Antonio Barragán

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Antonio Barragán
Antonio Barragán.jpg
Barragán being presented at Valladolid
Personal information
Full name Antonio Juan Barragán Fernández
Date of birth (1987-06-12) 12 June 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Pontedeume, Spain
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Middlesbrough
Number 17
Youth career
2002–2005 Sevilla
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Liverpool 0 (0)
2006–2009 Deportivo La Coruña 26 (2)
2009–2011 Valladolid 41 (0)
2011–2016 Valencia 110 (1)
2016– Middlesbrough 14 (0)
National team
2005 Spain U17 4 (0)
2005–2006 Spain U19 11 (0)
2007 Spain U20 5 (0)
2007 Spain U21 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 December 2016.


This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Barragán and the second or maternal family name is Fernández.

Antonio Juan Barragán Fernández (born 12 June 1987) is a Spanish footballer who plays for English club Middlesbrough as a right back.

Having begun his professional career at Liverpool, Barragán spent most of his career in the two highest divisions of Spanish football, playing for Deportivo, Valladolid and Valencia. In La Liga, he amassed totals of 153 games and three goals during eight seasons.

Barragán earned 21 caps for Spain at youth level.

Club career[edit]

Liverpool[edit]

Born in Pontedeume, Galicia, Barragán signed for Liverpool in July 2005, as an 18-year-old who had yet to appear for Sevilla FC's first team.[1]

He would, however, spend the 2005–06 season with the club's reserves, managing one appearance for the first team, as a substitute for fellow Spaniard Fernando Morientes in the first leg of the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League against PFC CSKA Sofia.[2] In doing so, he became the youngest foreigner to play for the Reds.[3]

Deportivo[edit]

On 4 August 2006, Barragán signed a five-year contract with La Liga club Deportivo de La Coruña, in an operation that cost 1 million.[4] His time at his new team began well, as he was in the starting eleven for the first eight matches and scored against Real Sociedad in a 2–0 home win,[5] subsequently alternating in the right-back position with Manuel Pablo until he fractured his knee in April 2008,[6] being out of action for the rest of the campaign and not featuring at all in 2008–09.

In 2008, Deportivo released Barragán from his contract without his consent. He successfully sued the club for an indemnity of 400.000,[7] even though it later decided to reverse its previous decision and restore him to the squad.[8]

Valladolid[edit]

In early June 2009, Barragán moved to Real Valladolid, on a three-year link.[9] He played one season apiece in each of the two major levels of Spanish football, appearing in 17 league games in 2009–10 (14 starts) as the campaign ended in relegation.

Valencia[edit]

On 30 August 2011, Valladolid announced that Barragán would be leaving for Valencia CF in a deal worth €1.5 million.[10] During his first season, all three right-backs – himself, Bruno and Miguel[11]– appeared in roughly the same amount of games as the Che finished third and once again qualified to the Champions League.

Barragán scored his first official goal for Valencia on 13 March 2014, netting his team's first in a 3–0 away win against PFC Ludogorets Razgrad for the campaign's UEFA Europa League.[12] He continued battling for first-choice status with another Portuguese, João Pereira.

On 5 January 2015, Barragán netted his first league goal for the side, equalising in an eventual 2–1 home win over Real Madrid which ended the visitors' club record 22-match unbeaten run.[13]

Middlesbrough[edit]

Barragán returned to England after ten years on 15 July 2016, agreeing to a three-year deal with Middlesbrough.[14] He made his Premier League debut on 13 August, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–1 home draw against Stoke City.[15]

International career[edit]

Barragán was part of the Spanish under-19 team that emerged victorious at the 2006 UEFA European Championship in Poland.[16] Just a few months later, following solid performances with Depor and former Sevilla teammate Antonio Puerta's call-up to the senior side, he was promoted to the under-21s.[17]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 13 May 2016
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Liverpool 2005–06[18] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 1 0
Deportivo 2006–07[19] La Liga 16 2 6 0 22 2
2007–08[19] La Liga 10 0 2 0 12 0
2008–09[19] La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 26 2 8 0 34 2
Valladolid 2009–10[19] La Liga 17 0 2 0 19 0
2010–11[19] Segunda División 23 0 4 1 27 1
2011–12[19] Segunda División 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 41 0 6 1 47 1
Valencia 2011–12[19] La Liga 18 0 3 0 5[b] 0 26 0
2012–13[19] La Liga 14 0 4 0 5[a] 0 23 0
2013–14[19] La Liga 20 0 2 0 9[c] 1 31 1
2014–15[20] La Liga 34 1 2 0 36 1
2015–16 La Liga 24 0 5 0 6 0 35 0
Total 110 1 16 0 25 1 151 2
Career total 177 3 30 1 26 1 232 5
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barragan set for Liverpool move; BBC Sport, 24 June 2005
  2. ^ "Liverpool stay on course in Sofia". UEFA.com. 11 August 2005. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "The unfulfilled promise". A Liverpool Thing. 20 November 2007. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  4. ^ Deportivo sign Liverpool defender; BBC Sport, 4 August 2006
  5. ^ Deportivo La Coruña 2–0 Real Sociedad; ESPN Soccernet, 1 October 2006
  6. ^ Barragán se rompe parcialmente la rodilla y encara ocho meses de baja (Barragán fractures knee and faces eight months out); La Voz de Galicia, 21 April 2008 (Spanish)
  7. ^ El Depor recurrirá la sentencia del 'Caso Barragán' (Depor to appeal decision on "Barragán Affair"); Marca, 27 January 2009 (Spanish)
  8. ^ Barragán ya tiene dorsal y ficha, pero no retirará su denuncia (Barragán has number and registration, but will not drop charges); El Depor, 3 January 2009 (Spanish)
  9. ^ "Empiezo un bonito ciclo" ("I start a beautiful cycle"); Real Valladolid, 9 June 2009 (Spanish)
  10. ^ Barragán traspasado al Valencia (Barragán sold to Valencia); Real Valladolid, 30 August 2011 (Spanish)
  11. ^ "Es el lateral derecho que más partidos ha jugado" [He is the right-back that has played the most matches] (in Spanish). Super Deporte. 21 January 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  12. ^ "Three-goal Valencia primed to see off Ludogorets". UEFA.com. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  13. ^ Oliver, Pete (4 January 2015). "Valencia 2–1 Real Madrid". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "Antonio Barragán joins Boro from Valencia". Middlesbrough F.C. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "Middlesbrough 1–1 Stoke City". BBC Sport. 13 August 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  16. ^ Bueno double gives Spain glory; UEFA.com, 29 July 2006
  17. ^ Barragán benefits from Puerta's rise; UEFA.com, 4 October 2006
  18. ^ "Matches played by Antonio Barragan in 2005/06". Soccerbase. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Barragán: Antonio Barragán Fernández". BDFutbol. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  20. ^ "Barragán". Soccerway. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 

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