The best players of La Liga! Chapter 3: Andrés Palop

Tuesday 11 December 2012 17:05


Today it’s time to gossip about Andrés Palop, the captain and goalkeeper of one of La Liga’s giant teams, Sevilla FC. Palop is less popular than other keepers, but he has turned Sevilla’s goal into a fort and he automatically became the team’s captain. Today we’ll discover more about him.

-          Firsts steps in football

Andrés Palop was born in L’Alcúdia (Valencia) on the 22nd of October of 1973. Since he was a kid he had good skills as a keeper, and it is what made him join Valencia CF’s young team. He later signed for Villarreal to play in the Spanish Second Division, so he started to play football as a professional.

-          Background in professional football

In his first year in Villarreal, Palop became one of the players that made the team raise the Spanish First Division (La Liga). Due to this Valencia ‘caught’ him again. Palop PLAYED with Valencia for six years and he won 2 leagues officially, 1 UEFA Cup and one European Supercup, but he rarely played with the team: Valencia’s first keeper was Santiago Cañizares.

Palop’s success started when he joined Sevilla FC in season 2005-06. That year the team won the UEFA Cup. The following season Sevilla won the same title again, and Palop was the hero of the final against RCD Espanyol: he stopped 3 penalties! Moreover, the same year Palop scored the goal that gave Sevilla the classification for the quarter finals: he scored with a headed goal after a corner! Sevilla couldn’t have won the UEFA title without him.

Afterwards, Palop won the Supercup of Europe and the Copa del Rey in 2006/07, and another Copa del Rey in 2010 (he dedicated that title to Antonio Puerta, the player of Sevilla that died 3 years before.

Palop played with the Spanish National Team for first time in 2007 (he replaced Casillas, who got suddenly injured). A year after, Palop and La Roja won the Euro Cup!

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