Llorenç Gómez

Llorenç Gómez León (born 3 November 1991), often known simply as Llorenç, is a Spanish former beach soccer player who played as a forward. He represented Spain at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in 2013, 2015 and 2021. Llorenç was considered as one of the best players in the world during his career and one of the best Spanish players ever, having won the best player award at the 2018 Beach Soccer Stars awards ceremony.[1]

Llorenç Gómez
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Llorenç playing for Lokomotiv Moscow during the 2019 Russian Superleague
Personal information
Full name Llorenç Gómez León
Date of birth (1991-11-03) 3 November 1991 (age 30)
Place of birth Sant Cugat del Vallès, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Forward
Number 10
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2021 Spain 168 (207)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of August 2021

He retired from the sport prematurely in September 2021, aged just 29, citing chronic injuries.[2] He was close to 1000 career goals at the time of his retirement.[3]

CareerEdit

Llorenç took up association football aged five and developed aspirations of becoming a professional player.[4] At age 13, he joined the youth academy of Gimnàstic de Tarragona.[4] Llorenç subsequently began suffering knee problems at the age of 16,[4] ultimately resulting in a diagnosis of osteoarthritis and the need for multiple operations.[5][6] He was advised to train on sand as part of his rehabilitation as the surface is low-impact on knees; this is where Llorenç first encountered beach soccer.[4][7] He developed a liking for the derivative and took it up as a hobby. Aged 19, he was told to abandon his desire of becoming a footballer because of his medical condition.[5]

Thus, Llorenç began to pursue beach soccer more seriously; he experienced a rapid rise through the ranks.[4] After joining his local club in Torredembarra, he was soon selected for the Catalonian regional team.[7][8] It was playing for the latter where Llorenç was spotted by coach Joaquín Alonso and called up to the Spanish national team.[5][7] He debuted at the second stage of the 2011 Euro Beach Soccer League,[9] and from there quickly established himself as part of the squad.[8][10] In 2013, he took the number 10 shirt from the recently retired Amarelle and helped Spain to a runners-up finish at the 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup,[7] scoring his country's only goal in the final.[9] In 2014, he was nominated as one of the world's best three players of the year and was part of the team of the year at the Beach Soccer Stars awards ceremony;[11] FIFA.com too called Llorenç a "emerging star" of the sport.[12] He also won the award for best goal of the year.[11]

 
Llorenç playing for Spain, battling for the ball vs. Iran at the 2019 Intercontinental Cup

As well as continuing to represent Spain, in order to make a full living from the sport, he has also played for numerous club sides in leagues around the world as a sought after player.[5] Major clubs include Barcelona (Spain), Kristall (Russia), Lokomotiv Moscow (Russia), Flamengo (Brazil), KP Łódź (Poland), Falfala Kfar Qassem (Israel), Tokyo Verdy (Japan), Catania (Italy) and Artur Music (Ukraine).[13] He has tasted international success in the 2015 Mundialito de Clubes, 2015 Euro Winners Cup, 2017 Mundialito de Clubes and 2019 World Winners Cup with each of the first four clubs respectively.

He regularly wins top scorer and best player awards at the events in which he plays; he has accumulated over 40 individual awards in his career.[5][14]

In 2018, Llorenç was named as the best beach soccer player in the world at the Beach Soccer Stars awards, ahead of Brazilians, Bruno Xavier and Datiñha. The commendation was presented to him by his former teammate and idol, Amarelle. He collected the award on crutches, having fractured his metatarsal at the Intercontinental Cup.[5]

Llorenç's third appearance at the World Cup, in 2021, was marred by injury and a red card in Spain's second match versus Tahiti.[15] A month later, in a shock announcement on social media, he declared that he was retiring from beach soccer due to the "degenerative" nature of his injuries and the need to prioritise his quality of life.[16] Within a fortnight, he was named as the new head coach of the Catalonia regional team.[17]

Style of playEdit

Llorenç is known for his finishing ability, technical skills and natural ability at bicycle kicks.[5][18] He is a forward but is known to be versatile and so can play in any outfield position if required. Fellow Spanish teammate, Dona, says that Llorenç will shoot and score when least expected and will always perform when his team need him to the most.[5] He claims to have "learnt everything" about beach soccer from Amarelle.[7] He has also been compared to Ronaldinho.[5] Llorenç is left-footed.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Llorenç was born in Sant Cugat del Vallès[18] but has lived in Torredembarra since he was seven years old.[12] He has three sisters, and as of 2019, a total of seven nephews and nieces.[18] Ronaldinho was his childhood idol.[5] He can speak five languages[18] and can play the guitar.[20] He is well known for his exuberance and positive, philosophical outlook towards life.[4][18]

He studied to be a "Senior Sports Physical Activities Technician" and holds a UEFA A Licence.[18] In addition, Llorenç owns his own sports brand, "Enzo10", and is signed with adidas.[14]

Llorenç supports RCD Espanyol and received a special reception from club in 2013 after Spain's second-place finish at the World Cup.[2][19]

StatisticsEdit

Country
Team Year Euro League World Cup WC qual. Other[a] Total Ref.
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
  Spain
2011 3 1 3 1 [1]
2012 9 10 3 4 12 14 [2]
2013 9 15 5 4 11 14 25 33 [3]
2014 9 27 7 7 4 8 20 42 [4]
2015 7 11 3 2 5 6 15 19 [5]
2016 3 3 8 10 5 3 16 16 [6]
2017 10 11 3 4 13 15 [7]
2018 10 15 12 18 22 33 [8]
2019 7 2 6 5 19 18 32 25 [9]
2020 No matches due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2021 3 4 3 1 4 4 10 9 [10]
Total 70 99 11 7 25 26 62 75 168 207
Club
Tournament Year Club Apps Goals Ref.
Euro Winners Cup
  2013   Terracina 6 11 [11]
  2014 4 11
  2015   Kristall 7 10
  2017   Dinamo Batumi 7 7
  2018   Falfala Kfar Qassem 6 16
  2019   Lokomotiv Moscow 7 7
  2020   Artur Music 7 22 [12]
  2021   San Francisco 6 7 [13]
Total 50 91

HonoursEdit

The following is a selection, not an exhaustive list, of the major honours Llorenç has achieved:[13]

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Llorenç Gómez, mejor jugador del mundo de fútbol playa. MARCA. 11 November 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Llorenç Gómez anuncia su retirada". Diari de Tarragona (in Spanish). 19 September 2021. Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Llorenç Gómez, nuevo seleccionador del fútbol playa catalán". Enzo10. 4 October 2021. Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Llorenç Gómez: “I knew that one day I would go on that stage and I would be given the award”. Cambrils Park Sport Village. 15 May 2019. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Llorenç Gómez, nuestro 'Beach Boy' (in Spanish). MARCA. 18 November 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  6. ^ Llorenç Gómez y Edu Suárez, los nuevos reyes del fútbol playa (in Spanish). La Vanguardia. 22 November 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d e Llorenc se pince pour y croire, et ça marche (in French). FIFA.com. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  8. ^ a b Llorenç Gómez: 'El futbol platja és futbol d'espectacle' (in Catalan). Reus Digital. 20 July 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  9. ^ a b Edition 170 (in Spanish). RFEF Magazine. Pages 61–62. October 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2020.
  10. ^ L'Eurocopa, proper objectiu de Llorenç Gómez (in Catalan). Reus Digital. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  11. ^ a b Stars shine bright in Dubai. Beach Soccer Worldwide. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  12. ^ a b Llorenc Gomez shines on hometown sands[dead link]. FIFA.com. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  13. ^ a b Awards (in Spanish). Enzo10official. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
  14. ^ a b The history of... Llorenç Gómez León. Enzo10official. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  15. ^ "España se juega el pase a cuartos contra Emiratos Árabes". Enzo10 (in Spanish). 23 August 2021. Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  16. ^ "Llorenç Gomez retires from professional beach soccer". Beach Soccer Worldwide. 19 September 2021. Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  17. ^ "Llorenç named as Catalan beach soccer coach". Beach Soccer Worldwide. 1 October 2021. Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  18. ^ a b c d e f “I will never forget the day I won the Best Player award”. Beach Soccer Worldwide. 29 August 2019. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  19. ^ a b RCD Espanyol homages Llorenç Gomez. Beach Soccer Worldwide. 23 December 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  20. ^ Llorenç Gómez: “Cada día de vida es un regalo”. SeFutbol. 9 April 2020. Retrieved 3 October 2020.

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