Alfredo Espiga

Alfredo Espiga Rovira (11 October 1923 – 22 August 1951) was a Spanish footballer who played as a midfielder.

Alfredo Espiga
Personal information
Full name Alfredo Espiga Rovira
Date of birth (1923-10-11)11 October 1923
Place of birth Badalona, Spain
Date of death 22 August 1951(1951-08-22) (aged 27)
Place of death Maastricht, Netherlands
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1951 Sabadell 79 (0)
Total 79 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Born in Badalona, Catalonia, he played for CE Sabadell FC. He made his professional debut on 21 September 1947 in the first game of the La Liga season, a 2–2 home draw against neighbours Gimnàstic de Tarragona. He totalled 21 appearances that season, and 20 in the following campaign which ended in relegation. In all, Espiga played 89 games for the Arlequinats, including all ten of their promotion play-off games in 1950–51.

On their pre-season tour of the Netherlands, he was killed at the age of 27 when the car he was driven in collided with a tree near Maastricht; the three others in the car, amongst them two Spanish consular staff, were injured.[1]


  1. "El sabadellense Espiga fallece en accidente de automóvil en Hollanda" [Sabadell player Espiga dies in automobile accident in Holland] (in Spanish). La Vanguardia. 22 August 1951. Retrieved 10 May 2016.