Dani Ceballos

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Dani Ceballos
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Ceballos playing for Real Madrid in 2018
Personal information
Full name Daniel Ceballos Fernández[1]
Date of birth (1996-08-07) 7 August 1996 (age 22)[2]
Place of birth Utrera, Spain
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[3]
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Real Madrid
Number 24
Youth career
2004–2009 Sevilla
2009–2011 Utrera
2011–2014 Betis
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2017 Betis 98 (7)
2014 Betis B 4 (0)
2017– Real Madrid 35 (5)
National team
2014–2015 Spain U19 13 (0)
2015– Spain U21 27 (8)
2018– Spain 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:44, 28 April 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:57, 22 June 2019 (UTC)

Daniel Ceballos Fernández (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdani θeˈβaʎos]; born 7 August 1996) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Madrid and the Spain national team as a central midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Betis[edit]

Born in Utrera, Province of Seville, Ceballos joined Sevilla FC's youth system in 2004 at the age of 8, but was released in 2009 due to a chronic bronchitis problem.[4] He subsequently played for hometown club CD Utrera, and completed his development in Real Betis after signing in 2011;[5] he signed a professional contract with the latter club on 22 February 2014, while still a junior.[6]

On 26 April 2014, without even appearing for the B-team, Ceballos played his first official game with the Andalusians' main squad, coming on as a late substitute in a 0–1 La Liga home loss against Real Sociedad.[7] He scored his first professional goal on 21 December, netting the first of a 2–0 home win over Racing de Santander for the Segunda División championship;[8] he featured in 33 matches and netted five times for the Verdiblancos during the campaign, as they returned to the top level at the first attempt.[9]

On 15 October 2015, after lengthy negotiations, Ceballos renewed his contract until 2020.[10] He scored his first goal in the Spanish top flight on 16 April 2017, netting the last in a 2–0 home win against SD Eibar.[11]

Real Madrid[edit]

On 14 July 2017, Real Madrid announced the signing of Ceballos on a six-year deal,[12] for a transfer fee of around €18 million.[13] He made his competitive debut on 16 August, replacing Toni Kroos on the 80th minute of the second leg of the Supercopa de España, a 2–0 home victory over FC Barcelona.[14] On 23 September, in his first start, he scored a brace in a 2–1 away win over Deportivo Alavés.[15]

Ceballos made four appearances during the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League,[16] as Madrid won their third consecutive and 13th overall title in the tournament.[17] On 13 January 2019, after only 15 minutes on the pitch and having been constantly booed by his former club's supporters, he scored from a free kick in the last minute of a 2–1 defeat of Betis at the Estadio Benito Villamarín.[18]

International career[edit]

On 5 November 2014, Ceballos was called up to the Spanish under-19 side,[19] appearing against Germany, France[20] and Greece in a tournament played in the latter nation.[21] He made his debut for the under-21s on 26 March 2015, replacing Samu Castillejo at half-time of a 2–0 friendly win over Norway in Cartagena, Murcia;[22] four days later, in León, he made his first start, in a 4–0 defeat of Belarus.[23]

Despite beginning the competition in Poland on the bench, Ceballos' performances at the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship led Spain to the second place. Subsequently, he was named the player of the tournament.[24]

Ceballos won his first cap for the full team on 11 September 2018, playing the entire 6–0 home rout of Croatia for the UEFA Nations League.[25] He scored his first goal for his country on 15 November, but in a 2–3 loss in Zagreb against the same opponent and for the same competition.[26]

With the U21 side he also took part at the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 28 April 2019[27]
Club Season League Cup1 Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Betis 2013–14 La Liga 1 0 0 0 1 0
2014–15 Segunda División 33 5 2 0 35 5
2015–16 La Liga 34 0 4 0 38 0
2016–17 30 2 1 0 31 2
Total 98 7 7 0 105 7
Betis B 2014–15 Segunda División B 4 0 4 0
Real Madrid 2017–18 La Liga 12 2 6 0 4 0 22 2
2018–19 23 3 7 0 4 0 34 3
Total 35 5 13 0 8 0 56 5
Career total 137 12 20 0 8 0 165 12

1 Includes Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup matches.

International[edit]

As of match played 23 March 2019[28]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Spain 2018 5 1
2019 1 0
Total 6 1

International goals[edit]

As of 15 November 2018 (Spain score listed first, score column indicates score after each Ceballos goal)[28]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 15 November 2018 Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia  Croatia 1–1 2–3 2018–19 UEFA Nations League A

Honours[edit]

Betis

Real Madrid

Spain U19

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Acta del Partido celebrado el 30 de agosto de 2014, en Sevilla" [Minutes of the Match held on 30 August 2014, in Seville] (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  2. ^ "FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017: List of players: Real Madrid CF" (PDF). FIFA. 16 December 2017. p. 5. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  3. ^ "D. Ceballos" (in Spanish). Real Madrid CF. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  4. ^ Aguado, Ángel (4 November 2014). "'Dani Nike', la perla que brilla en el Betis y dejó escapar el Sevilla" ['Dani Nike', the gem who shines in Betis and who Sevilla let slip away] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  5. ^ González, M. (28 April 2014). "Dani Ceballos, las lágrimas de una madre por un sueño" [Dani Ceballos, the tears of a mother for a dream]. ABC (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  6. ^ "El Betis ata a una joya con alma de entrenador" [Betis tie up gem with the soul of a coach] (in Spanish). Cuenta con la Cantera. 22 February 2014. Archived from the original on 7 December 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Real Betis 0–1 Real Sociedad". ESPN FC. 26 April 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Merino se despide con un pleno y deja al Racing en descenso" [Merino says goodbye undefeated and leaves Racing inside the relegation zone]. Marca (in Spanish). 21 December 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  9. ^ a b Pineda, Rafael (25 May 2015). "Las siete claves del ascenso del Betis" [The seven keys of Betis' promotion]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  10. ^ "El bético Dani Ceballos renueva hasta 2020" [Betis' Dani Ceballos renews until 2020]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 15 October 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  11. ^ Espina, José A. (16 April 2017). "Joaquín, Adán y Ceballos salvan al Betis y también a Víctor" [Joaquín, Adán and Ceballos save Betis and Víctor too]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Comunicado oficial: Dani Ceballos" [Official announcement: Dani Ceballos] (in Spanish). Real Madrid CF. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Ceballos rejects Barcelona to agree six-year Real Madrid contract". Marca. 8 July 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  14. ^ a b Bull, JJ (16 August 2017). "Real Madrid 2 Barcelona 0 (5–1 on aggregate): Woeful Barca dismissed as Zinedine Zidane's unstoppable side win Super Cup". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  15. ^ Sánchez, Jesús (23 September 2017). "Tomen nota de Ceballos" [Take note of Ceballos]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  16. ^ "Así llegan Real Madrid y Liverpool a la final de la Champions" [That is how Real Madrid and Liverpool arrive to the Champions final] (in Spanish). RCN Radio. 25 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Madrid beat Liverpool to complete hat-trick". UEFA. 26 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Dani Ceballos, tras marcar al Betis: "Desgraciadamente, he metido el gol"" [Dani Ceballos, after scoring to Betis: "Unfortunately, I scored the goal"]. 20 minutos (in Spanish). 13 January 2019. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  19. ^ González, N. (5 November 2014). "Dani Ceballos tampoco estará en el duelo del Betis en Zaragoza" [Dani Ceballos will still not be available for Betis' clash in Zaragoza]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  20. ^ "Dani Ceballos, titular en el triunfo de España sub 19" [Dani Ceballos, starter in Spain under 19 triumph]. ABC (in Spanish). 15 November 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  21. ^ "Dani Ceballos participa en otra victoria de España sub 19" [Dani Ceballos takes part in another Spain under 19 victory]. ABC (in Spanish). 17 November 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  22. ^ Muñoz, Antonio D. (26 March 2015). "REPORT – Spain beats Norway and strengthens the team (2–0)". Royal Spanish Football Federation. Retrieved 30 March 2015.[permanent dead link]
  23. ^ "España 4–0 Bielorrusia: Bienvenidos al show de Gerard Deulofeu" [Spain 4–0 Belarus: Welcome to the Gerard Deulofeu show] (in Spanish). Goal. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  24. ^ a b "Spain's Dani Ceballos named Player of the Tournament". UEFA. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  25. ^ Dunne, Robbie (11 September 2018). "Spain – Croatia match report: UEFA Nations League". Diario AS. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  26. ^ "Croatia 3–2 Spain". UEFA. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  27. ^ "Dani Ceballos". Soccerway. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  28. ^ a b "Dani Ceballos". European Football. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  29. ^ "Real Madrid 2–1 Man. United". UEFA. 8 August 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  30. ^ "Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick fires Real Madrid to Club World Cup glory". The Guardian. 16 December 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  31. ^ "Spain see off Russia for seventh Under-19 crown". UEFA. 19 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  32. ^ "Official Under-21 Team of the Tournament". UEFA. 1 July 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2017.

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