Sergio Sánchez Ortega

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Sergio Sánchez
Sergio Sánchez Ortega 2012.JPG
Sánchez playing with Málaga
Personal information
Full name Sergio Sánchez Ortega
Date of birth (1986-04-03) 3 April 1986 (age 29)
Place of birth Mataró, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Youth career
1998–2004 Espanyol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Espanyol B 19 (1)
2005–2009 Espanyol 48 (3)
2007 Real Madrid B (loan) 20 (0)
2007–2008 Racing Santander (loan) 19 (0)
2009–2011 Sevilla 14 (0)
2011–2015 Málaga 85 (0)
2015– Panathinaikos 0 (0)
National team
2001–2002 Spain U16 5 (0)
2002–2003 Spain U17 16 (1)
2005 Spain U19 6 (0)
2007–2009 Spain U21 4 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 June 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Sánchez and the second or maternal family name is Ortega.

Sergio Sánchez Ortega (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈseɾxjo ˈsantʃeθ]; born 3 April 1986) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Panathinaikos as either a right back or a central defender.

Football career[edit]


Sánchez in action for Espanyol in 2008

Born in Mataró, Barcelona, Catalonia, Sánchez was a product of RCD Espanyol's youth system. He made his debut for the first team on 24 April 2005, playing 85 minutes from the bench in a 3–1 home win against Real Zaragoza. It was his sole appearance of the season.

Sánchez was loaned to second division's Real Madrid Castilla in January 2007 and, at the end of the campaign, which ended in relegation, was loaned again, to Racing de Santander in La Liga, appearing significantly as the Cantabrian side achieved a first-ever qualification to the UEFA Cup.

In July 2008 Sánchez returned to Espanyol, scoring his first official goal for the club in a 1–1 home draw with Getafe CF on 20 September. He played the entire season on the right flank, as the Pericos eventually avoided relegation.


Sánchez agreed to join Sevilla FC in July 2009 in a four-year deal worth 4 million, with an additional one million being added if the Andalusians attained certain goals.[1] On 1 January 2010, it was announced that he would be unable to play football again until 'rigorous tests' were carried out on his heart, after he complained of pains.[2] His season outputs consisted of seven league games – helping Sevilla to the fourth place – and two in the Copa del Rey which the club won, both legs of the clash against lowly CF Atlético Ciudad (9–3 on aggregate).

On 18 January 2011, after more than one year out of football, Sánchez returned to active – he had already been an unused substitute the previous week against former side Espanyol – starting in a Spanish Cup match against Villarreal CF, and helping the title holders reach the semifinals after a 3–0 home win (6–3 on aggregate).[3]


On 23 June 2011, Sánchez left Sevilla and joined neighbours Málaga CF for €2.8 millions, signing a four-year contract.[4] He made his debut for his new club on 25 September, appearing as a right back in a 0–0 draw at Zaragoza.[5]

On 3 January 2012 Sánchez opened the scoring in a Spanish Cup tie against Real Madrid, netting through a header in an eventual 2–3 away loss (2–4 on aggregate).[6]


On 25 June 2015, Espanyol have given up their efforts in signing Sanchez, while Beşiktaş have not tabled an offer yet. That makes Panathinaikos the favourites to land the Spanish defender who has been released from Málaga CF and within the next 48 hours he may complete his move to the Greens.[7] The Spanish player will sign a contract for the next three years, with an annual salary of €800,000, including premiums objectives. [8] On 28 June 2015, Sergio Sánchez has already agreed a deal with Panathinaikos. After the imminent deal with Rasmus Thelander, the Greek side is expecting Sánchez, as there are only a few details left so that the deal can be finalized.[9]




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