Club: Real Betis
JoaquÃn, full name JoaquÃn SÃ¡nchez RodrÃguez, (born July 21, 1981 in El Puerto de Santa MarÃa, CÃ¡diz) is a Spanish footballer. He is a right winger, famed for his bursts of speed, potent dribbling ability and dangerous crossing. Joaquin has proven himself to be one of the best right wingers in the world.
During the 1999-00 season, JoaquÃn played 26 games for Real Betis B, scoring 2 goals. He then played 38 games, scoring 3 goals, in the Real Betis first team in the Segunda DivisiÃ³n during the 2000-01 season. Betis were promoted the same season.
JoaquÃn made over 180 appearances in La Liga and scored 29 goals in his following five seasons with Real Betis. He also scored 3 goals in the Copa del Rey. He was a consistent assister of goals for Real Betis, assisting over 50 goals in five La Liga seasons. JoaquÃn played in two third round qualifying Champions League matches, as well as 6 group stages matches in 2005, including a 1-0 triumph over Chelsea and a 0-0 draw against Liverpool at Anfield. JoaquÃn also made 9 UEFA Cup appearances in his career, scoring one goal.
JoaquÃn won his first and only medal for Real Betis during the Copa del Rey final against Osasuna at the Vicente CalderÃ³n stadium, on June 11, 2005. JoaquÃn played the full ninety minutes plus thirty minutes of extra time as Betis won 2-1. JoaquÃn was instrumental in their success.
On May 25, 2006, JoaquÃn confirmed that he was considering leaving Real Betis, admitting that he would welcome a move to the the Premiership in the summer, although La Liga would be his preferred option. However, on July 27 2006 following a discussion with JoaquÃn, Real Betis chairman JosÃ© LeÃ³n stated that Joaquin had convinced him that he would stay at Real Betis for another year. "It has surprised me a lot,â€ he admitted. â€œI came to convince him and on the contrary, he has convinced me", stated JosÃ© LeÃ³n. Then, during mid August, JoaquÃn shocked los bÃ©ticos by declaring in a press conference his intentions to leave Real Betis.
JoaquÃn finally made his big move to a big club by joining the spanish giants Valencia CF, he was thought to have moved to Valencia in early August 2006 for â‚¬15.0 million, along with a swap deal that included Regueiro. However, some difficulties in the payment appeared, along with Regueiro's insistence in staying at Valencia, which meant that the transfer was delayed.
A bid of â‚¬25.0 million was later accepted. JoaquÃn was loaned to Albacete as punishment by Manuel Ruiz de Lopera, due to JoaquÃn taking a certain percentage of the transfer fee. Manuel Ruiz de Lopera used a clause in JoaquÃn's contract whereby he could be loaned to any club if it was decided by Real Betis. JoaquÃn went to Albacete using his own transport and to prove that he went to the club he had himself photographed by operatives working nearby. The switch to Albacete was then cancelled.
JoaquÃn then officially moved to Valencia in late August 2006 for â‚¬25.0 million, having sorted out financial dealings with Manuel Ruiz de Lopera, signing a five year contract, with the choice of a further one year extension.
He received a very good reception from home Real Betis fans in their 2-1 over Valencia on January 28, 2007. Joaquin appeared as a substitute during the match.
JoaquÃn was a member of the Spanish squad at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and missed the crucial penalty which eliminated them from the competition against South Korea in the quarter-finals. However, he figured again for Spain at Euro 2004 and also at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, making impressive performances in both.
Although having been at Real Betis for the first six years of his professional career, JoaquÃn had been heavily linked with moves to bigger clubs such as Barcelona, Chelsea, Liverpool, Lyon, Real Madrid, Manchester United, A.S. Roma, and Valencia. Chelsea were the earliest confirmed bidders for the players services, having bid â‚¬25.0 million for JoaquÃn during the summer of 2005. A late bid from Lyon during August 2006 did not come to fruition as JoaquÃn made clear his intentions to Real Betis to stay in Spain. He then left Real Betis for Valencia for a club record fee of â‚¬25.0 million.
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