Albert Roca

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Albert Roca
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Personal information
Full name Albert Roca Pujol
Date of birth (1962-10-20) 20 October 1962 (age 56)
Place of birth Granollers, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1983 L'Hospitalet
1983–1984 Sabadell
1984–1986 Deportivo Aragón 32 (2)
1986 Zaragoza 1 (0)
1986–1987 Sabadell 26 (1)
1987–1988 Zaragoza 4 (0)
1988–1990 Atlético Madrileño 26 (1)
1990–1992 Palamós 17 (0)
Teams managed
1998–1999 Europa
1999–2000 Manlleu
2001–2002 Sabadell (assistant)
2003–2008 Barcelona (assistant)
2009–2010 Galatasaray (assistant)
2011–2013 Saudi Arabia (assistant)
2014–2015 El Salvador

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

† Appearances (goals)

Albert Roca Pujol (born 20 October 1962) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender, and a current coach.

Football career

Born in Granollers, Barcelona, Catalonia, Roca spent most of his career with clubs in his native region, mostly in the second division. He amassed two La Liga season appearances for Real Zaragoza and CE Sabadell FC in two separate seasons in the mid 80s.

Roca also represented CE L'Hospitalet, Atlético Madrileño, Palamós CF, Deportivo Aragón and CE Sabadell FC, alternating between the second and the third levels.

Coaching career

Roca began his managing career in 1998, at CE Europa in Tercera División. His debut couldn't have been better, as he won the Catalonia Cup against FC Barcelona in the final. He then coached AEC Manlleu for one season.

In 2001, Roca was appointed second team head coach and first team assistant coach of CE Sabadell FC for two seasons before beginning his partnership with Frank Rijkaard which would span ten years, three separate teams (FC Barcelona, Galatasaray, and Saudi Arabia national football team) and lead to winning several titles including La Liga, Supercopa de España and the UEFA Champions League.

After exiting his post with the Saudi Arabia national football team in 2013, Roca was appointed as the new manager of the El Salvador national football team in 2014.[1] His first match as head coach was against Ivory Coast national football team on 4 June 2014 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. El Salvador lost with a score of 1-2.[2] Also, his second match was against Spain national football team. El Salvador lost with a score of 0-2.

Vicente Del Bosque, Spain's head coach said this about El Salvador's players: "They were disciplined. Tactically they played well," Del Bosque said. "They made it difficult for us to impose our will on the game.".[3]

His first victory was against Dominican Republic national football team on 30 August 2014 at San Salvador. El Salvador won with a score of 2-0.[4]

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