David Barral

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David Barral
Personal information
Full name David Barral Torres
Date of birth (1983-05-10) 10 May 1983 (age 35)
Place of birth San Fernando, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
San Servando
1999–2002 San Fernando
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Real Madrid C
2003–2006 Real Madrid B 53 (9)
2003–2004 Fuenlabrada (loan) 34 (17)
2006–2012 Sporting Gijón 201 (48)
2012–2013 Orduspor 27 (4)
2013–2015 Levante 67 (18)
2015 Al Dhafra 10 (3)
2016–2017 Granada 22 (0)
2017 APOEL 12 (3)
2017–2018 Cádiz 28 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 June 2018

David Barral Torres (born 10 May 1983) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a striker.

Football career[edit]

Born in San Fernando, Cádiz, Andalusia, Barral started playing professionally in the lower divisions, with Real Madrid's B and C-teams, with a loan stint at neighbouring CF Fuenlabrada in between.[1] In the 2006–07 season he moved to Sporting de Gijón where, during his second year, he formed a formidable offensive partnership with Mate Bilić (arrived in January 2008) to help the Asturias side return to La Liga after a 10-year absence.[2]

Barral scored his first top flight goal on 26 October 2008, from a penalty in a 3–0 away win against Deportivo de La Coruña. During the season he again paired up with Bilić for 22 league goals combined, and netted a crucial in the campaign's closer – a 2–1 home win against Recreativo de Huelva – as Sporting eventually avoided relegation.[3]

On 20 March 2010, Barral scored at former club Real Madrid: he beat the offside trap and cut inside from the right hand, before firing past Iker Casillas for the game's first, but the hosts turned the score around for a final 3–1 win.[4]

In 2010–11, Barral continued to battle with Bilić for first-choice status,[1] with Sporting also having acquired Gastón Sangoy – coach Manuel Preciado often fielded only one striker. On 15 January 2011, in the 19th round, he opened his account, at home against Hércules CF (2–0);[5] in the following league match, also at El Molinón, he also found the net, for the game's only goal against Atlético Madrid;[6] the following month (12 February), he helped his team to a 1–1 home draw against FC Barcelona, after a fine individual effort early in the first half.[7]

In the 2011–12 season, Barral scored nine goals in 30 contests (squad best), but it was not enough to prevent Sporting from being relegated after five years. On 5 July 2012, aged 29, he moved abroad for the first time, signing with Orduspor in the Süper Lig.[8]

Barral returned to his homeland in the summer of 2013, penning a two-year deal with Levante UD.[9] On 7 February 2015, he became the first national player to score a hat-trick in a year after Athletic Bilbao's Aritz Aduriz, in a 4–1 home win over Málaga CF.[10][11]

On 5 July 2015, Barral signed for Al Dhafra SCC in the United Arab Emirates after his contract with Levante expired.[12] On 24 January of the following year, he returned to Spain and its top level after agreeing to an 18-month deal at Granada CF.[13]

After being involved in a scuffle with teammate Isaac Cuenca during a meal at the club's sports city, in late November 2016, Barral was suspended indefinitely.[14] On 16 January of the following year, he signed an 18-month contract with Cypriot First Division champions APOEL FC.[15] He scored twice on his debut six days later, in his team's 7–0 home victory against AEZ Zakakiou for the domestic league.[16]

On 27 May 2017, Barral's contract was mutually terminated,[17] and he signed a one-year deal with Cádiz CF on 12 July.[18]




  1. ^ a b Olfato de gol (Scoring touch); El Comercio, 20 August 2006 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ El Sporting regresa a la élite (Sporting return to the elite); Mundo Deportivo, 16 June 2008 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Sporting Gijon 2–1 Recreativo Huelva; ESPN Soccernet, 31 May 2009
  4. ^ Real Madrid rally to move clear of Barcelona in Spanish league; CNN, 21 March 2010
  5. ^ Sporting climb out of danger; ESPN Soccernet, 15 January 2011
  6. ^ Barral the hero; ESPN Soccernet, 23 January 2011
  7. ^ Gijon hold Barca; ESPN Soccernet, 12 February 2011
  8. ^ Orduspor muradına erdi! (Orduspor get it done!); Ajansspor, 5 July 2012 (in Turkish)
  9. ^ El Levante ficha a Barral (Levante sign Barral); Las Provincias, 26 June 2013 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Barral devuelve la alegría al Levante (Barral makes Levante smile again); Marca, 7 February 2015 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Especie en extinción (Endangered species); Marca, 9 February 2015 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ David Barral firma por el Al-Dhafra (David Barral signs for Al-Dhafra); Marca, 5 July 2015 (in Spanish)
  13. ^ ¡David Barral es rojiblanco! (David Barral is red-and-white!) Archived 27 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine.; Granada CF, 24 January 2016 (in Spanish)
  14. ^ Pelea entre Barral y Cuenca... durante la comida (Fight between Barral and Cuenca... during meal time); Marca, 23 November 2016 (in Spanish)
  15. ^ Σύναψη συμφωνίας με David Barral [Contract signing with David Barral] (in Greek). APOEL FC. 16 January 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  16. ^ "ΑΠΟΕΛ 7–0 ΑΕΖ Ζακακίου" [APOEL 7–0 AEZ Zakakiou] (in Greek). APOEL FC. 22 January 2017. Retrieved 22 January 2017. 
  17. ^ "Κοινή συναινέσει λύση συνεργασίας με David Barral" [Mutual contract termination with David Barral] (in Greek). APOEL FC. 27 May 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  18. ^ "David Barral, segundo fichaje para el nuevo proyecto" [David Barral, second signing for the new project] (in Spanish). Cádiz CF. 12 July 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017. 

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