Víctor Ruiz (Spanish footballer)

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Víctor Ruiz
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Ruiz being presented by Napoli
Personal information
Full name Víctor Ruiz Torre
Date of birth (1989-01-25) 25 January 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Esplugues de Llobregat, Spain
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Villarreal
Number 6
Youth career
1998–2002 Barcelona
2002–2006 Cornellà
2006–2008 Espanyol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Espanyol B 44 (0)
2009–2011 Espanyol 37 (2)
2011 Napoli 6 (0)
2011–2015 Valencia 59 (1)
2014–2015 Villarreal (loan) 25 (0)
2015– Villarreal 35 (0)
National team
2006 Spain U17 1 (0)
2007–2008 Spain U19 3 (0)
2010–2011 Spain U21 5 (0)
2012 Spain U23 1 (0)
2010– Catalonia 1 (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 28 February 2012
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Ruiz and the second or maternal family name is Torre.

Víctor Ruiz Torre (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbiktor ˈrwiθ ˈtore]; born 25 January 1989) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Villarreal CF as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Espanyol[edit]

Born in Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia, Ruiz arrived in RCD Espanyol's youth system in 2006 at the age of 17, from neighbouring UE Cornellà. In the 2008–09 season he made his senior debuts, helping the reserve side win its Tercera División group and subsequently promote in the playoffs.

On 6 December 2009, Ruiz made his debut with Espanyol's first team, starting and being booked in a 0–4 home loss against Racing de Santander. Coach Mauricio Pochettino, however, fielded him in a further 21 La Liga games that campaign, with the team finally ranking in 11th position; he added two goals, against Málaga CF (1–2 away defeat[1]) and Atlético Madrid (3–0, home[2]).

Napoli / Valencia[edit]

In 2010–11, Ruiz played all the minutes for Espanyol in the first 15 rounds. On 31 January 2011, he was sold to S.S.C. Napoli for 6 million cash in a four-and-a-half-year contract, with the Italians also ceding the sporting rights to Jesús Dátolo who was playing with the Spaniards on loan.[3][4]

On 30 August 2011, Ruiz returned to his country after penning a five-year deal with Valencia CF for €8 million.[5][6] He made his official debut on 10 September, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 home win against Atlético Madrid.[7]

On 12 December 2013, Ruiz was sent off in a 1–1 home draw against FC Kuban Krasnodar for the group stage of the UEFA Europa League, for a professional foul on Djibril Cissé.[8]

Villarreal[edit]

On 1 July 2015, Ruiz transferred to Villarreal CF also in the Valencian Community for an initial €2.7 million, potentially rising to €3 million.[9]

International career[edit]

Shortly after making his professional debuts with Espanyol, Ruiz was called to the Spanish under-21 team by manager Luis Milla. On 8 February 2011, in the last minutes of a 2–1 friendly win with Denmark, he was sent off for punching Nicki Bille, who celebrated his goal in front of Ruiz's face.[10][11]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 5 February 2016[12]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Espanyol 2009–10 22 2 - - - - 22 2
2010–11 15 0 - - - - 15 0
Total 37 2 - - - - 37 2
Napoli 2010–11 6 0 - - 1 0 7 0
Total 6 0 - - 1 0 7 0
Valencia 2011–12 22 0 7 1 8 1 37 2
2012–13 26 0 4 0 2 0 32 0
Total 48 0 11 1 10 1 69 2
Villarreal 2014–15 25 0 3 0 9 0 37 0
2015–16 20 0 2 0 6 0 28 0
Total 45 0 5 0 12 0 65 0
Career totals 136 2 16 1 23 1 178 4

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Espanyol B

Country[edit]

Spain U21

References[edit]

  1. ^ Espanyol continue away day blues; ESPN Soccernet, 21 February 2010
  2. ^ Espanyol boost survival hopes; ESPN Soccernet, 11 April 2010
  3. ^ Napoli sign Ruiz from Espanyol; UEFA.com, 31 January 2011
  4. ^ SSC Napoli SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2011, PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA (Italian)
  5. ^ Valencia complete deal for Ruiz; ESPN Soccernet, 30 August 2011
  6. ^ SSC Napoli SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2012, PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA (Italian)
  7. ^ Soldado (Soldier in English) arma al Valencia (Soldado arms Valencia); Marca, 10 September 2011 (Spanish)
  8. ^ "Europa League: Kuban Krasnodar crash out despite 1–1 draw at Valencia". Sky Sports. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "Villarreal finalise transfer for Victor Ruiz". Inside Spanish Football. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  10. ^ Ten-man Spain defeat hosts Denmark; UEFA.com, 8 February 2011
  11. ^ International Matches – Under 21; Soccer Spain, 8 February 2011
  12. ^ "Víctor Ruiz". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 

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