Tariq Spezie

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Tariq
Personal information
Full name Tariq Spezie Sevilla
Date of birth (1980-06-21) 21 June 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Racing Blanenc
Vilobí
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Valladolid B 54 (22)
2001–2002 Espanyol B 33 (6)
2002–2003 Cacereño 34 (7)
2003–2004 Linares 20 (3)
2004 Palencia 11 (3)
2004–2005 Sabadell 36 (6)
2005–2008 Águilas 101 (26)
2008–2009 Puertollano 36 (24)
2009–2011 Granada 44 (19)
2011 Huesca (loan) 18 (8)
2011–2014 Huesca 89 (16)
2014–2015 Huracán 53 (10)
2016 Castellón 14 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 June 2016.

Tariq Spezie Sevilla (born 21 June 1980), known simply as Tariq, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a striker.

He played 87 games and scored 21 goals in Segunda División for Granada and Huesca, but spent the vast majority of his career in Segunda División B, where he recorded figures of 407 games and 111 goals in service of eleven teams.

Early years[edit]

Tariq was born in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates to an Italian father and a Spanish mother, receiving his name from his father – who was working in the country – in honour of Tariq ibn Ziyad.[1] As the political situation in the region worsened, eventually leading to the Iran–Iraq War, the family relocated to Italy with their one-year infant,[2] and later to Spain.

Football career[edit]

Tariq played youth football in modest clubs in Catalonia,[1][2] making his senior debuts with Real Valladolid B and competing one season in Segunda División B and one in Tercera División with the club. Another reserve team followed in the 2001–02 campaign, as he helped RCD Espanyol B finish second in the third level, without no playoff promotion however.

Tariq spent the following eight-and-a-half years in division three in representation of as seven teams, mainly Águilas CF. In the 2008–09 season he scored a career-best 24 goals – best in the division[3]– for UD Puertollano,[4][5] adding 19 for Granada CF in the following year, en route to his first Segunda División promotion.

On 25 January 2011, Tariq was loaned to SD Huesca – also in the second division – until the end of the season, via Udinese Calcio.[6] In less than half of the matches, he scored eight goals (second-best in the squad behind Juanjo Camacho) as the Aragonese finally retained their league status;[7] he moved on a permanent basis ahead of the following campaign.[8]

Tariq left Huesca, then in the third division, for fellow league side Huracán Valencia CF on 2 July 2014.[9] Following his team's disqualification for financial issues, he dropped down a league to sign for neighbouring CD Castellón on 18 January 2016.[3]

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b El peligro lleva por nombre Tariq (Danger is spelled Tariq); Europa Sur, 12 November 2008 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ a b El árabe de Segunda B (Segunda B's Arab); Público, 21 January 2009 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ a b c "Tariq refuerza el ataque del Castellón" [Tariq bolsters Castellón's attack] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Tariq, califa del gol (Tariq, the Caliph of Goal); Marca, 26 October 2008 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Mi fútbol modesto: Tariq, el goleador del Puertollano, también le marca a la pobreza (My modest football: Tariq, Puertollano's goal-getter, also scores against poverty) Archived 25 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.; Notas de Fútbol, 18 November 2008 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Tariq llega al Huesca cedido por el Granada (Tariq arrives in Huesca loaned by Granada); Marca, 25 January 2011 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Tariq vuela en el Huesca (Tariq soars with Huesca); Ideal, 13 April 2011 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ "Tariq retorna al Huesca para la temporada 2011–12" [Tariq returns to Huesca for the 2011–12 season] (in Spanish). La Información. 13 July 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "Huracán cierra el fichaje del delantero Tariq Spezie" [Huracán complete the signing of striker Tariq Spezie] (in Spanish). Super Deporte. 2 July 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 

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