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José Enrique
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Personal information
Full name José Enrique Sánchez Díaz
Date of birth January 23, 1986 (1986-01-23) (age 24)
Place of birth Valencia, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft +12 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current club Newcastle United
Number 3
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Levante B 19 (1)
2005–2006 Valencia 0 (0)
2005–2006 Celta Vigo (loan) 15 (0)
2006–2007 Villarreal 23 (0)
2007– Newcastle United 76 (0)
National team
2007 Spain U21 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:13, 17 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:53, 21 September 2009 (UTC)

José Enrique Sánchez Díaz (born 23 January 1986 in Valencia) more commonly known as José Enrique is a Spanish footballer who currently plays his club football for Newcastle United of the Football League Championship. He is a hardworking left back known for pace, willingness to attack and good crossing ability.


Club career


Early career

Enrique started his footballing career at Levante before being snapped up by Valencia. Valencia sent him to Celta de Vigo for a season-long loan spell. At the conclusion of this loan spell he was signed by Villarreal CF in 2006 after several eye-catching performances for Celta Vigo. He earned himself the affectionate nickname The Bull as a result of his strength and tenacity. The highly-rated full-back enjoyed a successful 2006/07 season with Villarreal before his transfer to England. From the age of 7 Enrique was a keen athlete due to his blistering speed. He was a member of the Benimaclet running club in Valencia and was soon picked up as a hot prospect. When he turned 16 he had the difficult choice of making a career in sprinting and representing Spain in huge competitions such as the Olympics, or signing a youth scholarship with Levante.

Newcastle United

On August 6, 2007, it was confirmed that Newcastle United had signed Enrique for a fee believed to be £6.3m. He signed a five-year contract with the club who beat off competition from Manchester City and Sunderland for his signature.[1] Enrique made his Newcastle debut on August 29, in a match against Barnsley in which he played the full 90 minutes. Newcastle won the match 2–0. While considered a warm up for Enrique, his recovery pace and calm nature on the ball bode well for his ability. He finally made his debut in the Premier League as a substitute against West Ham United on September 23.

His appearances for Newcastle across the 2007/2008 season were somewhat sporadic, with then manager Sam Allardyce citing the fact that Enrique was still young and settling in to the Premier League as the reason for this. In the absence of any other recognised senior left backs midfielder Charles N'Zogbia was deployed in this position. When Enrique did play, he showed a great deal of promise, proving to be a strong tackler who is adept at keeping possession. Enrique is also admired for his ability to pick out team mates with long and very accurate passes, particularly off his favoured left foot. During his first season on Tyneside, he helped his side keep 7 clean sheets out of the 28 games that he played. A consistent run in the team saw Enrique continue to develop, gaining additional support from fans and management alike.

After Newcastle's relegation in May 2009, the club had to sell a lot of its best players and numerous key defenders left including Habib Beye and Sebastien Bassong. The mass exodous, along with Enrique's good form, has prompted several clubs to keep an eye on him, including Sunderland, although on December 1st in an interview with The Journal, when asked about a move to Sunderland, Enrique said the following, "I don't care about Sunderland. Even if the newspapers said Chelsea I wouldn't care. I worry for my team - I love the city, I love the club and I don't care about signing for another team."

Enrique has put in some excellent performances since Newcastle United were relegated, being praised by fans and media. He has formed a productive left flank pairing with fellow Spanish speaker and Argentine international Jonas Gutierrez.

International career

In January 2009 the BBC reported that Enrique made his International debut against Georgia on 5 June, 2007 in the 2009 European Championship qualifiers and scored to hand his side a crucial 1-0 victory. This game was actually an under 21 qualifier, and Enrique remains uncapped for Spain.

Career statistics


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2004–05 Levante B Segunda División B 19 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 1
2005–06 Valencia Primera División 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Celta Vigo (Loan) 15 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
2006–07 Villarreal 23 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 25 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2007–08 Newcastle United Premier League 23 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 28 0
2008–09 26 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 28 0
2009–10 Championship 27 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 30 0
Total Spain 56 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 61 1
Total England 76 0 6 0 4 0 0 0 86 0
Career Total 132 1 11 0 4 0 0 0 147 1

Stats accurate as of 20:13, 17 March 2010.


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