Álvaro Negredo

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Álvaro Negredo
Alvaro Negredo MCFC.jpg
Negredo playing for Manchester City in 2013
Personal information
Full name Álvaro Negredo Sánchez[1]
Date of birth (1985-08-20) 20 August 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Valencia (loan from Manchester City)
Number 7
Youth career
1997–2001 Escuela Fútbol A.F.E
2001–2004 Rayo Vallecano
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Rayo Vallecano B 40 (28)
2004–2005 Rayo Vallecano 12 (1)
2005–2007 Real Madrid B 65 (22)
2007–2009 Almería 70 (32)
2009 Real Madrid 0 (0)
2009–2013 Sevilla 182 (85)
2013– Manchester City 32 (9)
2014– Valencia (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2006 Spain U21 1 (0)
2009– Spain 21 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 12 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:21, 30 December 2013 (UTC)

Álvaro Negredo Sánchez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈalβaɾo neˈɣɾeðo ˈsant͡ʃeθ]; born 20 August 1985) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Valencia CF, on loan from Manchester City, as a striker.

Nicknamed La fiera de Vallecas (The beast of Vallecas),[2][3] his early career was associated with Real Madrid, although he could never become a part of its first-team setup, going on to represent other clubs in his country, with his longest spell being at Sevilla. Over the course of six seasons, he amassed La Liga totals of 209 games and 102 goals.

A Spanish international since 2009, Negredo was part of the team that won Euro 2012.

Club career[edit]

Real Madrid[edit]

Born in Madrid, Negredo started his career at local Rayo Vallecano, making his professional debuts in early 2005 with the team in Segunda División B. He switched during that summer to another side in the country's capital, ending his formation in Real Madrid affiliate Real Madrid Castilla.

In his last season Negredo developed as a striker, scoring 18 league goals although he could not prevent Castilla's drop from Segunda División. He did manage to impress first-team coach Fabio Capello and was called for a few games in the Copa del Rey, but remained an unused substitute; finally, he made his debut for the main squad in a friendly against Atlético Madrid.

Almería[edit]

In July 2007 Negredo was sold to La Liga newcomers UD Almería, with Real Madrid having an option to rebuy. He made his top flight debut on 26 August in a 3–0 shock win at Deportivo de La Coruña; on 2 February 2008 he scored from the penalty spot in a 2–0 home win against his former team[4] and, on 19 April, he added two – after having missed a penalty kick – in a 4–1 away success against UEFA Cup and Spanish Cup holders Sevilla FC.[5]

Negredo finished the campaign as Almería's topscorer with 13 goals, as the side from Andalusia finished eighth. In 2008–09 he netted five in the side's first six matches, including a 95th-minute winner against neighbours Recreativo de Huelva (1–0) on 28 September 2008; in February of the following year he scored a brace against Valencia CF, which took his league tally to ten, albeit in a 2–3 away loss,[6] and finished with 19 successful strikes, with the club producing a slightly less successful season.

Return to Real Madrid[edit]

Real Madrid exercised their buyback option of a reported 5 million on Negredo during the summer of 2009,[7] and the player returned to training with the club on 10 July.[8] In the pre-season he scored the fourth goal against LDU Quito, in a 4–2 win for the Peace Cup.[9]

Negredo had been tipped to join Real Zaragoza or Hull City, but finally decided to sign a reported five-year deal with Sevilla FC for €15 million, with Real Madrid having an option to rebuy the player in the first two years.[10][11] New club manager Manuel Pellegrini could not guarantee him first-team football with the likes of Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuaín, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Cristiano Ronaldo in the squad, and subsequently advised him to leave and join Sevilla in order to fulfill his potential; Negredo later revealed his admiration for Pellegrini's honesty.[12]

Sevilla[edit]

Negredo made his debut for Sevilla on 31 August 2009 against Valencia, coming as a substitute in the 37th minute on a 0–2 away loss. Two weeks later he scored his first goal, against CA Osasuna in a 2–0 away success.[13]

A starter throughout most of the 2009–10 season, with Luís Fabiano and Frédéric Kanouté fighting for the other striker berth, Negredo's first year was highly irregular. He suffered a scoring drought that lasted (in the league alone) 12 games, only ending on 2 May 2010 in a 3–1 home win against Atlético Madrid, his two goals coming from penalties (he had already lost his starting position at the time, but the Malian was suspended for that game); he added another brace the following match, a 5–1 away routing of Racing de Santander for a total of 11 in the league, grabbing another in the UEFA Champions League; he was also sent off three times in the season, the last of which almost prevented his participation in the domestic cup final against Atlético Madrid after insulting the assistant referee in Sevilla's 3–2 win at former club Almería (the ban was later lifted and he was allowed to play – Fabiano was unavailable for the match through injury – in the 2–0 final win).[14]

Negredo in action for Sevilla in 2012

Negredo was an undisputed first-choice for Sevilla in the 2010–11 campaign – Fabiano also returned to São Paulo FC in March 2011 – scoring 27 official goals, 20 in the league. Highlights included braces against Villarreal CF (3–3 away draw in the cup, with his team eventually reaching the semifinals), Deportivo (3–3 away draw[15]), Real Madrid (2–6 home loss,[16]) Osasuna (2–3 loss, away[17]) and RCD Espanyol (3–2 away win[18]).

Negredo took his 2012–13 league total to 13 on 4 March 2013, after netting a hat-trick in a 4–1 home success over Celta de Vigo.[19] He scored all of his team's goals on the last day of the season, a 4–3 home win against Valencia CF, clinching the Zarra Trophy in the process.[20]

Manchester City[edit]

Negredo (right) with Pablo Zabaleta after winning the 2014 League Cup

On 19 July 2013, Manchester City announced the signing of Negredo.[21] The fee was reported as £16.4 million plus add-ons,[22] and he signed a four-year deal.[23] He moved to the Premier League club shortly after teammate Jesús Navas.

Negredo made his league debut on 19 August 2013, coming on as a substitute for countryman David Silva in a 4–0 home win against Newcastle United. He scored his first goal for the club the following match on 25 August, netting from a header in a 3–2 defeat at newly promoted Cardiff City,[24] He scored his first goal at the City of Manchester Stadium in the next round, a 2–0 home success over Hull City.[25]

On 5 November, in a 5–2 group stage win against CSKA Moscow that confirmed City's qualification for the knockout rounds, Negredo became the first Manchester City player to score a Champions League hat-trick.[26] He scored another three goals in the League Cup semi-final first leg in January as City beat West Ham United 6–0.[27]

Valencia[edit]

On 1 September 2014 Negredo signed a loan deal with an obligatory purchase clause with Valencia CF. This mandatory clause obliges Valencia to purchase Negredo's rights after the conclusion of the 2014-15 La Liga season, for an amount believed to be around €27 million.[28][29][30] Negredo left Man City having scored 23 goals in all competitions, helping them to the Premier League title as well as the Capital One Cup. He was given the number 7 by Valencia.

International career[edit]

Negredo on the substitutes' bench for Spain in 2013

On 6 October 2009 Negredo received his first call to the Spanish senior team, for a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Armenia on the 10th, following the injuries of David Villa and Daniel Güiza. He made his debut replacing Fernando Torres early in the second half of an eventual 2–1 away win.

Four days later Negredo started and scored twice – also providing two assists – in another away fixture, against Bosnia and Herzegovina (5–2 triumph), as Spain eventually won all ten group matches.[31] He was, however, overlooked for the final stages in South Africa, with the national team winning the tournament.

Negredo was chosen by manager Vicente del Bosque for his UEFA Euro 2012 squad. He played twice in the tournament in Poland and Ukraine, including one start against Portugal in the semifinals (4–2 penalty shootout win, 0–0 after 120 minutes).[32]

Negredo was one of seven players cut from Spain's final squad for the 2014 World Cup, alongside City teammate Navas.[33]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 October 2009 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia-Herzegovina 0–3 2–5 2010 World Cup qualification
2. 14 October 2009 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia-Herzegovina 0–4 2–5 2010 World Cup qualification
3. 4 June 2011 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, United States  United States 0–2 0–4 Friendly
4. 6 September 2011 Las Gaunas, Logroño, Spain  Liechtenstein 1–0 6–0 Euro 2012 qualifying
5. 6 September 2011 Las Gaunas, Logroño, Spain  Liechtenstein 2–0 6–0 Euro 2012 qualifying
6. 30 May 2012 Stade de Suisse, Bern, Switzerland  South Korea 4–1 4–1 Friendly
7. 14 August 2013 Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo, Guayaquil, Ecuador  Ecuador 0–1 0–2 Friendly
8. 6 September 2013 Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland  Finland 0–2 0–2 2014 World Cup qualification
9. 11 October 2013 Iberostar Stadium, Palma, Spain  Belarus 2–0 2–1 2014 World Cup qualification
10. 15 October 2013 Carlos Belmonte, Albacete, Spain  Georgia 1–0 2–0 2014 World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Sevilla
Manchester City

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 11 May 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rayo Vallecano B 2003–04[34] Tercera División 15 14 15 14
2004–05[34] Tercera División 25 14 25 14
Total 40 28 40 28
Rayo Vallecano 2004–05[35] Segunda División B 12 1 0 0 1[a] 0 13 1
Real Madrid B 2005–06[36] Segunda División 25 4 25 4
2006–07[37] Segunda División 40 18 40 18
Total 65 22 65 22
Almería 2007–08[38] La Liga 36 13 2 0 38 13
2008–09[39] La Liga 34 19 1 0 35 19
Total 70 32 3 0 73 32
Sevilla 2009–10[40] La Liga 35 11 7 2 7[b] 1 49 14
2010–11[41] La Liga 38 20 7 5 8[c] 1 2[d] 0 55 26
2011–12[42] La Liga 30 14 4 0 2[e] 0 36 14
2012–13[43] La Liga 36 25 6 6 42 31
Total 139 70 24 13 17 2 2 0 182 85
Manchester City 2013–14[44] Premier League 32 9 4 3 5 6 7[b] 5 48 23
Total 32 9 4 3 5 6 7 5 48 23
Valencia 2014–15[45] La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 357 162 31 16 5 6 24 7 3 0 420 191
  1. ^ Appearance in Segunda División B play-offs
  2. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Two appearances in UEFA Champions League, six appearances and one goal in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ Appearances in Supercopa de España
  5. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of 19 November 2013.[46]
International statistics
National team Year Apps Goals
Spain 2009 4 2
2010 0 0
2011 3 3
2012 5 1
2013 9 4
Total 21 10

Personal life[edit]

Negredo's older brothers, César and Rubén, are also footballers, the former a defender, the latter a forward. Both played their entire careers in division three or lower.[47][48][49]

References[edit]

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  47. ^ César Negredo at BDFutbol
  48. ^ Rubén Negredo at BDFutbol
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