Koke (footballer born 1992)

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Koke
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Koke with Spain in 2013
Personal information
Full nameJorge Resurrección Merodio
Date of birth(1992-01-08) 8 January 1992 (age 22)
Place of birthMadrid, Spain
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubAtlético Madrid
Number6
Youth career
2000–2008Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2008–2011Atlético B66(7)
2009–Atlético Madrid94(10)
National team
2008Spain U163(0)
2008–2009Spain U1721(0)
2010–2011Spain U199(0)
2011Spain U205(1)
2011–Spain U2112(1)
2012Spain U236(1)
2013–Spain7(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 November 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2013
 
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Koke
Spain - Chile - 10-09-2013 - Koke cropped.jpg
Koke with Spain in 2013
Personal information
Full nameJorge Resurrección Merodio
Date of birth(1992-01-08) 8 January 1992 (age 22)
Place of birthMadrid, Spain
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubAtlético Madrid
Number6
Youth career
2000–2008Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2008–2011Atlético B66(7)
2009–Atlético Madrid94(10)
National team
2008Spain U163(0)
2008–2009Spain U1721(0)
2010–2011Spain U199(0)
2011Spain U205(1)
2011–Spain U2112(1)
2012Spain U236(1)
2013–Spain7(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 November 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2013

Jorge Resurrección Merodio, known as Koke (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkoke]; born 8 January 1992), is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Atlético Madrid as a midfielder.

Football career

Koke was born in Madrid. Having arrived at Atlético Madrid's youth system at the age of eight, he made his debut for the first team on 19 September 2009, playing in the second half of a 2–5 away loss against FC Barcelona.[1] Again from the bench he appeared in the next La Liga round, at home against UD Almería (2–2).[2]

Koke scored his first goal for Atlético against Sevilla FC on 26 February 2011, his 47th-minute header from a Diego Forlán cross being the 1–1 equalizer in an eventual 2–2 home draw.[3] He finished his first full season as a professional with 17 games, as the Colchoneros finished seventh and qualified to the UEFA Europa League.

Koke was again an important midfield unit for Atlético in the 2011–12 campaign, under both Gregorio Manzano and his successor Diego Simeone. On 29 April 2012 he netted his first league goal of the season, opening the score in the 62nd minute of an eventual 2–2 draw at Real Betis.[4]

Aged only 20, Koke came of age during 2012–13, starting in 38 of his 48 official appearances and scoring three goals – this included 112 minutes of play in the season's Copa del Rey final, won against Real Madrid.[5] He also began developing above-average passing skills, either through set pieces or open play.[6][7]

Honours

Club

Atlético Madrid

Country

Spain U21
Spain U17

Club statistics

(correct as of 30 November 2013)[8]
ClubSeasonLeagueCup[9]Continental[10]Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Atlético Madrid2009–1040000040
2010–111722000192
2011–1225220130402
2012–133337080483
2013–141532050223
Atlético Madrid941013026013310
Career totals941013026013310

References

  1. ^ Barca rout Atletico; ESPN Soccernet, 19 September 2009
  2. ^ Piatti leaves it late for Almería; ESPN Soccernet, 23 September 2009
  3. ^ Reyes to the rescue for Atletico; ESPN Soccernet, 26 February 2011
  4. ^ Falcao rescues Atletico; ESPN Soccernet, 29 April 2012
  5. ^ "Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo off in Real Madrid loss". BBC Sport. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Koke se destapa como asistente" [Koke discovers passing ability] (in Spanish). Marca. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Koke, el pasador de lujo del Atlético de Madrid" [Koke, Atlético de Madrid's passer extraordinaire] (in Spanish). Vavel. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Koke at ESPN FC
  9. ^ Includes Copa del Rey and Supercopa de España
  10. ^ Includes UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, UEFA Intertoto Cup, UEFA Supercup and Copa Libertadores

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