Roura on the bench for Barcelona
|Full name||Jordi Roura Solà|
|Date of birth||10 September 1967|
|Place of birth||Llagostera, Spain|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|1991–1992||→ Murcia (loan)||11||(1)|
|1996–1998||Yokohama Flügels (assistant)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Llagostera, Girona, Catalonia, Roura arrived at FC Barcelona's La Masia in the summer of 1982, aged almost 15. He made his first senior appearance two years later (whilst still a junior), playing the full 90 minutes for the B-team in a 4–0 away win against Real Madrid Castilla and going on to play two full seasons with the side in the second division, being relegated in 1989.
Roura made his La Liga debut on 11 September 1988 in a 3–0 success at Elche CF, under Johan Cruyff, but a serious injury to his right knee in the 1989 UEFA Super Cup against A.C. Milan severely hindered his growth as a footballer. He went on to appear in only nine additional league games for the remainder of his spell at the club.
Released by the Blaugrana in 1991, Roura resumed his career in the second level, being relegated with both Real Murcia and UE Figueres, and continuing to be bothered by physical problems. He retired in June 1994 at only 26, after half-a-season with lowly UE Sant Andreu.
Roura's first job as a coach was in Japan, being part of Carles Rexach's staff at Yokohama Flügels in the late 90s. Subsequently he worked in directorial capacities with another club in his native region, Terrassa FC, remaining in that position until 2007.
Roura spent the early part of the 2007–08 season at the helm of CE L'Hospitalet in division three, being fired in late December 2007 as his team eventually suffered relegation. In 2009 he was part of the Barcelona team of observers in Pep Guardiola’s technical staff; for the following three years, he was in charge of analysing club rivals.
On 30 June 2012, after Guardiola's departure, Roura replaced his lifelong friend Tito Vilanova as Barcelona's assistant manager, as the latter was promoted to head coaching duties. On 19 December 2012 he took over as head coach on an interim basis, when it was learned the former had suffered a recurrence of parotid gland cancer that would need surgery the following day; according to the club, he would be in charge for approximately six weeks, whilst Vilanova was in chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment.
- "Este Barça no perdona" [No mercy Barça] (PDF) (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 12 September 1988. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
- Jordi Clos (15 June 2012). "Jordi Roura: From the Masia to the first-team bench". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- "Figueres: Roura y Ramón, los dos primeros fichajes" [Figueres: Roura and Ramón, two first signings] (PDF) (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 15 July 1992. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
- "El ex azulgrana Roura llega a un acuerdo con el Sant Andreu" [Ex azulgrana Roura reaches agreement with Sant Andreu] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 31 January 1994. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
- "El 'Hospi' echa a Roura y el Sabadell ficha a Cazorla" ['Hospi' fires Roura and Sabadell signs Cazorla] (PDF) (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 28 December 2007. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
- "Jordi Roura: de la sala de vídeo al banquillo" [Jordi Roura: from the video room to the bench] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 11 June 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
- "Tito Vilanova to undergo surgery this Thursday". Barcelona's official website. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
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