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Joseba Llorente

Joseba Llorente
Joseba Llorente en Valladolid.jpg
Llorente as a Villarreal player (2009)
Personal information
Full name Joseba Llorente Etxarri
Date of birth (1979-11-24) 24 November 1979 (age 42)
Place of birth Hondarribia, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Centre-forward
Youth career
Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Real Sociedad B 64 (26)
1999–2004 Real Sociedad 23 (4)
2000Eibar (loan) 8 (4)
2003–2004Eibar (loan) 33 (4)
2004–2005 Eibar 38 (18)
2005–2008 Valladolid 99 (45)
2008–2010 Villarreal 61 (24)
2010–2013 Real Sociedad 35 (5)
2012–2013Osasuna (loan) 24 (1)
Total 385 (131)
National team
2004–2010 Basque Country 3 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Joseba Llorente Etxarri (born 24 November 1979) is a Spanish retired professional footballer who played as a centre-forward.

He amassed La Liga totals of 179 games and 50 goals over ten seasons, representing in the competition Real Sociedad, Valladolid, Villarreal and Osasuna. He added 142 matches and 55 goals in the Segunda División, mainly in service of Eibar.

Club career

Born in Hondarribia, Basque Country, Llorente came through the ranks of Real Sociedad, making his debut for the first team on 3 October 1999 against Real Zaragoza (2–0 away loss). He would however, only total 23 appearances in four seasons, and left in 2003 for another club in his native region, SD Eibar of the Segunda División, where he already had served a loan stint early into the 2000–01 campaign.

For 2005–06, Llorente signed for Real Valladolid also in that tier, and scored 12 league goals in his debut campaign. He added 17 the following year to help the team to achieve promotion as champions.

On 20 January 2008, in a match against RCD Espanyol, Llorente broke the Spanish league record for the fastest goal ever scored (7.82 seconds), beating Dario Silva's previous record at 8. He broke through that season aged almost 29, netting 16 times to help them retain top-flight status, including a hat-trick against Recreativo de Huelva on the 13th.

Llorente agreed a four-year deal with Villarreal CF on 26 May 2008, for an undisclosed fee. He scored his first goal for the club in a 2–1 win at CD Numancia on 21 September. Exactly one month later, he put three past AaB Football in a UEFA Champions League 6–3 home victory.

On 10 March 2009, after just minutes on the pitch, Llorente scored the winner in a 2–1 away defeat of Panathinaikos F.C. in the Champions League quarter-finals' second leg (3–2 aggregate). His first season at Villarreal was highly productive as he scored a squad-best 15 league goals, including two at FC Barcelona in a 3–3 draw on 10 May, postponing the Catalans' title-winning celebrations for a further week.

On 16 June 2010, after another good year with the Valencians, Llorente rejoined Real Sociedad – recently returned to the top tier – penning a four-year contract worth 2.5 million. In his competitive debut, on 29 August, he assisted Xabi Prieto with a backheel for the game's only goal, at home against former side Villarreal; in mid-January 2011, however, after suffering a back injury, he was sidelined for the remainder of the season.

Career statistics

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Copa del Rey Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Real Sociedad 1999–00 La Liga 8 1 1 0 9 1
2000–01 9 2 0 0 9 2
2001–02 4 0 0 0 4 0
2002–03 2 1 2 1
Total 23 4 1 0 0 0 24 4
Real Sociedad B 2001–02 Segunda División B 10 2 10 2
Eibar (loan) 2000–01 Segunda División 8 4 0 0 8 4
Eibar (loan) 2003–04 Segunda División 33 4 1 0 34 4
Eibar 2004–05 Segunda División 38 18 1 0 39 18
Valladolid 2005–06 Segunda División 36 12 1 0 37 12
2006–07 27 17 5 1 32 18
2007–08 La Liga 36 16 3 1 39 17
Total 99 45 9 2 0 0 108 47
Villarreal 2008–09 La Liga 32 15 1 0 7 4 40 19
2009–10 29 9 3 0 8 1 40 10
Total 61 24 4 0 15 5 80 29
Real Sociedad 2010–11 La Liga 18 5 2 0 20 5
2011–12 17 0 3 0 20 0
Total 35 5 5 0 0 0 40 5
Osasuna (loan) 2012–13 La Liga 24 1 3 2 27 3
Career total 331 107 24 4 15 5 370 116

Honours

Valladolid


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