Rubén Duarte

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Rubén Duarte
Personal information
Full name Rubén Duarte Sánchez
Date of birth (1995-10-18) 18 October 1995 (age 25)
Place of birth Almería, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Number 3
Youth career
Los Molinos
2008–2009 Poli Ejido
2009–2012 Espanyol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2015 Espanyol B 72 (1)
2015–2017 Espanyol 36 (0)
2017– Alavés 49 (0)
National team
2011 Spain U16 4 (1)
2012 Spain U17 2 (1)
2013 Spain U18 2 (0)
2013–2014 Spain U19 10 (0)
2015–2016 Spain U21 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:57, 20 March 2019 (UTC)

Rubén Duarte Sánchez (born 18 October 1995) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Deportivo Alavés. Mainly a left back, he can also play as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Born in Almería, Andalusia, Duarte joined RCD Espanyol's youth system in 2009, aged 13,[1] after spells at Los Molinos CF and Polideportivo Ejido. In 2012, he was linked to Manchester City,[2] and made his senior debuts with the reserves in Segunda División B.

On 7 January 2015, Duarte made his first-team debut, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–2 away loss against Valencia CF for the season's Copa del Rey.[3] His maiden La Liga appearance occurred on 8 February, against the same opponent and with the same scoreline, but at the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat.[4]

Duarte renewed his contract with the Catalans on 11 June 2015, signing until 2019 and being definitely promoted to the main squad.[5] On 29 May 2017, after falling down the pecking order, he agreed to a three-year deal at fellow league club Deportivo Alavés.[6]

International career[edit]

After playing for Spain at under-16, under-17, under-18, under-19 and under-21 levels, Duarte was first called to the full side on 26 May 2015 for a friendly with Costa Rica and a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Belarus.[7]


  1. ^ "Rubén Duarte, infantil del Poli Ejido, ficha por el RCD Espanyol" [Rubén Duarte, infantil from Poli Ejido, signs for RCD Espanyol] (in Spanish). Join Futbol. 22 July 2009. Archived from the original on 8 January 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Ruben Duarte (RCD Espanyol), en la órbita del Manchester City" [Ruben Duarte (RCD Espanyol), Manchester City's target] (in Spanish). Join Futbol. 18 July 2012. Archived from the original on 8 January 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  3. ^ "El Valencia aprovecha la inercia" [Valencia take advantage of inertia]. Marca (in Spanish). 7 January 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  4. ^ "A Champions por la izquierda" [Taking the left lane to the Champions]. Marca (in Spanish). 8 February 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Duarte, renovado hasta 2019" [Duarte, renewed until 2019] (in Spanish). RCD Espanyol. 11 June 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  6. ^ "El Alavés incorpora a Rubén Duarte, el primer fichaje de la temporada" [Alavés add Rubén Duarte, the first signing of the season] (in Spanish). Deportivo Alavés. 29 May 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Rubén Duarte, convocado por Del Bosque" [Rubén Duarte, called up by Del Bosque]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 26 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015.

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