Albert Serrán

Albert Serrán Polo (born 17 July 1984) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a defender for Indian club Bengaluru FC. He can occupy all three defensive positions.

Albert Serrán
Personal information
Full name Albert Serrán Polo
Date of birth (1984-07-17) 17 July 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
BENGALURU FC
Number 3
Youth career
Espanyol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2008 Espanyol B 90 (2)
2005Cartagena (loan) 4 (0)
2007–2008 Espanyol 3 (0)
2008–2011 Swansea City 30 (0)
2011–2013 AEK Larnaca 32 (1)
2013–2014 Alcorcón 14 (0)
2014–2015 Anorthosis 12 (1)
2015–2016 AEK Larnaca 12 (0)
2016–2017 Doxa 25 (2)
2017 Kukësi 0 (0)
2017 Chabab Rif
2018– Bengaluru 34 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 March 2020

Club careerEdit

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Serrán was a product of RCD Espanyol's youth system. He appeared in three La Liga games with the team, his debut coming on 11 March 2007 in a 1–1 away draw against Racing de Santander;[1] during his tenure at the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat, however, he was mainly registered with the B-side.

Deemed surplus to requirements following Tintín Márquez's appointment to the managerial post at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Serrán signed a three-year contract with Swansea City in the Football League Championship, with teammate Jordi Gómez also making the move on a loan deal.[2] The link contained a buy-back clause that allowed Espanyol to re-sign the player at a later date, but it was later revealed that such clause did not exist; however, the Pericos retained the first option should the Welsh club wish to sell in future.[3]

Serrán was released by Swansea at the end of the 2010–11 season, which ended in Premier League promotion. He joined AEK Larnaca FC in Cyprus shortly after, having already reached an agreement with the team in May.[4]

After five years abroad, Serrán returned to Spain and signed for AD Alcorcón in Segunda División.[5] Subsequently, he moved back to the Cypriot First Division, first with Anorthosis Famagusta FC then former club AEK.[6]

On 17 June 2017, Serrán began negotiations with Albanian Superliga champions FK Kukësi.[7] He was presented three days later as a replacement for Albi Alla,[8] penning a one-year deal with an option of a further one worth €60,000 which made him one of the highest-paid players in Albanian football history.[9] His contract also included a clause in which the club would find a school for his six-year-old daughter,[10] and he spoke of the "dream of playing in the UEFA Champions League" during his presentation;[11] on 20 July, however, he was released by mutual consent alleging personal problems.[12]

In September 2017, 33-year-old Serrán signed with Moroccan club Chabab Rif Al Hoceima.[13] On 31 August of the following year, he joined Indian Super League's Bengaluru FC on an one-year contract.[14]

Club statisticsEdit

As of 18 December 2019
Club Season League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Espanyol B 2001–02[15] Segunda División B 1 0 1 0
2002–03[15] Segunda División B 4 0 4 0
2003–04[15] Segunda División B 16 1 16 1
2004–05[15] Segunda División B 22 1 22 1
2006–07[15] Segunda División B 25 0 25 0
2007–08[15] Segunda División B 22 0 22 0
Total 90 2 90 2
Cartagena (loan) 2005–06[15] Segunda División B 4 0 0 0 4 0
Espanyol 2006–07[15] La Liga 2 0 0 0 2 0
2007–08[15] La Liga 1 0 1 0 2 0
Total 3 0 1 0 4 0
Swansea City 2008–09[16] Championship 13 0 5 0 18 0
2009–10[17] Championship 6 0 1 0 7 0
2010–11[18] Championship 11 0 5 0 1[a] 0 17 0
Total 30 0 11 0 1 0 42 0
AEK Larnaca 2011–12[19] Cypriot First Division 13 0 6 1 4[b] 0 23 1
2012–13[19] Cypriot First Division 19 1 5 0 24 1
Total 32 1 11 1 4 0 47 2
Alcorcón 2013–14[19] Segunda División 14 0 2 0 16 0
Anorthosis 2014–15[19] Cypriot First Division 12 1 2 0 14 1
AEK Larnaca 2015–16[19] Cypriot First Division 12 0 0 0 12 0
Doxa 2016–17[19] Cypriot First Division 25 2 3 0 28 2
Kukësi 2017–18[19] Albanian Superliga 0 0 0 0 2[c] 0 2 0
Bengaluru 2018–19[19] Indian Super League 17 0 0 0 17 0
2019–20[19] Indian Super League 17 1 0 0 7 1
Total 34 1 0 0 24 1
Career total 229 7 30 1 7 0 266 8
  1. ^ Appearance in Promotion Play-offs
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League

HonoursEdit

Bengaluru

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "El Espanyol frena la racha del Racing" [Espanyol halt Racing's streak]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 11 March 2007. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Swans sign Serran in £80,000 deal". BBC Sport. 1 July 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2009.
  3. ^ "On Quality Street". South Wales Evening Post. 27 June 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2008.
  4. ^ ΑΝΑΚΟΙΝΩΣΕ ΑΛΜΠΕΡΤ ΣΕΡΑΝ (ΦΙΛΑΝΘΡΩΠΙΚΟ ΤΟΥΡΝΟΥΑ) (Albert Serrán announced (charity tournament)); Kerkida, 6 May 2011 (in Greek)
  5. ^ "Albert Serrán se convierte en el quinto refuerzo del Alcorcón" [Albert Serrán becomes Alcorcón's fifth addition]. Marca (in Spanish). 22 July 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  6. ^ ΥΠΕΓΡΑΨΕ Ο SERRAN POLO (ΟΙ ΠΡΩΤΕΣ ΤΟΥ ΔΗΛΩΣΕΙΣ) (Serrán Polo signed (presentation)); AEK Larnaca, 8 August 2015 (in Greek)
  7. ^ "EKSKLUZIVE/ Kukësi i pret biletën, mbrojtësi spanjoll vjen të hënën në Tiranë" [EXCLUSIVE/ Kukësi pays the ticket, Spaniard defender arrives in Tirana on Monday]. Panorama Sport (in Albanian). 17 June 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Ekskluzive / Një mbrojtës spanjoll zëvendëson Albi Allën te Kukësi, klubi ofertë zyrtare edhe Karabecit" [Exclusive / Spanish defender replaces Albi Alla at Kukësi, club makes official offer to Karabeci]. Panorama Sport (in Albanian). 17 June 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  9. ^ "ZYRTARE/ Kukësi firmos edhe me spanjollin Serran" [OFFICIAL/ Kukësi sign Spaniard Serrán] (in Albanian). Sport Ekspres. 20 June 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Prapaskenat me mbrojtësin spanjoll të Kukësit, kërkoi shkollë për vajzën" [Behind the scenes with Kukësi's Spanish defender, who required a school for his daughter]. Panorama Sport (in Albanian). 19 June 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Spanjolli Serran: Te Kukësi më solli Liga e Kampionëve, e kisha ëndërr që fëmijë" [Spaniard Serrán: Champions League brought me at Kukësi, it was my childhood dream]. Panorama Sport (in Albanian). 20 June 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Mbyllet aventura e Albert Serran, spanjolli prish kontratën me Kukësin" [End of adventure for Albert Serran, Spaniard breaks contract with Kukësi]. Panorama Sport (in Albanian). 20 July 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Garrido debutó con el Raja Casablanca con un empate" [Garrido made debut with Raja Casablanca with a draw]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 10 September 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  14. ^ "Bengaluru FC sign experienced defender Albert Serran". Bengaluru FC. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Serrán: Albert Serrán Polo". BDFutbol. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  16. ^ "Games played by Albert Serrán in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  17. ^ "Games played by Albert Serrán in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  18. ^ "Games played by Albert Serrán in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Albert Serrán". Soccerway. Retrieved 31 March 2015.

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