Rubén Rayos

Rubén Rayos Serna (born 21 June 1986), commonly known as Rayo, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Turkish club Bandırmaspor.

Rayo
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Rayos in 2013.
Personal information
Full name Rubén Rayos Serna
Date of birth (1986-06-21) 21 June 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth Elche, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bandırmaspor
Number 21
Youth career
Elche
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Elche B
2006–2008 Elche 0 (0)
2006–2008Villajoyosa (loan) 62 (20)
2008–2009 Barcelona B 23 (0)
2009–2010 Orihuela 35 (11)
2010–2011 Lleida 33 (19)
2011–2013 Asteras Tripolis 62 (12)
2013–2015 Maccabi Haifa 54 (17)
2015–2016 Sochaux 12 (0)
2016–2020 Anorthosis 111 (30)
2020– Bandırmaspor 15 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 March 2021

Club careerEdit

Rayo was born in Elche, Valencian Community. He finished his formation with local Elche CF, and played only Segunda División B football until the age of 25, representing Villajoyosa CF, FC Barcelona B,[1] Orihuela CF[2] and UE Lleida.[3]

In the summer of 2011, Rayo moved straight into the Superleague Greece, joining a host of compatriots at Asteras Tripoli FC. He scored five league goals in his first season, adding three in the campaign's domestic cup.

In 2012–13, Rayo improved his overall totals to nine goals and 12 assists. In the final of the Greek Cup, against Olympiacos FC, he put his team ahead 1–0, but in an eventual 1–3 extra time loss;[4] he was eventually chosen Best Foreign Player for his exploits[5] and, during most of his spell in Greece, was also club captain.

On 6 June 2013, Rayo signed a three-year contract with Maccabi Haifa FC, netting 11 goals in 27 appearances in his first year to help his new team to the fourth position in the regular season of the Israeli Premier League.[6] In March 2014, he was involved in an incident with Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv's Rafi Dahan, his harsh tackle producing an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his opponent which sidelined him for almost one year – he received a straight red card for his action,[7][8] and Dahan was eventually forced to retire;[9] following his retirement, Dahan filed a lawsuit against Rayo and Maccabi Haifa in an Israeli court.[10] Dahan won the lawsuit against Rayo and Maccabi Haifa, the judge ruling that Rayo's actions were deliberate.[11]

On 8 July 2015, Rayo joined French side FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, signing a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[12] Roughly one year later, he moved to Anorthosis Famagusta FC in the Cypriot First Division.[13]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 9 March 2020[14]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Asteras Tripoli 2011–12 Superleague 27 5 4 3 31 8
2012–13 35 7 9 2 4 1 48 10
Total 62 12 13 5 4 1 0 0 79 18
Maccabi Haifa 2013–14 Israeli Premier League 27 11 1 0 12 6 40 17
2014–15 27 6 2 2 6 4 35 12
Total 54 17 3 2 12 6 6 4 75 29
Sochaux 2015–16 Ligue 2 12 0 2 0 2 0 16 0
Anorthosis 2016–17 Cypriot First Division 30 8 4 2 34 10
2017–18 34 5 2 0 36 5
2018–19 24 3 2 0 2 0 28 3
2019–20 23 14 2 1 25 15
Total 111 30 10 3 2 0 0 0 123 33
Career total 239 59 28 10 18 7 8 4 293 80

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Asteras Tripoli

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rubén Rayos, primer fichaje del Barcelona Atletic" [Rubén Rayos, first Barcelona Atletic signing] (in Spanish). Mundo Blaugrana. 11 July 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "El Orihuela refuerza la plantilla con jugadores de las canteras del Barcelona, Español y Hércules" [Orihuela strengthen squad with players from Barcelona, Español and Hércules youth systems]. La Verdad (in Spanish). 26 August 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Máyor avala al goleador Rayos" [Máyor gives thumbs up to scorer Rayos]. La Crónica de León (in Spanish). 20 May 2011. Archived from the original on 22 December 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "El Olympiacos de Míchel logra el doblete tras ganar la Copa" [Míchel's Olympiacos get double after Cup win]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 12 May 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Rubén Rayos, mejor extranjero de la pasada liga griega" [Rubén Rayos, best foreign in last Greek league]. Marca (in Spanish). 5 February 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Leading goalscorer". Israel Football Association. Retrieved 1 October 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "La brutal entrada de Rubén Rayos" [Rubén Rayos' brutal tackle]. Marca (in Spanish). 11 March 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Piden sanción ejemplar para la brutal entrada de Rayos" [Exemplary sanction wanted for Rayos' brutal tackle]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 11 March 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Rafi Dahan forced to retire aged just 25 as a result of THAT Rubén Rayos tackle". 101 Great Goals. 6 March 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "מיליון שקלים: תביעת הענק בתיק רפי דהן – ראיוס 21" [Twenty-one million NIS: The big lawsuit in the Dahan – Rayos case] (in Hebrew). Sport 5. 7 November 2019. Retrieved 7 November 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "חריג ונעשה במכוון : בית המשפט הורה לראיוס ומכבי חיפה לשלם מילונים לשחקן שפצע במשחק" [Exceptional and Deliberate: The court orders Rayos and Maccabi Haifa to pay millions to an injured player] (in Hebrew). Haaretz. 30 December 2019. Retrieved 30 December 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Ruben Rayos à Sochaux (off.)" [Ruben Rayos to Sochaux (off.)]. L'Équipe (in French). 8 July 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Απόκτηση Ruben Rayos Serna" [Acquisition of Ruben Rayos Serna] (in Greek). Anorthosis Famagusta. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ Rubén Rayos at Soccerway

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