Rubén Pardo (footballer)

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Rubén Pardo
Rubén Pardo Gutiérrez (2011).jpg
Pardo in action for Real Sociedad in 2011
Personal information
Full name Rubén Pardo Gutiérrez
Date of birth (1992-10-22) 22 October 1992 (age 24)
Place of birth Logroño, Spain
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
(on loan from Real Sociedad)
Number 7
Youth career
Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Real Sociedad B 37 (1)
2011– Real Sociedad 134 (5)
2017 Betis (loan) 4 (0)
National team
2009 Spain U17 9 (0)
2010 Spain U18 2 (0)
2010–2011 Spain U19 13 (0)
2013–2014 Spain U21 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 February 2017.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Pardo and the second or maternal family name is Gutiérrez.

Rubén Pardo Gutiérrez (born 22 October 1992) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Betis on loan from Real Sociedad as a central midfielder.

He spent the vast majority of his career at Real Sociedad, making over 150 official appearances.

Pardo earned 31 caps for Spain at youth level, winning the 2011 European Under-19 championship.

Club career[edit]

Pardo was born in Logroño, La Rioja. He made his senior debuts in the 2009–10 season, appearing for Real Sociedad's reserves in Tercera División and helping them achieve promotion.

On 29 October 2011, Pardo made his debut for the first team, coming on as a substitute for Markel Bergara in the last minutes of a 0–1 La Liga home defeat against Real Madrid.[1] He scored his first goal for the Txuriurdin on 13 February of the following year in a 2–0 success over Sevilla FC also at Anoeta Stadium,[2] and finished the campaign with 17 appearances all competitions comprised.

In 2013–14, Pardo missed only three games and contributed three goals, including one to conclude a 2–0 win over Athletic Bilbao in the Basque derby on 5 January 2014.[3] His form led to speculation of a transfer to Manchester United, which he played down;[4] on 9 May, he renewed his contract with Real Sociedad until 2018.[5]

Pardo was loaned to fellow league club Real Betis in January 2017, for the remainder of the season.[6] He made his debut on the 29th, starting in a 1–1 home draw against reigning champions FC Barcelona.[7]

International career[edit]

Pardo was part of Spain's squad in the 2009 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship, although he only played in one game, as a substitute against France. He was selected by the under-18 team for the unofficial 2010 Copa del Atlántico,[8] which his country won.[9]

Pardo featured in every match at the 2011 European Under-19 Championship, helping the national side conquer the tournament in Romania.[10]


Spain U19


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