Roberto Canella

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Roberto Canella
Canella before a game with Sporting in 2014
Personal information
Full name Roberto Canella Suárez
Date of birth (1988-02-07) 7 February 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth Laviana, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Sporting Gijón
Number 15
Youth career
1995–1999 ACD Alcava
1999–2005 Sporting Gijón
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Sporting B 16 (0)
2006– Sporting Gijón 241 (7)
2014–2015 Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 9 (0)
National team
2006–2007 Spain U19 5 (0)
2007 Spain U20 3 (0)
2008–2010 Spain U21 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:35, 26 February 2017 (UTC).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Canella and the second or maternal family name is Suárez.

Roberto Canella Suárez (born 7 February 1988) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Sporting de Gijón as a left back.

Club career[edit]

Canella was born in Laviana, Asturias. A product of Sporting de Gijón's cantera system[1] he first appeared with the main squad during the 2006–07 season, and established himself as first-choice in the following campaign as it returned to La Liga after a ten-year hiatus.[2]

Canella scored his first top flight goal on 5 October 2008 in a 2–0 away win against RCD Mallorca,[3] being a starter throughout the campaign. According to COPE Radio, Real Madrid was likely to acquire his services for 2009–10.[4] Eventually nothing came of it, and the player again occupied the left-back position for the vast majority of the campaign, with Sporting again maintaining its top division status.[5]

In the following years, Canella continued battling for position with another club youth graduate, José Ángel, with both players appearing in roughly the same number of matches.[6][7] In 2011–12, following Ángel's departure to A.S. Roma, he became the undisputed starter for the Manolo Preciado-led side.[8][9]

On 27 June 2014, Canella was loaned to Deportivo de La Coruña, recently returned to the top tier.[10]

International career[edit]

Internationally, Canella helped Spain win the 2006 UEFA European Under-19 Championship,[11][12] played at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup still being under-19[13] and then moved to the under-21s.[14]


Spain U19


  1. ^ El Sporting ata a Roberto Canella para los próximos cuatro años (Sporting ties Roberto Canella for the next four years); El Comercio, 23 August 2006 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ El Sporting regresa a la élite (Sporting returns to the elite); Mundo Deportivo, 16 June 2008 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Mallorca 0–2 Sporting Gijon; ESPN Soccernet, 5 October 2008
  4. ^ De Roberto Canella y el Real Madrid (Of Roberto Canella and Real Madrid); Real Madrid Web, 13 January 2009 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ El Atlético cumple el trámite en Gijón (Atlético gets job done in Gijón); Mundo Deportivo, 9 May 2010 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ José Ángel y Canella, premiados con el 'Mets Bat' (José Ángel and Canella, awarded the 'Mets Bat'); Marca, 26 March 2009 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ La gripe frena a Canella (Flu stops Canella); La Nueva España, 21 November 2009 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ El lateral asume que Roberto Canella siga como titular (Fullback resigned to Roberto Canella being the starter); La Nueva España, 2 February 2011 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Canella, el bicentenario (Canella, the bicentennial); La Nueva España, 8 November 2013 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Canella llega al Deportivo cedido por una temporada (Canella arrives in Deportivo on loan for one season); La Voz de Galicia, 27 June 2014 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Europeo Sub-19 (Under-19 European Championship); Mundo Deportivo, 16 July 2006 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ a b Bueno double gives Spain glory;, 29 July 2006
  13. ^ Empieza la sucesión de Messi (Messi's succession begins); Mundo Deportivo, 30 June 2007 (in Spanish)
  14. ^ Canella, José Ángel, Botía y Azpilicueta, de Gijón a la sub-21 (Canella, José Ángel, Botía and Azpilicueta, from Gijón to the under-21); La Nueva España, 28 February 2010 (in Spanish)

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