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Sergi Barjuan Esculsa



Shirt # 12
Seasons: 9
Games: 352
Minutes: 29701
Goals: 6
Cards: 84 Yellows, 3 Reds

Honors:

3 Liga española de fútbol - 1993-94, 1997-98, 1998-99).
2 Copa del Rey- (1996-97, 1997-98).
2 Supercopa de España - (1994-95, 1996-97).

International Cups
1 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup - 1996-1997
1 UEFA Super Cup - 1997-1998

Clubs:
Granollers: 1985
Barça B: 1991-1993
FC Barcelona: 1993-2002
Atlético Madrid: 2002-2005



Sergi Barjuán i Esclusa, born on December 28, 1971 in Les Franqueses del Vallès, Barcelona, is a former Catalan left back, best known for his FC Barcelona stint.

Sergi spent most of his career with FC Barcelona, debuting with Barça's first team in 1993. He won three La Liga titles and one Cup Winners' Cup with the club.


He debuted in the first team of FC Barcelona of then coach Johan Cruyff, November 24, 1993, in the first Champions League games against Galatasaray. Sergi adapted perfectly to the 3-4-3 of Cruyff and consolidated as the undisputed holder on the left side club for a decade.

When former FC Barcelona player Albert Celades made the controversial decision to join his old club's fierce rivals Real Madrid CF from RC Celta de Vigo in 2000, his former Barça captain Sergi Barjuan said he was "heartbroken".


Sergi was considered as one of the best examples of the modern wing-play where players were asked to adapt and replace the almost extinct specialist winger.

Sergi is an attacking full-back, who plays the bulk of his game as a defender, but who is capable of being a classic winger when required,” explains Andy Roxburgh on Sergi during a Champions League match against AC Milan. “Here, Sergi is faced with a one-on-one situation with a defender. He changes pace, and as he goes past the defender, he almost instantaneously whips in a fast, bent cross behind the defenders and in front of the goalkeeper, who is rooted to his goal line,” adds Andy Roxburgh.

“Because of the pace of the ball, all Rivaldo has to do is to make contact, and the ball is in the net. “Sergi’s cross is a very difficult one to deal with, because not only is it behind the defence, but the goalkeeper also has a problem in terms of deciding whether or not to come for the cross.”

His worst Barcelona memory was losing the European final against AC Milan 4-0 in Athens. His favorite memory is his first year with Barcelona when the club won the league title on the final match day with Deporitvo missing a penalty in the last seconds that would have clinched the title for them. Sergi claimed it was "One season of many emotions and that one, especially, was unforgettable. I already was in the bench and by the radio I listen that they whistled for a penalty for Depor. We all shouted “penalty” and Cruyff replied without worrying "bah, lo falla seguro" (bah, for sure he is going to miss it).



In 12 seasons, Sergi played in 352 top flight games, scoring 6 goals.

After his contract expired in 2002 and realized that he was not going to be in the plans of Louis van Gaal, Sergi left the club and joined Atlético Madrid and ended up playing 3 seasons before finally retiring at the end of the 2004-2005 season.

On Friday, 3 June 2005, Sergi announced his retirement today after 12 years as a professional in the Spanish top flight. "I think it's the right time to call it a day ," the 33-year-old former FC Barcelona left-back told a news conference in Madrid. "I don't know what I'll be doing in the future, but I'm now trying to get my qualifications as a football coach."



Since he hung up his boots directs his own company marketing: Group Númenor. He has also created their own football academy, SergiCampus for children between the age of six and 15.
http://www.elitsports.com/sergicampus/asp/index.asp



Sergi was also a member of the Barcelona’s team in the Spanish indoor football league in 2008 in the league's first year.



For Spain, Sergi was capped 56 times after making his 1994 debut, scoring one goal. For nearly a decade remained the undisputed left side of the Spanish team, playing He played for his country at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Euro 96, the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and Euro 2000. his last international meeting in February 2002 at the Camp Nou. He held the record for number of caps for Spain national football team as a Catalan player of 56 caps,until on 17 October 2007.