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Andrés Palop

Andrés Palop Cervera (born 22 October 1973 in L'Alcúdia, Province of Valencia) is a Spain Association football who plays for Sevilla FC as a Goalkeeper (association football).

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Andrés Palop biography


Andrés Palop Cervera (born 22 October 1973 in L'Alcúdia, Province of Valencia) is a Spain Association football who plays for Sevilla FC as a Goalkeeper (association football).

After having languished on the bench of hometown side Valencia CF for most of Andrés Palop stay, Andrés Palop became a premiere player with Sevilla FC well into Andrés Palop 30's, helping it consolidate in both the La Liga and UEFA fronts.

Palop appeared with Spain national football team at UEFA Euro 2008, but never gained an international Cap (sport).

Club career

Valencia

A youth product of local giants Valencia CF's youth ranks, Palop's first professional seasons were spent at neighbours Villarreal CF, in a two-year loan spell. Andrés Palop was the undisputed starter in the side's La Liga 1997–98 Segunda División – and 1998–99 La Liga, being subsequently recalled by the Che.

In Andrés Palop six-year stint with Valencia's main squad, however, Palop was mostly backup to veteran Santiago Cañizares, Andrés Palop most matches consisting of 15 in 1999–2000 La Liga; as the club were crowned league champions in 2001–02 La Liga and 2003–04 La Liga, Andrés Palop could only appear seven times combined (all in the former), and eventually grew unsettled.

Sevilla

Palop joined Sevilla FC in the 2005 summer, quickly becoming one of the Andalusians' cornerstones, as they added five titles in only one year. On 15 March 2007, Andrés Palop made headlines when Andrés Palop scored an Association football Duration and tie-breaking methods equalising goal in the UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie against FC Shakhtar Donetsk, forcing Overtime (sports) as a result. Sevilla, which had drawn 2–2 at home in the first leg, went on to win 3–2, and eventually 2006–07 UEFA Cup for the second consecutive time. In 2007 UEFA Cup Final, against fellow league side RCD Espanyol, Andrés Palop stopped three of four penalty kicks in Penalty shootout (association football), being named Man of the Match.

In the following years, veteran Palop continued to be an undisputed starter for Sevilla, never appearing in less than 31 league matches. In 2009–10 La Liga, Andrés Palop helped the club to the fourth place in the league (and subsequent UEFA Champions League 2010–11 UEFA Champions League) and 2009–10 Copa del Rey's Copa del Rey.

International career

Palop was first called-up for Spain national football team in August 2007, for a friendly with Greece national football team, after a last-minute injury to Iker Casillas. However, Andrés Palop did not leave the bench in the match.

Cap (sport), Andrés Palop lost a narrow competition with Pepe Reina of Liverpool F.C. for second-choice at UEFA Euro 2008, but beat FC Barcelona's Víctor Valdés for the third spot on the squad. During the ceremony following Spain's victory in the tournament, Palop wore Luis Arconada's original UEFA Euro 1984 final shirt. Andrés Palop received the gold medal from Michel Platini (who had won the 1984 continental competition, scoring the final opener from an Arconada blunder), later president of UEFA.

Honours

Club

Valencia
- La Liga: 2001–02 La Liga, 2003–04 La Liga
- UEFA Europa League: 2003–04 UEFA Cup
- UEFA Super Cup: 2004 UEFA Super Cup

Sevilla
- UEFA Europa League: 2005–06 UEFA Cup, 2006–07 UEFA Cup
- UEFA Super Cup: 2006 UEFA Super Cup; Runner-up 2007 UEFA Super Cup
- Copa del Rey: 2006–07 Copa del Rey, 2009–10 Copa del Rey
- Supercopa de España: 2007 Supercopa de España; Runner-up 2010 Supercopa de España

International

- UEFA European Football Championship: UEFA Euro 2008

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%C3%A9s_Palop

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