Álvaro Vázquez

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Álvaro Vázquez
Alvaro Vazquez 2013 Catalonia.jpg
Vázquez in action for Catalonia in 2013
Personal information
Full name Álvaro Vázquez García
Date of birth (1991-04-27) 27 April 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Espanyol
Number 8
Youth career
1997–2000 Trajana
2000–2005 Damm
2005–2009 Espanyol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Espanyol B 18 (8)
2010–2012 Espanyol 60 (10)
2012–2016 Getafe 86 (16)
2013–2014 Swansea City (loan) 12 (0)
2016– Espanyol 10 (0)
National team
2011 Spain U20 7 (5)
2011–2013 Spain U21 14 (7)
2012 Spain U23 3 (2)
2010– Catalonia 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 December 2016

Álvaro Vázquez García (born 27 April 1991) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for RCD Espanyol as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Vázquez spent most of his life in Badalona.[1] He joined RCD Espanyol's youth system in 2005 at the age of 14, and four years later he made his senior debuts, appearing with the reserves in Segunda División B and suffering team relegation.

Álvaro made his first-team – and La Liga – debut on 21 September 2010, coming on as a substitute for Sergio García midway through the second half of a 0–3 away loss against Real Madrid.[2] Only five days later, he scored the game's only goal in a home fixture against CA Osasuna,[3] and remained with the main squad for the rest of the season, mainly acting as backup to Dani Osvaldo.

After Osvaldo departed for A.S. Roma in the summer of 2011, Vázquez was made starter by manager Mauricio Pochettino. In January 2012, over only four days, he scored four goals in two games: first, he equalized through a header in the last minutes of the local derby against FC Barcelona (1–1 home draw),[4] then added a hat-trick against Córdoba CF for the campaign's Copa del Rey (4–2 home win, 5–4 on aggregate).[5]

After spending 2012–13 with fellow league side Getafe CF,[6] Vázquez became coach Michael Laudrup's eighth Spanish signing for his Swansea City team on 2 September 2013, with the loan move being subject to international clearance.[7][8] He made his Premier League debut on the 22nd in a 2–0 victory at Crystal Palace, setting up Nathan Dyer for the second goal.[9]

On 31 August 2016, Vázquez returned to his first club Espanyol after agreeing to a four-year contract.[10]

International career[edit]

Vázquez represented Spain at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia. He finished the competition with five goals (second-best, but with as many goals as the winner, Brazil's Henrique), as the nation reached the quarter-finals.[11]

Also in 2011, Vázquez made his debut for the under-21 team. He helped them win the 2013 UEFA European Championship by scoring in his only appearance, the 3–0 group stage win against the Netherlands.[12]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 8 April 2014[13]
Club Season League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Espanyol 2010–11 La Liga 30 4 4 2 34 6
2011–12 La Liga 28 5 5 5 33 10
Total 58 9 9 7 67 16
Getafe 2012–13 La Liga 29 4 2 0 31 4
2013–14 La Liga 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 30 4 4 2 35 4
Swansea City 2013–14 Premier League 12 0 4 0 4[a] 0 20 0
Total 12 0 4 0 4 0 20 0
Career total 100 13 17 9 4 0 121 22
  1. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

International[edit]

Spain U21

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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