José Catalá

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José Catalá
Personal information
Full name José Manuel Catalá Mazuecos
Date of birth (1985-01-01) 1 January 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Villajoyosa, Spain
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Racing Ferrol
Youth career
Valencia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Valencia B 19 (0)
2004–2006 Villajoyosa (loan) 18 (0)
2007–2009 Alicante 43 (5)
2009–2010 Villarreal B 33 (1)
2010–2012 Villarreal 29 (1)
2012–2013 Murcia 22 (0)
2013–2014 Apollon Limassol 5 (0)
2014–2015 Veria 4 (0)
2015– Racing Ferrol 39 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 March 2017.

José Manuel Catalá Mazuecos (born 1 January 1985) is a Spanish footballer who plays for Racing de Ferrol as a central defender or a left back.

Football career[edit]

Born in Villajoyosa, Alicante, Valencian Community, Catalá emerged through local Valencia CF's youth ranks, making his senior debuts in Segunda División B, where he successively represented hometown's Villajoyosa CF, Valencia CF Mestalla and Alicante CF, helping the latter promote to Segunda División in 2008.

After suffering immediate relegation with Alicante, he continued in that level with Villarreal CF's B-team, being instrumental (2,444 minutes) as they retained their league status in its first-ever year in the category.

Catalá was promoted to the first team for the 2010–11 season, aged already 25. He managed to provide stiff competition to veteran Joan Capdevila, inclusively relegating the European and World Champion to the bench in some matches.[1] He finished his first year in La Liga with 30 official games to his credit – 16 in the league, five in the Copa del Rey and nine in a semi-final run in the UEFA Europa League – opening the score on 3 January 2011 in a 2–0 home win against UD Almería,[2] as the side eventually finished fourth and qualified to the UEFA Champions League.

After leaving the Yellow Submarine, Catalá only appeared in 27 matches in two seasons combined for Real Murcia and Apollon Limassol, the latter in the Cypriot First Division. On 8 August 2014 he changed clubs and countries again, joining Veria F.C. in the Superleague Greece.[3]

Catalá made his debut for his new team on 24 August 2014, coming on as a late substitute in a 3–2 home win against Skoda Xanthi FC. His first start occurred against Ergotelis FC, his two mistakes resulting in both of the opposition's goals in an eventual 2–2 away draw.

After failing to perform overall, Catalá and club agreed to mutually terminate the player's contract on 26 May 2015.[4]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 26 May 2015
Club Season League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Valencia B 2006–07[5] Segunda División B 19 0 19 0
Villajoyosa (loan) 2004–05[5] Segunda División B 5 0 5 0
2005–06[5] Segunda División B 13 0 2 0 15 0
Total 18 0 2 0 20 4
Alicante 2007–08[5] Segunda División B 15 2 5 0 4[a] 0 24 2
2008–09[5] Segunda División 28 3 0 0 28 3
Total 43 5 5 0 4 0 52 5
Villarreal 2009–10[5] La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11[5] La Liga 16 1 5 0 9[b] 0 30 1
2011–12[5] La Liga 13 0 0 0 4[c] 0 17 0
Total 29 1 5 0 13 0 47 1
Murcia 2012–13[5] Segunda División 22 0 0 0 22 0
Apollon Limassol 2013–14[6] Cypriot First Division 5 0 0 0 2[b] 0 7 0
Veria 2014–15[6] Superleague Greece 4 0 5 0 8 0
Career total 140 6 17 0 19 0 175 6
  1. ^ Appearances in Promotion Play-offs
  2. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League

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