David Català

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David Català
David Català, Celta de Vigo 2009.jpg
Català as a Celta player in 2009
Personal information
Full name David Català Jiménez
Date of birth (1980-05-03) 3 May 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
AEK Larnaca
Number 6
Youth career
Espanyol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 Espanyol B 102 (3)
2000–2003 Espanyol 7 (0)
2003–2004 Xerez 36 (3)
2004–2005 Lleida 37 (3)
2005–2006 Albacete 16 (0)
2006–2007 Lorca Deportiva 26 (1)
2007–2009 Salamanca 82 (3)
2009–2012 Celta 77 (5)
2012– AEK Larnaca 143 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 April 2017.

David Català Jiménez (born 3 May 1980) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Cypriot club AEK Larnaca F.C. as a central defender.

After beginning his career at Espanyol, he spent most of it in Segunda División, representing six teams over nine seasons in the division, mostly Salamanca and Celta. He totalled 274 games and 15 goals in the category.

Football career[edit]

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Català began his career at hometown club RCD Espanyol. He made his senior debut on 16 May 1999, playing the entirety of the reserves' 3–0 home win over Palamós CF for the Segunda División B championship; he first appeared in La Liga with the first team the following 6 May, as a 43rd-minute substitute for Cristóbal in a 0–2 away loss against CD Numancia.[1]

After leaving for Xerez CD of Segunda División in 2003, Català spent each of the next four seasons at a different team in that level, culminating in Lorca Deportiva CF's relegation in 2007. He remained for two years in the same league with UD Salamanca, before joining fellow league side Celta de Vigo on a three year-deal on 23 June 2009; he was recommended by Miguel Torrecilla, the sporting director who made the same move earlier in the summer, and was the second player to be acquired that window after Cristian Bustos.[2]

On 15 April 2012, Català scored in the Galician derby seven minutes after entering in place of Hugo Mallo, albeit in a 2–3 loss to Deportivo de La Coruña at Balaídos.[3] The campaign nonetheless ended in promotion, with him contributing with 18 games and two goals to the feat.

On 28 July 2012, after recently signing a new contract, Català rescinded it and moved abroad for the first time, signing a three-year deal at AEK Larnaca F.C. of the Cypriot First Division.[4]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 4 October 2015[5][6]
Club Season League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Espanyol 1999–2000 La Liga 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2001–02 La Liga 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Xerez 2003–04 Segunda División 36 3 2 0 38 3
Lleida 2004–05 Segunda División 37 3 2 0 39 3
Albacete 2005–06 Segunda División 16 0 2 0 18 0
Lorca Deportiva 2006–07 Segunda División 26 1 1 0 27 1
Salamanca 2007–08 Segunda División 42 3 1 0 43 3
2008–09 Segunda División 40 0 2 0 42 0
Salamanca Total 82 3 3 0 85 3
Celta 2009–10 Segunda División 22 1 0 0 22 1
2010–11 Segunda División 37 2 1 0 1[a] 0 39 2
2011–12 Segunda División 18 2 4 0 22 2
Total 77 5 5 0 1 0 63 5
AEK Larnaca 2012–13 Cypriot First Division 28 1 5 0 33 1
2013–14 Cypriot First Division 31 2 3 0 33 2
2014–15 Cypriot First Division 30 4 6 1 36 5
2015–16 Cypriot First Division 6 0 0 0 2[b] 0 8 0
Total 95 7 14 1 2 0 111 8
Career total 370 21 27 1 3 0 400 22
  1. ^ Appearances in Promotion Playoffs
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El Numancia acaricia la salvación tras ganar al Espanyol" [Numancia caresses survival after defeating Espanyol]. El País (in Spanish). 7 May 2000. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Catalá: "Creo en este nuevo proyecto"" [Català: "I believe in this new project"]. Marca (in Spanish). 23 June 2009. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "El Deportivo vence al Celta en un derbi gallego para el recuerdo" [Deportivo defeat Celta in a Galician derby to remember]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 16 April 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Catalá se va sorprendido y decepcionado" [Català leaves surprised and disappointed]. Faro de Vigo (in Spanish). 28 July 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "Català". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "David Catalá". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 

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