JORQUERA-Optimized
Tall keeper with great reflexes

Albert Jorquera first came to Barça as an U18 player. He later moved up to Barça C and Barça B. In his second year in the reserves he left on loan first to Ceuta in 2B and the following season to CE Mataró, also on loan. When he returned to Barça B in the 2002/2003 season he became a regular starter for the team. His fine performances at the Mini led to his passage to the Camp Nou with the arrival of Frank Rijkaard in Barcelona. With Víctor Valdés in the team, Albert Jorquera got few chances to play in goal in the six seasons he played at the club. However he was part of one of the best and most successful squads of all time, winning two Champions Leagues and the famous treble in the first year with Pep Guardiola on the bench. Jorquera played his last season as a professional goalkeeper at Girona.

Full biography:

In his first season in charge of the first team, Frank Rijkaard used him in goal for Barça’s game with Athletic Club at Camp Nou. That was on 17 January 2004. That season he’d also play in a game versus Atlético Madrid, a month later, a 3-1 win for Barça. That year he competed for the goalkeeper’s jersey with Víctor Valdés and Rustu. The other five seasons he was in the first team he got few chances as Valdés was posting such formidable performances. In December 2007 he suffered a serious injury in a game with the Catalan national team and was side-lined for the rest of the competition. Barça had to sign Pinto from Celta as cover. The following season (2008/2009) and now with Guardiola on the bench he only played one competitive match, the last of the UCL group stage against Shakhtar of Ukraine. The following year he joined Girona where after one season he’d end up retiring in 2010.

Honours:

3 Ligas (2005, 2006 and 2009)
2 Champions Leagues (2006 and 2009)
1 Copa del Rey (2009)
2 Spanish Super Cups (2005 and 2006)

Place of birth
Bescanó (Girona)
Date of birth
03/03/1979
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