Natalia Pablos

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Natalia Pablos
Natalia de Pablos.jpg
Natalia with Bristol Academy in 2013
Personal information
Full name Natalia Teresa Pablos Sanchón[1]
Date of birth (1985-10-15) 15 October 1985 (age 34)[1]
Place of birth Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain[2]
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2013 Rayo Vallecano
2013–2014 Bristol Academy 27 (12)
2015–2016 Arsenal 24 (11)
2016–2018 Rayo Vallecano 29 (15)
National team
Spain U-19 16 (6)
2005–2015 Spain 22 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Natalia Teresa Pablos Sanchón (born 15 October 1985), known simply as Natalia, is a Spanish former footballer who played as a forward. She spent most of her club career at Rayo Vallecano and was a member of the Spain women's national team.

Club career[edit]

Until 2013 she was the captain of Rayo Vallecano women's team, where she played since the club's foundation in 2000.[3] At Rayo, Natalia won three Leagues and one Spanish Cup. She was the league's top scorer of the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons with 24 and 29 goals respectively. In November 2012, she scored her 300th goal for Rayo, including almost 200 league goals.[4] A few months later (March 2013) she was leaving the club having scored 311 goals in 324 matches overall.[5]

In 2013, she joined compatriot Laura del Río at Bristol Academy in the English FA WSL.[6] Bristol manager Mark Sampson called Natalia a female version of Swansea City's Spanish striker Michu.[7]

In October 2014 Birmingham City's Karen Carney was fined, banned for one match and sent on an education course for an incident in July with Pablos.[8][9]

In December 2014 Natalia announced that she had left Bristol Academy to join Arsenal Ladies.[10] She was an unused substitute as Arsenal won the 2016 FA Women's Cup Final at Wembley Stadium,[11] and Natalia and her compatriots Marta Corredera and Vicky Losada all left Arsenal at the end of the 2016 FA WSL season.[12]

International career[edit]

After winning the 2004 Under–19 Euro, she was called into the senior national team where she had a brief spell including a 2007 World Cup qualifier match against Finland and the first two matches of 2009 Euro qualifying.[13] She subsequently renounced for personal reasons.[14]

Natalia's goalscoring form in England during the first half of the 2013–14 WSL season saw her recalled to the national squad after a 5-year absence. Coach Ignacio Quereda included her in the 40-player pre-selection for UEFA Women's Euro 2013,[15] but she did not feature in the final 23 player list for the tournament.

After leading the team's goalscoring in the qualifiers, she was part of Spain's squad for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.[1] But after Quereda was replaced by Jorge Vilda after the World Cup, she soon stopped being called-up along with key veterans of the team such as Sonia Bermúdez and Verónica Boquete.[16]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 27 October 2013 Ciudad Deportiva, Collado Villalba  Estonia 5–0 6–0 2015 FIFA World Cup qualifying
2. 31 October 2013 Nuevo Matapiñonera, San Sebastián de los Reyes  Italy 2–0 2–0
3. 23 February 2014 Las Gaunas, Logroño  North Macedonia 6–0 12–0
4. 7–0
5. 10–0
6. 11–0
7. 12–0
8. 10 April 2014 Training Centre Petar Miloševski, Skopje  North Macedonia 0–4 0–10
9. 8 May 2014 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn  Estonia 0–2 0–5
10. 0–4
11. 13 September 2014 Stadionul Emil Alexandrescu, Iași  Romania 0–1 0–2
12. 0–2
13. 21 September 2015 Sports Center, Chenzhou  China PR 1–2 1–2 Friendly



Best result in other competitions


Best result in other competitions


Her name has often been misspelled as Natalia de Pablos.[17]


  1. ^ a b c d "List of Players - 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Natalia profile". Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  3. ^ [1] Diario AS
  4. ^ Natalia nets 300th goal
  5. ^ "El Rayo Vallecano homenajeará a Natalia Pablos que se marcha a Bristol" (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  6. ^ "300 goals Natalia join's Vixens". 4 March 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  7. ^ Leighton, Tony (3 March 2013). "WSL: We've signed the female Michu, say Bristol Academy". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
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  10. ^ "Natalia Pablos Sanchon: Arsenal sign Bristol Academy forward". BBC Sport. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  11. ^ Phillips, Owen (14 May 2016). "Women's FA Cup final: Arsenal Ladies 1-0 Chelsea Ladies". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Arsenal Ladies: Spain's Natalia, Marta Corredera and Vicky Losada leave club". BBC Sport. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  13. ^ [2] UEFA
  14. ^ [3] Marca
  15. ^ Roldán, Isabel (5 June 2013). "Natalia: "Ha sido una sorpresa verme en la lista de Quereda"" (in Spanish). Diario AS. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  16. ^ Marca
  17. ^ Natalia Pablos: "My call up has surprised my teammates as much as me". Archived 2013-09-11 at, 11 September 2013

8. La Espartana de Vallecas. Sus 300 goles en FutFem La Espartana de Vallecas

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