What happened to the European Villarreal in 2004 ?: Riquelme, Coloccini ...

Pepe Reina and Coloccini are still active in all those who played in the UEFA Cup tie. Paquito, the coach, retired in 2004.


Corría the year 2004 and Villarreal enjoyed one of the best templates in its history. That year, the groguets reached the semifinals of the UEFA Cup (now Europa League) where they had to face the Valencia, the same tie that will start on Thursday, although it will be in the quarterfinals.

This Thursday they will return to memory several of the players that played that time and in this case they were without end. Reviews in As what is your life today.

In the goal, both matches were played by Pepe Reina. The goalkeeper arrived in Barcelona from 2002 and took the goal of Villarreal until 2005. Then he would develop the best part of his career in Liverpool. In 2013 he was on loan in Naples and then left for a season at Bayern. After Munich he was again in San Paolo and this season, he went free to defend the goal of Milan.

In defense during the playoff passed Arruabarrena, Javi Venta, Belletti, Quique Alvarez, Coloccini and Battaglia. At present, Vasco trains Shabab Al-Ahli of Dubai, to which he leads second in the standings. Quique Álvarez is also on the bench, part of the technical staff of Javi Calleja, current coach of the yellows.

In football and still active, like Pepe Reina, he also holds Coloccini, who continues to play in San Lorenzo in the Superliga Argentina. Battaglia, as Quique and Arruabarrena has gone to the benches and after passing through Banfield and Almagro, is without a team. The defense was closed by Javi Venta, who collaborates in the media commenting on matches in A Punt.

In the center of the field were Roger, Riquelme and Josico. The first trains at Damm, a key team of Catalan base football. After finishing his career in Argentinos Juniors, Román lives a quiet life and appears, from time to time, in the media. In addition, it is proposed to opt for the presidency of Boca Juniors. Josico, meanwhile, has dedicated himself to the benches. He started his career in Las Palmas and then went through Jumilla, Atlético Baleares and Elche, which he trained until February 2018.

In the lead, Sonny Anderson, Jose Mari and from the bench came out the canary Guayre. The Brazilian striker has gone to the media commenting football for Bein Sports and Guayre is still preparing to fill the first level benches from Gran Canaria.

Jose Mari, as shown in social networks, is still taking care of and has changed its body of smaller footballer to transform it into one closer to bodybuilding.

coach of that tie, Paquito Garcia, retired after this season and after a long career in the benches in Mestalla, Alzira, Gandia, Atlético B, Valladolid Deportivo , Castellón, Hercules, Valencia, Cádiz, Figueres, UD Las Palmas, Santander Racing, Rayo Vallecano and the groguet group in which he held various positions.



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