Joel Robles

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Robles and the second or maternal family name is Blázquez.
Joel Robles
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Personal information
Full name Joel Robles Blázquez[1]
Date of birth (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Getafe, Spain
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Everton
Number 1
Youth career
Getafe
2005–2008 Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Atlético C
2009–2010 Atlético B 28 (0)
2010–2013 Atlético Madrid 2 (0)
2012 Rayo Vallecano (loan) 13 (0)
2013 Wigan Athletic (loan) 9 (0)
2013– Everton 2 (0)
National team
2005 Spain U16 1 (0)
2006 Spain U17 1 (0)
2011–2013 Spain U21 2 (0)
2012 Spain U23 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 December 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 March 2013

Joel Robles Blázquez (born 17 June 1990), known simply as Joel, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Everton as a goalkeeper.

Joel started his professional career at Atlético Madrid, initially in the C team in 2008, before progressing into the B team a year later. He made 28 league appearances for Atlético B during the 2009–10 season, before being promoted into the senior squad. Having been used sparingly in the 2011–12 season, he moved on loan to Rayo Vallecano in January 2012, making 13 league appearances. He was sent out on loan again in January 2013, this time to Premier League side Wigan Athletic, where he was part of the FA Cup-winning side. Having made eight league appearances for Wigan, he returned to Atlético Madrid at the end of the season.

Joel played internationally for Spain at U16, U17, U21 and U23 level, and was part of the squad that won the 2013 European Under-21 Championship.

Club career[edit]

Atlético Madrid[edit]

Born in Getafe, Madrid, Joel was a youth product of Getafe CF, and joined neighbouring Atlético Madrid in 2005 to finish his formation. He spent his first professional season, 2009–10, with the reserve side in Segunda División B and, on 27 December 2009, signed his first professional contract, running until June 2014.[2]

On 8 May 2010 Joel made his La Liga debut, in a 1–1 away draw against Sporting de Gijón: starter David de Gea (another Atlético youth graduate) was being rested for the UEFA Europa League final, and his replacement, Sergio Asenjo, suffered a severe knee injury after only ten minutes.[3]

In the 2010–11 campaign he acted mostly as backup, especially as Asenjo left in January 2011 to Málaga CF on loan, only to be again seriously injured in the process. After de Gea was signed by Manchester United in the off-season, Joel was made first-choice by newly appointed manager Gregorio Manzano, but he lost his position after only three official games, to Belgian Thibaut Courtois.

On 31 January 2012, Joel was loaned to neighbouring Rayo Vallecano – also in the top division – who had lost starter Dani Giménez to injury. He played his first game five days later, in a 2–1 away win against Real Zaragoza.[4]

Wigan Athletic[edit]

Joel was loaned again in the 2013 winter transfer window, joining a host of compatriots – including manager Roberto Martínez – at Premier League club Wigan Athletic.[5] He made his debut on 26 January, keeping a clean sheet in a 1–0 win at non-league side Macclesfield Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup.[6]

Joel made his first league appearance on 17 March 2013, starting in a 2–1 home victory against Newcastle United. He soon won the battle for first-choice status over Ali Al-Habsi.

On 11 May 2013 Joel started in Wigan's first-ever FA Cup final appearance, preventing Carlos Tevez from scoring twice in the first 45 minutes and eventually keeping a clean sheet in the 1–0 win.[7]

Everton[edit]

Joel signed for fellow league club Everton on 9 July 2013, rejoining former Wigan manager Roberto Martínez on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[8] On 26 December 2013 he played in 1–0 home defeat against Sunderland. Robles came on as a 25th minute substitute for Tim Howard who had been sent off for a professional foul and was unable to save the resulting penalty.[9] Robles then made his first Premier League start for Everton against Southampton three days later due to Howard's suspension, with Everton winning 2–1.[10]

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played 8 March 2014.[11]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Atlético Madrid 2009-10 La Liga 2 0 0 0 - - 0 0 - - 2 0
2010-11 La Liga 0 0 1 0 - - 1 0 0 0 2 0
2011-12 La Liga 0 0 0 0 - - 3 0 - - 3 0
2012-13 La Liga 0 0 0 0 - - - - - - 0 0
Total 2 0 1 0 - - 4 0 - - 7 0
Rayo Vallecano (loan) 2011-12 La Liga 13 0 0 0 - - - - - - 13 0
Total 13 0 0 0 - - - - - - 13 0
Wigan Athletic (loan) 2012-13 Premier League 9 0 4 0 0 0 - - - - 13 0
Total 9 0 4 0 0 0 - - - - 13 0
Everton 2013-14 Premier League 2 0 4 0 2 0 - - - - 8 0
Total 2 0 4 0 2 0 - - - - 8 0
Career total 26 0 9 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 41 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Atlético Madrid
Wigan Athletic

Country[edit]

Spain U21

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League Squad Numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  2. ^ El portero Joel Robles firma su contrato profesional con el Atlético de Madrid (Goalkeeper Joel Robles signs his professional contract with Atlético Madrid); Diario AS, 28 December 2009 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Gijon secure top-flight status; ESPN Soccernet, 8 May 2010
  4. ^ Ni un rayo de esperanza (Not one ray of hope); Marca, 5 February 2012 (Spanish)
  5. ^ "Wigan sign Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Joel Robles on loan". BBC Sport. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Macclesfield 0–1 Wigan; BBC Sport, 26 January 2013
  7. ^ "Man City 0–1 Wigan". BBC Sport. 11 May 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Blues sign Joel Robles". Everton F.C. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Everton 0–1 Sunderland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Everton 2–1 Southampton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Joel Robles at soccerway". Soccerway. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 

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