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César Sánchez

César Sánchez
César in 2010
Personal information
Full name César Sánchez Domínguez
Date of birth

(1971-09-02) 2 September 1971

Place of birth Coria, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Plasencia
Valladolid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1993 Valladolid B
1992–2000 Valladolid 206 (0)
2000–2005 Real Madrid 20 (0)
2005–2008 Zaragoza 110 (0)
2008–2009 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
2009–2011 Valencia 63 (0)
2011–2012 Villarreal 2 (0)
Total 401 (0)
National team
2000 Spain 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

César Sánchez Domínguez (Spanish pronunciation: ; born 2 September 1971), sometimes known as simply César, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

In exactly 20 La Liga seasons (the only competition he appeared in as a professional) he played in 401 games, with Valladolid, Real Madrid, Zaragoza, Valencia and Villarreal, being first-choice in three of those clubs and winning seven major titles with the second, including the 2002 Champions League.

Club career

Valladolid / Real Madrid

César was born in Coria, Cáceres, Extremadura. He graduated through Real Valladolid's youth ranks, and made his debut with the first team in a 0–6 home defeat against FC Barcelona, at the end of the 1991–92 season. He only missed four league games between 1995–2000 combined.

Sánchez signed in 2000–01 for La Liga giants Real Madrid, initially backing-up wonderkid Iker Casillas. However, the following season, he eventually became first-choice and started five out of nine UEFA Champions League matches during the capital side's victorious campaign, but was substituted by Casillas in the final against Bayer 04 Leverkusen after suffering an injury.

Zaragoza / Tottenham

In 2005–06 César joined Real Zaragoza,[1] and was everpresent in the Aragonese side's lineups during three seasons. In August 2008, after Zaragoza's relegation to the second division, new boss Marcelino García Toral sidelined the player into the B-team.

Shortly after, Sánchez was bought by Juande Ramos's Tottenham Hotspur.[2] He made his first and only appearance for the London club against Liverpool, in a 4–2 win for the season's Football League Cup, replacing injured Heurelho Gomes.[3]

Valencia / Later years

On 20 January 2009 César returned to Spain, joining Valencia CF on a free transfer until the end of the season[4]– the Che had just lost first-choice Renan to a groin injury, during a 2–3 loss at Athletic Bilbao. Despite this, César was still named on the bench for a Tottenham game on the 21st, the League Cup semifinal second leg against Burnley; two days later Tottenham announced that his contract had been cancelled by mutual consent,[5] and he retained his starting status even when the Brazilian recovered from his injury.

After an impressive half-season, César (aged almost 38) renewed his link for another year.[6] He started the 2009–10 campaign on the bench, playing second-fiddle to new signing Miguel Ángel Moyà; however, after unconvincing displays by the latter, he regained the starting spot, keeping consecutive clean sheets against Racing de Santander (1–0), defending champions Barcelona (0–0), UD Almería (3–0) and Málaga CF (1–0). In May 2010, after helping Valencia to the third place, with the team consequently returning to the Champions League, the veteran renewed his contract for another season.

On 2 April 2011, César became the second oldest goalkeeper in Spanish League history as he appeared – as a starter – in a 4–2 away win against Getafe CF, aged 39 years and 212 days.[7] He contributed with 15 games as Valencia finished third and qualified to the Champions League.

However, after the club acquired Diego Alves and renewed youth graduate Vicente Guaita's contract, César became surplus to requirements. On 2 June 2011 he signed a one-year contract with Valencian Community neighbours Villarreal CF,[8] making his league debut on 10 September in a 2–2 home draw against Sevilla FC: after replacing sent off Diego López early into the first half, he stopped the ensuing penalty by Álvaro Negredo, whom however managed to score with a putback.[9] Subsequently, he became only the fifth player to appear in a Spanish top division match over the age of 40, following Harry Lowe, Jacques Songo'o,[10] Amedeo Carboni and Donato.

International career

César earned his first and only cap for Spain on 16 August 2000, in a 1–4 friendly defeat to Germany in Hannover.[11]

Honours

Real Madrid

References


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local p = {}


-- Helper functions


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local function removeInitialColon(s) -- Removes the initial colon from a string, if present. return s:match('^:?(.*)') end

function p.findNamespaceId(link, removeColon) -- Finds the namespace id (namespace number) of a link or a pagename. This -- function will not work if the link is enclosed in double brackets. Colons -- are trimmed from the start of the link by default. To skip colon -- trimming, set the removeColon parameter to true. checkType('findNamespaceId', 1, link, 'string') checkType('findNamespaceId', 2, removeColon, 'boolean', true) if removeColon ~= false then link = removeInitialColon(link) end local namespace = link:match('^(.-):') if namespace then local nsTable = mw.site.namespaces[namespace] if nsTable then return nsTable.id end end return 0 end

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-- Hatnote -- -- Produces standard hatnote text. Implements the template.


function p.hatnote(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local s = args[1] local options = {} if not s then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no text specified', 'Template:Hatnote#Errors', args.category ) end options.extraclasses = args.extraclasses options.selfref = args.selfref return p._hatnote(s, options) end

function p._hatnote(s, options) checkType('_hatnote', 1, s, 'string') checkType('_hatnote', 2, options, 'table', true) local classes = {'hatnote'} local extraclasses = options.extraclasses local selfref = options.selfref if type(extraclasses) == 'string' then classes[#classes + 1] = extraclasses end if selfref then classes[#classes + 1] = 'selfref' end return string.format( '
%s
', table.concat(classes, ' '), s )

end

return p-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -- Module:Hatnote -- -- -- -- This module produces hatnote links and links to related articles. It -- -- implements the and meta-templates and includes -- -- helper functions for other Lua hatnote modules. --


local libraryUtil = require('libraryUtil') local checkType = libraryUtil.checkType local mArguments -- lazily initialise Module:Arguments local yesno -- lazily initialise Module:Yesno

local p = {}


-- Helper functions


local function getArgs(frame) -- Fetches the arguments from the parent frame. Whitespace is trimmed and -- blanks are removed. mArguments = require('Module:Arguments') return mArguments.getArgs(frame, {parentOnly = true}) end

local function removeInitialColon(s) -- Removes the initial colon from a string, if present. return s:match('^:?(.*)') end

function p.findNamespaceId(link, removeColon) -- Finds the namespace id (namespace number) of a link or a pagename. This -- function will not work if the link is enclosed in double brackets. Colons -- are trimmed from the start of the link by default. To skip colon -- trimming, set the removeColon parameter to true. checkType('findNamespaceId', 1, link, 'string') checkType('findNamespaceId', 2, removeColon, 'boolean', true) if removeColon ~= false then link = removeInitialColon(link) end local namespace = link:match('^(.-):') if namespace then local nsTable = mw.site.namespaces[namespace] if nsTable then return nsTable.id end end return 0 end

function p.formatPages(...) -- Formats a list of pages using formatLink and returns it as an array. Nil -- values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local ret = {} for i, page in ipairs(pages) do ret[i] = p._formatLink(page) end return ret end

function p.formatPageTables(...) -- Takes a list of page/display tables and returns it as a list of -- formatted links. Nil values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local links = {} for i, t in ipairs(pages) do checkType('formatPageTables', i, t, 'table') local link = t[1] local display = t[2] links[i] = p._formatLink(link, display) end return links end

function p.makeWikitextError(msg, helpLink, addTrackingCategory) -- Formats an error message to be returned to wikitext. If -- addTrackingCategory is not false after being returned from -- Module:Yesno, and if we are not on a talk page, a tracking category -- is added. checkType('makeWikitextError', 1, msg, 'string') checkType('makeWikitextError', 2, helpLink, 'string', true) yesno = require('Module:Yesno') local title = mw.title.getCurrentTitle() -- Make the help link text. local helpText if helpLink then helpText = ' (help)' else helpText = end -- Make the category text. local category if not title.isTalkPage and yesno(addTrackingCategory) ~= false then category = 'Hatnote templates with errors' category = string.format( '%s:%s', mw.site.namespaces[14].name, category ) else category = end return string.format( '%s', msg, helpText, category ) end


-- Format link -- -- Makes a wikilink from the given link and display values. Links are escaped -- with colons if necessary, and links to sections are detected and displayed -- with " § " as a separator rather than the standard MediaWiki "#". Used in -- the template.


function p.formatLink(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local link = args[1] local display = args[2] if not link then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no link specified', 'Template:Format hatnote link#Errors', args.category ) end return p._formatLink(link, display) end

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-- Hatnote -- -- Produces standard hatnote text. Implements the template.


function p.hatnote(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local s = args[1] local options = {} if not s then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no text specified', 'Template:Hatnote#Errors', args.category ) end options.extraclasses = args.extraclasses options.selfref = args.selfref return p._hatnote(s, options) end

function p._hatnote(s, options) checkType('_hatnote', 1, s, 'string') checkType('_hatnote', 2, options, 'table', true) local classes = {'hatnote'} local extraclasses = options.extraclasses local selfref = options.selfref if type(extraclasses) == 'string' then classes[#classes + 1] = extraclasses end if selfref then classes[#classes + 1] = 'selfref' end return string.format( '
%s
', table.concat(classes, ' '), s )

end

return p
  1. ^ César switches to Zaragoza; UEFA.com, 13 June 2005
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^ César es el elegido (César is the chosen one); Levante EMV, 21 January 2009 (Spanish)
  5. ^
  6. ^ César renueva con el Valencia (César renews with Valencia); Marca, 24 June 2009 (Spanish)
  7. ^
  8. ^
  9. ^
  10. ^ Última alegría para el Deportivo (Last joy for Deportivo); ESPN Deportes, 23 May 2004 (Spanish)
  11. ^ Desastre (Disaster); El Mundo Deportivo, 17 August 2000 (Spanish)

External links

  • BDFutbol profile
  • National team data
  • César Sánchez at National-Football-Teams.com
  • César Sánchez profile at Soccerway
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