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Joaquin Sanchez


ABOUT

BornJuly 21, 1981

ABOUT

Joaquin Sánchez Rodríguez simply Joaquin, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays forMálaga CF as a right winger. In 1999–2000 he started his senior career, appearing regularly for Real Betis B. In the following season he moved to the first team, making his professional debut on 26 August 2000 and having an immediate impact. Subsequently, Joaquin collected well over a record 200 official appearances for Betis in the following five years, assisting and scoring alike. During 2004–05 he played in all the games scoring five times, and added three goals in the season's Copa del Rey. Joaquin was meant to move to Valencia CF in early August 2006 for €25 million. Joaquin was loaned to Albacete Balompié as punishment by Betis owner Manuel Ruiz de Lopera due to Joaquin taking a certain percentage of the transfer fee. Joaquin officially moved to Valencia in late August 2006 for €25 million, making him the club's most expensive signing to that date as the player penned a five-year contract. On 24 June 2011, aged 29, Joaquin left Valencia and signed for high-spending Málaga for three years, for a fee of €4 million. He made his debut for the club on 28 August in a 1–2 away loss against Sevilla FC. Joaquin made his debut for the Spanish national team on 13 February 2002 against Portugal, in a 1–1 friendly played in Barcelona. Joaquin played again for Spain through the nation's premature exit at UEFA Euro 2004, also being selected for the 2006 World Cup; he totaled five appearances.
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