Javier Espinosa

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Javier Espinosa
Javi Espinosa (crop).jpg
Espinosa in action for Barcelona B
Personal information
Full name Javier Espinosa González
Date of birth (1992-09-19) 19 September 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Talavera de la Reina, Spain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 24
Youth career
2005–2011 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2014 Barcelona B 101 (14)
2014– Villarreal 6 (1)
National team
2009 Spain U17 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 October 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Espinosa and the second or maternal family name is González.

Javier Espinosa González (born 19 September 1992) is a Spanish footballer who plays for Villarreal CF as a central midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Barcelona B[edit]

Born in Talavera de la Reina, Toledo, Castile-La Mancha, Espinosa moved to FC Barcelona's youth system, La Masia, at the age of 13.[1] On 1 May 2010, whilst still a junior, he made his senior debuts with the B-team, playing the second half in a 2–1 home win against Valencia CF Mestalla for the Segunda División B championship; on 26 February of the following year, after replacing fellow youth graduate Albert Dalmau, he contributed with one goal to a 6–4 Segunda División away success over CD Numancia.[2]

Espinosa became a regular fixture under new manager Eusebio Sacristán. He scored five goals in 27 games in the 2012–13 season, again spent in the second level, and continued to appear regularly in the following campaign, netting a career-best seven goals as Barça B finished third.


On 11 July 2014, Espinosa signed a three-year deal with La Liga side Villarreal CF.[3] He made his debut in the main category of Spanish football on 31 August, replacing Cani in the 70th minute of a 0–1 loss against former club Barcelona.


Spain U17

Club statistics[edit]

As of 7 June 2014[4]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other [5] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2009–10 1 0 1 0
2010–11 4 1 4 1
2011–12 32 1 32 1
2012–13 27 5 27 5
2013–14 37 7 37 7
Total 101 14 101 14
Career totals 101 14 101 14


  1. ^ Javi Espinosa: otro Iniesta se cuece en La Masía (Javi Espinosa: another Iniesta being cooked in La Masía); Sport, 22 March 2011 (Spanish)
  2. ^ Festival de goles en Soria (Goal festival in Soria); Diario AS, 26 February 2011 (Spanish)
  3. ^ El Villarreal CF ficha a Javier Espinosa (Villarreal CF signs Javier Espinosa); Villarreal's official website, 11 July 2014 (Spanish)
  4. ^ "Javier Espinosa". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup.

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