Negredo playing for Manchester City in 2013
|Full name||Álvaro Negredo Sánchez|
|Date of birth||20 August 1985|
|Place of birth||Madrid, Spain|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|1997–2001||Escuela Fútbol A.F.E|
|2003–2005||Rayo Vallecano B||40||(28)|
|2005–2007||Real Madrid B||65||(22)|
|2014–2015||→ Valencia (loan)||30||(5)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 September 2015.
Nicknamed La fiera de Vallecas (The beast of Vallecas), his early career was associated with Real Madrid, although he could never become a part of its first-team setup, going on to represent other clubs in his country, with his longest spell being at Sevilla. Over the course of seven seasons, he amassed La Liga totals of 239 games and 107 goals.
Born in Madrid, Negredo started his career at local Rayo Vallecano, making his professional debuts in early 2005 with the club in Segunda División B. He switched during that summer to another side in the country's capital, ending his formation in Real Madrid affiliate Real Madrid Castilla.
In his last season Negredo developed as a striker, scoring 18 league goals although he could not prevent Castilla's drop from Segunda División. He did manage to impress first-team coach Fabio Capello and was called for a few games in the Copa del Rey, but remained an unused substitute; finally, he made his debut for the main squad in a friendly against Atlético Madrid.
In July 2007 Negredo was sold to La Liga newcomers UD Almería, with Real Madrid having an option to rebuy. He made his top flight debut on 26 August in a 3–0 shock win at Deportivo de La Coruña; on 2 February 2008 he scored from the penalty spot in a 2–0 home win against his former team and, on 19 April, he added two – after having missed a penalty kick – in a 4–1 away success against UEFA Cup and Spanish Cup holders Sevilla FC.
Negredo finished the campaign as Almería's topscorer with 13 goals, as the side from Andalusia finished eighth. In 2008–09 he netted five in the team's first six matches, including a 95th-minute winner against neighbours Recreativo de Huelva (1–0) on 28 September 2008; in February of the following year he scored a brace against Valencia CF, which took his league tally to ten, albeit in a 2–3 away loss, and finished with 19 successful strikes, with the club producing a slightly less successful season.
Return to Real Madrid
Real Madrid exercised their buyback option of a reported €5 million on Negredo during the summer of 2009, and the player returned to training with the club on 10 July. In the pre-season he scored the fourth goal against LDU Quito, in a 4–2 win for the Peace Cup.
Negredo had been tipped to join Real Zaragoza or Hull City, but finally decided to sign a reported five-year deal with Sevilla for €15 million, with Real Madrid having an option to rebuy the player in the first two years. New club manager Manuel Pellegrini could not guarantee him first-team football with the likes of Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuaín, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Cristiano Ronaldo in the squad, and subsequently advised him to leave and join Sevilla in order to fulfill his potential; Negredo later revealed his admiration for Pellegrini's honesty.
Negredo made his debut for Sevilla on 31 August 2009 against Valencia, coming as a substitute in the 37th minute on a 0–2 away loss. Two weeks later he scored his first goal, against CA Osasuna in a 2–0 away success.
A starter throughout most of the 2009–10 season, with Luís Fabiano and Frédéric Kanouté fighting for the other striker berth, Negredo's first year was highly irregular. He suffered a scoring drought that lasted (in the league alone) 12 games, only ending on 2 May 2010 in a 3–1 home win against Atlético Madrid, his two goals coming from penalties (he had already lost his starting position at the time, but the Malian was suspended for that game); he added another brace the following match, a 5–1 away routing of Racing de Santander for a total of 11 in the league, grabbing another in the UEFA Champions League; he was also sent off three times in the season, the last of which almost prevented his participation in the domestic cup final against Atlético Madrid after insulting the assistant referee in Sevilla's 3–2 win at former club Almería (the ban was later lifted and he was allowed to play – Fabiano was unavailable for the match through injury – in the 2–0 final win).
Negredo was an undisputed first-choice for Sevilla in the 2010–11 campaign – Fabiano also returned to São Paulo FC in March 2011 – scoring 27 official goals, 20 in the league. Highlights included braces against Villarreal CF (3–3 away draw in the cup, with his team eventually reaching the semifinals), Deportivo (3–3 away draw), Real Madrid (2–6 home loss,) Osasuna (2–3 loss, away) and RCD Espanyol (3–2 away win).
Negredo took his 2012–13 league total to 13 on 4 March 2013, after netting a hat-trick in a 4–1 home success over Celta de Vigo. He scored all of his team's goals on the last day of the season, a 4–3 home win against Valencia CF, clinching the Zarra Trophy in the process.
On 19 July 2013, Manchester City announced the signing of Negredo. The fee was reported as £16.4 million plus add-ons, and he signed a four-year deal. He moved to the Premier League club shortly after teammate Jesús Navas.
Negredo made his league debut on 19 August 2013, coming on as a substitute for countryman David Silva in a 4–0 home win against Newcastle United. He scored his first goal for the club the following match on 25 August, netting from a header in a 2–3 defeat at newly promoted Cardiff City, He scored his first goal at the City of Manchester Stadium in the next round, a 2–0 home success over Hull City.
On 5 November 2013 Negredo scored his first hat-trick for City, contributing to a 5–2 group stage home win against PFC CSKA Moscow which qualified the former to the round-of-16. This was the first-ever time a Manchester City player had scored three goals in the same match in the Champions League. He repeated the feat on 8 January of the following year, contributing decisively to a 6–0 home routing of West Ham United in the first leg of the Football League Cup semi-final.
On 1 September 2014 Negredo signed a loan deal with an obligatory purchase clause with Valencia, which required the club to purchase his rights at the end of the campaign, for an amount believed to be around €27 million. He scored his first competitive goal on 7 December, starting in a 1–1 away draw against Granada CF which was also his first appearance.
Negredo joined Valencia on a permanent basis on 1 July 2015. On 25 August, he helped his team reach the Champions League group phase by netting in the fourth minute of an eventual 1–2 loss at AS Monaco FC (4–3 on aggregate).
On 6 October 2009 Negredo received his first call to the Spanish senior team, for a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Armenia on the 10th, following the injuries of David Villa and Daniel Güiza. He made his debut replacing Fernando Torres early in the second half of an eventual 2–1 away win.
Four days later Negredo started and scored twice – also providing two assists – in another away fixture, against Bosnia and Herzegovina (5–2 triumph), as Spain eventually won all ten group matches. He was, however, overlooked for the final stages in South Africa, with the national team winning the tournament.
Negredo was chosen by manager Vicente del Bosque for his UEFA Euro 2012 squad. He played twice in the tournament in Poland and Ukraine, including one start against Portugal in the semifinals (4–2 penalty shootout win, 0–0 after 120 minutes).
|1.||14 October 2009||Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Bosnia and Herzegovina||0–3||2–5||2010 World Cup qualification|
|2.||14 October 2009||Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Bosnia and Herzegovina||0–4||2–5||2010 World Cup qualification|
|3.||4 June 2011||Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, United States||United States||0–2||0–4||Friendly|
|4.||6 September 2011||Las Gaunas, Logroño, Spain||Liechtenstein||1–0||6–0||Euro 2012 qualifying|
|5.||6 September 2011||Las Gaunas, Logroño, Spain||Liechtenstein||2–0||6–0||Euro 2012 qualifying|
|6.||30 May 2012||Stade de Suisse, Bern, Switzerland||South Korea||4–1||4–1||Friendly|
|7.||14 August 2013||Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo, Guayaquil, Ecuador||Ecuador||0–1||0–2||Friendly|
|8.||6 September 2013||Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland||Finland||0–2||0–2||2014 World Cup qualification|
|9.||11 October 2013||Iberostar Stadium, Palma, Spain||Belarus||2–0||2–1||2014 World Cup qualification|
|10.||15 October 2013||Carlos Belmonte, Albacete, Spain||Georgia||1–0||2–0||2014 World Cup qualification|
- As of 17 May 2015
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Rayo Vallecano B||2003–04||Tercera División||15||14||—||—||—||—||15||14|
|Rayo Vallecano||2004–05||Segunda División B||12||1||0||0||—||—||1[a]||0||13||1|
|Real Madrid B||2005–06||Segunda División||25||4||—||—||—||—||25||4|
|Manchester City||2013–14||Premier League||32||9||4||3||5||6||7[b]||5||—||48||23|
- As of 19 November 2013.
- Manchester City
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- "Valencia oust Monaco to complete Spanish quintet". UEFA.com. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
- "Una España de diez, una España plena" [10-grade Spain, full-on Spain]. Marca (in Spanish). 14 October 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
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- César Negredo at BDFutbol
- Rubén Negredo at BDFutbol
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- Valencia official profile
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- Futbolme profile (Spanish)
- National team data
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- Álvaro Negredo at National-Football-Teams.com
- Álvaro Negredo – FIFA competition record