Navas training with Manchester City in 2013
|Full name||Jesús Navas González|
|Date of birth||21 November 1985|
|Place of birth||Los Palacios, Spain|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 12 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Jesús Navas González (Spanish pronunciation: [xeˈsuz ˈnaβaz ɣonˈθaleθ]; born 21 November 1985) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Manchester City as a right winger. His main assets are his quick dribbling and an ability to run at opposing defenders.
He played the vast majority of his career with Sevilla, appearing in nearly 400 official games and winning six major titles, including two UEFA Cups and two Copas del Rey. In 2013, he signed for Manchester City.
Born in Los Palacios y Villafranca, Province of Seville, Navas joined Sevilla FC's youth system at age 15. In the 2003–04 season he made his first-team (and La Liga) debut when he played 12 minutes in a 0–1 loss at RCD Espanyol on 23 November 2003, and added four more appearances before the league was over, none complete; in the 2004–05 campaign he was permanently promoted to the first team, scoring two goals from 22 games and, on 4 May 2005, his link to the club was extended until 2010, as he also made his Spanish U21 debuts.
In 2005–06 Navas once again impressed, being a crucial element as the Andalusians won their first UEFA Cup: he appeared in all 12 matches in the tournament, including the final against Middlesbrough. In August 2006 a deal was arranged for a transfer to Chelsea, but the player declined the move, citing possible homesickness. In the league he was consistently listed in the best players' ranks, entering the 'Top 50' of Don Balón magazine each year since 2005.
For the next three years Navas continued to be a regular for Sevilla, always being the club's top assister while adding nine league goals combined. He also helped it to the 2008 edition of the Copa del Rey, and to the third place in the following season's domestic championship.
In the 2009–10 campaign Navas was everpresent, appearing in more than 50 official games and leading the league in decisive passes (including two in the last round against UD Almería as Sevilla edged RCD Mallorca for the final fourth place with a 3–2 away triumph). On 19 May 2010 he closed the scoresheet at 2–0 in the season's Spanish Cup final, against Atlético Madrid.
Navas' 2010–11 season was greatly undermined by injury, as he appeared in less than half of the matches for Sevilla. On 13 March 2011 he scored through a rare header in a 1–1 home draw against eventual champions FC Barcelona, for his only goal of the campaign.
On 4 June 2013, after speculation concerning Navas' future, Sevilla confirmed on its official website that he was leaving the club with the expectation of joining Premier League side Manchester City. The transfer, reportedly valued at £14.9 million, was completed seven days later; the player said "this is the right moment for me to take this step. I'm very happy with the opportunity and the decision."
Navas made his league debut on 19 August 2013, playing the full 90 minutes in a 4–0 home win against Newcastle United. He scored his first two goals in the competition for the club on 24 November, helping to a 6–0 home routing of Tottenham Hotspur.
After breaking into the Sevilla first team, Navas made his debut for the U-21's in September 2004. He had been remarked as a potential star after good performances for club and country, but his anxiety problems forced him to quit international football. In August 2009, he announced his desire to overcome his condition in order to stake his claim in the squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and made himself available for selection, stating: "To play for your country is the greatest thing and I hope to be able to, too. I have to be calm and make my decision. I have to continue taking the right steps."
On 9 November 2009, Navas was called up by coach Vicente del Bosque for friendlies with Argentina and Austria. On 14 November he made his debut against the former in a 2–1 win in Madrid, playing the final 10 minutes in the place of Andrés Iniesta; four days later, he played the entire second half with Austria in a final 5–1 win in Vienna.
Called-up for the World Cup final stages in South Africa, Navas scored his first goal as an international on 3 June 2010 in a warm-up friendly with South Korea, netting the game's only four minutes from time. In the tournament itself he appeared in three matches, including 30 minutes plus extra time in the final against the Netherlands as Spain lifted its first FIFA World Cup trophy.
Navas was also selected for UEFA Euro 2012, where he appeared in several games for the eventual champions as a substitute. On 18 June 2012 he scored the game's only goal in the 87th minute of the last group stage fixture against Croatia, handing Spain the first place in Group C: he netted from point-blank range following an assist by Iniesta.
Picked for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, Navas appeared in three contests from the bench. On 27 June, in the semifinals against Italy, he scored the decisive penalty in the shootout (0–0 after 120 minutes).
|1.||3 June 2010||Tivoli-Neu, Innsbruck, Austria||South Korea||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|2.||18 June 2012||PGE Arena, Gdańsk, Poland||Croatia||0–1||0–1||UEFA Euro 2012|
|3.||10 September 2013||Stade de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland||Chile||2–2||2–2||Friendly|
- UEFA Cup: 2005–06, 2006–07
- UEFA Super Cup: 2006
- Copa del Rey: 2006–07, 2009–10
- Supercopa de España: 2007
- Manchester City
- As of 6 March 2014
Navas' older brother, Marco, is also a footballer and a midfielder. After also graduating from Sevilla's youth academy he amassed three first-team appearances, but played mainly in Segunda División. Their family is of Gitano/Romani origin.
Navas suffers from chronic homesickness, to the extent he walked out of training camps within Spain because they were too far away from Seville. He also suffers from anxiety attacks and seizures, and initially refused to travel with Sevilla during pre-season to the United States due to his homesickness, later changing his mind in a bid to rid himself of this condition.
- "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. p. 29. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
- "Jesus Navas". FIFA.com. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
- "2010 FIFA World Cup profile". FIFA.com. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
- "2010 World Cup profile". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
- "World Cup profile". Sky Sports. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
- Gol! Spain turn to nervous Jesus Navas
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- "Ranking DB 2006–2007" (in Spanish). Don Balón. Retrieved 1 May 2007.[dead link]
- "Ranking DB 2007–2008" (in Spanish). Don Balón. Retrieved 1 May 2007.[dead link]
- Rodri fires Seviila into raptures; ESPN Soccernet, 15 May 2010
- "Cup glory for Sevilla". ESPN Soccernet. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
- "Sevilla's Navas to undergo ankle surgery". USA Today. 1 November 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
- "Injury could rule Jesus Navas out for season". Sports Illustrated. 13 April 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
- "Barcelona suffer in Sevilla". ESPN Soccernet. 13 March 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
- "Jesús Navas se marcha al City: adiós a una trayectoria fabulosa de triunfos y registros" [Jesús Navas goes to City: goodbye to amazing run of wins and records] (in Spanish). Sevilla FC. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- "Transfer news: Manchester City complete signing of Spain winger Jesus Navas". Sky Sports. 11 June 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- "Jesus Navas completes City switch". Manchester City F.C. 11 June 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- "Manchester City 4 Newcastle 0". Daily Mail. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
- "Man City 6 Tottenham 0: Spurs hit for six as Navas and Aguero strike twice in rout". Daily Mail. 24 November 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
- "Manchester City v Sunderland, Capital One Cup final: as it happened". The Daily Telegraph. 2 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
- Navas hopes to overcome anxiety to play in the World Cup; Goal.com, 26 August 2009
- "Navas handed Spain call-up". FIFA.com. 9 November 2009.
- "Navas strikes late to break Croatia resistance". UEFA.com. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
- "Navas holds nerve to send Spain through". FIFA.com. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- "World Cup 2014: Spain drop Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas". BBC Sport. 31 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
- "Los campeones del mundo de fútbol ya tienen la Real Orden del Mérito Deportivo" [The football World Champions already have the Royal Order of Sporting Merit] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
- "Jesús Navas". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
- Jesús Navas at ESPN FC
- Includes other competitions, such as the Supercopa de España and UEFA Super Cup
- Marcos [sic] Navas: "Lo que le pasa a Jesús es que tiene miedo a una nueva recaída" (Marcos Navas: "What's happening is that Jesús is afraid of relapsing again"); Público, 10 October 2008 (Spanish)
- Rob Hughes (6 October 2009). "A free spirit who merits a look for the World Cup". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
- Navas honed skills kicking an orange juice carton and is so fast he broke a running machine... now City have Jesus on the wing!; Mail Online, 20 August 2013
- Wenger may gamble on nervy Navas; Mirror Football, 21 November 2006
- "World Cup 2010: Jesus Navas delighted to score his first for Spain". The Daily Telegraph. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2010.[dead link]
- "Jesus Navas gets a call up for Espana". La Liga Weekly. 13 November 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
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