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Clubs: Real Zaragoza, Villarreal CF

• Zaragoza-born, Cani (real name Rubén Gracia Calmache) played for the B team at his home-twon club before making his senior debut in the Liga against FC Barcelona in the final game of 2001/02 season, which ended in relegation.

• Played a prominent role in helping Zaragoza win immediate promotion back to top flight and spent the next three seasons proving his worth in the Liga, making 96 appearances and scoring eight goals; won the Copa del Rey in 2004 but was sent off in the final against Real Madrid CF (3-2).

• Joined Villarreal for €11m in 2006 and took the No10 shirt; made 35 appearances, scoring four goals, in his debut campaign, his first goal coming in a 3-2 home win against − of all teams − Zaragoza.

• Often a substitute in 2007/08 as Manuel Pellegrini's side finished runners-up to Madrid; made his UEFA Champions League debut in a 0-0 draw with Manchester United FC at Old Trafford in September 2008.

• Scored a career-best tally of six league goals in 2008/09 − including one apiece against Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia CF and Club Atlético de Madrid − prompting more regular appearances under Pellegrini's successors, Ernesto Valverde and Juan Carlos Garrido, in the following two campaigns.

Last updated: 20/04/11 20.12CET

Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 13/07/2015 12:36 CET
24.08.2014Spanish LigaLevanteLevante0-2VillarrealVillarreal6301
31.08.2014Spanish LigaVillarrealVillarreal0-1BarcelonaBarcelona7000
14.09.2014Spanish LigaGranadaGranada0-0VillarrealVillarreal2500
21.09.2014Spanish LigaVillarrealVillarreal4-2Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano9000
27.09.2014Spanish LigaVillarrealVillarreal0-2Real MadridReal Madrid9000
05.10.2014Spanish LigaCeltaCelta1-3VillarrealVillarreal1700
19.10.2014Spanish LigaVillarrealVillarreal2-0AlmeríaAlmería3900
26.10.2014Spanish LigaSevillaSevilla2-1VillarrealVillarreal1101
23.11.2014Spanish LigaVillarrealVillarreal2-1GetafeGetafe2100
28.01.2015Spanish CupQuarter-finalsAtléticoAtlético2-3BarcelonaBarcelona2700
31.01.2015Spanish LigaEibarEibar1-3AtléticoAtlético1100
15.02.2015Spanish LigaCeltaCelta2-0AtléticoAtlético4500
21.03.2015Spanish LigaAtléticoAtlético2-0GetafeGetafe100
11.04.2015Spanish LigaMálagaMálaga2-2AtléticoAtlético1000

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Cani
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (Age): 03/08/1981 (33)
  • Country: Spain
  • Squad number: 22
  • Club: Atlético ( ESP)

  • Height: 180cm
  • Weight: 75kg

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Cup (First round)
    16/09/04: Zaragoza 1-0 Sigma

Career statistics

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
UEFA Intertoto Cup
Last updated: 18/03/2015 01:13 CET
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