Javi Márquez

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Javi Márquez
Javi Marquez.jpg
Márquez in 2009
Personal information
Full name Javier Márquez Moreno
Date of birth (1986-05-11) 11 May 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
New York Cosmos
Number 6
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2009 Espanyol B 86 (14)
2007–2012 Espanyol 53 (3)
2012–2014 Mallorca 25 (3)
2013–2014 Elche (loan) 29 (2)
2014–2017 Granada 51 (0)
2017– New York Cosmos 4 (1)
National team
2010– Catalonia 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 December 2015

Javier "Javi" Márquez Moreno (Spanish pronunciation: [xaˈβjer ˈmarkeθ]; born 11 May 1986) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for American club New York Cosmos.

Football career[edit]

Márquez in action for Espanyol in 2009


Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Márquez was a product of hometown RCD Espanyol's youth system. He was promoted to the first team for the 2009–10 season, making his La Liga debut on 19 September by playing 30 minutes at Deportivo de La Coruña for a 3–2 win, after coming on as a substitute for Ben Sahar.[1] He quickly established himself in the first team and, on 20 December 2009, scored his first goal in a 2–0 home win against UD Almería;[2] however, his campaign ended prematurely in March 2010, after he broke his leg in a match against Sevilla FC.[3]

Márquez recovered fully for 2010–11, being an undisputed starter for the Mauricio Pochettino-led side while partnering another Espanyol youth graduate, Raúl Baena, in central midfield. However, after recovering from another injury, he was deemed surplus to requirements by the manager,[4] and chose not to renew his contract.[5]


In the 2012 summer, Márquez joined RCD Mallorca as Sergio Tejera moved in the opposite direction. He made his official debut precisely against his former side, starting and playing 54 minutes in a 2–1 home win.[6]

Márquez' spell at the Iberostar Stadium was curtailed by an injury to his left ankle,[7] and his team also suffered relegation.


In the summer of 2014, Márquez signed a four-year contract for Granada CF after a season-long spell at fellow league club Elche CF.[8] He appeared in 25 games – 15 starts – in his first year, as the Andalusians narrowly retained their status.

In late January 2017, aged 30, Márquez was released.[9]

New York Cosmos[edit]

On 24 February 2017, the New York Cosmos announced that they had signed Márquez for the 2017 campaign.[10] He scored his first goal for his new team on 22 April, in a 1–1 home draw against the Jacksonville Armada FC.[11]

Personal life[edit]

In March 2016, Márquez became the father of a baby boy. As a deference to his wife, he named him Modric after the Croatian footballer.[12]


  1. ^ "Espanyol win at Depor". ESPN Soccernet. 19 September 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Espanyol 2–0 Almeria". ESPN Star Sports. 21 December 2009. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Espanyol midfielder Javi Marquez out for season after leg break". Goal.com. 21 March 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Pochettino: "Javi Márquez es un jugador especial, le tengo muchísimo cariño"" [Pochettino: "Javi Márquez is a special player, i cherish him a lot"]. Marca (in Spanish). 28 March 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Alerta Javi Márquez en el RCD Espanyol" [Javi Márquez alert in RCD Espanyol]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 13 June 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Hemed double guides Mallorca home". ESPN Soccernet. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Lesión de Javi Márquez" [Javi Márquez injury] (in Spanish). UEFA.com. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "Javi Márquez, rojiblanco para las próximas tres temporadas" [Javi Márquez, red-and-white for the next three seasons] (in Spanish). Granada CF. 4 July 2014. Archived from the original on 7 July 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Javi Márquez deja el Granada tras dos temporadas y media" [Javi Márquez leaves Granada after two-and-a-half seasons] (in Spanish). Europa Press. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 6 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "New York Cosmos sign La Liga's Espanyol product Javi Márquez". New York Cosmos. 24 February 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2017. 
  11. ^ "Javi Márquez nets first Cosmos goal". New York Cosmos. 26 April 2017. Retrieved 6 May 2017. 
  12. ^ "Javi Márquez llama a su hijo... ¡Modric!" [Javi Márquez names his son... Modric!]. Marca (in Spanish). 10 March 2016. Retrieved 6 May 2017. 

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