Albert Luque

Spanish retired footballer (born 1978)

Albert Luque
Albert-Luque.jpg
Luque as an Ajax player in 2007
Personal information
Full name Albert Luque Martos[1]
Date of birth (1978-03-11) 11 March 1978 (age 44)[1]
Place of birth Terrassa, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Position(s) Winger, striker
Youth career
1985–1991 Can Parellada
1991–1996 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Barcelona C
1997–1999 Mallorca B 62 (25)
1999–2002 Mallorca 67 (24)
1999–2000Málaga (loan) 23 (3)
2002–2005 Deportivo La Coruña 101 (26)
2005–2007 Newcastle United 21 (1)
2007–2009 Ajax 16 (4)
2008–2009Málaga (loan) 32 (8)
2009–2011 Málaga 19 (1)
Total 341 (92)
National team
1998–2000 Spain U21 13 (3)
2000 Spain U23 2 (0)
2002–2005 Spain 17 (2)
2002–2006 Catalonia 3 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Albert Luque Martos (born 11 March 1978) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a left winger or striker.

His 14-year professional career was mainly associated with Mallorca and Deportivo, and he amassed La Liga totals of 248 matches and 61 goals over 11 seasons. He also had spells in the English Premier League with Newcastle United and the Dutch Eredivisie with Ajax.

A Spain international in the first half of the 2000s, Luque represented the nation at the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004.

Club career

Mallorca

Born in Terrassa, Barcelona, Catalonia,[2] Luque was a lifelong supporter of FC Barcelona, and started out in football on trial with them, but was released by the C-team when he was 19.[3] He was then taken by RCD Mallorca and assigned to their reserves, but eventually broke into the main squad after a successful loan spell at Málaga CF.

In 2000–01, Luque scored nine goals for Mallorca, helping the Balearic Islands side qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history after finishing third. His extra time goal in the third qualifying round against HNK Hajduk Split carried the team into the first group stage.[4][5]

Deportivo

Luque was transferred to Deportivo de La Coruña on 29 August 2002, in an eight-year deal worth 15 million (approximately £10 million), for strikers José Flores and Walter Pandiani (on loan).[6] In his first season at Depor, he scored the winner against former club Málaga with a bicycle kick,[7] adding further important goals against Racing de Santander[8] and RCD Espanyol;[9] he netted a total of 12 La Liga goals during the campaign, mostly from substitute appearances.

2003–04 saw Luque firmly established as a starter, as he scored the winner against Rosenborg BK in the Champions League qualifying round, the only goal over both legs.[10] He also netted important goals in the knockout stages against Juventus F.C.[11] and A.C. Milan,[12] and added 11 more on the domestic front in his final year in Galicia.[13]

Newcastle United

On 27 August 2005, Luque was sold to Newcastle United for a fee of £9 million, signing a five-year contract.[14] He made his debut against Manchester United at St James' Park, which included having a goal ruled out for offside.[15] However, in his next game, he suffered a hamstring injury while playing at Fulham;[16] upon his return he was used in a number of roles, including left midfielder, failing to live up to his large price tag.[17][18]

On 17 April 2006, Luque scored his first goal for Newcastle in the Tyne–Wear derby, when he broke free from the Sunderland defence and chipped the ball over Kelvin Davis.[19] He commented after the match that he hoped to score before the end of the season, but played no part in the remaining fixtures, however.

Luque's first competitive home goal came against Lillestrom S.K. at the start of the team's UEFA Intertoto Cup tournament[20]– he added two in a 4–1 defeat of Liverpool's reserves in October.[21] After having fallen low in the side's attacking pecking order, a number of injuries awarded him a start against Serie A table-toppers U.S. Città di Palermo on 2 November, in the UEFA Cup, and rewarded manager Glenn Roeder's choice scoring the game's only goal with a header.[22] After that, however, the player had few significant first-team appearances, by now behind the likes of youth graduate Matty Pattison;[23] in the January 2007 transfer window he was linked with a loan move to PSV Eindhoven, but the deal fell through in spite of his wishes.[24]

On 23 June 2007, new Magpies manager Sam Allardyce stated that he would be willing to give Luque a proper chance to impress. However, this did not prevent the former from awarding the latter's number 7 shirt to new signing Joey Barton, which initially left the Spaniard without a squad number.[25][26] He was eventually given the number 19 jersey he previously wore at Deportivo, and which Titus Bramble last used at Newcastle.[27]

His transfer from Deportivo to Newcastle is one of those about which the Stevens inquiry report in June 2007 expressed concerns:

"There remains inconsistencies in evidence provided by Graeme Souness – a former manager of the club"

"The inquiry still has unanswered questions relating to possible payments made by agent Francis Martin, who Newcastle officials believed was working for the selling club."[28] At the end of the next month, AFC Ajax agreed a fee to sign Luque.[29]

Ajax

On 25 August 2007, Ajax confirmed they had signed Luque until 2010.[30] On 30 September, he scored his first two goals for the Amsterdam team, turning the scoreline around in two minutes against VVV-Venlo in an eventual 6–1 home win but coming out injured slightly afterwards.[31]

Luque was fined after a game with Feyenoord in November 2007 for a half-time altercation in the changing rooms with teammate Luis Suárez, which caused manager Adrie Koster to substitute them both before the second half.[32][33] It was reported in July 2008 that the former had no future at Ajax; technical director Danny Blind told Sportweek: "Ajax has told Luque that he has to leave the club. I told Albert myself that we don't want to go on with him and if I've told it to him, I really don't know who else I should inform."[34][35]

Return to Málaga

Just before the 1 September transfer deadline of 2008–09, Luque signed a one-year loan deal with Málaga, returning to Andalusia nine years after his loan spell at the club.[36] On 30 November 2008, he came from the bench to open his scoring account in his second spell, in a 4–2 home victory over CA Osasuna,[37] and was a crucial attacking element as the club fought for UEFA Cup qualification until the final days of the season.

On 30 July 2009, after lengthy negotiations, Málaga signed Luque from Ajax on a free transfer.[38] Under new coach Juan Ramón López Muñiz, he played mainly from the bench and scored only once in the first half of the campaign, thereafter being dropped for almost a month;[39][40] after returning to first-team action, he replaced Duda in the 85th minute of a 3–0 win at Racing Santander.[41]

In 2010–11, Luque continued to be absent from Málaga's lineups, both under Jesualdo Ferreira and his successor Manuel Pellegrini. In December 2010, he was deemed surplus to requirements alongside five other players,[42] with his release confirmed on 4 January 2011.[43]

International career

Luque represented Spain at the 2000 Summer Olympics, playing twice as the national team won silver in Sydney. After a successful season at Mallorca, still uncapped for the senior team, he was called up to the squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, making his international debut in a 3–2 group stage win against South Africa on 12 June 2002,[44] and also appeared in the round-of-16 victory over the Republic of Ireland.[45]

Two years later, Luque played at UEFA Euro 2004,[46] being used as a left winger in the 0–1 defeat to hosts Portugal.[47] His last game was on 7 September 2005, in a 2006 World Cup qualifier against Serbia and Montenegro.[48]

On 29 April 2019, Luque joined president Luis Rubiales' staff at the Royal Spanish Football Federation.[49]

International goals

Scores and results list Spain's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Luque goal.[50]
List of international goals scored by Albert Luque
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 October 2004 El Sardinero, Santander, Spain  Belgium 1–0 2–0 2006 World Cup qualification
2 4 June 2005 Mestalla, Valencia, Spain  Lithuania 1–0 1–0 2006 World Cup qualification

Personal life

In November 2006, while driving to Newcastle International Airport for a UEFA Cup game away to Eintracht Frankfurt, Luque pulled his Porsche Cayenne over due to a puncture. Shortly after he got out the car to make a telephone call, the empty vehicle was struck by a lorry and destroyed. He managed to get a flight to Germany and played in the match.[51][52][53]

Honours

Mallorca

Deportivo

  • Supercopa de España: 2002

Newcastle United

Spain U23

References

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External links

  • Albert Luque at BDFutbol
  • Albert Luque at Soccerbase Edit this at Wikidata
  • Albert Luque at National-Football-Teams.com
  • Albert Luque – FIFA competition record (archived)
  • Albert Luque – UEFA competition record (archive) Edit this at Wikidata
  • Albert Luque at Soccerway
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