Joel Robles

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Joel Robles
Joel Robles 2014.jpg
Joel warming up for Everton in 2014
Personal information
Full name Joel Robles Blázquez[1]
Date of birth (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Leganés, Spain[2]
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)[3]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Betis
Number 1
Youth career
2005–2007 Getafe
2007–2009 Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Atlético Madrid C 39 (0)
2009–2010 Atlético Madrid B 28 (0)
2009–2013 Atlético Madrid 2 (0)
2012Rayo Vallecano (loan) 13 (0)
2013Wigan Athletic (loan) 9 (0)
2013–2018 Everton 42 (0)
2018– Betis 2 (0)
National team
2005 Spain U16 1 (0)
2006 Spain U17 1 (0)
2011–2013 Spain U21 2 (0)
2012 Spain U23 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:11, 3 January 2019 (UTC)

Joel Robles Blázquez (Spanish pronunciation: [ɟʝoˈel ˈroβles]; born 17 June 1990) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Real Betis.

Robles started his professional career at Atlético Madrid, initially in the C team in 2008, before progressing into the B team a year later, before being promoted into the senior squad. He moved on loan to Rayo Vallecano in January 2012, and again a year later to Premier League side Wigan Athletic, where he was part of their 2013 FA Cup Final-winning side before joining Everton.

Robles played internationally for Spain at under-16, under-17, under-21 and under-23 level, and was part of the squad that won the 2013 European Under-21 Championship.

Club career[edit]

Atlético Madrid[edit]

Born in Leganés, Madrid, Robles is a youth product of Getafe, joining neighbouring Atlético Madrid in 2005 to finish his development. He spent his first professional season, (2009–10), with the reserve side in Segunda División B and, on 27 December 2009, signed his first professional contract, running until June 2014.[4]

On 8 May 2010, Robles made his La Liga debut in a 1–1 away draw against Sporting de Gijón: starter David de Gea (another Atlético youth graduate) was being rested for the UEFA Europa League final, and his replacement, Sergio Asenjo, suffered a severe knee injury after only ten minutes.[5]

In the 2010–11 campaign, Robles acted mostly as backup, particularly after Asenjo left in January 2011 to join Málaga on loan, only to be again seriously injured in the process. After De Gea was signed by Manchester United in the off-season, Robles was made first-choice by newly appointed manager Gregorio Manzano, but he lost his position after only three official games to the Belgian Thibaut Courtois, on loan from Chelsea.

On 31 January 2012, Robles was loaned to neighbouring Rayo Vallecano – also in the top division – who had lost first-choice keeper Dani Giménez to injury. He played his first game five days later in a 2–1 away win against Real Zaragoza.[6]

Wigan Athletic[edit]

Robles was loaned again in the 2013 winter transfer window, joining a host of compatriots – including manager Roberto Martínez – at Premier League club Wigan Athletic.[7] He made his debut on 26 January, keeping a clean sheet in a 1–0 win over non-league side Macclesfield Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup.[8]

Robles made his first league appearance on 17 March 2013, starting in a 2–1 home victory against Newcastle United. He soon won the battle for first-choice status over Ali Al-Habsi.

On 11 May 2013, Robles started in Wigan's first-ever FA Cup final appearance, preventing Carlos Tevez from scoring twice in the first 45 minutes and eventually keeping a clean sheet in an historic 1–0 win over Manchester City at Wembley.[9]

Everton[edit]

Robles signed for Everton on 9 July 2013, re-joining Martínez on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[10] On 26 December 2013, he played in the Toffees' home defeat against Sunderland. Robles came on as a 24th-minute substitute for Leon Osman, as starting goalkeeper Tim Howard had been sent off for a professional foul. Robles was unable to save the resulting penalty, however, as Everton lost the game 1–0.[11] Robles then made his first Premier League start for Everton against Southampton three days later due to Howard's suspension, with Everton winning 2–1.[12]

On 13 January 2015, in a penalty shootout at the end of an FA Cup third round replay against West Ham United, Robles saved Stewart Downing's penalty kick. When the shootout went to sudden death, however, Robles hit the crossbar while West Ham's goalkeeper, his compatriot Adrián, scored to eliminate Everton.[13] Martínez assigned Robles as be the first-choice goalkeeper, ahead of Howard, in February 2016.[14]

After a match against Burnley in which his gaffe resulted in a penalty, Robles was dropped by Everton manager Ronald Koeman for the away trip to West Ham on 22 April 2017 in a Premier League fixture after claiming the first team spot back in December 2016.[15] As Koeman was not convinced by Robles, Everton completed the signing of Jordan Pickford from Sunderland in June 2017, putting Robles further down in the pecking order.[16] His contract was allowed to expire at the end of June 2018.[17]

Betis[edit]

On 5 July 2018, Robles signed a four-year contract with Real Betis.[18] He was first-choice for cup and European matches, while Pau López started league games.[19]

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played 28 February 2019[20]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Atlético Madrid 2009–10 La Liga 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2010–11 La Liga 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 0 0 2 0
2011–12 La Liga 0 0 0 0 3[a] 0 3 0
2012–13 La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2 0 1 0 4 0 7 0
Rayo Vallecano (loan) 2011–12 La Liga 13 0 0 0 13 0
Total 13 0 0 0 13 0
Wigan Athletic (loan) 2012–13 Premier League 9 0 4 0 0 0 13 0
Total 9 0 4 0 0 0 13 0
Everton 2013–14 Premier League 2 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 8 0
2014–15 Premier League 7 0 2 0 0 0 1[a] 0 10 0
2015–16 Premier League 13 0 5 0 6 0 0 0 24 0
2016–17 Premier League 20 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
2017–18 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 2[a] 0 2 0
Total 42 0 12 0 8 0 3 0 65 0
Betis 2018–19 La Liga 2 0 8 0 6[a] 0 16 0
Career total 68 0 25 0 8 0 13 0 0 0 114 0
  1. ^ a b c d e Appearances in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Atlético Madrid

Wigan Athletic

Spain U21

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Updated squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Joel Robles Blázquez". realbetsibalompie.com. 3 December 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Joel Robles: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  4. ^ El portero Joel Robles firma su contrato profesional con el Atlético de Madrid (Goalkeeper Joel Robles signs his professional contract with Atlético Madrid); Diario AS, 28 December 2009 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Gijon secure top-flight status; ESPN Soccernet, 8 May 2010
  6. ^ Ni un rayo de esperanza (Not one ray of hope); Marca (newspaper), 5 February 2012 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ "Wigan sign Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Joel Robles on loan". BBC Sport. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  8. ^ Macclesfield 0–1 Wigan; BBC Sport, 26 January 2013
  9. ^ "Man City 0–1 Wigan". BBC Sport. 11 May 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  10. ^ "Blues sign Joel Robles". Everton F.C. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Everton 0–1 Sunderland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  12. ^ "Everton 2–1 Southampton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  13. ^ Emons, Michael (13 January 2015). "West Ham 2–2 Everton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  14. ^ Sports, Fox. "Martinez confirms Tim Howard is second choice at Everton". Fox Sports. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  15. ^ Kirkbride, Phil. "West Ham vs Everton team news – Joel Robles dropped for trip to London Stadium". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  16. ^ Richards, Alex. "Everton seal £30million Jordan Pickford signing as England U21 stopper becomes world's third-most expensive keeper". The Mirror. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  17. ^ "Everton Submits Released List | Everton Football Club". www.evertonfc.com. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Real Betis signs Joel Robles for the newxt four seasons". Real Betis. 5 July 2018. Archived from the original on 5 July 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  19. ^ "Pau López: "Nunca me había llevado tan bien con un portero como con Joel Robles"" [Pau López: "I've never got on with a goalkeeper as well as with Joel Robles"]. ABC (in Spanish). 26 December 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  20. ^ "Joel Robles at soccerway". Soccerway. Retrieved 30 December 2013.

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