Isaac Cuenca

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Isaac Cuenca
Isaac Cuenca 2011 FIFA Club World Cup Final.jpg
Cuenca with Barcelona at the 2011 Club World Cup
Personal information
Full name Joan Isaac Cuenca López
Date of birth (1991-04-27) 27 April 1991 (age 27)
Place of birth Reus, Spain
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1998–2001 Juroca
2001–2002 Espanyol
2002–2005 Barcelona
2005–2007 Santes Creus
2007–2008 Reus
2008–2009 Damm
2009–2010 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 Reus 0 (0)
2010–2012 Barcelona B 6 (2)
2010–2011Sabadell (loan) 32 (5)
2011–2014 Barcelona 16 (2)
2013Ajax (loan) 3 (0)
2014–2015 Deportivo La Coruña 27 (2)
2015–2016 Bursaspor 12 (1)
2016–2017 Granada 37 (4)
2017–2018 Hapoel Be'er Sheva 10 (2)
National team
2011 Spain U21 2 (0)
2012 Spain U23 1 (0)
2011 Catalonia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2018

Joan Isaac Cuenca López (born 27 April 1991) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a winger.

Formed at Barcelona, where he made 827 total appearances, he also represented Deportivo and Granada in La Liga, additionally playing top-flight football in the Netherlands, Turkey and Israel.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Reus, Tarragona, Catalonia, began playing football with local Unió Barri Juroca, going on to have spells with RCD Espanyol, FC Barcelona, UE Barri Santes Creus, CF Reus Deportiu and CF Damm before return to La Masia in 2009.[1][2] He made his senior debuts in the 2010–11 season, being loaned to another club in his native region, CE Sabadell FC in the third division;[3] he made an immediate impact, starting in 24 of his appearances and totalling 2,288 minutes as the Arlequinats returned to the second level after an 18-year absence.

In July 2011, Cuenca returned to Barcelona and joined its B-team, alongside Martí Riverola.[4] Shortly after he was called by first-team manager Pep Guardiola to the pre-season, and made his debut on 23 July against HNK Hajduk Split.[5]

Barcelona[edit]

Cuenca made his official debut for Barça B on 4 September 2011

, playing the last 29 minutes in a 4–0 away win against FC Cartagena and scoring the last goal of the match.[6] On 19 October he made his first official appearance for the main squad, coming on as a substitute for David Villa in the dying minutes of a 2–0 home success against FC Viktoria Plzeň for the season's UEFA Champions League.[7]

On 25 October 2011, after another game on the bench, Cuenca made his La Liga debut, playing the full 90 minutes and being booked in a 1–0 away win against Granada CF.[8] Four days later, again as a starter, he scored in a 5–0 home success over RCD Mallorca, assisted by Adriano.[9]

On 3 December 2011 Cuenca netted his second league goal, playing the entire 5–0 home rout of Levante UD.[10] On 31 January 2012 he signed a contract extension with the Blaugrana, keeping him at the club until June 2015,[11] and also switched permanently to the first team, being assigned jersey number 23.

Cuenca spent the first half of the 2012–13 season nursing a knee injury.[12][13] On 31 January 2013, he was loaned to Eredivisie side AFC Ajax until the end of the campaign.[14] He was given the number 11 shirt, which was previously worn by Lorenzo Ebecilio; that jersey, however, was reserved for league and Dutch Cup matches, while he wore number 28 in the team run in the UEFA Europa League, as Ebecilio had already made continental appearances with the club wearing the former number during the season.[15]

Cuenca made his debut for his new team 10 February 2013, against Roda JC Kerkrade at the Amsterdam Arena, assisting Daley Blind in his first ever goal for Ajax as the match ended in a 1–1 draw.[16] However, in March, he suffered another knee injury, being sidelined for a further four months;[17] he underwent surgery in early June,[18] returning to training in October.[19]

Deportivo[edit]

On 10 July 2014, Cuenca and Barcelona reached an agreement to terminated the player's contract, due to expire in June 2015, due to technical reasons.[20][dead link] Late in the same day, he signed a one-year deal with fellow league team Deportivo de La Coruña.[21]

Cuenca made his debut for the club on 23 August 2014, replacing Toché in a 1–2 away loss to Granada,[22] and scored his first goal eight days later, netting a last-minute equalizer in a 2–2 home draw against Rayo Vallecano.[23] The Galicians went on to narrowly avoid relegation, with him starting in 14 of his appearances.

Late career[edit]

On 7 August 2015, Cuenca signed a three-year deal with Turkish Süper Lig side Bursaspor.[24] He scored his first competitive goal on 28 October, the game's only in a victory over Sivasspor at the Bursa Atatürk Stadium.[25]

On 1 February 2016, Cuenca returned to his country and signed with Granada until the end of the season.[26] In June 2017, after the Andalusians' relegation, he joined Israeli Premier League champions Hapoel Be'er Sheva F.C. on a two-year contract.[27]

Cuenca returned to his first senior club Reus ahead of the 2018–19 campaign; after playing the whole pre-season on trial,[28] he could not be registered by the club. Reus claimed that the LFP rejected his registration due to his low wages,[29] while the organization claimed that the club had breached the wage limits.[30]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 10 January 2016[31][32]
Club Season League Cup Europe1 Other2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sabadell (loan) 2010–11 32 5 32 5
Barcelona B 2011–12 5 2 5 2
Barcelona 2011–12 16 2 6 2 7 0 1 0 30 4
2013–14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 16 2 6 2 7 0 1 0 30 4
Ajax (loan) 2012–13 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 0
Deportivo 2014–15 27 2 2 0 29 2
Bursaspor 2015–16 12 1 7 0 19 1
Career total 95 12 15 2 9 0 1 0 120 14

1 Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches.

2 Includes Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup matches.

Honours[edit]

Barcelona
Ajax
Hapoel Be'er Sheva

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reus, la cantera del Barça" [Reus, Barça's youth system] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Historia de un exilio" [Story of an exile] (in Spanish). El Periódico de Catalunya. 31 October 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Sabadell: presentado Isaac Cuenca" [Sabadell: Isaac Cuenca presented] (in Spanish). esFutbol. 2 September 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Martí Riverola e Isaac Cuenca vuelven al Barça B" [Martí Riverola and Isaac Cuenca return to Barça B] (in Spanish). FC Barcelona. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  5. ^ El Barça debuta sin dinamita (Barça have unexplosive debut); Marca, 23 July 2011 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Vuelve el mejor Barça B con un festival goleador en Cartagonova (The best Barça B return with a scoring festival in Cartagonova); Marca, 4 September 2011 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ "Barcelona flex muscles without overwhelming Plzeň". UEFA. 19 October 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  8. ^ "Xavi strike sees of Granada". ESPN Soccernet. 25 October 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  9. ^ "Messi to the fore once again". ESPN Soccernet. 29 October 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  10. ^ "Fabregas bags brace in rout". ESPN Soccernet. 3 December 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  11. ^ Cuenca signs extension to contract; FC Barcelona, 31 January 2012
  12. ^ "Isaac Cuenca sale del hospital" [Isaac Cuenca leaves hospital]. Goal. 2 June 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  13. ^ "Cuenca returns to training, Alves injury update". Total Barça. 26 November 2012. Archived from the original on 30 November 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  14. ^ "Isaac Cuenca, cedido al Ajax" [Isaac Cuenca, loaned to Ajax] (in Spanish). Marca. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  15. ^ "Cuenca krijgt twee rugnummers" [Cuenca gets two shirt numbers] (in Dutch). De Telegraaf. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  16. ^ "Unsuccessful mission for Ajax". AFC Ajax. 10 February 2013. Archived from the original on 11 May 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  17. ^ "Isaac Cuenca regresa a Barcelona con su rodilla maltrecha" [Isaac Cuenca returns to Barcelona with his battered knee] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 11 March 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  18. ^ "Isaac Cuenca: "Ya solo pienso en volver a jugar pronto"" [Isaac Cuenca: "I am only thinking about returning to play soon"] (in Spanish). Sport. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  19. ^ "Isaac Cuenca, principal novedad en el entrenamiento del Barça" [Isaac Cuenca, main novelty in Barça's training] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  20. ^ "Agreement to rescind Isaac Cuenca's contract". FC Barcelona. 10 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  21. ^ "Isaac Cuenca nuevo jugador del Dépor" [Isaac Cuenca new player of Dépor] (in Spanish). Deportivo La Coruña. 10 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  22. ^ "Liga de fútbol | Granada 2 – Deportivo 1 – El Granada remonta en casa el gol inicial del Deportivo (2–1)" [Football league | Granada 2 – Deportivo 1 – Granada come from Deportivo's initial goal at home (2–1)] (in Spanish). RTVE. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  23. ^ "Ba destruye lo que crean Aquino y Bueno" [Ba destroys what Aquino and Bueno create] (in Spanish). Marca. 31 August 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  24. ^ "Isaac Cuenca ile Anlaşma Sağlandı" [Agreement reached with Isaac Cuenca] (in Turkish). Bursaspor. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  25. ^ "Bursaspor – Medicana Sivasspor: 1–0" (in Turkish). Milliyet. 28 October 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  26. ^ "Presentación de Costa, Doucouré y Cuenca" [Presentation of Costa, Doucouré and Cuenca] (in Spanish). Granada CF. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  27. ^ "Isaac Cuenca se va a la Liga israelí" [Isaac Cuenca is going to the Israeli League] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  28. ^ "El primer equip inicia els entrenaments" [The first team start training] (in Catalan). CF Reus Deportiu. 9 July 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  29. ^ "COMUNICAT OFICIAL (01/09/2018)" [OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT (01/09/2018)] (in Catalan). CF Reus Deportiu. 1 September 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  30. ^ "Nota Informativa" [Announcement] (in Spanish). LFP. 3 September 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  31. ^ "Isaac Cuenca". Soccerway. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  32. ^ "Isaac Cuenca" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. Retrieved 31 October 2014.

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