Cala (footballer, born 1989)
Cala playing for Sevilla in 2013
|Full name||Juan Torres Ruiz|
|Date of birth||26 November 1989|
|Place of birth||Lebrija, Spain|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2010–2011||→ Cartagena (loan)||25||(3)|
|2011–2012||→ AEK Athens (loan)||13||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 April 2017.
Born in Lebrija, Seville, Andalusia, Cala finished his football formation at local giants Sevilla FC, making his professional debuts in the 2007–08 season for the reserve squad, Sevilla Atlético, which competed in Segunda División. On 9 December 2009, he made his first official appearance with the first team, playing 90 minutes against Rangers for the UEFA Champions League in a 1–0 group stage home win.
Cala would first appear in La Liga on 7 February 2010, again playing the entire game but now suffering a 1–2 defeat at Real Zaragoza. In a streak that started on 10 April at Málaga CF, he scored in three consecutive matches (two wins and one loss), which was a club record for a defender.
For the 2010–11 campaign, Cala was loaned to FC Cartagena. He was regularly used by the second level team during his spell, making his official debut on 11 September in a 5–1 home success over FC Barcelona B and finding the net in the game.
On 5 July 2011, Cala signed a one-year loan deal with AEK Athens FC. At the Greek side he reunited with former Sevilla boss – main squad and reserves – Manolo Jiménez, as well as teammate José Carlos. He played 21 official games during his tenure, scoring on 30 October to conclude a 3–0 home win over Aris Thessaloniki F.C. for the Superleague Greece.
In late January 2012, Cala was recalled by Sevilla as a replacement for Juventus FC-bound Martín Cáceres. AEK received €60,000 in compensation. On 21 December 2013, he scored to open a 2–1 win at Villarreal CF, also being sent off when he fouled Jaume Costa for a penalty kick scored by Jérémy Perbet; he added eight complete appearances in the UEFA Europa League, which ended in conquest.
On 7 February 2014, Cala signed for Premier League club Cardiff City on a two-and-a-half year contract, after terminating his link with Sevilla. He made his debut for his new team eight days later, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–2 home loss against Wigan Athletic for the round-of-16 of the FA Cup; his maiden appearance in the league took place on the 22nd, but in another defeat at the Cardiff City Stadium, now at the hands of Hull City (0–4).
Cala scored his first goal for the Bluebirds on 15 March 2014, but in a 1–2 loss at Everton. His second came in an away triumph over Southampton on 12 April, as he hit from long range for the game's only goal; fifteen days later he was sent off for the first time in his Cardiff career, during a 0–4 away defeat to Sunderland.
Cala was released with immediate effect from his Cardiff contract on 3 December 2014, having only made one appearance in the Championship that season. He had previously complained via Twitter for being sent to train with the club's academy.
Granada / Getafe
After being strongly linked to Getafe CF, Cala signed a six-month contract with fellow league team Granada CF on 28 January 2015. On 28 May he was deemed suplus to requirements by new manager José Ramón Sandoval, and subsequently left the club.
On 25 June 2015, Cala agreed to a three-year deal with Getafe also in the top level. The following 4 January, he scored his first Spanish League goal in over two years, equalising in a 2–1 away win against Sporting de Gijón.
On 6 August 2016, Cala signed a season-long loan deal with FC Anzhi Makhachkala with an option of making the move permanent at the end of it. Seven days later he announced his return through Instagram, alleging personal problems; according to the Russian club's press release, he returned to Spain to care for his younger brother who was having health issues.
- As of 15 May 2016
|Sevilla B||2007–08||Segunda División||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
|Cartagena (loan)||2010–11||Segunda División||25||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||26||4|
|AEK Athens (loan)||2011–12||Superleague Greece||13||1||2||0||0||0||6||0||21||1|
|Cardiff City||2013–14||Premier League||7||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||8||2|
- Gers' dismal campaign ends badly; ESPN Soccernet, 9 December 2009
- Zaragoza edge tempestuous clash; ESPN Soccernet, 7 February 2010
- Sevilla claim derby honours; ESPN Soccernet, 10 April 2010
- Valladolid boost survival hopes; ESPN Soccernet, 13 April 2010
- Nine-man Gijon thrashed; ESPN Soccernet, 17 April 2010
- Cala se va cedido al Cartagena (Cala goes on loan to Cartagena); Sevilla FC, 31 August 2010 (in Spanish)
- Betis y Rayo Vallecano siguen marcando el ritmo (Betis and Rayo Vallecano still in front); La Verdad, 11 September 2010 (in Spanish)
- Announcement; AEK Athens, 5 July 2011
- El AEK de Atenas ficha a José Carlos y Juan Cala (AEK Athens signs José Carlos and Juan Cala); Diario AS, 5 July 2011 (in Spanish)
- Georgakopoulos, George (30 October 2011). "Panathinaikos conquers PAOK". Kathimerini. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
- Cala vuelve al Sevilla para sustituir a Martín Cáceres (Cala returns to Sevilla to replace Martín Cáceres); Diario AS, 27 January 2012 (in Spanish)
- "No stopping Sevilla". Sky Sports. 21 December 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
- "Juan Cala: "El Sevilla es campeón de la Europa League, yo no"" [Juan Cala: "Sevilla is Europa League champion, I am not"] (in Spanish). Estadio Deportivo. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
- "Deal done: Cala is a Bluebird". Cardiff City F.C. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
- "Cardiff 1–2 Wigan". BBC Sport. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- "Everton 2–1 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 15 March 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
- "Southampton 0–1 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 12 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
- "Sunderland 4–0 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 27 April 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
- "Cardiff City: Juan Cala leaves Bluebirds". BBC Sport. 3 December 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
- "Juan Cala, quinto refuerzo del Granada CF en el mercado de invierno" [Juan Cala, fifth addition of Granada CF in the winter transfer window] (in Spanish). Granada CF. 28 January 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
- "El Granada ya no cuenta con Cala" [Granada ceases to count on Cala] (in Spanish). Marca. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
- "Cala futbolista del Getafe" [Cala footballer of Getafe] (in Spanish). Getafe CF. 25 June 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
- "Sporting Gijon 1–2 Getafe: Getafe put end to poor away form". Sky Sports. 4 January 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
- "Cala cedido" [Cala loaned] (in Spanish). Getafe CF. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
- "Juan Cala deja el Anzhi y regresa al Getafe" [Juan Cala leaves Anzhi and returns to Getafe] (in Spanish). Marca. 13 August 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
- Хуан Торрес Кала вернулся в Испанию [Juan Cala Torres returned to Spain] (in Russian). Anzhi Makhachkala. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
- "Juan Cala". Soccerway. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
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