Jeffrén Suárez

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Jeffrén
Jeffrén Suárez.jpg
Jeffrén playing for Spain under-21s
Personal information
Full name Jeffrén Isaac Suárez Bermúdez
Date of birth (1988-01-20) 20 January 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Valladolid
Number 24
Youth career
2003–2004 Tenerife
2004–2006 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Barcelona C 7 (1)
2006–2009 Barcelona B 82 (14)
2008–2011 Barcelona 22 (3)
2011–2014 Sporting CP 24 (5)
2014– Valladolid 11 (0)
National team
2004 Spain U16 3 (0)
2004–2005 Spain U17 3 (0)
2006–2007 Spain U19 11 (5)
2007 Spain U20 1 (0)
2009–2011 Spain U21 12 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 July 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Suárez and the second or maternal family name is Bermúdez.

Jeffrén Isaac Suárez Bermúdez (born 20 January 1988), simply known as Jeffrén, is a Spanish footballer who plays for Real Valladolid as a forward or winger.

He is known for his crossing ability and his ability to unsettle defenders with his combination of speed and skill.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela, Jeffrén was just one year old when his family left the country for Tenerife.[2]

FC Barcelona talent scouts spotted him and, in 2004, he was signed for its youth teams from CD Tenerife, first being coached by Guillermo Hoyos, who played him as a midfielder.[3]

Club career[edit]

Barcelona[edit]

Jeffrén played three full seasons with FC Barcelona B, suffering Segunda División B relegation in 2006–07, and scoring six goals in 30 games in the following season in an immediate promotion back. On 25 October 2006, at the age of 18, he made his debut with the first team, against CF Badalona in a Copa del Rey round-of-32 match, coming on as a substitute for Javier Saviola in the 83rd minute of a 4–0 home win (6–1 on aggregate).

Jeffrén during a Barcelona's training, alongside playmates Éric Abidal and Bojan.

Impressed at the player's performance for the reserves, first-team manager Pep Guardiola called Jeffrén for the 2008–09 pre-season, where he played all seven matches scoring twice, including once on 30 July against ACF Fiorentina in the 47th minute of a 3–1 win.[4] On 17 May 2009, he made his first La Liga appearance (of two in the season), as already crowned champions Barcelona lost 1–2 at RCD Mallorca.[5]

Before the start of the 2009–10 season and during it, several teams in Europe showed interest in the young Jeffrén, including Racing de Santander, Celtic, Wigan Athletic, Everton, Blackburn Rovers, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur;[6][7][8][9][10][11] eventually, nothing came of it. On 19 December 2009, he came on as a substitute in the 82nd minute for Thierry Henry, during the FIFA Club World Cup final against Estudiantes de La Plata.[12] Two days later, he picked up a leg muscle injury that left him out for 4–5 weeks in a 1–1 friendly draw with Kazma Sporting Club in Kuwait, in commemoration of the Asian side's 45th anniversary.[13]

On 10 February 2010, Barcelona announced Jeffrén had signed a contract extension with the club, keeping him at the Camp Nou until 30 June 2012 with a buyout clause set at 10 million.[14][15][16] On the 14th, he started as right back in a 1–2 away loss against Atlético Madrid.[17]

On 3 April 2010, Jeffrén scored his first top division goal after a low cross from Éric Abidal, in a 4–1 home win against Athletic Bilbao.[18] On the 24th he added another in spectacular fashion, in a 3–1 home success over Xerez CD[19] and, as the Catalans renewed their domestic supremacy, finished the campaign with 18 official appearances.

Jeffrén appeared less for Barça's first team in 2010–11. On 29 November 2010, he came from the bench to close the scoring in El Clásico against Real Madrid, in a 5–0 home win.[20]

Sporting[edit]

On 4 August 2011, Sporting Clube de Portugal signed Jeffrén for €3.75 million, plus €200,000 in bonus. He penned a 5-year contract with a buy-out clause of €30 million. In addition, If the Lisbon club sold the player for a fee higher than €3.75M, Barcelona would receive 20% of the added value/differential value.[21][22] The Catalans also retained an exclusive buy-back option for €8million and €12 million, in 2012 and 2013 respectively.[23]

Jeffrén played his first official game with Sporting on 13 August, in a 1–1 home draw against S.C. Olhanense. He spent the vast majority of the first half of his first season sidelined with physical problems.[24]

Jeffrén returned to action on 11 March 2012, and only needed 12 minutes on the pitch to score two goals in a 5–0 home win against Vitória de Guimarães.[25] He contributed with only 13 league games in his second year, and was deemed surplus to requirements subsequently.[26][27]

International career[edit]

Jeffrén was part of the Spanish under-19 squad that won the 2006 UEFA European Football Championship, playing eight matches and scoring three goals. Shortly after, he was called by Venezuelan national team coach Richard Páez for the 2007 Copa América, but decided not to switch allegiance.

On 6 February 2009, Jeffrén received his first call-up for Spain's U-21s. In 2011, he was selected by manager Luis Milla for the European Championship in Denmark, appearing in three games and scoring in the semifinal against Belarus (3–1 win)[28] as the national team won its third trophy in the category.

Following his Spanish international youth spell, Jeffrén showed openness to represent Venezuela at senior level,[29] an option he himself had discarded in 2010 when he was consulted by a journalist of his native country.[30]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Barcelona
Sporting

Country[edit]

Spain U21
Spain U19

Club statistics[edit]

As of 3 September 2013[31]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other[32] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona C 2005–06 5 0 5 0
2006–07 2 1 2 1
Total 7 1 7 1
Barcelona B 2006–07 32 3 32 3
2007–08 30 6 30 6
2008–09 20 5 20 5
Total 82 14 82 14
Barcelona 2006–07 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2007–08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2009–10 12 2 2 0 2 0 2 0 18 2
2010–11 8 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 13 1
Total 22 3 6 0 4 0 2 0 34 3
Sporting 2011–12 11 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 14 3
2012–13 13 2 1 0 3 0 4 0 21 2
Total 24 5 2 0 4 0 5 0 35 5
Career totals 129 22 8 0 7 0 3 0 147 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jeffrén Suárez vs Estudiantes – New Talent of Barça *HD*". YouTube. 14 February 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Jeffren Suárez, el nuevo Henry" [Jeffren Suárez, the new Henry] (in Spanish). Official website. 30 March 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Jeffren Suárez Bermúdez" (in Spanish). Barcelona's official website. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Another strong display (1–3)". Barcelona's official website. 30 July 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Mallorca 2–1 Barcelona". ESPN Soccernet. 17 May 2009. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Racing Santander want Barcelona starlet Jeffren Suarez". Goal.com. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Jeffren can add Catalan flair to the Celtic line-up". Herald Scotland. 8 December 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "Wigan Athletic – Jeffrén Suárez on loan in January". Vital Football. 3 January 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Barca starlet linked with move". Club Call. 3 January 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Arsenal keen on Barcelona winger Jeffren". Tribal Football. 9 December 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "Jeffren: I didn’t want Man City’s Robinho to join Barcelona". Tribal Football. 24 December 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "Estudiantes La Plata 1–2 Barcelona". ESPN Soccernet. 19 December 2009. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  13. ^ "Barcelona's Suarez out with injury". Fox Sports. 22 December 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  14. ^ "Jeffren extends deal until 2012". Barcelona's official website. 10 February 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  15. ^ "Jeffren handed new Barça deal". FIFA.com. 10 February 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  16. ^ "Jeffrén accepts new Barcelona terms". UEFA.com. 10 February 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  17. ^ "Barça lose unbeaten recored (2–1)". Barcelona's official website. 14 February 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  18. ^ "Barcelona 4–1 Athletic Bilbao: Jeffren, Bojan Krkic & Lionel Messi tame Los Leones". Goal.com. 3 April 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  19. ^ "Barcelona 3–1 Xerez: Ibrahimovic powers the Blaugrana past nine-man Xerez". Goal.com. 24 April 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  20. ^ "Barcelona 5 Real Madrid 0: match report". The Daily Telegraph. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  21. ^ "Acord entre el FC Barcelona i l’Sporting Clube de Portugal pel traspàs de Jeffren" [Agreement between FC Barcelona and Sporting Clube de Portugal for transfer of Jeffren] (in Catalan). Barcelona's official website. 4 August 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  22. ^ Comunicado (announcement); CMVM, 3 August 2011 (Portuguese)
  23. ^ Comunicado (Announcement); CMVM, 4 August 2011 (Portuguese)
  24. ^ "Jeffren ainda longe de ser opção" [Jeffren far from being option] (in Portuguese). Record. 12 November 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  25. ^ "Sporting hit Guimaraes for five". PortuGOAL. 11 March 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  26. ^ "Liverpool want Sporting winger Jeffren Suarez to cushion blow of Luis Suarez exit". Metro. 2 June 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  27. ^ "Jeffren Suarez set for Espanyol switch". Soccer News. 31 August 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  28. ^ Spain's late redemption breaks Belarus hearts; UEFA.com, 22 June 2011
  29. ^ Jeffren Suárez quiere ser Vinotinto (Jeffren Suárez wants to be a Vinotinto); Líder en Deportes, 14 August 2013 (Spanish)
  30. ^ Jeffren Suárez le cierra la puerta a la vinotinto (Jeffren Suárez closes door on the vinotinto); En La Pizarra, 4 May 2010 (Spanish)
  31. ^ "Jeffren". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  32. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira, Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup.

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