José María Cases
|Full name||José María Cases Hernández|
|Date of birth||23 November 1986|
|Place of birth||Orihuela, Spain|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|2012||→ Cádiz (loan)||15||(1)|
|2012–2013||→ Mirandés (loan)||7||(0)|
|2013||→ Alcoyano (loan)||18||(5)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2018|
Born in Orihuela, Valencian Community, Cases finished his development at Villarreal CF and started competing as a senior with the reserves in Tercera División. He made his professional debut at 16 on 22 June 2003, playing 28 minutes as a substitute for Héctor Font in a 1–4 La Liga home loss to Real Betis; over the next two seasons, he played only three more times for the Yellow Submarine, all off the bench, including once in the 2004–05 edition of the UEFA Cup.
Cases spent the following campaign at Terrassa FC in Segunda División B, before joining his hometown club Orihuela CF also in that level. On 15 June 2008, he signed a two-year deal at Segunda División's SD Eibar on the expiration of his contract, despite having a previous agreement to join UD Salamanca when free. He started in 13 of his appearances for the Basques, who suffered relegation.
Cases subsequently had a year at Valencia CF Mestalla, who fell into the fourth division, before returning to Orihuela. He was bought by Granada CF in summer 2012, being successively loaned to Cádiz CF, CD Mirandés, and CD Alcoyano.
On 22 June 2013, Cases moved abroad for the first time, signing for Panthrakikos F.C. in the Superleague Greece. He switched countries again on 2 August 2015, when he agreed to a two-year deal with K.A.S. Eupen of the Belgian Second Division. On 13 September, four minutes after replacing countryman Víctor Curto, he received a straight red card in an eventual 1–4 home loss to Lierse SK, but his two-match suspension was rescinded on appeal.
Cases' older brother, Manuel, played in the same position for five teams including Orihuela, never any higher than the third tier.
- "El Betis se despide de la Liga goleando a un flojo Villarreal" [Betis bid farewell to League by routing weak Villarreal]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 22 June 2003. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
- "El 'Boro' amarga la goleada del Villarreal" ['Boro' bitter Villarreal routing]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 15 December 2004. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
- "El delantero Cases, del Orihuela, ficha por dos temporadas con el Eibar" [Forward Cases, of Orihuela, signs for two seasons with Eibar]. El Correo (in Spanish). 15 June 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
- "Una regeneración completa, o casi, para una nueva etapa" [Complete regeneration, or nearly, for a new spell]. Gara (in Spanish). 3 June 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
- "Granada y Mirandés negocian la cesión de José María Cases" [Granada and Mirandés negotiate the loan of José María Cases]. Marca (in Spanish). 11 August 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
- "José María Cases también pone rumbo a Grecia" [José María Cases also heads to Greece] (in Spanish). Vavel. 22 June 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
- "José Maria Cases (ex de Villarreal) pour deux ans à Eupen" [José Maria Cases (ex-Villarreal) to Eupen for two years] (in French). Sud Info. 2 August 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
- "Une bonne nouvelle pour Eupen" [Good news for Eupen] (in French). Walfoot. 16 September 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
- "Officiel: José-Maria [sic] Cases (ex-Eupen) au Doxa Drama (Grèce)" [Official: José-Maria Cases (formerly of Eupen) at Doxa Drama (Greece)]. L'Avenir (in French). 22 September 2017. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
- "Manolo Cases: Manuel Cases Hernández". BDFutbol. Retrieved 9 April 2016.