Ubay Luzardo

Ubay Luzardo Santana (born 6 November 1983) is a Spanish footballer who plays for Arucas CF mainly as a central defender.

Ubay Luzardo
Personal information
Full name Ubay Luzardo Santana
Date of birth (1983-11-06) 6 November 1983 (age 37)
Place of birth Las Palmas, Spain
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Position(s) Centre back, forward
Club information
Current team
Arucas
Youth career
1997–1998 Huracán
1998–2002 Las Palmas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Senia
2003–2004 Norma San Leonardo 19 (1)
2004–2005 Universidad LP B 23 (1)
2005–2006 Murcia B 16 (0)
2006–2007 Rapitenca 18 (3)
2007–2009 Amposta 43 (11)
2009–2012 Kitchee 44 (10)
2012Melbourne Victory (loan) 7 (0)
2012 Assyriska 9 (1)
2013 Ebbsfleet United 3 (0)
2013–2014 Farense 32 (5)
2014 Olhanense 12 (0)
2015 Socuéllamos 6 (0)
2015–2016 Farense 17 (3)
2016 Vélez
2016–2017 Recreativo 20 (1)
2017–2019 Ebro 54 (2)
2019–2020 Yeclano Deportivo 20 (0)
2020 San Roque 5 (0)
2021– Arucas 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:06, 25 February 2021 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

Early years and KitcheeEdit

Born in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Luzardo came through local UD Las Palmas' youth system, but never represented the senior team. During his early spell in his country, he played only in Tercera División or lower.

In July 2009, Luzardo signed a three-year contract with Hong Kong side Kitchee SC. He appeared in 36 First Division games with seven goals over his first two seasons, winning the national championship in the latter and qualifying to the 2011 Premier League Asia Trophy, where he scored an own goal against Chelsea in the semi-finals and missed a penalty kick in the third-place play-off 0–3 loss to Blackburn Rovers.[1]

Luzardo scored straight off the bench to make it 3–2 for Kitchee against Tai Po FC, before reverting to his usual centre back position.[2]

Melbourne VictoryEdit

In January 2012, Luzardo was invited to trial with Melbourne Victory FC in the A-League. Coach Jim Magilton said: "I like what I saw. I saw a few games pre-season, he played against Chelsea and Blackburn and I like what I see".[3] On 8 February, he signed a loan deal with the club until the end of the campaign.[4]

On 10 March 2012, in the match against Sydney FC, Luzardo was adjudged to have brought down Bruno Cazarine in a 32nd-minute off-the-ball tussle in the box. The conceded penalty resulted in Sydney's 1–0 win, which put an official end to Victory's finals hopes.[5] He subsequently returned to Kitchee only to be released, and went on to play professionally in Sweden and Portugal,[6] with a brief amateur spell with Ebbsfleet United in between.

Luzardo alternated between the Portuguese Segunda Liga and his country's lower leagues in the following years.[7][8][9]

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