Koke (footballer, born 1992)

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Koke
Koke Resurrección - 01.jpg
Koke playing for Atlético Madrid in 2013
Personal information
Full name Jorge Resurrección Merodio
Date of birth (1992-01-08) 8 January 1992 (age 24)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Atlético Madrid
Number 6
Youth career
2000–2008 Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Atlético Madrid B 66 (7)
2009– Atlético Madrid 184 (20)
National team
2008 Spain U16 3 (0)
2008–2009 Spain U17 21 (0)
2010–2011 Spain U19 9 (0)
2011 Spain U20 5 (1)
2011–2013 Spain U21 12 (1)
2012– Spain U23 6 (1)
2013– Spain 26 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 September 2016
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Resurrección and the second or maternal family name is Merodio.

Jorge Resurrección Merodio (born 8 January 1992), known as Koke (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkoke]), is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Atlético Madrid and the Spanish national team as a midfielder.

He spent most of his career with Atlético Madrid since making his debut with the first team in 2009, playing over 250 official games and winning five honours, including the 2014 La Liga Title and the 2012 Europa League.

Koke won the 2013 European Championship with the Spanish under-21 team. He also made his debut for the full side that year, and represented the country at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016.

Club career[edit]

Koke was born in Vallecas,[1] Madrid. Having arrived at Atlético Madrid's youth system at the age of eight, he made his debut for the first team on 19 September 2009, playing in the second half of a 2–5 away loss against FC Barcelona after coming on as a substitute for Paulo Assunção.[2] He made three further appearances during the season.

Koke scored his first league goal for Atlético against Sevilla FC on 26 February 2011, his 47th-minute header from a Diego Forlán cross made it 1–1 in an eventual 2–2 home draw.[3] He finished his first full season as a professional with 17 games and two goals (the other coming in a 2–2 draw at RCD Espanyol[4]) as the Colchoneros finished seventh and qualified for the UEFA Europa League.

Koke was again an important member of Atlético's midfield in the 2011–12 campaign, under both Gregorio Manzano and his successor Diego Simeone. On 29 April 2012 he scored his first league goal of the season, opening the score in the 62nd minute of an eventual 2–2 away draw against Real Betis.[5] He appeared in 13 matches during the club's successful Europa League run, including a 90th-minute substitute appearance in the 3–0 defeat of Athletic Bilbao in the final.[6]

Aged only 20/21, Koke started in 38 of his 48 official appearances during 2012–13 and scored three goals – this included 112 minutes of play in the season's Copa del Rey final, won against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu.[7] He also began to excel at passing, either through set pieces or open play.[8][9]

On 1 September 2013, Koke scored his first goal of the new campaign, contributing to a 2–1 away win over Real Sociedad.[10] His performances in October earned him the accolade of La Liga Player of the Month, while his manager Diego Simeone won the equivalent managerial award;[11] on 3 March 2014, he scored to help his team to a 2–2 home draw in the Derbi madrileño against Real Madrid.[12]

On 9 April 2014, Koke scored his first goal in the UEFA Champions League, netting the only goal of a quarter-final against Barcelona[13] to send Atlético to the semi-finals for the first time since 1974.[14][15] He finished the domestic league season as the player with the second most assists with 14,[16][17] as Atlético won the league title for the first time in 18 years after drawing 1–1 with Barcelona at Camp Nou in the final matchday;[18] he was a nominee at the LFP Awards at attacking midfielder, losing out to Andrés Iniesta.[19]

On 25 June 2014, Koke signed a new five-year deal with Atlético.[20] He was named Man of the match in their Champions League group match at Malmö FF on 4 November, scoring the first goal of a 2–0 win.[21] In a penalty shootout against Bayer 04 Leverkusen for the Champions League round-of-16, on 18 March of the following year, he had his attempt saved by Bernd Leno, but his team nonetheless advanced.[22]

Koke started 2015–16 slowly, scoring one goal and registering not a single assist by the middle of November.[23] By the middle of April 2015, after a spell of six decisive passes in as many games, he equalled his season's assist record of 12;[1] later that month he surpassed that tally, also moving to first place in the assists chart ahead of Barcelona's Luis Suárez.[24]

International career[edit]

Koke (left) on the bench with Atlético teammate David Villa, in a friendly with Chile in 2013

Koke was a member of the Spain under-20 side which reached the quarter-finals at the 2011 FIFA World Cup in Colombia. He missed in the last-16 penalty shootout against South Korea, but his team advanced nonetheless.[25]

Koke featured in the Spanish team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London,[26] playing all three games as the tournament ended at the group stage for the nation. He also represented the under-21s at the 2013 UEFA European Championship,[27] being named to the team of the tournament as Spain won the competition by beating Italy 4–2 in Jerusalem in the final.[28]

Koke made his debut for senior team on 14 August 2013, replacing Santi Cazorla for the final 12 minutes of a 2–0 friendly win in Ecuador.[29] His first competitive appearance for La Furia Roja came on 6 September of that year, as he played the full 90 minutes in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Finland that ended with a 2–0 win.[30]

Koke was named in Spain's 30-man provisional squad for the World Cup,[31] and was also included in the final list for the tournament.[32] On 19 June, he made his debut in the tournament after replacing Xabi Alonso at half-time as the champions trailed 0–2 to Chile at the Maracanã in the second group game, but could not change the scoreline as elimination was confirmed.[33] He started in the final fixture, a 3–0 victory over Australia.[34]

Style of play[edit]

Koke is right-footed, but his versatility allows him to play as right, left or central midfielder.[35][36] He is also known for his passing,[8][9] and ability to create attacking opportunities.[16][37]

He earned the plaudits of his peers, including Barcelona's Xavi who regarded him as his successor:

He has everything: talent, physical ability, he is a footballer of the present and the future... He has been marked out as the conductor of Spain's orchestra for the next 10 years. I have a special affection for him because we play in the same position and I think he is an extraordinary player. [38]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 28 May 2016[39][40]
Club Season League Cup[41] Continental[42] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Atlético Madrid 2009–10 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2010–11 17 2 2 0 0 0 19 2
2011–12 25 2 2 0 13 0 40 2
2012–13 33 3 7 0 8 0 48 3
2013–14 36 6 9 0 13 1 58 7
2014–15 34 2 6 0 9 2 49 4
2015–16 35 5 5 0 10 0 50 5
Career totals 184 20 31 0 53 3 268 23

International[edit]

As of 17 June 2016[43]
Spain
Year Apps Goals
2013 7 0
2014 8 0
2015 5 0
2016 4 0
Total 24 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Atlético Madrid

International[edit]

Spain U21
Spain U17

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fuente, Chema G. (9 April 2016). "Koke, seis asistencias en los últimos siete partidos y cuarto gol del curso" [Koke, six assists in the last six matches and fourth goal of the campaign]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Barca rout Atletico; ESPN Soccernet, 19 September 2009
  3. ^ Reyes to the rescue for Atletico; ESPN Soccernet, 26 February 2011
  4. ^ "Espanyol 2–2 Atletico Madrid: Brace from Pablo Osvaldo denies Mattress-makers full points". Goal.com. 17 April 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Falcao rescues Atletico; ESPN Soccernet, 29 April 2012
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  7. ^ "Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo off in Real Madrid loss". BBC Sport. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Koke se destapa como asistente" [Koke discovers passing ability]. Marca (in Spanish). 12 December 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Koke, el pasador de lujo del Atlético de Madrid" [Koke, Atlético de Madrid's passer extraordinaire]. Vavel (in Spanish). 24 September 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "La Liga 2013: Atletico Madrid holds on against Real Sociedad". SB Nation. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Premios BBVA a los mejores de octubre" [BBVA awards for the best in October] (in Spanish). Liga de Fútbol Profesional. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Cristiano Ronaldo's late goal secures draw for Real Madrid against Atlético". The Guardian. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Atlético Madrid v Barcelona: Champions League live". The Daily Telegraph. 9 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Atlético Madrid 1–0 Barcelona". BBC Sport. 9 April 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Koke takes Atlético through at Barcelona's expense". UEFA.com. 9 April 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Koke acumula ya trece asistencias en la Liga" [Koke already counts thirteen assists in Liga]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 7 April 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "Spanish La Liga stats: Assists leaders – 2013-14". ESPN FC. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "Atlético Madrid celebrate La Liga title after draw at Barcelona". The Guardian. 18 May 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Gala de premios LFP 2013/14" [LFP awards show 2013/14] (in Spanish). Liga de Fútbol Profesional. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  20. ^ "Koke y Juanfran prolongan sus contratos hasta 2019 y 2018" [Koke and Juanfran extend their contracts until 2019 and 2018]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 25 June 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  21. ^ Dutt, Sujay (4 November 2014). "Clinical Atlético grind down Malmö ardour". UEFA.com. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  22. ^ Smith, Jonathan (17 March 2015). "Atl Madrid 1–0 Bayer Levkn". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  23. ^ Cazón, Patricia (17 November 2015). "El Atlético echa en falta las asistencias del mejor Koke" [Atlético miss the assists of the best Koke]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  24. ^ "Cristiano, Koke o Suárez, ¿qué jugador lleva más asistencias en Liga?" [Cristiano, Koke or Suárez, which player has the most assists in Liga?]. Marca (in Spanish). 18 April 2016. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  25. ^ "Spain beat Korea Republic on penalties". FIFA.com. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  26. ^ "Euro 2012 trio Mata, Alba & Martinez in Spain Olympic squad". BBC Sport. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  27. ^ "Thiago treble helps Spain retain Under-21 crown". UEFA.com. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  28. ^ "Thiago leads all-star squad dominated by Spain". UEFA.com. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  29. ^ "Taconeo ante Ecuador" [Taconeo against Ecuador]. Marca (in Spanish). 15 August 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  30. ^ "Spain on the verge following Finland win". UEFA.com. 6 September 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  31. ^ "World Cup 2014: Diego Costa and Fernando Torres in Spain squad". BBC Sport. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  32. ^ "World Cup 2014: Spain drop Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas". BBC Sport. 31 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  33. ^ Ornstein, David (18 June 2014). "Spain 0–2 Chile". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  34. ^ "Australia 0–3 Spain". BBC Sport. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  35. ^ "Simeone vuelve a plantearse colocar a Koke de mediocentro" [Simeone thinks about placing Koke as central midfielder again]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 11 October 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  36. ^ "No estaba a gusto en la derecha" [I was not comfortable on the right flank]. Marca (in Spanish). 27 November 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  37. ^ "Koke es medio Atlético" [Koke is half Atlético]. Marca (in Spanish). 24 October 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  38. ^ Rogers, Iain (30 March 2014). "Barcelona's Xavi hails Atletico Madrid's Koke: 'He is extraordinary...he will be my successor for Spain'". The Independent. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  39. ^ "Koke". Soccerway. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  40. ^ Koke at ESPN FC
  41. ^ Includes Copa del Rey and Supercopa de España
  42. ^ Includes UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup
  43. ^ "Koke". European Football. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  44. ^ "Atletico Madrid win La Liga". Sport 24. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  45. ^ "Real Madrid – At. Madrid" (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  46. ^ "Barcelona 0–0 Atletico Madrid: Catalans win Spanish Super Cup". BBC Sport. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  47. ^ "Falcao at double as Atlético march to title". UEFA.com. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  48. ^ "Chelsea 1–4 Atletico Madrid". BBC Sport. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  49. ^ "Madrid finally fulfil Décima dream". UEFA.com. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
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  51. ^ "UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season". UEFA.com. 30 May 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
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