Daniel Jarque

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Jarque and the second or maternal family name is González.
Dani Jarque
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Jarque in action for Espanyol in 2009
Personal information
Full name Daniel Jarque González
Date of birth (1983-01-01)1 January 1983
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Date of death 8 August 2009(2009-08-08) (aged 26)
Place of death Florence, Italy
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Cooperativa
1995–2001 Espanyol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Espanyol B 82 (1)
2002–2009 Espanyol 173 (8)
Total 255 (9)
National team
2001 Spain U17 4 (0)
2001–2002 Spain U19 10 (1)
2003 Spain U20 3 (0)
2003–2005 Spain U21 19 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


Daniel Jarque González (1 January 1983 – 8 August 2009) was a Spanish footballer who played as a central defender.

He played his entire career with Espanyol, and was named team captain one month before his death from a heart attack, at the age of 26.[1]

Club career[edit]

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 2002–03.[2] After 15 appearances in two seasons combined, he went on to become a defensive mainstay for a team that won the 2006 edition of the Copa del Rey;[3] on 18 September 2005, he scored the game's only goal to help the hosts defeat Real Madrid.[4]

In 2006–07, after renewing his contract until 2009,[5] Jarque appeared in 14 UEFA Cup games as Espanyol reached the final, lost on penalties to Sevilla FC. In the previous league campaign, he contributed with four league goals as the Pericos finished 15th.

At the start of 2009–10, Jarque relieved Raúl Tamudo of his captain duties.[6][7]

Death and tributes[edit]

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. Some other news sources say that Jarque's girlfriend, who was seven months into her pregnancy,[8] reported his absence to his roommate Ferran Corominas.[1][9]

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).[10] 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.[11]

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").[12] Two years later, after Spain conquered UEFA Euro 2012, Fàbregas again donned a T-shirt during the trophy celebrations to remember Jarque's death.[13][14]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Country[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Spain in mourning for Jarque; UEFA.com, 8 August 2009
  2. ^ "Jarque: El líder de la senzillesa" [Jarque: Leader of simplicity] (in Catalan). El Punt. 9 August 2009. Retrieved 9 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "¡Increíble Espanyol!" [Incredible Espanyol!] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 13 April 2006. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ Jarque signs Espanyol extension; UEFA.com, 24 January 2006
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ "Tamudo deja de ser el capitán del Espanyol" [Tamudo is no longer Espanyol's captain] (in Spanish). Marca. 18 July 2009. Retrieved 10 December 2015. 
  8. ^ 'Tragedy that's hard to understand'; UEFA.com, 10 August 2009
  9. ^ "Fallece Daniel Jarque, capitán del Espanyol" [Daniel Jarque, Espanyol captain, dies] (in Spanish). Marca. 8 August 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2009. 
  10. ^ "Fabregas dedicates goal to Daniel Jarque". Arsenal F.C. 17 August 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2009. 
  11. ^ 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)
  12. ^ Iniesta dedicates winning goal to Jarque Archived 24 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine.; ESPN Soccernet, 11 July 2010
  13. ^ "Euro 2012: Spanish players honor deceased after win". NDTV. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 
  14. ^ "Iker Casillas hails 'marvellous moment in Spanish football history' as Spain win Euro 2012". London Evening Standard. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 

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