Jarque in action for Espanyol in 2009
|Full name||Daniel Jarque i González|
|Date of birth||1 January 1983|
|Place of birth||Barcelona, Spain|
|Date of death||8 August 2009(aged 26)|
|Place of death||Florence, Italy|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, and a product of local RCD Espanyol's youth system, Jarque made his La Liga debut with his hometown club on 20 October 2002, in a match against Recreativo de Huelva during the 2002–03 season. After 15 appearances in two campaigns combined, he went on to become a defensive mainstay for a team that won the 2006 edition of the Copa del Rey; on 18 September 2005, he scored the game's only goal to help the hosts defeat Real Madrid.
In 2006–07, after renewing his contract until 2009, Jarque appeared in 14 UEFA Cup games as Espanyol reached the final, lost on penalties to Sevilla FC. In the previous league season, he contributed with four league goals as the Pericos finished 15th.
Death and tributes
According to several online Spanish newspapers, Jarque was found dead during Espanyol's pre-season, in Coverciano, Florence, Italy. He was on the phone with his girlfriend in the team hotel when he suffered a heart attack.
On 15 August 2009, Arsenal player Cesc Fàbregas, a former team-mate of Jarque in the Spanish under-21 side, dedicated his second goal in his team's 6–1 Premier League win at Everton to him, by raising a shirt with his name and number (#21, which he wore mainly as a professional). The homage was again paid the following month – as Espanyol won the first match at their new Estadi Cornellà-El Prat – against Málaga CF – by 2–1 scorer Iván Alonso, as Jarque's pregnant girlfriend was also giving birth to the couple's daughter.
On 11 July 2010, during the FIFA World Cup final, close friend Andrés Iniesta celebrated his 116th-minute winning goal by removing his jersey to reveal an undershirt with the sentence "Dani Jarque siempre con nosotros" ("Dani Jarque, always with us"). Two years later, after Spain conquered UEFA Euro 2012, Fàbregas again donned a T-shirt during the trophy celebrations to remember Jarque's death.
- Spain in mourning for Jarque; UEFA.com, 8 August 2009
- "Jarque: El líder de la senzillesa" [Jarque: Leader of simplicity] (in Catalan). El Punt. 9 August 2009. Retrieved 9 August 2009.
- "¡Increíble Espanyol!" [Incredible Espanyol!] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 13 April 2006. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
- "El Espanyol le endosa al Madrid su tercera derrota en una semana" [Espanyol hands Madrid its third loss in one week] (in Spanish). Marca. 18 September 2005. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
- Jarque signs Espanyol extension; UEFA.com, 24 January 2006
- "Raúl Tamudo deixa la capitania de l'Espanyol en favor de Dani Jarque" [Raúl Tamudo leaves Espanyol's captaincy for Dani Jarque] (in Catalan). Els Esports. 18 July 2009. Retrieved 9 August 2009.
- 'Tragedy that's hard to understand'; UEFA.com, 10 August 2009
- "Fallece Daniel Jarque, capitán del Espanyol" [Daniel Jarque, Espanyol captain, dies] (in Spanish). Marca. 8 August 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2009.
- "Fabregas dedicates goal to Daniel Jarque". Arsenal's official website. 17 August 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
- La hija de Dani Jarque nació durante el partido del Espanyol (Dani Jarque's daughter was born during Espanyol's match); Diario AS, 23 September 2009 (Spanish)
- Iniesta dedicates winning goal to Jarque; ESPN Soccernet, 11 July 2010