Natalia Pablos

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Natalia Pablos
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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 32)[1]
Place of birth Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain[2]
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Rayo Vallecano
Number 11
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2013 Rayo Vallecano
2013–2014 Bristol Academy 27 (12)
2015–2016 Arsenal 24 (11)
2016– Rayo Vallecano
National team
Spain U-19 16 (6)
2005– 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 football forward who plays for Primera División club Rayo Vallecano and the Spain women's national football 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.

She was part of Spain's squad for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.[1]

Her name has often been misspelled as Natalia de Pablos.[16]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Rayo Vallecano
Arsenal

International[edit]

Spain

References[edit]

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

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