Ansu Fati

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Ansu Fati
Personal information
Full name Anssumane Fati Vieira[1]
Date of birth (2002-10-31) 31 October 2002 (age 16)
Place of birth Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Barcelona
Number 31[3]
Youth career
2009–2010 Herrera
2010–2012 Sevilla
2012–2019 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2019– Barcelona 5 (2)
National team
2019– Spain U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 September 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2019

Anssumane "Ansu" Fati Vieira (born 31 October 2002) is a professional footballer who plays as a left winger for Spanish club Barcelona. Born in Guinea-Bissau, Fati represents Spain internationally.

Early and personal life[edit]

Born in Bissau, Fati moved to Herrera, Seville with his family at the age of six, when his older brother Braima signed for Sevilla.[4] Another brother Miguel is also a footballer.[5]

His father is ex-footballer Bori Fati, who was from Guinea-Bissau. After immigrating to Portugal, he set up some teams in the lower leagues. There, he read a story of the Andalusian town Marinaleda, a self-declared communist utopia located near Seville, that was offering work to immigrants. After begging for food on the streets of Marinaleda, he met the mayor Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo and found a job as a driver. He then settled in the nearby town of Herrera, where Ansu spent most of his childhood and started his football training. Though born in Guinea-Bissau, Bori has said he is "a Sevillian".[6][7]

Club career[edit]

After representing local side Herrera and the youth teams of Sevilla, he joined Barcelona's La Masia in 2012, aged ten,[8][9] a year after his brother had made the same move.[10]

On 24 July 2019, Fati signed his first professional contract with Barcelona, agreeing to a deal until 2022.[11] On 25 August, before even appearing with the reserves, Fati made his first team – and La Liga – debut, coming on as a late-game substitute for goalscorer Carles Pérez in a 5–2 home win over Real Betis.[12] Aged 16 years and 298 days, he became the second-youngest player to debut for the club, only 18 days older than Vicenç Martínez in 1941.[13]

On 31 August 2019, he scored his first professional goal in a 2–2 away draw between Barcelona and Osasuna at the age of 16 years and 304 days, becoming the Barcelona senior team's youngest goalscorer ever and the third-youngest scorer in the history of La Liga.[14]

On 14 September 2019, in his first career start, Fati became the youngest player in the history of La Liga to score and assist in the same match, at the age of 16 years and 318 days. Fati scored in the 2nd minute and assisted Frenkie de Jong's goal in the 7th minute of an eventual 5–2 home win against Valencia.[15][16] On 17 September, Fati made his Champions League debut in a 0–0 away draw against Borussia Dortmund, becoming the youngest player to feature for Barcelona in the competition at the age of 16 years and 321 days, breaking the previous record held by Bojan Krkić (17 years and 22 days); he also became the third-youngest player ever to appear in the competition. He was replaced by Lionel Messi in the 60th minute.[17]

International career[edit]

Fati was originally eligible to represent Guinea-Bissau at international level, but did not represent the nation of his birth at any level. After his debut in La Liga, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) showed interest in him, with Diario AS reporting that the Spanish government had set its sights on granting Fati citizenship with a view to including him in the squad for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup. He is also reportedly eligible for a Portuguese passport through his grandparents' birth in colonial Portuguese Guinea.[18]

Fati was granted Spanish citizenship on 20 September 2019,[19][20] renouncing his Bissau-Guinean citizenship.[21] He was called up to the Spanish under-21 team on 11 October 2019, following an injury to Carles Pérez.[22] Fati made his debut for the Spanish under-21 team on 15 October 2019 against Montenegro.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 24 September 2019[24]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Copa del Rey Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona 2019–20 La Liga 5 2 0 0 1[a] 0 0 0 6 2
Career total 5 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 2
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Ansu Fati Wiki, Bio, Age, Salary, Nationality, Religion, Barcelona, Highlights, Height, Instagram, Parents and Family. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "Football - U19A - Squad 2019-20". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Ansu Fati's father explains Barcelona signing: "Madrid offered us better terms..."". Diario AS. 26 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  5. ^ "La saga de los hermanos Fati" [The saga of the Fati brothers] (in Spanish). Sport. 26 November 2017. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  6. ^ "El fabulós destí d'Ansu Fati, el fill de guineans que va enamorar al Camp Nou" [The fabulous fate of Ansu Fati, the son of Guineans who fell in love with the Camp Nou]. Ara.cat (in Catalan). 26 August 2019. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  7. ^ Lowe, Sid (16 September 2019). "'A star is born': Ansu Fati announces himself and changes his world". www.theguardian.com. The Guardian.
  8. ^ "Así juega Ansu Fati, joya de la cantera del Barça" [This is how Ansu Fati, the pearl of Barça's youth setup, plays] (in Spanish). Diario de Sevilla. 21 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Ansu Fati, el sueño de un guineano criado en Herrera se hace realidad" [Ansu Fati, a dream of a Guinean raised in Herrera becomes true] (in Spanish). Diario de Sevilla. 26 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  10. ^ "El Calahorra va lanzado: Braima Fati cambia La Masía por La Planilla" [Calahorra is boosted: Braima Fati swaps La Masía for La Planilla] (in Spanish). NueveCuatroUno. 21 August 2019. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Ansu blaugrana fins al 2022" [Ansu blaugrana until 2022] (in Catalan). FC Barcelona. 24 July 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Griezmann throws a big Barcelona party". Marca. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Teenager Fati makes Barcelona history in debut La Liga game". Goal.com. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  14. ^ "Ansu Fati becomes Barcelona's youngest-ever goalscorer with Osasuna strike". Metro. 31 August 2019. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  15. ^ Shapiro, Michael (14 September 2019). "16-Year-Old Ansu Fati Shines in First Start With Barcelona". SI.com. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  16. ^ "FC Barcelona 5-2 Valencia: Wow!". FC Barcelona. 14 September 2019. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  17. ^ "Dortmund 0–0 Barcelona". BBC Sport. 17 September 2019. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  18. ^ "Ansu Fati: Spain want to fast-track Barça star into World Cup squad". Diario AS. 29 August 2019. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  19. ^ Quixano, Jordi (20 September 2019). "Ansu Fati ya es español" [Ansu Fati is already Spanish]. El País. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  20. ^ "Ansu Fati: Barcelona forward granted Spanish citizenship". September 20, 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  21. ^ [2] "renunciando a su nacionalidad anterior".
  22. ^ "Carles Pérez, baja; Ansu Fati, alta" [Carles Pérez, out; Ansu Fati, called up]. SEFutbol (in Spanish). 11 October 2019.
  23. ^ "Montenegro 0–2 Spain". UEFA. 15 October 2019. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  24. ^ "Anssumane Fati". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 September 2019.

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