José Enrique (footballer)

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José Enrique
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José Enrique playing for Liverpool in 2011
Personal information
Full name José Enrique Sánchez Díaz[1]
Date of birth (1986-01-23) 23 January 1986 (age 32)
Place of birth Valencia, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Left back
Youth career
Levante
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Levante B 19 (1)
2005–2006 Valencia 0 (0)
2005–2006Celta (loan) 14 (0)
2006–2007 Villarreal 23 (0)
2007–2011 Newcastle United 119 (1)
2011–2016 Liverpool 76 (2)
2016–2017 Real Zaragoza 27 (1)
Total 278 (5)
National team
2001 Spain U16 2 (0)
2005 Spain U20 4 (0)
2006–2008 Spain U21 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

José Enrique Sánchez Díaz (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse enˈrike ˈsantʃeθ ˈði.aθ];[3] born 23 January 1986), known as José Enrique, is a retired Spanish footballer who played as a left back.

Starting his career with Levante, he was signed by their rivals Valencia and made La Liga appearances for Celta and Villarreal. He then spent nine years in England with Newcastle United and Liverpool, totalling 161 Premier League appearances.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Valencia, José Enrique began his footballing career at hometown club Levante before being acquired by rivals Valencia CF, who sent him to Celta de Vigo for a season-long loan spell. At the conclusion of this loan spell, he was signed by Villarreal in 2006.

Newcastle United[edit]

On 6 August 2007, it was confirmed that Newcastle United had signed José Enrique for a fee believed to be £6.3 million. He signed a five-year contract with the club, who beat off competition from Manchester City and Liverpool for his signature.[4] He made his Newcastle debut on 29 August in a match against Barnsley in which he played the full 90 minutes in a 2–0 victory, and his Premier League debut as a substitute against West Ham United on 23 September.

José Enrique preparing to take a throw-in.

José Enrique's performances were rewarded when he was made the official Newcastle United Player of the Season for 2009–10, voted for by the fans. He also achieved the accolade of being named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year alongside Newcastle teammates Fabricio Coloccini, Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll.[5] José Enrique scored his only goal for the club in a 2–0 league win over promotion rivals Nottingham Forest on 29 March 2010.[6] At the end of the 2010–11 season, he made 36 Premier League appearances in total for the Magpies.

Liverpool[edit]

José Enrique in action in a 2012 Merseyside derby against Everton

On 11 August 2011, Newcastle agreed a £7 million fee with Liverpool for José Enrique,[7] and a day later he joined the Merseyside club.[8] Two days after signing, José Enrique made his debut in Liverpool's first game of the 2011–12 Premier League, starting at left back in a 1–1 draw against Sunderland.[9] On 26 February 2012, he helped Liverpool win the 2012 Football League Cup Final against Cardiff City, their first honour since 2006.[10] On 1 April, he was forced to play as a goalkeeper for the remaining 13 minutes of the match at his old club Newcastle after Pepe Reina was sent off for headbutting James Perch. Although José Enrique kept a clean sheet, the Reds, being down 2–0 at the time of Reina's red card, failed to level the score.[11]

On 17 November 2012, in a league match against Wigan Athletic, José Enrique scored his first goal for Liverpool in the 65th minute, having been increasingly reinvented as a left wing back in an unconventional 3–5–2 formation under manager Brendan Rodgers.[12] On 1 October 2014, he made his Champions League debut for Liverpool against Basel in Switzerland, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 defeat.[13] On 9 May 2016, José Enrique was released by Liverpool from his contract.[14]

Real Zaragoza[edit]

On 7 September 2016, having been a free agent for four months, José Enrique signed for Spanish second tier side Real Zaragoza on a two-year deal.[15] He made his debut for the Aragonese on 8 October, playing the full 90 minutes of a 2–1 loss at Sevilla Atlético, and scored his first goal on 5 November in a 2–2 draw at RCD Mallorca.[16]

On 6 September 2017, José Enrique announced his retirement from football due to a persistent knee injury.[17]

Personal life[edit]

He was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour in May 2018.[18] On 23 June 2018, José Enrique announced that he was recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumour. He stated, "I am now in recovery and so thankful. Life is too precious."[19]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
2007–08[20] Newcastle United Premier League 23 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 28 0
2008–09[21] 26 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 28 0
2009–10[22] Championship 34 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 37 1
2010–11[23] Premier League 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 36 0
Total 119 1 6 0 4 0 0 0 129 1
2011–12[24] Liverpool 35 0 4 0 4 0 0 0 43 0
2012–13[25] 29 2 0 0 0 0 6[a] 0 35 2
2013–14[26] 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
2014–15[27] 4 0 2 0 1 0 2[b] 0 9 0
2015–16[28] 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 76 2 9 0 6 0 8 0 99 2
Total England 195 3 15 0 10 0 8 0 228 3
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa Other Total
2016–17[29] Real Zaragoza Segunda División 27 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 1
Total Spain 27 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 1
Career total 222 4 15 0 10 0 8 0 355 4


  1. ^ 6 appearances UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ 2 appearances UEFA Champions League

Honours[edit]

Newcastle United

Liverpool

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 July 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Liverpool F.C. Profile". Liverpool F.C. Archived from the original on 20 June 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  3. ^ In isolation, Díaz is pronouned [ˈdi.aθ].
  4. ^ "Big Sam's Spanish delight". Sky Sports. 6 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-06.
  5. ^ Bellwood, Tom (27 April 2010). "PFA Championship Team of the Year 2009–2010". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  6. ^ Etoe, Catherine (29 March 2010). "Newcastle 2–0 Nottm Forest". BBC. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Liverpool agree Enrique deal". CNN. 11 August 2011.
  8. ^ "'One of happiest days of my life'". LFC TV. 12 August 2011. Archived from the original on 21 August 2011.
  9. ^ "Liverpool 1 Sunderland 1". Daily Telegraph. 13 August 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2011.
  10. ^ "Carling Cup Final 2012". Wembley Stadium. 26 February 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  11. ^ Taylor, Louise (1 April 2012). "Papiss Cissé's double for Newcastle makes more trouble for Liverpool". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  12. ^ Liverpool 3–0 Wigan The Guardian 17 November 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
  13. ^ "Basel 1–0 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 1 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  14. ^ "View The Retained And Released Lists Submitted By Premier League Clubs". The FA. Archived from the original on 16 June 2016.
  15. ^ "Ex-Liverpool defender Enrique finds new club". Liverpool Echo.
  16. ^ "El antológico gol de Juan Muñoz desde su campo sólo vale un punto" [Juan Muñoz' historic goal from his own half is only worth a point] (in Spanish). Marca. 5 November 2016. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  17. ^ "Jose Enrique: Ex-Liverpool and Newcastle defender retires with persistent knee injury". BBC Sport. 6 September 2017.
  18. ^ "Jose Enrique: Ex-Liverpool and Newcastle defender tells BBC about brain tumour diagnosis". 10 August 2018 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  19. ^ "Jose Enrique brain tumour: Ex-Liverpool & Newcastle defender recovering from surgery". BBC Sport. 23 June 2018. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  20. ^ 2007 at Soccerbase
  21. ^ 2008 at Soccerbase
  22. ^ 2009 at Soccerbase
  23. ^ 2010 at Soccerbase
  24. ^ 2011 at Soccerbase
  25. ^ 2012 at Soccerbase
  26. ^ 2013 at Soccerbase
  27. ^ 2014 at Soccerbase
  28. ^ 2015 at Soccerbase
  29. ^ 2016 at Soccerbase
  30. ^ "Plymouth 0 – 2 Newcastle". BBC Sport. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  31. ^ "Cardiff 2–2 Liverpool (Liverpool win 3–2 on penalties". BBC Sport. 26 February 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  32. ^ Phil McNulty (5 May 2012). "Chelsea 2–1 Liverpool – BBC Sport". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 August 2018.

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