Banega in 2011
|Full name||Éver Maximiliano David Banega|
|Date of birth||29 June 1988|
|Place of birth||Rosario, Argentina|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2008–2009||→ Atlético Madrid (loan)||24||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 August 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Éver Maximiliano David Banega (born 29 June 1988) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Valencia CF in Spain, mainly as a central midfielder. He is a playmaker well known for his dribbling and passing.
Born in Rosario, Santa Fe, Banega came through the youth ranks at Boca Juniors, reaching the first team at 18, and winning immediate recognition thanks to his passing average and his performances in the first division. After teammate midfielder Fernando Gago moved to Real Madrid in January 2007, he was named as his successor, despite his young age.
On 5 January 2008, Banega signed with Spanish side Valencia CF on a five and-a-half year deal, for a fee of around €20 million. He made his debut on the 13th in a 0–1 loss at Atlético Madrid, coming on as a half-time substitute.
Banega was loaned to Atlético Madrid for 2008–09. He made his official debut as a substitute during the Colchoneros's 3–0 away win against PSV Eindhoven, in the first group stage match of the season's UEFA Champions League. However, he failed to settle in the team's starting XI, also being sent off in away draws against Villarreal CF and UD Almería.
Following his return from Atlético, it appeared that Banega was to join English club Everton, but a move did not materialise due to problems acquiring a visa. He subsequently returned for 2009–10 and assisted both goals in Valencia's opening game against Sevilla FC. He scored his first goal for the Che on 17 January 2010 in a 4–1 win over neighbouring Villarreal.
Banega played in 28 matches in 2010–11 (19 starts, two goals) as Valencia finished third and qualified to the Champions League. On 19 February 2012, however, he prolonged an existing spell on the sidelines – he had recently returned from a knee injury – after he was run over by his own car. As a result, he fractured his left ankle and broke the tibia and fibula in his left leg, according to Valencia team doctor Enrique Gastaldi. He required ankle surgery, going on to miss the remainder of the season; the club only confirmed that the player had been hurt in an accident involving his own car after leaving training, however Spanish media had reported that the injury occurred when he failed to put the handbrake on at a petrol station and, after the car moved, his leg was caught between the wheel and the curb.
Soon after joining Valencia in January 2008, Banega made his debut for the Argentina national team, in a 5–0 friendly win over Guatemala on 6 February, which he started. During that summer, he appeared for the nation with the Olympic side at the Summer Olympics, helping to an eventual gold medal.
|1||26 March 2013||Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia||Bolivia||1–1||1–1||2014 World Cup qualification|
|2||14 August 2013||Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy||Italy||2–0||2–1||Friendly|
- Boca Juniors
- "Gago me dijo que nunca me olvide de jugar" ("Gago told me to never forget to play"); Olé (Spanish)
- Boca, successo e standing ovation per Banega (Boca, win and standing ovation for Banega); Tutto Mercato, 1 April 2007 (Italian)
- "Valencia agree to sign Argentine midfielder Banega". Reuters. 5 January 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2008.
- Picard, Laurent (14 January 2008). "Banega happier than ever". Setanta Sports. Retrieved 7 February 2008.
- Banega swaps Valencia for Atlético; UEFA.com, 28 August 2008
- Aguero brace sinks Eindhoven; ESPN Soccernet, 16 September 2008
- Atlético fight back to earn thrilling point; UEFA.com, 26 October 2008
- Almeria 1–1 Atlético Madrid; ESPN Soccernet, 18 January 2009
- Everton secure Banega work permit; BBC Sport, 22 August 2009
- Valencia 2–0 Sevilla FC; ESPN Soccernet, 30 August 2009
- Valencia thrash rivals; ESPN Soccernet, 17 January 2010
- Soccer: Valencia star out for season after own car rolls over foot; New Zealand Herald, 20 February 2012
- Car accident ends Banega's season at Valencia; UEFA.com 20 February 2012
- Banega injured in car crash; Sky Sports, 19 February 2012
- Banega faces six months out; ESPN Soccernet, 19 February 2012
- Valencia and Argentina star Ever Banega run over by own car after failing to set handbrake; Fox Sports, 20 February 2012
- "Goleada de la Selección Olímpica ante Guatemala en Los Angeles" (in Spanish). Asociación del Fútbol Argentino. 7 February 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2008. (Spanish)
- Éver Banega – FIFA competition record
- Éver Banega – Performance data
- Valencia official profile
- BDFutbol profile
- Éver Banega at National-Football-Teams.com
- Transfermarkt profile
- CiberChe stats and bio (Spanish)