Víctor Sánchez (footballer, born 1987)
Sánchez playing for Catalonia in 2013
|Full name||Víctor Sánchez Mata|
|Date of birth||8 September 1987|
|Place of birth||Terrassa, Spain|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Midfielder / Defender|
|2009–2010||→ Xerez (loan)||25||(2)|
|2010–2011||→ Getafe (loan)||29||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 December 2014
Víctor Sánchez Mata (born 8 September 1987) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for RCD Espanyol. A versatile player, he can act as central or defensive midfielder, and is also adaptable to all the defensive positions.
Born in Terrassa, Barcelona, Catalonia, and raised in neighbouring Rubí, Sánchez began playing football with local UE Rubí, followed by spells with UFB Jàbac Terrassa and CE Europa, before joining FC Barcelona's youth ranks in 2005. In the 2006–07 season, while still with the C-side, he played 36 games and scored seven goals. The following campaign he was promoted to the reserves under Pep Guardiola, helping them promote to Segunda División B by contributing with 31 games and two goals, although he was unable to appear in the play-offs because of injury.
On 2 January 2008, Sánchez made his debut for Barcelona's first team, appearing as a right back in the 2–2 home draw against CD Alcoyano for the Copa del Rey, at the age of 20. His maiden appearance in La Liga took place on 18 March, at UD Almería (2–2 draw, one minute played).
With Guardiola in charge of Barça's main squad, Sánchez played in the club's 2008 pre-season. He also appeared in a further seven league matches for the treble champions, but played mainly for the B's.
On 12 August 2009, Sánchez was sent on loan to newly promoted Xerez CD, on a season-long loan. He scored his first goal for the team on 28 March 2010, in a 3–0 home victory against Real Valladolid. For 2010–11 he was loaned again, joining Madrid's Getafe CF in a season-long move; again, he was put to use in several defensive positions, as the latter narrowly avoided top flight relegation.
In late June 2011, Sánchez and Barcelona mutually agreed to terminate the contract that linked the player to the club. On the 29th, he signed a two-year contract in Swiss Super League's Neuchâtel Xamax.
- As of 30 December 2011
- "Victor Sánchez Mata". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
- "Biografia" [Biography] (in Spanish). Official website. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
- "Regalo del Barça al Alcoyano en Copa" [Barça gift to Alcoyano in Cup] (in Spanish). Marca. 2 January 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
- "Almeria 2–2 Barcelona". ESPN Soccernet. 18 March 2008. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
- "Barcelona: Víctor Sánchez fue cedido al Xerez" [Barcelona: Víctor Sánchez was loaned to Xerez] (in Spanish). Fichajes. 15 August 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
- "Xerez romp to victory". ESPN Soccernet. 28 March 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
- Victor Sanchez será presentado el viernes por el Getafe (Víctor Sánchez will be presented by Getafe on Friday); Mundo Deportivo, 26 August 2010 (in Spanish)
- "Neuchâtel Xamax engage le milieu défensif espagnol Víctor Sánchez Mata" [Neuchâtel Xamax hires Spanish defensive midfielder Víctor Sánchez Mata] (in French). Neuchâtel Xamax. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
- "Víctor Sánchez ficha por el Espanyol" [Víctor Sánchez signs for Espanyol] (in Spanish). Marca. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
- "Víctor Sánchez". Soccerway. Retrieved 2 March 2014.