Raúl Albiol


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Raúl Albiol

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  • Full Name: Raúl Albiol
  • Position: Defender
  • Birthday: September 4, 1985 (Age: 28)
  • Club: Napoli
  • Height: 6' 3" (1.91m)

tournament statistics

Games Minutes Goals Assists Shots
0 0 0 0 0

Raúl Albiol

Albiol started out as a defensive midfielder and can play in an advanced role or at right-back, while he is also comfortable with the ball at his feet and when linking with the midfield. A composed defender, he is not a guaranteed starter for his country, but has proven himself to be a class act at the highest level.

Starting his career with Valencia, Albiol was handed his debut by current Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez in a UEFA Cup match against AIK Solna in September 2003, but it was only in the 2005-06 season, and following a loan spell with Getafe, that he secured a regular place in the heart of the club's defence.

Learning his trade alongside Roberto Ayala and Spain team-mate Carlos Marchena, Albiol developed into a player of some repute and shone in 2007-08, winning the Copa del Rey. Another impressive campaign the following season earned him a €£13 million move to the Bernabeu in the summer of 2009 when he became the beneficiary of Florentino Perez's latest spending spree at the Bernabeu.

Strengths: Albiol possesses the natural attributes necessary for any centre back as he is tall, sturdy and quick.

Weaknesses: Has not been regularly tested at the very top level and could be exposed by the best in the world.

Career high: Winning a move to big-spending Real Madrid in the summer of 2009.

Career low: At the age of 18 and on his way to sign on loan for Getafe, Albiol was involved in a serious car accident. He had his spleen removed and was in intensive care for 17 days, but somehow recovered to feature in the second half of the season.

Style: Assured, commanding, powerful, an accomplished defender.

Quotes: "We have signed a versatile player and one of the best defenders in Spain and Europe. He is a magnificent example of what you get when you combine talent, effort and sacrifice." Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, July 2009.

Trivia: Albiol played alongside Cesc Fabregas and David Silva at the Under-20 World Cup in Holland in 2005.

Euro 2012

Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Croatia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0