Cala (footballer, born 1989)
Cala playing for Sevilla in 2013
|Full name||Juan Torres Ruiz|
|Date of birth||26 November 1989|
|Place of birth||Lebrija, Spain|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2010–2011||→ Cartagena (loan)||25||(3)|
|2011–2012||→ AEK Athens (loan)||13||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 May 2019|
Juan Torres Ruiz (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxwan ˈtorez ˈrwiθ];[a] born 26 November 1989), commonly known as Cala [ˈkala], is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Cádiz CF.
Born in Lebrija, Seville, Andalusia, Cala finished his football formation at local giants Sevilla FC, making his professional debuts in the 2007–08 season for the reserve squad, Sevilla Atlético, which competed in Segunda División. On 9 December 2009, he made his first official appearance with the first team, playing 90 minutes against Rangers in the UEFA Champions League in a 1–0 group stage home win.
Cala would first appear in La Liga on 7 February 2010, again playing the entire game but now suffering a 1–2 defeat at Real Zaragoza. In a streak that started on 10 April at Málaga CF, he scored in three consecutive matches (two wins and one loss), which was a club record for a defender.
For the 2010–11 campaign, Cala was loaned to FC Cartagena. He was regularly used by the second level team during his spell, making his official debut on 11 September in a 5–1 home success over FC Barcelona B and finding the net in the game.
On 5 July 2011, Cala signed a one-year loan deal with AEK Athens FC, where he reunited with former Sevilla boss – main squad and reserves – Manolo Jiménez, as well as teammate José Carlos. He played 21 official games during his tenure, scoring on 30 October to conclude a 3–0 home win over Aris Thessaloniki F.C. for the Superleague Greece.
In late January 2012, Cala was recalled by Sevilla as a replacement for Juventus FC-bound Martín Cáceres. AEK received €60,000 in compensation. On 21 December 2013, he scored to open a 2–1 win at Villarreal CF, also being sent off when he fouled Jaume Costa for a penalty kick scored by Jérémy Perbet; he added eight complete appearances in the UEFA Europa League, which ended in conquest.
On 7 February 2014, Cala signed for Premier League club Cardiff City on a two-and-a-half year contract, after terminating his link with Sevilla. He made his debut for his new team eight days later, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–2 home loss against Wigan Athletic for the round-of-16 of the FA Cup; his maiden appearance in the league took place on the 22nd, but in another defeat at the Cardiff City Stadium, now at the hands of Hull City (0–4).
Cala scored his first goal for the Bluebirds on 15 March 2014, but in a 1–2 loss at Everton. His second came in an away triumph over Southampton on 12 April, as he hit from long range for the game's only goal; fifteen days later he was sent off for the first time in his Cardiff career, during a 0–4 away defeat to Sunderland.
Cala was released with immediate effect from his Cardiff contract on 3 December 2014, having only made one appearance in the Championship that season. He had previously complained via Twitter for being sent to train with the club's academy.
Granada / Getafe
After being strongly linked to Getafe CF, Cala signed a six-month contract with fellow league team Granada CF on 28 January 2015. On 28 May he was deemed surplus to requirements by new manager José Ramón Sandoval, and subsequently left the club.
On 25 June 2015, Cala agreed to a three-year deal with Getafe also in the top level. The following 4 January, he scored his first Spanish League goal in over two years, equalising in a 2–1 away win against Sporting de Gijón.
On 6 August 2016, Cala signed a season-long loan deal with FC Anzhi Makhachkala with an option of making the move permanent at the end of it. Seven days later he announced his return through Instagram, alleging personal problems; according to the Russian club's press release, he returned to Spain to care for his younger brother who was having health issues.
Even though it had always been his intention to agreeing on terms for a new contract, on 1 March 2018 Cala signed with Henan Jianye F.C. for a reported transfer fee of €1.5 million. He made his debut in the Chinese Super League the following day, playing the entire 0–4 home loss against Tianjin Quanjian FC.
Las Palmas / Cádiz
On 7 July 2018, Cala joined UD Las Palmas from the Spanish second division for two seasons. The following 18 June, he terminated his contract, and joined Cádiz CF on a five-year deal on 17 July.
- As of 19 May 2018
|Sevilla B||2007–08||Segunda División||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
|Cartagena (loan)||2010–11||Segunda División||25||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||26||4|
|AEK Athens (loan)||2011–12||Superleague Greece||13||1||2||0||0||0||6||0||21||1|
|Cardiff City||2013–14||Premier League||7||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||8||2|
|Henan Jianye||2018||Chinese Super League||11||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||11||0|
- In isolation, Torres is pronounced [ˈtores].
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- "Un once de Primera... en Segunda" [Primera XI... in Segunda]. La Voz de Asturias (in Spanish). 15 March 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
- "Cala se va cedido al Cartagena" [Cala goes on loan to Cartagena] (in Spanish). Sevilla FC. 31 August 2010. Archived from the original on 18 September 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
- "Betis y Rayo Vallecano siguen marcando el ritmo" [Betis and Rayo Vallecano still setting the pace]. La Verdad (in Spanish). 11 September 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- "El AEK de Atenas ficha a José Carlos y Juan Cala" [AEK Athens sign José Carlos and Juan Cala]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 5 July 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
- Georgakopoulos, George (30 October 2011). "Panathinaikos conquers PAOK". Kathimerini. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
- "Cala vuelve al Sevilla para sustituir a Martín Cáceres" [Cala returns to Sevilla to replace Martín Cáceres]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 27 January 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
- "No stopping Sevilla". Sky Sports. 21 December 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
- "Juan Cala: "El Sevilla es campeón de la Europa League, yo no"" [Juan Cala: "Sevilla are Europa League champions, I am not"]. Estadio Deportivo (in Spanish). 26 May 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
- "Deal done: Cala is a Bluebird". Cardiff City F.C. 7 February 2014. Archived from the original on 5 April 2016. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
- "Cardiff 1–2 Wigan". BBC Sport. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- "Cardiff City 0–4 Hull City". BBC Sport. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
- "Everton 2–1 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 15 March 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
- "Southampton 0–1 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 12 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
- "Sunderland 4–0 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 27 April 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
- "Cardiff City: Juan Cala leaves Bluebirds". BBC Sport. 3 December 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
- "Juan Cala, quinto refuerzo del Granada CF en el mercado de invierno" [Juan Cala, fifth addition of Granada CF in the winter transfer window] (in Spanish). Granada CF. 28 January 2015. Archived from the original on 31 January 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
- "El Granada ya no cuenta con Cala" [Granada cease to count on Cala]. Marca (in Spanish). 28 May 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
- "Cala futbolista del Getafe" [Cala footballer of Getafe] (in Spanish). Getafe CF. 25 June 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
- "Sporting Gijon 1–2 Getafe: Getafe put end to poor away form". Sky Sports. 4 January 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
- "Cala cedido" [Cala loaned] (in Spanish). Getafe CF. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
- "Juan Cala deja el Anzhi y regresa al Getafe" [Juan Cala leaves Anzhi and returns to Getafe]. Marca (in Spanish). 13 August 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
- Хуан Торрес Кала вернулся в Испанию [Juan Cala Torres returned to Spain] (in Russian). Anzhi Makhachkala. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
- Javier Hernandez (21 February 2018). "Acuerdo Getafe-Henan Jianye por Cala: decidirá el jugador en horas" [Agreement Getafe-Henan Jianye on Cala: the player with decide in a matter of hours]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 July 2018.
- "Juan Cala se marcha al Henan Jianye" [Juan Cala goes to Henan Jianye] (in Spanish). Sport You. 1 March 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
- "Cala, nuevo fichaje de la UD Las Palmas" [Cala, new signing of UD Las Palmas] (in Spanish). UD Las Palmas. 7 July 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
- "Juan Cala leaves UD Las Palmas". UD Las Palmas. 18 June 2019. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
- "Juan Cala se convierte en el séptimo fichaje" [Juan Cala becomes the seventh signing] (in Spanish). Cádiz CF. 17 July 2019. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
- "Juan Cala". Soccerway. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
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