Gerard Valentín

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Gerard Valentín
Personal information
Full name Gerard Valentín Sancho
Date of birth (1993-07-28) 28 July 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Avinyonet, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Lugo
(on loan from Deportivo La Coruña)
Number 20
Youth career
2003–2010 Figueres
2010–2012 Girona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Sevilla C 22 (1)
2013–2014 Olot 24 (0)
2014–2017 Gimnàstic 67 (0)
2017– Deportivo La Coruña 4 (0)
2019–Lugo (loan) 13 (1)
National team
2016– Catalonia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 June 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 December 2016

Gerard Valentín Sancho (born 28 July 1993) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for CD Lugo on loan from Deportivo de La Coruña as a right back.

Club career[edit]

Born in Avinyonet de Puigventós, Girona, Catalonia, Valentín graduated with Girona FC's youth setup, after a stint at UE Figueres.[1] He made his debuts as a senior with Sevilla FC C in the 2012–13 campaign, in Tercera División.

On 13 July 2013, Valentín joined Segunda División B side UE Olot.[2] On 6 July of the following year, after appearing regularly, he signed a two-year deal fellow league team Gimnàstic de Tarragona.[3]

Valentín appeared in 24 matches for Nàstic during the campaign, winning promotion to Segunda División. He made his professional debut on 23 August, starting in a 2–2 home draw against Albacete Balompié.[4]

On 18 January 2016, Valentín renewed his contract until 2019.[5] On 12 July of the following year, he signed a four-year deal with La Liga side Deportivo de La Coruña.[6]

Valentín made his top tier debut on 30 September 2017, replacing Juanfran in a 2–1 home defeat of Getafe CF. However, he featured rarely as his side suffered relegation.

On 15 January 2019, Valentín was loaned to CD Lugo in the second division, for six months.[7] On 12 August, his loan was extended for the 2019–20 campaign.[8]

International career[edit]

On 28 December 2016, Valentín made his debut for the Catalonia national football team, coming on as a half-time substitute for Pol Lirola in a 3–3 draw against Tunisia (2–4 penalty loss).[9]

Personal life[edit]

Valentín's younger brother, Pol, is also a footballer and a right back. He was also groomed at Figueres.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Fitxar pel Nàstic va ser un encert"" ["Signing for Nàstic was a success"] (in Catalan). L'Esportiu de Catalunya. 4 September 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  2. ^ "L´Olot anuncia les incorporacions de Valentín (Sevilla C) i Ferrón (Jonquera)" [Olot announces the additions of Valentín (Sevilla C) and Ferrón (Jonquera)] (in Catalan). Diari de Girona. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  3. ^ "El Nàstic i la UE Olot arriben a un acord pel traspàs de Gerard Valentín" [Nàstic and UE Olot reach agreement for the transfer of Gerard Valentín] (in Catalan). Gimnàstic Tarragona. 6 July 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  4. ^ "El Gimnástic remonta in extremis al Albacete" [Gimnástic comes back in extremis against Albacete] (in Spanish). Marca. 23 August 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Gerard Valentín será grana hasta el 2019" [Gerard Valentín will be grana until 2019] (in Spanish). Gimnàstic Tarragona. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Gerard Valentin, nuevo jugador del Real Club Deportivo" [Gerard Valentin, new player of Real Club Deportivo] (in Spanish). Deportivo La Coruña. 12 July 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Gerard Valentín will join CD Lugo on loan". Deportivo La Coruña. 15 January 2019. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Gerard Valentín jugará cedido en el CD Lugo" [Gerard Valentín will play on loan at CD Lugo] (in Spanish). Deportivo La Coruña. 12 August 2019. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Catalonia impress before going down to Tunisia after penalty shootout". Sport. 28 December 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  10. ^ "El germà del defensa Gerard Valentín arriba al Nàstic per tres temporades" [The brother of defender Gerard Valentín arrives at Nàstic for three seasons] (in Catalan). Camp d'Esports. 4 July 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2016.

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