Canales as a Valencia player
|Full name||Sergio Canales Madrazo|
|Date of birth||16 February 1991|
|Place of birth||Santander, Spain|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|1995–2001||CD San Agustín|
|2011–2012||→ Valencia (loan)||11||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Santander, Cantabria, Canales was a product of hometown Racing de Santander's youth ranks, 50% of Canales' playing rights were bought by Deportivo de La Coruña in 2006, as part of the deal that saw Pedro Munitis return to Racing. Dudu Aouate and Antonio Tomás were also involved, in the opposite direction.
On 18 September 2008 he made his first team debut with Racing, playing in a UEFA Cup home tie against FC Honka of Finland, a 1–0 win. Roughly two weeks later he first appeared in La Liga, with the same result happening at CA Osasuna.
Having gradually received more playing time with the main squad, Canales scored twice against RCD Espanyol in a 4–0 away win on 6 December 2009, and repeated the feat at Sevilla FC on 9 January 2010 (2–1 at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium), receiving Man of the Match honors in the latter game. The following week, as Racing drew at home to Real Valladolid 1–1, he also found the net, and eventually finished his first full season with six goals and four assists to help his team narrowly avoid relegation.
On 12 February 2010, Real Madrid announced:
‘’Real Madrid and Real Racing Club Santander have reached a deal for the transfer of player Sergio Canales Madrazo. The contract will take effect as of 1 July 2010 and will keep Canales at Real Madrid for the next six seasons‘’.
On 4 August 2010 Canales made his debut for Real Madrid, scoring a goal in a 3–2 friendly win against Club América. His first league appearance came on 29 August, in a 0–0 draw against RCD Mallorca; he totalled 518 minutes of action in his first and only year with the club, which included three appearances in the victorious run in the Copa del Rey.
On 4 August 2011, Valencia announced Canales would join the club on a two-year loan. After that time, the Che retained the option of purchasing the player.
Canales scored his first goal for his new side on 1 October, the game's only in a home fixture against Granada CF. Late into the month, he had to be stretchered off during a league home match against Athletic Bilbao and, the following day, he was diagnosed with a torn knee ligament, being sidelined for six months.
On 26 April 2012, in only his fifth appearance since returning, against Atlético Madrid in the Europa League semifinals' second leg, Canales relapsed from his injury early into the second half of an eventual 0–1 home loss (2–5 aggregate defeat), going on to miss a further six months of action.
On 19 July 2012, Canales moved permanently to Valencia for €7.5 million and five years, alongside Madrid teammate Fernando Gago. The Merengues also reserved an option to buyback the player over the course of the next two seasons.
Canales was deemed surplus to requirements after the arrival of new Valencia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi, in December 2013. In late January of the following year, he signed for four and a half years and €3.5 million with fellow league side Real Sociedad.
Subsequently, Canales was named in the squad for the 2009 European Under-19 Championship. The following year, in the same category, he represented the nation at the European Championships, reaching the final and scoring one goal in the semi-finals, a 3–1 win against Italy.
Canales was selected to the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia, playing in four out of five games for the national team (three starts) in an eventual penalty shootout quarterfinal exit. He featured regularly in the 2013 European Championship Under-21 qualification where he netted three times, including a brace against Georgia; despite missing the playoff game with Denmark he was named in the squad for the finals in Israel, but withdrew from the tournament after picking an injury in the first group match against Russia –Spain went on to win the trophy.
- Real Madrid
- Spain U21
- Spain U19
- Spain U17
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- Sergio Canales at ESPN FC