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Barragán being presented at Valladolid
Personal information
Date of birth (1987-06-12) 12 June 1987 (age 36)
Place of birth Pontedeume, Spain
Height 1.82 m
Playing position Right-back
Youth career
2002–2005 Sevilla
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Liverpool 0 (0)
2006–2009 Deportivo La Coruña 26 (2)
2009–2011 Valladolid 41 (0)
2011–2016 Valencia 110 (1)
2016–2018 Middlesbrough 26 (0)
2017–2018 Betis (loan) 29 (0)
2018–2020 Betis 26 (0)
2020–2022 Elche 43 (0)
Total 301 (3)
National team
2005 Spain U17 4 (0)
2005–2006 Spain U19 11 (0)
2007 Spain U20 1 (0)
2007 Spain U21 5 (0)
2006 Galicia 1 (0)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Antonio Juan Barragán Fernández (born 12 June 1987) is a Spanish former professional footballer who played as a right-back.

Having started out at Liverpool, he spent most of his career in the two highest divisions of Spanish football, playing for Deportivo, Valladolid, Valencia, Betis and Elche. In La Liga, he amassed totals of 251 games and three goals over 13 seasons.

Barragán earned 21 caps for Spain at youth level.

Club career

Liverpool

Born in Pontedeume, Galicia, Barragán signed for Liverpool in July 2005, as an 18-year-old who had yet to appear for Sevilla FC's first team.

He, however, spent the 2005–06 season with the club's reserves, managing one appearance for the first team, as a substitute for fellow Spaniard Fernando Morientes in the first leg of the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League against PFC CSKA Sofia. In doing so, he became the youngest foreigner to play for the Reds.

Deportivo

Barragán signed a five-year deal with Deportivo de La Coruña on 4 August 2006, in an operation that cost 1 million. His time at his new team began well, as he was in the starting eleven for the first eight La Liga matches and scored against Real Sociedad in a 2–0 home win, subsequently alternating in the right-back position with Manuel Pablo until he fractured his knee in April 2008, being out of action for the rest of the campaign and not featuring at all in 2008–09.

In 2008, Deportivo released Barragán from his contract without his consent. He successfully sued the club for an indemnity of 400,000, even though it later decided to reverse its previous decision and restore him to the squad.

Valladolid

In early June 2009, Barragán moved to Real Valladolid on a three-year contract. He played one season apiece in each of the two major levels of Spanish football, appearing in 17 league games in 2009–10 (14 starts) as the campaign ended in relegation.

Valencia

On 30 August 2011, Valladolid announced that Barragán would be leaving for Valencia CF in a deal worth €1.5 million. During his first season, all three right-backs – himself, Bruno and Miguel– appeared in roughly the same number of games as the Che finished third and once again qualified for the Champions League.

Barragán scored his first competitive goal for Valencia on 13 March 2014, his team's first in a 3–0 away victory over PFC Ludogorets Razgrad in the campaign's UEFA Europa League. He continued battling for first-choice status with another Portuguese, João Pereira.

On 5 January 2015, Barragán netted his only league goal for the side, equalising in an eventual 2–1 home defeat of Real Madrid which ended the visitors' record 22-match unbeaten run.

Middlesbrough

Barragán returned to England after ten years on 15 July 2016, agreeing to a three-year contract with Middlesbrough. He made his Premier League debut on 13 August, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–1 home draw against Stoke City.

Betis

On 6 July 2017, Barragán returned to Spain and its first division after agreeing to a one-year loan deal with Real Betis. Roughly one year later, the move was made permanent.

Elche

On 4 October 2020, Barragán signed a one-year contract with Elche CF, newly-returned to the top tier. He announced his retirement in February 2023, aged 36.

International career

Barragán was part of the Spain under-19 team that emerged victorious at the 2006 UEFA European Championship in Poland. Just a few months later, following solid performances with Deportivo and former Sevilla teammate Antonio Puerta's call-up to the senior side, he was promoted to the under-21s.

In December 2006, Barragán appeared for the Galicia unofficial team in a friendly against Ecuador.

Career statistics

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Liverpool 2005–06 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Deportivo 2006–07 La Liga 16 2 6 0 22 2
2007–08 La Liga 10 0 2 0 12 0
2008–09 La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 26 2 8 0 34 2
Valladolid 2009–10 La Liga 17 0 2 0 19 0
2010–11 Segunda División 23 0 4 1 27 1
2011–12 Segunda División 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 41 0 6 1 47 1
Valencia 2011–12 La Liga 18 0 3 0 5 0 26 0
2012–13 La Liga 14 0 4 0 5 0 23 0
2013–14 La Liga 20 0 2 0 9 1 31 1
2014–15 La Liga 34 1 2 0 36 1
2015–16 La Liga 24 0 5 0 6 0 35 0
Total 110 1 16 0 25 1 151 2
Middlesbrough 2016–17 Premier League 26 0 1 0 0 0 27 0
Betis (loan) 2017–18 La Liga 29 0 2 0 31 0
Betis 2018–19 La Liga 14 0 5 1 5 0 24 1
2019–20 La Liga 12 0 2 0 14 0
Total 55 0 9 1 5 0 69 1
Elche 2020–21 La Liga 27 0 0 0 27 0
Career total 285 3 40 2 0 0 31 1 356 6

See also

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