Player Profile – OleguerJune 5, 2007
Full name: Oleguer Presas Renom
Birthplace: Sabadell, Catalonia, Spain
Date of Birth: 2nd February 1980
Previous Teams: Lepanto, Spain; Gramenet UEA, Spain
National Squad/Number of Appearances: Spain/None
Oleguer joined the Barcelona B team at the age of 21. Known to some of his fans as ‘Olegario’ the player made his senior competitive debut for the club in a Champions League match against Galatasaray in 2002. For the next couple of seasons, Oleguer alternated between the senior and B teams before cementing a place in Barca’s first team defense. Facts:
- Oleguer has – to date – only scored one goal for Barcelona against Malaga in 2005.
- His support for pro-Catalan groups such as ETA and his outspoken anti-government stance are thought to have prevented him from earning an international cap for Spain. He has turned down the chance to play for his country in the past.
- His political leanings have seen him lose sponsorship deals.
- In 2006 he published a book – The Road to Ithica – which covered his early football career, his childhood anorexia and his thoughts on various political events.
- He has won two Spanish Supercups (2005-6/2006-7), two League Titles (2004-5/2005-6) and the Champions League (2005-6) with Barcelona.
- A committed environmentalist, Oleguer chose to travel to the Nou Camp by train rather than to drive when he first broke into the first team as it was better for the environment. He has also been spotted driving out of the Nou Camp in a van surrounded by his teammates’ premium cars!
- Oleguer is signed to Barcelona until 2010.
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