Éver Banega

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Éver Banega
Éver Banega - 2011.jpg
Banega in 2011
Personal information
Full name Éver Maximiliano David Banega
Date of birth (1988-06-29) 29 June 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Valencia
Number 10
Youth career
Nuevo Horizonte
Alianza Sport
2000–2007 Boca Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Boca Juniors 28 (0)
2008– Valencia 136 (9)
2008–2009 Atlético Madrid (loan) 24 (1)
2014 Newell's Old Boys (loan) 14 (1)
National team
2007 Argentina U20 14 (0)
2008 Argentina U23 6 (0)
2008– Argentina 24 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 July 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2013

Éver Maximiliano David Banega (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈeβer βaˈneɣa]; born 29 June 1988) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Valencia CF in Spain, mainly as a central midfielder.

He started his career with Boca Juniors, and signed with Valencia in 2008 where he remained several years.

Club career[edit]

Boca Juniors[edit]

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.[1]

Banega made his professional debut in the 4–0 win against Club Atlético Banfield on 10 February 2007. On 1 April, just a few matches afterwards, he was given an ovation when he left the field.[2]

Valencia[edit]

Banega in action for Valencia

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.[3] He made his debut on the 13th in a 0–1 loss at Atlético Madrid, coming on as a half-time substitute.[4]

Banega was loaned to Atlético Madrid for the 2008–09 season.[5] 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 campaign's UEFA Champions League.[6] However, he failed to settle in the team's starting XI, also being sent off in away draws against Villarreal CF[7] and UD Almería.[8]

Following his return from Atlético, it appeared that Banega was to join English club Everton,[9] 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.[10] He scored his first goal for the Che on 17 January 2010 in a 4–1 win over neighbouring Villarreal.[11]

Banega played in 28 matches in the 2010–11 season (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.[12] He required ankle surgery, going on to miss the remainder of the campaign;[13] 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.[14][15][16]

On 31 January 2014 Banega was loaned to Newell's Old Boys in his country, until the end of the season.[17]

International career[edit]

Banega playing for Argentina

Banega was selected for the U20 team, alongside Sergio Agüero, for the 2007 FIFA World Cup in Canada, appearing in all seven games in an eventual tournament conquest.

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.[18] During that summer, he appeared for the nation with the Olympic side at the Summer Olympics, helping to an eventual gold medal.[19]

In spite of a solid season with Valencia, Banega was not selected for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa by manager Diego Maradona.

In May 2014, Banega was called for the 30-man provisional squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, but he didn't make the final cut.

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1
26 March 2013 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

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 22 December 2013[20]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Boca Juniors 2006–07 Primera División 14 0 - - - - 14 0
2007–08 Primera División 14 0 - - - - 14 0
Boca Juniors Total 28 0 - - - - 28 0
Valencia 2007–08 La Liga 12 0 2 0 0 0 14 0
Atlético Madrid 2008–09 La Liga 24 1 4 0 3 0 31 1
Valencia 2009–10 La Liga 36 2 2 0 9 0 47 2
2010–11 La Liga 28 2 2 1 4 0 34 3
2011–12 La Liga 13 0 8 1 4 0 25 1
2012–13 La Liga 29 4 6 0 5 0 40 4
2013–14 La Liga 15 1 0 0 1 0 16 1
Valencia Total 121 9 18 2 23 0 162 11
Newell's Old Boys 2013–14 Primera División 13 1 0 0 6 0 19 1
Career Total 198 11 24 2 32 0 254 13

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Boca Juniors
Valencia

Country[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gago me dijo que nunca me olvide de jugar" ("Gago told me to never forget to play"); Olé (Spanish)
  2. ^ Boca, successo e standing ovation per Banega (Boca, win and standing ovation for Banega); Tutto Mercato, 1 April 2007 (Italian)
  3. ^ "Valencia agree to sign Argentine midfielder Banega". Reuters. 5 January 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2008. 
  4. ^ Picard, Laurent (14 January 2008). "Banega happier than ever". Setanta Sports. Retrieved 7 February 2008. 
  5. ^ Banega swaps Valencia for Atlético; UEFA.com, 28 August 2008
  6. ^ Aguero brace sinks Eindhoven; ESPN Soccernet, 16 September 2008
  7. ^ Atlético fight back to earn thrilling point; UEFA.com, 26 October 2008
  8. ^ Almeria 1–1 Atlético Madrid; ESPN Soccernet, 18 January 2009
  9. ^ Everton secure Banega work permit; BBC Sport, 22 August 2009
  10. ^ Valencia 2–0 Sevilla FC; ESPN Soccernet, 30 August 2009
  11. ^ Valencia thrash rivals; ESPN Soccernet, 17 January 2010
  12. ^ Soccer: Valencia star out for season after own car rolls over foot; New Zealand Herald, 20 February 2012
  13. ^ Car accident ends Banega's season at Valencia; UEFA.com 20 February 2012
  14. ^ Banega injured in car crash; Sky Sports, 19 February 2012
  15. ^ Banega faces six months out; ESPN Soccernet, 19 February 2012
  16. ^ Valencia and Argentina star Ever Banega run over by own car after failing to set handbrake; Fox Sports, 20 February 2012
  17. ^ Banega jugará en Newell's (Banega to play in Newell's); Marca, 1 February 2014 (Spanish)
  18. ^ "Goleada de la Selección Olímpica ante Guatemala en Los Angeles" (in Spanish). Asociación del Fútbol Argentino. 7 February 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2008.  (Spanish)
  19. ^ Éver BanegaFIFA competition record
  20. ^ "É. Banega". Soccerway. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 

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