Pere Gratacós

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Pere Gratacós
Personal information
Full name Pere Gratacós Boix
Date of birth (1958-02-14) 14 February 1958 (age 61)
Place of birth Besalú, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Besalú
1974–1976 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1978 Barcelona C
1978–1983 Barcelona B 138 (3)
1979–1980 Valladolid (loan) 14 (0)
1983–1985 Osasuna 2 (0)
1985–1993 Figueres 206 (3)
Total 360 (6)
Teams managed
1995 Figueres (interim)
1995–1997 AE Roses
1997–1999 Girona
2001–2003 Figueres
2003–2005 Barcelona B
2005–2009 Catalonia

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

† Appearances (goals)

Pere Gratacós Boix (born 14 February 1958) is a Spanish retired football central defender and coach.

Playing career

Born in Besalú, Girona, Catalonia, Gratacós arrived at FC Barcelona's youth system in 1974 at the age of 16, going to play for several of its youth teams. He made his professional debuts with Real Valladolid in the 1979–80 season, on loan, helping to a Segunda División promotion and returning to play a further three years with Barça's reserves, where he was awarded team captaincy.[1]

Gratacós appeared in five official games with Barcelona's first team, but never in La Liga, leaving the club in 1983 and joining fellow league club CA Osasuna, playing in only two games in his first year in the top flight and none whatsoever in the second. In the 1985 off-season, he returned to his native region and signed for UE Figueres in Segunda División B,[2] helping to an immediate promotion to the second level.

Gratacós was an automatic first-choice for Figueres during his eight-year spell, when healthy – he started in all but seven of the league matches he appeared in. After suffering relegation in 1993, he retired from football at the age of 35.

Coaching career

Gratacós started coaching one year after retiring, although he had already worked with Figueres in directorial capacities.[3] After a brief spell as an interim manager, he was in charge of two amateur teams – also in Catalonia – during four 1/2 seasons, returning to his main club in 2001 and making history as it became the first in division three to reach the semifinals of the Copa del Rey, eventually losing 1–2 on aggregate against Deportivo de La Coruña after previously ousting, amongst others, Barcelona and Osasuna.[4]

Gratacós returned to Barcelona's reserves in 2003, leading them to two midtable finishes in the third tier.[5] Subsequently, he coached the Catalonia national team in six friendly games.[6][7]

In January 2010, Gratacós returned to Barcelona, being appointed director of Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, the club's training ground and academy.

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