Ex-Swansea City striker, Guillem Bauza, recently impressed the world of sport and medical science by earning a medical degree in genetics.
When the height of their career is in its twilight, many footballers go into coaching, punditry or if they’ve done really well they might buy property. Spanish footballer, Guillem Bauza, has gone a different direction, not conforming to footballing stereotypes, by earning himself a genetics medical degree.
The striker, who made 49 appearances for Swansea City, graduated with a first class honours degree from Swansea University’s College of Medicine. Many Swans fans will remember Bauza’s brace against Gillingham in 2008 which secured Football League Championship football for the Welsh side.
He came to the UK 8 years ago when then manager Roberto Martinez signed him, he and defender Angel Rangel were the first Spanish signings for the Swans.
Guillem told the press “Growing up I’d always wanted to be a doctor, but life changes and football came along,”
Guillem, short for Guillermo, began his studies after he was released by Swansea City in 2010, he initially combined his studies while playing for Hereford United, Northampton Town and Exeter City.
In 2013, Guillem stopped playing professionally so that he could focus on his studies, and he now currently plays as an amateur for Welsh side, Merthyr Town.
“Overall it was a really gratifying experience to be recognised in your career as a professional. I have made a good decision switching my life completely, getting into university and science.”
“It was a great pleasure to show everyone in my country, Swansea and the University how happy I am here.”
Bauza used to play alongside World Cup Winner, Fernando Torres, in the U16 and U17 Spain National Youth sides, both were part of the winning U16s European Championship side.
After all his hard work, Bauza now wants to strive even further to follow his dreams and is hoping to earn a PHD.
“I realise that the thing I miss most about being a professional footballer is the ability to make people happy. Hopefully I can go on to make breakthroughs which can help us better understand genetic conditions and make people happy once again.”
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