Carlos Llorens

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Carlos Llorens
Personal information
Full name Carlos Llorens Mestre
Date of birth (1969-09-01) 1 September 1969 (age 47)
Place of birth Alicante, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Left back
Youth career
Valencia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 Tomelloso 36 (3)
1992–1993 Cartagena 22 (0)
1993–1994 Elche 28 (1)
1994–1995 Levante 33 (1)
1995–1997 Lleida 61 (0)
1997–1998 Leganés 40 (10)
1998–2000 Rayo Vallecano 69 (9)
2000 Atlético Madrid 12 (0)
2001 Osasuna 19 (0)
2001–2003 Alavés 71 (7)
2003–2006 Poli Ejido 99 (0)
2006–2009 Rayo Vallecano 83 (7)
Total 573 (38)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Carlos Llorens Mestre (born 1 September 1969) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a left back.

A player of offensive penchant, he was also a penalty kick specialist. He played for 11 different teams during his career, amassing La Liga totals of 125 games and four goals with Rayo Vallecano, Osasuna and Alavés and retiring at the age of 40.

Football career[edit]

Born in Alicante, Valencian Community, Llorens had to wait until the age of 26 to make his professional debuts, in the second division with UE Lleida. He went on to establish himself in the category with CD Leganés and Rayo Vallecano, winning a promotion with the latter, a club to which he would later be intimately connected; his first match in La Liga arrived at almost 30 in a 2–0 derby win at Atlético Madrid on 22 August 1999[1]– Rayo finished the season ninth (best ever) and qualified for the UEFA Cup, via the fair play award.

In the summer of 2000, unwilling to leave the club, Llorens was nonetheless part of a package deal that sent him to precisely Atlético, by then in the second level.[2] In January 2001, however, he returned to the top flight with CA Osasuna.[3] Subsequently, he experienced two very different seasons at Deportivo Alavés: in his first he scored six goals in 36 games, four in penalties, and the Basque team qualified for Europe once again, but suffered relegation in the following campaign.

After three additional seasons in division two with modest Polideportivo Ejido, Llorens returned to Rayo at 37, helping it return to the second tier in his second year. In the following year, as the Madrid side eventually finished in mid-table, he was still going strong, aged nearly 40;[4] he finished his second stint in June 2009, retiring shortly after with professional totals of 395 matches and 27 goals.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El Rayo saca los colores a Ranieri" [Rayo drains Ranieri] (in Spanish). El País. 23 August 1999. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Yo también fui rayista (I) (I was also rayista (I)); Rayo Herald, 14 March 2006 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ "Llorens, cedido a Osasuna" [Llorens, loaned to Osasuna] (in Spanish). El País. 28 December 2000. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  4. ^ El "abuelo" de la liga española está hecho un chaval (Spanish league's "granpa", like a young kid); Marca, 12 September 2008 (in Spanish)

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