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Place of birth  Les Planes, Spain
Name  Francesc Arnau
Position  Goalkeeper
Years  Team
Weight  80 kg

1994–1995  Barcelona
Height  1.85 m
Playing position  Goalkeeper
Role  Footballer
Date joined  2001
Francesc Arnau

Full name  Francesc Xavier Arnau Grabulosa
Date of birth  (1975-05-23) 23 May 1975 (age 40)
Similar People  Ruud Hesp, Richard Dutruel, Royston Drenthe

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Francesc Xavier Arnau Grabulosa (born 23 May 1975) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

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In a 16-year professional career he only played for Barcelona and Málaga, appearing in 126 La Liga games over the course of 12 seasons.

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Barcelona

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Born in Les Planes d'Hostoles, Girona, Catalonia, Arnau was a youth graduate from La Liga powerhouse FC Barcelona. He made his first-team debut in 1996–97, in a 3–3 home draw against Atlético Madrid on 9 November 1996.

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During five seasons, Arnau was second-choice to Ruud Hesp and Pepe Reina, while also registered with the B-side.

Málaga

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For the 2001–02 campaign, Arnau moved to Málaga CF for € 2.1 million, also playing second-fiddle until the departure of Pedro Contreras to Real Betis in 2003. He would eventually become club captain, but lost his job in 2007–08 in the second division, to Iñaki Goitia.

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Goitia was sold also to Betis in the 2009 summer, but Málaga also acquired Gustavo Munúa and Roberto Santamaría, so Arnau was demoted to as low as third-choice in the 2009–10 season, eventually finishing backup to the Uruguayan but without making one single official appearance.

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After Munúa's departure, Arnau played the first game of 2010–11 – a 1–3 home loss against Valencia CF – as Rodrigo Galatto was not yet eligible. He continued appearing regularly for the club in the following weeks after the Brazilian performed poorly and another new signing, Rubén, went down with an injury.

On 21 May 2011, Arnau played his last match as a professional, coming on as a substitute for Willy Caballero in the last minutes of a 1–3 home defeat against his first club Barcelona, with Málaga finally retaining its top division status. After retiring at the age of 36, he continued working with his last team as a youth coach, alongside former teammate Salva.

Arnau became Málaga's new director of football on 15 December 2015, in replacement of Armando Husillos.

International career

Arnau appeared for Spain at the 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, being named the tournament's MVP as the country emerged victorious.

Club

Barcelona
  • La Liga: 1998–99
  • Copa del Rey: 1996–97
  • Málaga
  • UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2002
  • International

    Spain U21
  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 1998
  • References

    Francesc Arnau Wikipedia