Daniel Jarque

Daniel Jarque González (1 January 1983 – 8 August 2009) was a Spanish professional footballer who played as a central defender.

Dani Jarque
Jarque in action for Espanyol in 2009
Personal information
Full name Daniel Jarque González[1]
Date of birth (1983-01-01)1 January 1983[1]
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Date of death 8 August 2009(2009-08-08) (aged 26)
Place of death Florence, Italy
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Position(s) Centre back
Youth career
1995–2001 Espanyol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Espanyol B 82 (1)
2002–2009 Espanyol 173 (8)
Total 255 (9)
National team
2001 Spain U17 4 (0)
2001–2002 Spain U19 10 (1)
2003 Spain U20 3 (0)
2003–2005 Spain U21 19 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He spent his entire career with Espanyol, and was named team captain one month before his death from a heart attack at the age of 26.[2]

Club careerEdit

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, and a product of local RCD Espanyol's youth system, Jarque made his La Liga debut with his hometown club on 20 October 2002, in a match against Recreativo de Huelva during 2002–03.[3] After a combined 15 appearances in two seasons, he went on to become a defensive mainstay for a team that won the 2006 edition of the Copa del Rey;[4] on 18 September 2005, he scored the game's only goal to help the hosts defeat Real Madrid.[5]

In 2006–07, after renewing his contract until 2009,[6] Jarque appeared in 14 UEFA Cup games as Espanyol reached the final, lost on penalties to Sevilla FC.[7] In the previous league campaign, he contributed with four league goals as the Pericos finished 15th.[8][9][10][11]

At the start of 2009–10, Jarque relieved Raúl Tamudo of his captain duties.[12][13]

Death and tributesEdit

According to several online Spanish newspapers, Jarque was found dead during Espanyol's pre-season, in Coverciano, Florence, Italy. On 8 August 2009, he was on the phone with his girlfriend in the team hotel when he suffered a heart attack.[14] Some other news sources say that Jarque's girlfriend, who was seven months into her pregnancy,[15] reported his absence to his roommate Coro.[2][16]

On 15 August 2009, Arsenal player Cesc Fàbregas, a former teammate of Jarque in the Spanish under-21 side, dedicated his second goal in his team's 6–1 Premier League win at Everton to him by raising a shirt with his name and number (#21, which he wore mainly as a professional).[17] The homage was again paid the following month – as Espanyol won the first match at their new Estadi Cornellà-El Prat – against Málaga CF – by 2–1 scorer Iván Alonso, as Jarque's pregnant girlfriend was also giving birth to the couple's daughter.[18]

On 11 July 2010, during the FIFA World Cup final, Jarque's close friend Andrés Iniesta celebrated his 116th-minute winning goal by removing his jersey to reveal an undershirt with the sentence "Dani Jarque siempre con nosotros" ("Dani Jarque, always with us").[19] Two years later, after Spain won UEFA Euro 2012, Fàbregas again donned a T-shirt during the trophy celebrations to remember his death.[20][21]

The Espanyol training ground and B-team stadium was also renamed in Jarque's memory.[22]




Spain U-19

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Daniel JARQUE González". El Mundo (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Spain in mourning for Jarque". UEFA. 8 August 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
  3. ^ Raymundo, Marc (9 August 2009). "Jarque: El líder de la senzillesa" [Jarque: Leader of simplicity]. El Punt (in Catalan). Retrieved 9 August 2009.
  4. ^ a b Astruells, Andrés (13 April 2006). "¡Increíble Espanyol!" [Incredible Espanyol!]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  5. ^ García, Gregorio (18 September 2005). "El Espanyol le endosa al Madrid su tercera derrota en una semana" [Espanyol hand Madrid their third loss in one week]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Jarque signs Espanyol extension". UEFA. 24 January 2006. Retrieved 29 April 2010.
  7. ^ a b Henderson, Charlie (16 May 2007). "Espanyol 2–2 Sevilla". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  8. ^ "El R. Madrid pierde con el Espanyol (1–0), el Barça con el At. Madrid (2–1) y el Getafe es el nuevo líder" [R. Madrid lose to Espanyol (1–0), Barça to At. Madrid (2–1) and Getafe are the new leaders] (in Spanish). Cadena SER. 18 September 2005. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  9. ^ Sanz, Óscar (28 November 2005). "El Atlético no da para más" [Atlético losing their breath]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  10. ^ Álvarez, Robert (24 April 2006). "El tesón de Tamudo tumba al Betis" [Tamudo's spunk downs Betis]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  11. ^ "El Zaragoza no puede vengarse de la Copa y empata con el Espanyol" [Zaragoza cannot get Cup revenge and draw with Espanyol]. Marca (in Spanish). 30 April 2006. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Raúl Tamudo deixa la capitania de l'Espanyol en favor de Dani Jarque" [Raúl Tamudo leaves Espanyol's captaincy for Dani Jarque] (in Catalan). Televisió de Catalunya. 18 July 2009. Retrieved 9 August 2009.
  13. ^ "Tamudo deja de ser el capitán del Espanyol" [Tamudo is no longer Espanyol's captain]. Marca (in Spanish). 18 July 2009. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  14. ^ Quixano, Jordi (9 August 2009). "Muerte súbita de Dani Jarque" [Sudden death of Dani Jarque]. El País (in Spanish). Barcelona. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  15. ^ Bryan, Paul (10 August 2009). "'Tragedy that's hard to understand'". UEFA. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
  16. ^ "Fallece Daniel Jarque, capitán del Espanyol" [Daniel Jarque, Espanyol captain, dies]. Marca (in Spanish). 8 August 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2009.
  17. ^ "Fabregas dedicates goal to Daniel Jarque". Arsenal F.C. 17 August 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  18. ^ "La hija de Dani Jarque nació durante el partido del Espanyol" [Dani Jarque's daughter was born during Espanyol's match]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 23 September 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2009.
  19. ^ "Iniesta dedicates winning goal to Jarque". ESPN Soccernet. 11 July 2010. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2010.
  20. ^ "Euro 2012: Spanish players honor deceased after win". NDTV. 2 July 2012. Archived from the original on 23 December 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  21. ^ "Iker Casillas hails 'marvellous moment in Spanish football history' as Spain win Euro 2012". London Evening Standard. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  22. ^ Torres, Mari Carmen (21 October 2013). "La Ciudad Deportiva honra a Dani Jarque" [The Sports City honours Dani Jarque]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  23. ^ Tejedor Carnicero, José Vicente; Torre, Raúl; Lozano Ferrer, Carles; Zea, Anthony; Di Maggio, Roberto (23 August 2018). "Spain – List of Super Cup Finals". RSSSF. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  24. ^ "El Barcelona gana la Copa de Cataluña en la tanda de penaltis" [Barcelona win the Catalonia Cup on penalties]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 6 June 2007. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  25. ^ "España vence a Alemania y se proclama campeona de Europa Sub-19" [Spain beat Germany and are crowned Under-19 European champions]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 28 July 2002. Retrieved 5 September 2018.

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