Daniel Parejo

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Dani Parejo
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Personal information
Full name Daniel Parejo Muñoz
Date of birth (1989-04-16) 16 April 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Coslada, Spain
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Valencia
Number 10
Youth career
1998–2000 Coslada
2000–2003 Espinilla
2003–2006 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Real Madrid B 37 (11)
2008–2009 Real Madrid 5 (0)
2008 Queens Park Rangers (loan) 14 (0)
2009–2011 Getafe 64 (9)
2011– Valencia 86 (9)
National team
2007–2008 Spain U19 13 (3)
2009 Spain U20 11 (1)
2008–2011 Spain U21 19 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 December 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Parejo and the second or maternal family name is Muñoz.

Daniel "Dani" Parejo Muñoz (born 16 April 1989) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Valencia CF as a central midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Real Madrid[edit]

Born in Coslada, Community of Madrid, Parejo was a product of Real Madrid's youth academy, joining at the age of 14. He was called on several occasions by first-team coach Bernd Schuster to train with the seniors and, during the 2006–07 season, played four games for Real Madrid Castilla in Segunda División.

On 4 August 2008 Parejo signed a one-year loan deal with Football League Championship side Queens Park Rangers, and made his club debut five days later, coming off the bench in a 2–1 win over Barnsley at Loftus Road, going on to total 18 official appearances. On 17 December, Real Madrid officially recalled the player from his loan effective 1 January 2009, after first-team midfielders Rubén de la Red and Mahamadou Diarra were both out for the season with various physical problems.[1]

Parejo was given the squad number 17, which had previously been assigned to Ruud van Nistelrooy, who was also out for the remainder of the campaign due to a serious injury. He appeared little during the season, his first match being the 4–0 La Liga win at Sporting de Gijón on 15 February as he replaced Sergio Ramos for the final ten minutes.[2]

Getafe[edit]

In late July 2009, as Esteban Granero was re-bought from Getafe CF, Parejo went in the opposite direction with Real, as in Granero's case, having a similar option.[3] On 25 March 2010 he scored against his former team, after stealing the ball from goalkeeper Iker Casillas, but the home team lost it 2–4;[4] having to compete for a starting berth in central midfield with coach Míchel's son, Adrián – a former teammate in Real Madrid B – he nevertheless contributed solidly during the season as Getafe qualified for the second time in its history for the UEFA Europa League.

Parejo appeared more for Getafe in 2010–11 (36 matches), but the Madrid outskirts club only narrowly avoided relegation.

Valencia[edit]

On 14 June 2011 Valencia CF officially announced the signing of Parejo for a reported 6 million, with out-of-favor goalkeeper Miguel Ángel Moyà going to Getafe on a year-long loan as part of the deal.[5][6] He made his league debut on 15 August, playing 80 minutes in a 1–1 away draw against RCD Mallorca.[7]

Parejo was quickly deemed surplus to requirements at his new club, his situation not improving even after the serious injury suffered by Sergio Canales, who played in his same position.[8] He bounced back, however, for 2012–13, scoring twice in 36 official games in an eventual fifth-place finish.

International career[edit]

Parejo was named in the Spanish under-19 squad for the 2007 UEFA European Championship. In the tournament held in Austria, he scored the final winner against Greece (1–0).[9]

The following year Parejo was "upgraded" to the U21-s, appearing in several qualification matches for the 2009 European Championship.

Honours[edit]

Country[edit]

Spain U19
Spain U20
Spain U21

Club statistics[edit]

As of 13 December 2014[11]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Real Madrid B 2006–07 4 1 4 1
2007–08 33 10 33 10
Total 37 11 37 11
Queens Park Rangers 2008–09 14 0 1 1 0 1 15 0 2
Total 14 0 1 1 0 1 15 0 2
Real Madrid 2008–09 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0
Getafe 2009–10 28 6 4 8 1 1 0 0 0 36 7 5
2010–11 36 3 4 3 0 0 5 1 1 44 4 5
Total 64 9 8 11 1 1 5 1 1 80 11 10
Valencia 2011–12 16 0 0 6 0 0 8 0 1 30 0 1
2012–13 27 1 4 4 1 2 5 0 0 36 2 6
2013–14 31 4 5 4 0 0 11 1 2 46 5 7
2014–15 12 4 0 0 0 0 12 4 0
Total 86 9 9 14 1 2 24 1 3 124 11 14
Career totals 206 29 15 26 2 4 29 2 4 261 33 23

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Real Madrid recall Parejo from QPR loan deal". ESPN Soccernet. 17 December 2008. 
  2. ^ "Sporting Gijon 0–4 Real Madrid". ESPN Soccernet. 15 February 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Getafe sign Parejo". FIFA. 25 July 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Ruthless Real return to the summit". ESPN Soccernet. 25 March 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Comunicado oficial" [Official announcement] (in Spanish). Valencia CF. 14 June 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Acuerdo por Parejo" [Agreement for Parejo] (in Spanish). Getafe CF. 14 June 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Last-gasp Mallorca deny Valencia". ESPN Soccernet. 15 October 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Unai Emery margina a Parejo y Ricardo Costa" [Unai Emery ousts Parejo and Ricardo Costa] (in Spanish). Marca. 4 October 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  9. ^ 'The greatest feeling I've experienced'; UEFA.com, 27 July 2007
  10. ^ ITA – ESP 1:2 (0:0); Pescara 2009, 4 July 2009
  11. ^ "Dani Parejo". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 

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