Soldado playing for Valencia
|Full name||Roberto Soldado Rillo|
|Date of birth||27 May 1985|
|Place of birth||Valencia, Spain|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|Current club||Tottenham Hotspur|
|2002–2006||Real Madrid B||120||(64)|
|2006–2007||→ Osasuna (loan)||30||(11)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
After emerging through Real Madrid's youth system, he went on to appear in only 27 official games for the first team (four goals). Over the course of nine La Liga seasons he amassed totals of 207 matches and 101 goals, representing also Osasuna, Getafe and Valencia.
Born in Valencia, Soldado joined Real Madrid at the age of 15 from local small club CF Don Bosco. After seasons of prolific goalscoring with the club's B-team, he made his first team debut on 23 October 2005 against Valencia CF, playing 18 minutes in a 1–2 home loss. Previously, on 28 September, he had scored an 86th minute winner after just six minutes on the pitch, in the season's UEFA Champions League contest against Olympiakos FC (2–1 home win), adding a late equalizer against CA Osasuna and another in a 3–2 success at Racing de Santander as Real finished second in the league, also netting in the Copa del Rey 4–0 win against Athletic Bilbao.
In 2005–06, with Castilla, Soldado scored 19 goals in Segunda División (two penalties) to become joint-second highest goalscorer, alongside Ciudad de Murcia's José Juan Luque, one goal behind Nigerian Ikechukwu Uche of Recreativo de Huelva.
On 24 July 2006, Soldado officially became the first member of Real Madrid to leave under new manager Fabio Capello and new president Ramón Calderón, moving to fellow La Liga club Osasuna on a season-long loan. Set to score goals and return to Real Madrid as a better footballer, he stated: "The idea is to leave and have a good season with a first division team scoring goals, and to develop as a footballer". Osasuna had finished fourth in the previous campaign, to earn themselves a place in the third qualifying round of the Champions League, hence Soldado chose them over a number of other Spanish clubs competing for his presence. "The following year I want to return to the Real first team. I chose Osasuna because it gives me the chance to play in the Champions League", he said to Real Madrid's website after his signing; he finished the campaign with a total of 15 official goals, making him the Navarrese team's top scorer.
Soldado returned to Real Madrid where, on 11 July 2007, he renewed his contract with the team until 30 June 2012. In a 21 July interview with Spanish newspaper Diario AS, he revealed that he would be wearing number 9 shirt in his second stint: "During the preseason I'll be number 9, the number I've always dreamed of. When I step onto the pitch at the Bernabéu I'll remember all the hard work it took to get here". However, he finished the season with just five league appearances (one start, at Deportivo de La Coruña), the second with fewer minutes for the league champions.
In late July 2008 Soldado was sold to Getafe CF for €4 million, signing a four-year deal with the side from the Madrid outskirts, like former Real midfielder Esteban Granero the previous week. He scored his first goal for the club on 19 October 2008 in a 1–2 away loss against Málaga CF, adding two in another away defeat, with Osasuna (2–5), two months later; in between, he was sent off in a 0–3 home loss against Valencia, for head-butting Carlos Marchena.
On 25 January 2009 Soldado netted a hat-trick as an early substitute, in a 5–1 home win against Sporting de Gijón. On 22 March, as Getafe struggled in the league, he scored twice to secure another home triumph, 2–1 with Recreativo de Huelva. The following month he netted the opener against his first professional club, albeit in a 2–3 away defeat.
Soldado started 2009–10 in impressive fashion, scoring three past Racing Santander in a 4–1 away win. After a long scoring drought, he added three more against newly promoted Xerez CD, in a 5–1 home triumph.
On 19 December 2009, Soldado took his league tally to ten after scoring twice in a 2–1 win at Sevilla FC – with this achievement, he became Getafe's best ever scorer in the first division, surpassing Manu del Moral and Daniel Güiza; he missed one month of competition due to injury but, in his return to action, scored from a bicycle kick, earning his side a point in the 1–1 home draw against Gijón.
In early June 2010, after a successful year at Getafe – 16 league goals, and the club qualified for the UEFA Europa League – Soldado returned to his hometown and signed for Valencia for €10 million, replacing FC Barcelona-bound David Villa. In his first official game, on 14 September, for the Champions League group stage, he contributed one goal in the Che's 4–0 win at Bursaspor; when the two teams met at the Mestalla Stadium in November, he netted two more, in a 6–1 success.
On 2 April 2011, Soldado scored all of Valencia's goals in a 4–2 away win against former club Getafe. In the next fixture, a local derby against Villarreal CF, he netted two more in a 5–0 home thrashing, and finished the season as joint-fourth top scorer as his team ranked third and qualified to the Champions League.
In the first game of the 2011–12 season (second round), Soldado scored four goals against Racing Santander – one in his own net – in an eventual 4–3 home win. His last two goals arrived in the final three minutes. In late November 2011, in two home games separated by only five days, he added five more: two in a 2–3 home loss against Real Madrid and three in a 7–0 routing of K.R.C. Genk for the Champions League group stage.
Soldado took his league tally to 15 (and 25 for the campaign) on 18 March 2012, scoring all three of his team's goals in a 3–0 win at Bilbao. In late June, he extended his contract until 2017.
Valencia agreed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur for the transfer of Soldado on 1 August 2013, for a club-record fee of £26 million. The transfer was completed four days later after a successful medical, and it broke the English side's previous record of £17 million paid for Paulinho earlier in the summer.
On 18 August 2013, Soldado scored Tottenham's winning goal with a penalty kick in a 1–0 win against Crystal Palace on his Premier League debut. Four days later, he scored his first goals in European competition for the Spurs, netting a brace in a 5–0 win at FC Dinamo Tbilisi for the Europa League playoff round;
Soldado represented Spain at all its youth levels, scoring a total of 26 goals. He was first called up to the first team in June 2007 for two UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers, against Latvia and Liechtenstein, playing in both; however, he did not make it to the finals in Switzerland and Austria, as the nation emerged victorious.
On 29 February 2012, after nearly five years of absence, Soldado returned to the national team: he came on as a substitute for Fernando Llorente at half-time of a friendly with Venezuela in Málaga, scoring twice after only seven minutes on the pitch; afterwards, he gained a penalty and the sending off of Fernando Amorebieta, but missed the ensuing attempt, only to close the score at 5–0 in the 83rd minute.
- Score and Result lists Spain's goals first
|1.||29 February 2012||La Rosaleda, Málaga, Spain||Venezuela||3–0||5–0||Friendly|
|4.||11 September 2012||Boris Paichadze, Tbilisi, Georgia||Georgia||1–0||1–0||2014 World Cup qualification|
|5.||11 June 2013||Yankee Stadium, New York, United States||Republic of Ireland||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|6.||16 June 2013||Arena Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil||Uruguay||2–0||2–1||2013 FIFA Confederations Cup|
|7.||10 September 2013||Stade de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland||Chile||1–1||2–2||Friendly|
- Real Madrid
- Spain U19
|Real Madrid B||2002–03||26||7||—||—||26||7|
- "Barclays Premier League squad numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
- Madrid's soldier of fortune; UEFA.com, 29 September 2005
- Real striker Soldado to join Osasuna; ESPN Soccernet, 24 July 2006
- Madrid reward Ramos and Soldado; UEFA.com, 12 July 2007
- Soldado set to seal Getafe switch; UEFA.com, 30 July 2008
- Osasuna 5–2 Getafe; ESPN Soccernet, 21 December 2008
- Getafe 0–3 Valencia; ESPN Soccernet, 9 November 2008
- Getafe 5–1 Sporting Gijon; ESPN Soccernet, 25 January 2009
- Getafe 2–1 Recreativo Huelva; ESPN Soccernet, 22 March 2009
- Real Madrid 3–2 Getafe; ESPN Soccernet, 21 April 2009
- Racing Santander 1–4 Getafe; ESPN Soccernet, 30 August 2009
- Getafe 5–1 Xerez; ESPN Soccernet, 29 November 2009
- Soldado stun Sanchez Pizjuan; ESPN Soccernet, 19 December 2009
- Getafe edge closer to European place; ESPN Soccernet, 4 May 2010
- Valencia new boys spoil Bursaspor debut; UEFA.com, 14 September 2010
- Valencia vanquish Bursaspor to ease through; UEFA.com, 24 November 2010
- Soldado strikes rout Getafe; ESPN Soccernet, 2 April 2011
- Valencia put five past Villarreal; ESPN Soccernet, 10 April 2011
- Soldado late show sinks Santander; ESPN Soccernet, 27 August 2011
- Real pass Los Che test; ESPN Soccernet, 19 November 2011
- Soldado spearheads Valencia romp; UEFA.com, 23 November 2011
- Soldado treble sinks Athletic; ESPN Soccernet, 18 March 2012
- Soldado signs new deal; ESPN Soccernet, 23 June 2012
- "Soldado treble sinks BATE". ESPN FC. 23 October 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
- "Transfer news: Valencia announce £26m fee with Tottenham agreed for Roberto Soldado – but it's not yet a done deal". The Independent. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
- "Soldado passes medical". Tottenham Hotspur F.C. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
- "Official: Tottenham complete £26m club-record signing of Roberto Soldado". Inside World Soccer. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
- "Crystal Palace 0–1 Tottenham". BBC Sport. 18 August 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
- "Dinamo Tbilisi 0–5 Tottenham". BBC Sport. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
- "Aston Villa 0 Tottenham Hotspur 2: match report". The Telegraph. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
- "Tottenham 4 Anzhi Makhachkala 1: Soldado bags treble as Spurs keep up 100% record". Daily Mail. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
- Solid Spain continue to climb; UEFA.com, 2 June 2007
- Celestiales (Heavenly); Marca, 29 February 2012 (Spanish)
- Dominant Spain down Uruguay; FIFA.com, 16 June 2013
- Roberto Soldado – Performance data
- Roberto Soldado at ESPN FC
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- CiberChe stats and bio (Spanish)
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