Sergio Ramos

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Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos Euro 2012 vs France 01.jpg
Ramos before a game with Spain
Personal information
Full name Sergio Ramos García[1]
Date of birth (1986-03-30) 30 March 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Camas, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Real Madrid
Number 4
Youth career
1996–2003 Sevilla
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Sevilla B 26 (2)
2004–2005 Sevilla 39 (2)
2005– Real Madrid 282 (33)
National team
2002 Spain U17 1 (0)
2004 Spain U19 6 (0)
2004 Spain U21 6 (0)
2005– Spain 115 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:53, 5 April 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 02:00, 20 November 2013 (UTC)

Sergio Ramos García (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈserxjo ˈramoz ɣarˈθi.a]; born 30 March 1986) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Madrid and Spain. Mainly a central defender, he can perform equally as a right back.

After emerging through Sevilla's youth system, he went on to be a defensive mainstay for both Real Madrid and the Spanish national team, gaining his first cap at the age of 18.

Internationally Ramos participated in two World Cups and two European Championships, winning the former tournament in 2010 and the latter in 2008 and 2012.

Club career[edit]

Sevilla[edit]

Born in Camas, Seville, Andalusia, Ramos began his career at local side Sevilla FC, emerging through the club's youth system alongside Jesús Navas and Antonio Puerta. He made his first-team – and La Liga – debut on 1 February 2004, coming on as a second half substitute in a 0–1 away loss against Deportivo de La Coruña.

In the 2004–05 season, Ramos appeared in 41 games as Sevilla finished sixth and qualified to the UEFA Cup, scoring in home fixtures against Real Sociedad (2–1)[2] and Real Madrid (2–2).[3]

Real Madrid[edit]

Ramos during the 2010–11 season.
Ramos in action in La Liga.

In the summer of 2005, 19-year-old Ramos was purchased by Real Madrid for 27 million, a record for a Spanish teenager.[4] He was the only Spanish player brought in during Florentino Pérez's first stint as Real's president.

At the club, Ramos was awarded the number 4 shirt, previously worn by Fernando Hierro. On 6 December 2005 he netted his first goal for the Merengues, in a 2–3 UEFA Champions League group stage loss at Olympiacos FC.[5]

During his first seasons, Ramos played as centre back, being also used as an emergency defensive midfielder on occasion. However, with the arrival of Christoph Metzelder and Pepe in the 2007–08 season, he was again relocated to right back, whilst displaying a goalscoring instinct unusual to many defenders, netting more than 20 overall goals in Real Madrid's shirt during his first four seasons combined. On 4 May 2008 he assisted Gonzalo Higuaín in the 89th minute against CA Osasuna in an eventual 2–1 away win, the match that sealed the club's 31st league championship; on the final day of the season he scored twice in a 5–2 home win against already relegated Levante UD, one through a header and another after an individual effort, taking his league tally to five.[6]

Ramos scored a vital goal in the Spanish Supercup contest against Valencia CF, making it 2–1 in an eventual 4–2 and 6–5 aggregate win despite the fact Real Madrid playing with only nine men for a long period of time. Although he experienced a slight dip in form, he returned to his best and on 11 January 2009, netted on an acrobatic volley in a 3–0 triumph at RCD Mallorca,[7] continuing his scoring run in the following week in a 3–1 home win against Osasuna.[8]

Ramos was named in both FIFA and UEFA's 2008 Team of the Year, adding the FIFPro Team of the Year 2007–08 accolade. He also finished 21st in the European Player of the Year nomination for 2008.[9]

Just at the start of the 2009–10 season, Ramos was appointed as one of Real Madrid's four captains. As Pepe suffered a serious knee injury during the campaign, he was often deployed as central defender, and scored four goals in 33 league contests, but the team eventually came out empty in silverware; on 21 February 2010 he played his 200th official match for the capital team, against Villarreal CF (150 in the first division).

In Real Madrid's 0–5 loss at FC Barcelona on 29 November 2010, Ramos was sent off after kicking Lionel Messi from behind, then pushing Carles Puyol in the ensuing melée.[10] After this ejection, he equalled Fernando Hierro's previous record for red cards at the club, having played in 264 fewer games.[11]

On 20 April 2011, Ramos started in the season's Copa del Rey final, a 1–0 win against Barcelona in Valencia. In the subsequent victory procession, while celebrating on the top of the club's bus, he accidentally lost hold of the cup, which fell under the wheels of the vehicle; the trophy was dented as a result.[12]

On 12 July 2011, Ramos extended his contract with Real Madrid until 2017.[13] Early into the season, he profitted from an injury to Ricardo Carvalho to return to his more natural position as stopper.

On 25 April 2012, in the Champions League semi-finals' second leg against FC Bayern Munich, Ramos missed his penalty shootout attempt, shooting well wide over the bar. Real Madrid went on to lose 1–3 and be eliminated;[14] as the league campaign ended in conquest after a four-year wait, he was the player with most balls recovered in his team, third overall.[15]

On 9 January 2013, Ramos was sent off for a second bookable offense midway through the second half of an eventual 4–0 home win over Celta de Vigo for the domestic cup. He subsequently received a four-match suspension, after it was revealed he also insulted referee Miguel Ángel Ayza Gámez;[16] the following month, mere minutes after scoring the second goal at home against Rayo Vallecano and in less than 60 seconds early into the first half, he received two yellow cards in the eventual 2–0 home success, taking his red card tally with Real Madrid alone to 16, 12 in the league.[17][18]

In late February/early March 2013, due to the absence of Iker Casillas due to injury, Ramos captained Real to back-to-back wins over Barcelona in just four days: he netted the 2–1 home winner in the second game, heading home after a corner kick.[19]

On 14 December 2013, Ramos received a club record 18th red card for Real Madrid in a 2–2 draw at Osasuna,[20] but the suspension was later lifted.[21] His 19th came in a 3–4 home defeat to Barcelona, on 23 March 2014.[22]

International career[edit]

Ramos playing against France at Euro 2012.

In 2004, Ramos became an instant hit for Spain's under-21, for who he played six international matches. On 26 March 2005, in a 3–0 friendly win over China in Salamanca, he first appeared for the senior side at only 18 years and 361 days of age, making him the youngest player to play for the national team in the last 55 years (he held this record until it was broken by Arsenal's Cesc Fàbregas).[23]

Just seven months later, Ramos scored his first two international goals in a 6–0 away thrashing of San Marino for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. He was selected for the final stages in Germany and, after the international retirement of Real Madrid teammate Míchel Salgado, became the undisputed first-choice right-back.

Throughout Spain's UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, Ramos was a regular member of the starting eleven as the national side finished first in its group, above Sweden. He scored two goals, including one in a 3–1 away win over Denmark, in 11 appearances.

In the tournament's final stages, Ramos played in all matches and minutes, except the 2–1 group stage win against Greece. In the final, his pass nearly set up Marcos Senna's first international goal, but the latter barely missed it by inches. During the celebrations after the 1–0 defeat of Germany, he wore a T-shirt in honor of close friend and former Sevilla teammate Puerta, who died in August 2007.[24][25]

Ramos was selected in the squad for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, as Spain finished in third position. At the 2010 World Cup, held in the same country, he started every game, helping the team keep five clean sheets and reach the final, which they won 1–0 against the Netherlands; he topped the tournament's Castrol Performance Index with a score of 9.79.[26]

Ramos returned to the heart of the defence for the Euro 2012 tournament. When asked about his role change, he replied: “I have adapted and feel comfortable in the middle, but I am a World and European champion at right-back.”[27] He played all the games in Poland and Ukraine alongside Barcelona's Gerard Piqué and, in the semifinals against Portugal, he converted his penalty shootout attempt in an eventual 4–2 win (0–0 after 120 minutes), scoring for the eventual champions in Panenka-style.[28]

On 22 March 2013, Ramos celebrated his 100th cap by opening the scoring in a 1–1 draw with Finland in Gijón for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. He became the youngest European player ever to reach that figure in the process, surpassing Germany's Lukas Podolski.[29]

International goals[edit]

Ramos training with Spain
Scores and results list Spain's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 October 2005 Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino  San Marino 3–0 6–0 2006 World Cup qualification
2. 13 October 2005 Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino  San Marino 4–0 6–0 2006 World Cup qualification
3. 13 October 2007 Atletion, Aarhus, Denmark  Denmark 2–0 3–1 Euro 2008 qualifying
4. 17 November 2007 Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain  Sweden 3–0 3–0 Euro 2008 qualifying
5. 3 March 2010 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  France 2–0 2–0 Friendly
6. 6 September 2011 Las Gaunas, Logroño, Spain  Liechtenstein 4–0 6–0 Euro 2012 qualifying
7. 16 October 2012 Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain  France 1–0 1–1 2014 World Cup qualification
8. 14 November 2012 Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Panama 4–0 5–1 Friendly
9. 22 March 2013 El Molinón, Gijón, Spain  Finland 1–0 1–1 2014 World Cup qualification

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 16 April 2014[30][31]
Club Season League Cup1 Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sevilla 2003–04 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2004–05 31 2 5 0 5 1 41 3
2005–06 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 39 2 5 0 5 1 49 3
Real Madrid 2005–06 33 4 6 1 7 1 46 6
2006–07 33 5 3 0 6 1 42 6
2007–08 33 5 5 1 7 0 45 6
2008–09 32 4 2 1 8 1 42 6
2009–10 33 4 0 0 7 0 40 4
2010–11 31 3 7 1 8 0 46 4
2011–12 34 3 6 0 11 1 51 4
2012–13 26 4 5 0 9 1 40 5
2013–14 27 1 8 0 8 0 43 1
Total 282 33 42 4 71 5 395 42
Career Total 321 35 47 4 76 6 444 45

1Includes Supercopa de España.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Real Madrid

Country[edit]

Spain
Spain U–19

Individual[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Ramos entered a relationship with journalist/presenter Pilar Rubio in September 2012, and this was confirmed by both at the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala.[34] On 12 November 2013, she announced via Twitter that she was expecting her first child with the footballer.[35][36]

Ramos is a fans of bullfighting, which is popular in his hometown, and he is a personal friend of matador Alejandro Talavante.[37] He celebrated victories for both club and country by playing with a matador's cape.[38]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. p. 29. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "FC Sevilla 2–1 Real Sociedad". ESPN Soccernet. 26 September 2004. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "FC Sevilla 2–2 Real Madrid". ESPN Soccernet. 14 May 2005. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Sergio Ramos joins Real Madrid for €27 million". Think Spain. 1 September 2005. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Olympiakos 2–1 Real Madrid: Second-string". ESPN Soccernet. 6 December 2005. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Real Madrid 5–2 Levante". ESPN Soccernet. 18 May 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Mallorca 0–3 Real Madrid". ESPN Soccernet. 11 January 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Real Madrid 3–1 Osasuna". ESPN Soccernet. 18 January 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Chelsea readying mammoth €40 million swoop for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos; Goal.com, 23 August 2010
  10. ^ "Exquisite Barca crush Real". ESPN Soccernet. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2010. 
  11. ^ Sergio Ramos ya ha igualado las diez tarjetas rojas de Fernando Hierro (Sergio Ramos equals Fernando Hierro's record of ten red cards); Resultados-Futbol (Spanish)
  12. ^ "Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos drops Copa del Rey trophy off bus". The Daily Telegraph. 21 April 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  13. ^ "Official announcement". Real Madrid's official website. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  14. ^ "Spot-on Bayern edge Madrid thriller to reach final". UEFA.com. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  15. ^ "King of steals". Real Madrid's official website. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Ramos handed five-match ban". ESPN FC. 10 January 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Real claim derby spoils". ESPN FC. 17 February 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "Sergio Ramos, en alerta roja" [Sergio Ramos, red alert] (in Spanish). Marca. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  19. ^ "Sergio Ramos heads Real past Barca". ESPN FC. 2 March 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  20. ^ "Madrid to appeal Ramos' 18th red card". ESPN FC. 16 December 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  21. ^ "Sergio Ramos podrá jugar en Valencia" [Sergio Ramos will be able to play in Valencia] (in Spanish). Defensa Central. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  22. ^ "Sergio Ramos and his 19 Real Madrid red cards: a retrospective". The Guardian. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  23. ^ "Aperitivo oriental" [Oriental hors d'oeuvre] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 27 March 2005. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  24. ^ "Sevilla's Puerta dies in hospital". BBC Sport. 28 August 2007. 
  25. ^ Ramos pays tribute to Antonio Puerta; Real Madrid's official website, 30 June 2008
  26. ^ Spain's Sergio Ramos tops 2010 World Cup Castrol Index; Goal.com, 12 July 2010
  27. ^ "Sergio Ramos: I have adapted to play as a centre-back for Spain". Goal.com. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  28. ^ "Spain survive test of nerve to reach final". UEFA.com. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  29. ^ "Ramos: centenario, capitán y goleador" [Ramos: 100th game, captain and scorer] (in Spanish). Marca. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  30. ^ "Sergio Ramos". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  31. ^ Sergio Ramos at ESPN FC
  32. ^ Ramos crowned as La Roja conquer; FIFA.com, 12 July 2010
  33. ^ Ramos crowned Castrol EDGE Index winner; UEFA.com, 2 July 2012
  34. ^ "Pilar Rubio y Sergio Ramos hacen oficial su relación en la gala del Balón de Oro" [Pilar Rubio and Sergio Ramos make relationship official at Ballon d'Or Gala] (in Spanish). ABC. 9 January 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  35. ^ "Pilar Rubio y Sergio Ramos esperan su primer hijo" [Pilar Rubio and Sergio Ramos expecting first child] (in Spanish). Antena 3. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  36. ^ "Pilar Rubio: 'Sergio y yo esperamos un niño'" [Pilar Rubio: 'Sergio and i are expecting a baby boy'] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  37. ^ "Bullfighter Talavante thanks Ramos for cape gesture". Marca. 7 April 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  38. ^ "Real's Sergio Ramos plays with a bullfighting cape at the end of …". Yahoo! Sports. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 

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