Pablo Fornals

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Pablo Fornals
Pablo Fornals.jpg
Fornals with Villarreal in 2018
Personal information
Full name Pablo Fornals Malla
Date of birth (1996-02-22) 22 February 1996 (age 22)
Place of birth Castellón, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Villarreal
Number 8
Youth career
2003–2008 Villarreal
2008–2012 Castellón
2012–2014 Málaga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Málaga B 41 (12)
2015–2017 Málaga 59 (7)
2017– Villarreal 43 (4)
National team
2016– Spain U21 10 (0)
2016– Spain 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 October 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 October 2018

Pablo Fornals Malla (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpaβlo foɾˈnals]; born 22 February 1996) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Villarreal CF mainly as an attacking midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Málaga[edit]

Born in Castellón de la Plana, Valencian Community, Fornals joined Málaga CF's youth setup in 2012 at the age of 16, from CD Castellón.[1] He made his senior debuts with the reserves in the 2014–15 season, in Tercera División.

Fornals' first competitive match with the first team – and in La Liga – occurred on 26 September 2015, when he started in a 0–0 away draw against Real Madrid.[2] Two months and two days later, he scored his first top-flight goal in a 2–2 draw with Andalusia neighbours Granada CF at La Rosaleda Stadium, finding the net four minutes after replacing Duda.[3]

On 4 December 2016, Fornals scored a brace in a 2–2 draw at Valencia CF.[4]

Villarreal[edit]

On 24 July 2017, Fornals moved to fellow league side Villarreal CF, club he already represented as a youth, after agreeing to a five-year contract.[5] The following 13 January, he scored a late chip after a counterattack to give his new team their first-ever ever win against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium (1–0).[6] On 26 September 2018, he opened the scoring in a league fixture away to Athletic Bilbao with a dipping volley from 50 yards, in an eventual 3–0 win for Villarreal.[7][8]

International career[edit]

On 28 March 2016, Fornals won his first cap with the Spain under-21s by playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 win against Norway at the Estadio Nueva Condomina.[9] On 17 May, he was called up to the full squad by Vicente del Bosque for a friendly with Bosnia and Herzegovina;[10] he made his debut 12 days later, replacing Mikel San José in the 3–1 win at the AFG Arena in St. Gallen, Switzerland.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 10 June 2018[12]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Málaga La Liga 2015–16 27 1 2 0 29 1
2016–17 32 6 2 0 34 6
Total 59 7 4 0 0 0 63 7
Villarreal La Liga 2017–18 35 3 4 0 7 1 46 4
Career total 94 10 8 0 7 1 109 11

International[edit]

As of 10 June 2018[13]
Spain
Year Apps Goals
2016 1 0
Total 1 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sellada la renovación de Pablo, a corto plazo en la órbita del primer equipo" [Sealed the renewal of Pablo, short-time target for the first team]. Diario Sur (in Spanish). 25 March 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Kameni para al Madrid" [Kameni stops Madrid]. Marca (in Spanish). 26 September 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Fornals, la última perla del Málaga" [Fornals, Málaga's latest gem]. Marca (in Spanish). 29 November 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Fornals borra la sonrisa de Prandelli" [Fornals wipes Prandelli's smile]. Marca (in Spanish). 4 December 2016. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Pablo Fornals regresa al Villarreal CF" [Pablo Fornals returns to Villarreal CF] (in Spanish). Villarreal CF. 24 July 2017. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Fornals produces wonderful moment to secure a historic victory at the Bernabeu". Marca. 13 January 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Pablo Fornals Might Have Just Scored The Goal Of The Season". DeadSpin. 26 September 2018. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Spain discovers next midfield talent in Pablo Fornals". USA Today. 27 September 2018. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Pablo Fornals debuta con la sub´21 y se gusta" [Pablo Fornals debuts with the under-21 and impresses]. La Opinión de Málaga (in Spanish). 29 March 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Pablo called-up to join Spain's first team". Málaga CF. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Nolito endulza un duelo atípico" [Nolito sweetens an atypical duel]. Marca (in Spanish). 29 May 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Pablo Fornals". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  13. ^ "Pablo Fornals". European Football. Retrieved 10 June 2018.

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