serio, cayó el alegre" [Serious won, playful lost] (in Spanish). El País. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
- Palop adds experience to Leverkusen; UEFA.com, 2 June 2013
- "Palop cuelga los guantes" [Palop hangs up gloves] (in Spanish). UEFA.com. 21 April 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
- Carlos Sempere entrenará al Alcoyano y Andrés Palop será su ayudante (Carlos Sempere will manage Alcoyano and Andrés Palop will be his assistant); Mundo Deportivo, 18 February 2015 (in Spanish)
- Palop afrontará en el Alcoyano su primera experiencia como entrenador (Palop will his face his first experience as a manager at Alcoyano); Marca, 18 February 2015 (in Spanish)
- "Palop ya es el nuevo entrenador del Alcoyano: “Hago realidad un sueño”" [Palop is now Alcoyano's new manager: “I've made a dream come true”] (in Spanish). ABC. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
- "Palop anuncia que no seguirá el año próximo como entrenador del Alcoyano" [Palop announces that he will not continue next year as manager of Alcoyano] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 7 May 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
- Casillas no viajará a Grecia y Luis llama a Palop (Casillas will not travel to Greece and Luis calls Palop); Marca, 20 August 2007 (in Spanish)
- "Luis confirma a Reina: 'Palop ya tendrá tiempo de jugar'" [Luis confirms Reina: 'Palop's time to play will come'] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 21 August 2007. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
- "Palop irá a la Eurocopa" [Palop will go to the Eurocup] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 25 March 2008. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
- "Raúl se queda fuera; Sergio García y Cazorla son las novedades" [Raúl is ousted; Sergio García and Cazorla are the novelties] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 17 May 2008. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
- Arconada alucinó con el gesto de Palop (Arconada went crazy with Palop's gesture); Mundo Deportivo, 2 July 2008 (in Spanish)
- "Euro 2008: Palop's tribute to a legendary goalkeeper (Arconada)" (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
- "The long shadow of Zamora". FIFA.com. 13 November 2007. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
- "Palop: Andrés Palop Cervera". BDFutbol. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
- "Palop". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
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