César Azpilicueta

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César Azpilicueta
César Azpilicueta, Al Hilal SFC vs Chelsea F.C., 9 February 2022.jpg
Azpilicueta playing for Chelsea in 2022
Personal information
Full name César Azpilicueta Tanco[1]
Date of birth (1989-08-28) 28 August 1989 (age 32)[2]
Place of birth Zizur Mayor, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[3]
Position(s) Right-back, centre-back
Club information
Current team
Chelsea
Number 28
Youth career
2001–2006 Osasuna
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Osasuna B 27 (1)
2007–2010 Osasuna 99 (0)
2010–2012 Marseille 47 (1)
2012– Chelsea 325 (10)
National team
2005 Spain U16 3 (0)
2006 Spain U17 14 (0)
2007–2008 Spain U19 18 (2)
2009 Spain U20 5 (0)
2008–2011 Spain U21 19 (1)
2012 Spain U23 5 (0)
2013– Spain 40 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23:49, 6 August 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 23:03, 9 June 2022 (UTC)

César Azpilicueta Tanco (born 28 August 1989) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a right-back or centre-back for Premier League club Chelsea and the Spain national team.

A youth product of Osasuna, Azpilicueta spent three seasons in La Liga before switching to Marseille, winning four major honours with the French club. In the summer of 2012, he moved to Chelsea, winning the Europa League in his first season and a domestic double two years later. He has made over 450 appearances for Chelsea and is currently seventh on their list of all-time appearances; Petr Čech is the only non-English person to have played more times for the club. He captained Chelsea to win the Europa League in 2019, the Champions League in 2021 and the FIFA Club World Cup in 2021.

Azpilicueta earned 55 caps for Spain at youth level in all age groups, and represented the under-21s in two European Championships, winning the 2011 edition. He made his first appearance with the full side in 2013 and was selected for two World Cups as well as Euro 2016 and Euro 2020.

Club career[edit]

Osasuna[edit]

A product of hometown club CA Osasuna's youth system, he made his La Liga debut on 8 April 2007 in a 0–2 away loss against Real Madrid, while still registered with the reserve team;[4] he started his career as a forward then switched to midfielder[5] and, throughout both his club and international career (senior and youth), appeared in several positions, including centre-back and central midfielder.[6]

In 2007–08, due to injuries in the main squad, Azpilicueta established himself as a first-team regular at the age of just 18, albeit as a right-back. He went on to retain this position for the following season, appearing in all but two league games.

Marseille[edit]

Azpilicueta playing for Marseille in 2010

On 21 June 2010, French club Olympique de Marseille confirmed an agreement had been reached with Osasuna for the transfer of Azpilicueta, in a four-year contract for €7 million.[7][8] A week later, the Navarrese confirmed the agreement, with the transfer fee possibly rising to as much as €9.5 million depending on appearances.[9] In his UEFA Champions League debut he scored the match's only goal in a group stage home match against Spartak Moscow, though in his own net.[10]

On 27 November 2010, in the early minutes of a 4–0 home win against Montpellier – which meant Marseille climbed to the top of the league – Azpilicueta ruptured the anterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee.[11] He was sidelined for six months. On 13 May 2012, he scored his first and only Ligue 1 goal for Marseille in a 3–0 win over Auxerre.[12]

In August 2012, amid speculation of clubs showing interest in Azpilicueta, including Premier League club Chelsea, Marseille confirmed that he could leave, saying, "If Chelsea makes a fair offer for Azpi [Azpilicueta], we will let him leave."[13] Despite his loyalty to Marseille, the player said he was willing to leave if his "departure can help Marseille's finances".[14]

Chelsea[edit]

Azpilicueta playing for Chelsea in 2013

On 24 August 2012, Chelsea completed the signing of Azpilicueta for an undisclosed fee, reported as £7 million.[15][16] According to teammate and countryman Juan Mata, "He is a strong running right-back who has pace as well, so I think he is already a complete player."[17] Due to his surname being difficult for some speakers of English to pronounce, club fans gave him the mononymous nickname "Dave".[18]

Azpilicueta made his debut on 25 September 2012, starting in a 6–0 home win against Wolverhampton Wanderers in a League Cup tie.[19] He played his first Premier League game the following week, coming on as a substitute for Branislav Ivanović in a 4–1 success over Norwich City, also at Stamford Bridge.[20]

On 3 November 2012, Azpilicueta made his first league start, appearing against Swansea City in a 1–1 away draw.[21] He played 48 official contests in his first year with the Rafael Benítez-led side, including eight in the Blues' victorious campaign in the UEFA Europa League. In the final against Benfica, his 67th-minute handball led to Óscar Cardozo equalising through a penalty kick, in an eventual 2–1 win in Amsterdam.[22]

Azpilicueta scored his first competitive goal for Chelsea on 29 October 2013, netting the first in a 2–0 victory at Arsenal in the fourth round of the League Cup.[23] Following the arrival of new manager José Mourinho, he began appearing regularly as a left-back, taking the place of longtime incumbent Ashley Cole.[24][25] Mourinho said of him: "Azpilicueta is the kind of player I like a lot. I think a team with 11 Azpilicuetas would probably win the competition (Champions League) because football is not just about pure talent".[26] At the end of the season, he was voted the club's Players' Player of the Year.[27]

Azpilicueta playing for Chelsea in 2015

Before the start of the 2014–15 season, Cole was released and the club spent £15.8 million on Filipe Luís, but Azpilicueta began the season as first-choice left-back.[28] On 2 September 2014, he signed a new five-year contract with the club[29] and on 18 October, he was sent off in the first half of a 2–1 win at Crystal Palace for a foul on Mile Jedinak.[30]

Azpilicueta started as Chelsea won the League Cup on 1 March 2015. In the second half, he was injured in a collision with Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier, and had to leave the pitch for a bandage to be wrapped around his head.[31] The campaign ended with the additional conquest of the domestic league title, after a five-year wait.

On 2 August 2015, Azpilicueta featured for 69 minutes in the 1–0 2015 FA Community Shield loss to Arsenal.[32] Nineteen days later, he scored the team's third goal in a 3–2 away win over West Bromwich Albion, for what was his first Premier League goal,[33] and he netted again in a 2–2 draw in the reverse fixture on 13 January 2016.[34]

Azpilicueta playing for Chelsea in 2017

Although Azpilicueta was initially used as a left-back under new coach Antonio Conte, after two consecutive league defeats the latter converted into a back-three formation, with the former playing as a centre-back in the following match against Hull City on 1 October 2016, which ended in a 2–0 away win.[35] On 13 December 2016, he signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract with Chelsea, running until 2020;[36] in his first appearance following the agreement he made his 200th competitive appearance for the club, in a 1–0 away victory over Sunderland.[37]

Azpilicueta played every minute of the season as his team won the domestic league, and scored in a 4–3 home win against Watford after the title was already won.[38] In late July 2017, after the departure of John Terry, he was appointed vice-captain to Gary Cahill.[39] On 12 September that year, he scored his first Champions League goal, in a 6–0 group stage home win against Qarabağ FK.[40]

Azpilicueta signed a new deal in December 2018, lasting to 2022.[41] After Cahill left Chelsea, he was named club captain ahead of the 2019–20 season; he had already worn the armband on the pitch while the Englishman was out of the team, including in the 2019 UEFA Europa League Final victory against Arsenal in Azerbaijan.[42] On 23 October, he marked his 350th Chelsea appearance with a 1–0 group stage away win against Ajax in the Champions League.[43][44]

On 1 January 2020, Azpilicueta marked his 100th appearance as club captain with a goal and being named man of the match in the 1–1 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion.[45] On 1 August, during the 2–1 defeat to Arsenal in the 2020 FA Cup Final, Azpilicueta conceded a penalty and was later injured, leading to his substitution.[46]

Azpilicueta became the 13th player in Chelsea's history to make 400 appearances, when he featured against Manchester City on 3 January 2021.[47] On 23 May, the final matchday of the league season, he was sent off for appearing to strike Aston Villa's Jack Grealish during a 1–2 defeat, but the three-game suspension was overturned on appeal.[48] Six days later, he captained the team to a 1–0 victory in the UEFA Champions League Final against Manchester City at the Estádio do Dragão, Porto, winning their first Champions League title in 9 years.[49][50]

On 28 August 2021, Azpilicueta reached a milestone as he became the fourth Chelsea player to reach 300 Premier League appearances after John Terry (492), Frank Lampard (429) and Petr Čech (333). He started against Liverpool in a 1–1 draw.[51][52]

On 8 October 2021, Azpilicueta was one of five Chelsea players included in the final 30-man shortlist for the 2021 Ballon d'Or.[53]

On 12 February 2022, Azpilicueta lifted the trophy in the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup Final in their second FIFA Club World Cup Final, the first one being in 2012 when Chelsea lost to Corinthians. [54] With this trophy and the UEFA Super Cup secured shortly before, it meant he became the first and only Chelsea player to have won every major trophy at the club.[55] On 4 August 2022, he signed a new contract with Chelsea until 2024.[56]

International career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Azpilicueta playing for Spain under-21s in 2011

In 2007, Azpilicueta helped the Spain under-19 team win the UEFA European Championship.[57] Shortly after he moved to the under-21s, being picked for the 2009 European Championships in Sweden where he started three matches in an eventual group stage exit.

On 11 May 2010, 20-year-old Azpilicueta was named by senior side manager Vicente del Bosque in a provisional list of 30 players, in view of the forthcoming edition of the FIFA World Cup. Eventually, he did not make the final cut.[58] A year later, after recovering from a long-term injury, he went to the European Under-21 Championship in Denmark, and won the tournament.[59][60]

Azpilicueta was picked for Spain's squad for the 2012 Summer Olympics, after missing out on selection for the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament.[61] Due to the presence of Álvaro Domínguez, he only appeared in the last group match, a 0–0 draw with Morocco at Old Trafford, as the national team exited in the group stage.[62]

Senior[edit]

On 1 February 2013, Azpilicueta was named in the squad for the upcoming international friendly against Uruguay. The manager said of the selection: 'Azpilicueta is playing many games for Chelsea. He has a lot of energy, defends well and is always willing to attack. We have a lot of hope for him.[63] He made his debut five days later, playing the full 90 minutes in the 3–1 win in Doha, Qatar;[64] after the match, he said that it was his "dream to play for Spain" at the senior level.[65] Azpilicueta was selected to the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup tournament held in Brazil:[66] he started in the second group game against Tahiti which Spain won 10–0 in a record for the largest margin of victory in the competition,[67] and replaced Álvaro Arbeloa at half-time in the final against the hosts, in an eventual 3–0 loss.[68]

In June 2014, Azpilicueta was selected to represent Spain in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[69] He was the starting right-back during the first two fixtures, against the Netherlands[70] and Chile, as the nation was eliminated at the group stage.[71]

Azpilicueta was also included in the 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia,[72] as well as the 24-man squad for UEFA Euro 2020.[73] At the latter, he scored his first senior international goal, his team's second of a 5–3 win against Croatia in the round of 16.[74]

Azpilicueta captained Spain for the first time in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Georgia on 5 September 2021.[75]

Personal life[edit]

Azpilicueta was born in Zizur Mayor, Navarre,[76] to Patxi Azpilicueta, a painter, and Charo Tanco, a primary school teacher.[77][78] Azpilicueta's older brother, Juan Pablo (born 1980), was also a footballer. A midfielder, he competed exclusively in lower-league football.[79][80] Since retiring, Juan Pablo has transitioned into management.[81] Most recently, he served as manager of CD Subiza in Spain's Tercera División.[82]

In June 2015, he married his long-term girlfriend Adriana Guerendiain.[83][84] Together, the couple has three children: two daughters and a son.[85] Adriana gave birth to the couple's first daughter, Martina, in March 2014.[86]

Since 2018, Azpilicueta has been a board member and co-owner of English non-league side Hashtag United, which plays in the Isthmian League North Division.[87][88] In 2020, Azpilicueta announced the formation of his own esports team, Falcons.[89] He is part-owner along with Jose Antonio Cacho and Jesus Rincon, both of whom are top players in Spain with millions of YouTube subscribers.

Azpilicueta is trilingual. He is fluent in Spanish, French,[90] and English. As of 2021, he is working to complete an online degree, an MBA in Business Management at the Berlin School of Business and Innovation.[91][92]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 6 August 2022
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Osasuna B 2006–07[93] Segunda División B 24 1 24 1
2007–08[94] Segunda División B 3 0 3 0
Total 27 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 1
Osasuna 2006–07[93] La Liga 1 0 1 0 1[c] 0 3 0
2007–08[94] La Liga 29 0 0 0 29 0
2008–09[95] La Liga 36 0 2 0 38 0
2009–10[96] La Liga 33 0 5 0 38 0
Total 99 0 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 108 0
Marseille 2010–11[97] Ligue 1 15 0 0 0 1 1 4[d] 0 1[e] 0 21 1
2011–12[97] Ligue 1 30 1 3 0 3 0 8[d] 0 0 0 44 1
2012–13[97] Ligue 1 2 0 1[f] 0 3 0
Total 47 1 3 0 4 1 13 0 1 0 68 2
Chelsea 2012–13[98] Premier League 27 0 5 0 5 0 9[g] 0 2[h] 0 48 0
2013–14[99] Premier League 29 0 2 0 3 1 10[d] 0 0 0 44 1
2014–15[100] Premier League 29 0 2 0 5 0 4[d] 0 40 0
2015–16[101] Premier League 37 2 3 0 0 0 8[d] 0 1[i] 0 49 2
2016–17[102] Premier League 38 1 6 0 3 1 47 2
2017–18[103] Premier League 37 2 4 0 2 0 8[d] 1 1[i] 0 52 3
2018–19[104] Premier League 38 1 3 0 6 0 9[f] 0 1[i] 0 57 1
2019–20[105] Premier League 36 2 5 0 0 0 7[d] 2 1[j] 0 49 4
2020–21[106] Premier League 26 1 4 0 2 0 11[d] 0 43 1
2021–22[107] Premier League 27 1 4 1 4 0 9[d] 1 3[k] 0 47 3
2022–23[108] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 325 10 38 1 30 2 75 4 9 0 477 17
Career total 498 12 49 1 34 3 89 4 10 0 680 20
  1. ^ Includes Copa del Rey, Coupe de France, FA Cup
  2. ^ Includes Coupe de la Ligue, Football League/EFL Cup
  3. ^ Appearance in UEFA Cup
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  5. ^ Appearance in Trophée des Champions
  6. ^ a b Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  7. ^ One appearance in UEFA Champions League, eight in UEFA Europa League
  8. ^ Appearances in FIFA Club World Cup
  9. ^ a b c Appearance in FA Community Shield
  10. ^ Appearance in UEFA Super Cup
  11. ^ One appearance in UEFA Super Cup, two appearances in FIFA Club World Cup

International[edit]

As of match played 9 June 2022[109]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Spain 2013 4 0
2014 6 0
2015 2 0
2016 6 0
2017 2 0
2018 5 0
2019 0 0
2020 0 0
2021 11 1
2022 4 0
Total 40 1
As of match played 9 June 2022
Spain score listed first, score column indicates score after each Azpilicueta goal[109]
List of international goals scored by César Azpilicueta
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 28 June 2021 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark 27  Croatia 2–1 5–3 (a.e.t.) UEFA Euro 2020

Honours[edit]

Azpilicueta (standing right), André Ayew and Édouard Cissé celebrate winning the 2011 Trophée des Champions with Marseille.

Marseille

Chelsea

Spain U19

Spain U21

Spain

Individual

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