Fabián Ruiz Peña

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Fabián
FC Salzburg versus SSC Napoli (UEFA Euroleague Achtelfinalrückspiel 14. März 2019) 48 (cropped).jpg
Fabián with Napoli in 2019
Personal information
Full name Fabián Ruiz Peña
Date of birth (1996-04-03) 3 April 1996 (age 22)
Place of birth Los Palacios y Villafranca, Spain
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Napoli
Number 8
Youth career
Los Palacios
2004–2014 Betis
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2016 Betis B 23 (3)
2014–2018 Betis 56 (3)
2017Elche (loan) 18 (1)
2018– Napoli 17 (3)
National team
2015 Spain U19 2 (0)
2017– Spain U21 10 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 March 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2018

Fabián Ruiz Peña (born 3 April 1996), simply known as Fabián, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Italian club Napoli. Mainly a central midfielder, he can also play as a right winger.

Club career[edit]

Betis[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Los Palacios y Villafranca, Seville, Andalusia, Fabián joined Real Betis' youth setup in 2004, aged eight, after starting it out at EF La Unión de Los Palacios.[1] He was promoted to the reserves in July 2014,[2] and made his senior debut on 21 September, coming on as a second half substitute in a 1–4 home loss against Marbella FC for the Segunda División B championship.[3]

Fabián played his first match as a professional on 13 December, replacing Xavi Torres in the 51st minute of a 1–0 Segunda División away win against CD Lugo.[4] He appeared in six matches during the season, as his side achieved promotion to La Liga as champions.

Fabián made his debut in the main category of Spanish football on 23 August 2015, coming on as a substitute for Alfred N'Diaye in a 1–1 home draw against Villarreal CF.[5]

Elche (loan)[edit]

On 23 December of the following year he renewed his contract until 2019, and was immediately loaned to Elche CF in the second level.[6] He scored his first professional goal on 17 March 2017, netting the first in a 3–1 away win against Gimnàstic de Tarragona.

Fabián contributed with 18 appearances for the side, suffering team relegation.

Breakthrough[edit]

Upon returning, Fabián became a regular starter under new manager Quique Setién, scoring his first goal in the top tier on 25 September 2017 in a 4–0 home routing of Levante UD. The following 31 January, he renewed his contract until 2023, setting his buyout clause at 30 million.[7]

On 30 April 2018, Fabián scored the winning goal for Betis as they secured UEFA Europa League qualification for the 2018–19 season following a 2–1 home win over Málaga CF.[8]

Napoli[edit]

On 5 July 2018, Fabián joined S.S.C. Napoli on a five-year contract until 2023 with Napoli reportedly paying Fabián's €30 million buyout clause.[9][10]

International career[edit]

After representing Spain at under-19 and under-21 levels, Fabián was called up to the full side by manager Luis Enrique on 15 March 2019, for two UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Norway and Malta.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 7 March 2019[12]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Betis B 2014–15 Segunda División B 19 1 19 1
2015–16 4 2 4 2
Total 23 3 23 3
Betis 2014–15 Segunda División 6 0 0 0 6 0
2015–16 La Liga 12 0 2 0 14 0
2016–17 4 0 1 0 5 0
2017–18 34 3 1 0 35 3
Total 56 3 4 0 60 3
Elche (loan) 2016–17 Segunda División 18 1 18 1
Napoli 2018–19 Serie A 17 3 2 1 8 1 27 5
Career total 114 10 6 1 8 1 0 0 128 12

Honours[edit]

Betis

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fabián sigue quemando etapas rumbo a la elite" [Fabián keeps on skipping stages towards the elite] (in Spanish). Estadio Deportivo. 20 November 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Fabián y Gavi, dos palaciegos en el futuro del Betis" [Fabián and Gavi, two Palaciegos in Betis' future] (in Spanish). Cuenta con la Cantera. 16 September 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  3. ^ "El Marbella golea a domicilio al Betis B" [Marbella thrashes Betis B away from home] (in Spanish). Diario Sur. 21 September 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  4. ^ "El Betis derriba el fortín del Lugo y se acerca a zona de ascenso" [Betis breaks down Lugo's fortress and draws near the promotion zone] (in Spanish). Marca. 13 December 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Rubén Castro llega justo a tiempo" [Rubén Castro arrives just in time] (in Spanish). Marca. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Fabián extends his contract and goes on loan to Elche CF". Real Betis. 23 December 2016. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  7. ^ "El Betis hace oficial la renovación de Fabián Ruiz hasta 2023" [Betis turn official the renewal of Fabián Ruiz until 2023] (in Spanish). Marca. 31 January 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Betis qualify for the Europa League with win over Malaga". Marca. 30 April 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Napoli Confirm Signing of Real Betis Talent Fabian Ruiz on Long Term Contract". Sports Illustrated. 5 July 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Official: Napoli pay Ruiz clause". Football Italia. 5 July 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  11. ^ "OFFICIAL | Call-up for the first two EURO Qualifier matches". SeFutbol. 15 March 2019. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  12. ^ Fabián at Soccerway. Retrieved 11 August 2017.

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