• Date of birth : 03/08/1981
  • Position : Midfield
  • Country : Spain Spain
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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: 07/02/2016 02:22 CET
22.08.2015Spanish LigaDeportivoDeportivo0-0Real SociedadReal Sociedad6300
18.10.2015Spanish LigaDeportivoDeportivo2-2AthleticAthletic6100
24.10.2015Spanish LigaMálagaMálaga2-0DeportivoDeportivo1700
07.11.2015Spanish LigaLevanteLevante1-1DeportivoDeportivo200
21.11.2015Spanish LigaDeportivoDeportivo2-0CeltaCelta6800
28.11.2015Spanish LigaLas PalmasLas Palmas0-2DeportivoDeportivo6900
02.12.2015Spanish CupFirst roundLlagosteraLlagostera1-2DeportivoDeportivo900
05.12.2015Spanish LigaDeportivoDeportivo1-1SevillaSevilla6000
24.01.2016Spanish LigaDeportivoDeportivo1-1ValenciaValencia6800
01.02.2016Spanish LigaDeportivoDeportivo2-2Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano7300
06.02.2016Spanish LigaSporting GijónSporting Gijón1-1DeportivoDeportivo7000

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General info

  • Name: Cani
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (Age): 03/08/1981 (34)
  • Country: Spain
  • Squad number: 0
  • Club: Deportivo ( ESP)

  • Height: 180cm
  • Weight: 75kg

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

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Club record in UEFA competitions

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