Roger García Junyent
Roger García Junyent (born 15 December 1976), known simply as Roger, is a Spanish retired footballer who played mostly as a left midfielder. He possessed a strong shot, and was known for his passing ability.
|Full name||Roger García Junyent|
|Date of birth||15 December 1976|
|Place of birth||Sabadell, Spain|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He spent most of his career at FC Barcelona, without much success, going on to represent three other teams until his retirement, including one abroad. When fit, he played an important part in Villarreal's La Liga consolidation.
Roger's career was significantly hampered by injuries, and he retired from football at the age of 30, amassing Spanish top division totals of 247 matches and 28 goals.
Born in Sabadell, Barcelona, Catalonia, Roger was a product of local FC Barcelona's youth ranks. He made his debut for the first team in the 1994–95 season, going on to appear in 33 games in the following campaign while scoring his first goal in a 1–1 away draw against Real Madrid, on 30 September 1995.
After two seasons where he appeared sparingly in back-to-back La Liga conquests, Roger moved to neighbouring RCD Espanyol also in the top division, where he was a starter for much of his stay. In his last year, he netted a career-best nine goals (third-best in the squad) while the side barely avoided relegation.
Roger then spent three seasons with Villarreal CF, playing only one match in his second year due to a serious injury. During a 12-month period (2002–03, one with each club), he scored three goals while still in his own half of the field.
In 2006, Roger signed with Eredivisie giants AFC Ajax, joining former Barça teammate Gabri, but retired after just one season due to persistent injuries. At the Amsterdam Arena he became the last player to wear number 14, as it was subsequently retired in honor of club legend Johan Cruyff, his coach at Barcelona.
- La Liga: 1997–98, 1998–99
- Copa del Rey: 1996–97, 1997–98
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1996–97
- UEFA Super Cup: 1997
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