Ulises Dávila

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Ulises Dávila
Personal information
Full name Ulises Alejandro Dávila Plascencia
Date of birth (1991-04-13) 13 April 1991 (age 30)
Place of birth Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Wellington Phoenix
Number 10
Youth career
2001–2008 Guadalajara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Guadalajara 15 (0)
2008–2009Tapatio (loan) 19 (3)
2011–2015 Chelsea 0 (0)
2011–2012Vitesse (loan) 2 (0)
2012–2013Sabadell (loan) 35 (4)
2013–2014Córdoba (loan) 37 (7)
2014–2015Tenerife (loan) 10 (1)
2015Vitória Setúbal (loan) 14 (0)
2016–2018 Santos Laguna 38 (3)
2019 Delhi Dynamos FC 6 (1)
2019– Wellington Phoenix 47 (19)
National team
2007 Mexico U17 1 (0)
2007–2011 Mexico U20 11 (5)
2011 Mexico U23 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 May 2021

Ulises Alejandro Dávila Plascencia (born 13 April 1991) is a Mexican professional footballer who captains and plays as an attacking midfielder for A-League club Wellington Phoenix.

Club career[edit]

Guadalajara[edit]

Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Dávila was champion with Guadalajara in the category 1990–91 in the National Youth Championship in July 2006, with a 1–0 win over Pachuca, where he scored the only goal. That same year, Chivas also won the Manchester United Premier Cup "Generation 1991", beating Arsenal by a score of 2–1. In the 2008–09 season he was on loan at affiliate club Tapatio scoring three goals in eighteen matches in the Primera División A.

He made his debut for Guadalajara in the Primera Division on 29 August 2009, in a 2–2 draw against Pachuca. Dávila also featured in five matches in the Copa Libertadores tournament.

Chelsea[edit]

On 27 August 2011, it was announced that Dávila had signed for English club Chelsea, signing a 5-year contract, making him the first Mexican to sign with Chelsea.[1]

Loan to Vitesse[edit]

On 30 August 2011, it was announced that Dávila joined Dutch football club Vitesse Arnhem on loan for the 2011–12 season. He was given the number 24 jersey. He made his club debut against Roda JC Kerkrade on 17 September 2011, with the game ending in a 5–0 win for Vitesse. Unlike his teammate from Chelsea, Tomáš Kalas, Dávila struggled to get into the starting XI and had been an unused substitute for a number of games. Playing for their reserve side, he had more success, scoring three goals in three games. On 19 February 2012, once again returned onto the bench against FC Twente but was an unused sub, the game ended in a 1–4 loss for Vitesse. On 28 April 2012, again returned onto the bench against Excelsior but again was an unused sub, the game ended in a 3–2 win for Vitesse. Dávila spent the majority of his time at Vitesse with the reserve squad.

Loan to Sabadell[edit]

On 13 July 2012 CE Sabadell announced that Dávila will join them on loan for the 2012–13 season. On 29 September 2012, Dávila scored his first league goal against Guadalajara, winning the game 2–1. On 18 November Dávila scored a brace against Recreativo de Huelva, and also hit the post almost scoring his first hat trick, Sabadell won the game 5–2 away.

Loan to Córdoba[edit]

On the last day of the 2013 Summer transfer window, Chelsea confirmed that Dávila was having a medical at Córdoba CF of the Spanish Segunda División. Later on that day he secured his deal on a season-long loan.

On 23 June, he scored an equaliser in injury time away to UD Las Palmas in the second leg of the play-off final, earning Córdoba's promotion to La Liga for the first time in 42 years.[2]

Loan to Vitória Setubal[edit]

On 23 January 2015, Dávila ended his loan with Tenerife to join the Portuguese side on loan for the rest of the season.[3] On 3 August 2015, it was announced that Dávila will remain with Vitória for the 2015–2016 season.[4]

Santos Laguna[edit]

On 4 December 2015, Santos Laguna announced they had purchased Dávila from Chelsea and signed him to a three-year contract.[5]

Delhi Dynamos[edit]

In December 2018, Dávila signed with Indian Super League side Delhi Dynamos.[6]

Wellington Phoenix[edit]

In July 2019, Dávila signed with A-League side Wellington Phoenix on a two-year deal.[7] Dávila secured a 4th goal in 6 starts with a goal from outside the box against Brisbane Roar on 23 November 2019. The goal proved vital in their 2-1 victory, Wellington's first win of the 2019–20 A-League season.[8] Dávila helped the Phoenix to its best ever regular season finish, ending in 3rd place for the League,[9] before the team lost 0–1 to Perth Glory FC in their first game of the elimination finals.[9] Dávila finished the season with 12 goals and five assists, getting himself nominated for the Johnny Warren Medal.[10]

International career[edit]

Mexico U-20[edit]

He has also been part of the under-20 team that played the 2011 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, in which Mexico finished as champions. He also participated in the 2011 Toulon Tournament in France, where Mexico finished as fourth place losing to Italy in a penalty shoot-out. Dávila scored two goals during the 2011 Toulon Tournament, scoring against France and Hungary.

Dávila was part of the 20-man squad that participated in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia. Mexico would eventually finish third in the tournament by beating France 3–1, and he was able to score a goal against France.[11]

Mexico national team[edit]

Dávila received his first call up to the senior national team to play the 2011 Copa América, to replace one of the five players that were suspended for having disciplinary problems in Quito, Ecuador. He did not play in any of Mexico's matches.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 8 May 2021.[12]
Club Season League Cup Continental Others Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
CD Tapatio (loan) 2008–09 Primera División A 17 3 17 3
C.D. Guadalajara 2009–10 Primera División de México 7 0 5[a] 0 12 0
2010–11 Primera División de México 8 0 8 0
Total 32 3 5 0 37 3
Vitesse (loan) 2011–12 Eredivisie 2 0 1[b] 0 3 0
Sabadell (loan) 2012–13 Segunda División 35 4 2[c] 1 37 5
Córdoba (loan) 2013–14 Segunda División 37 7 1[c] 0 38 7
Tenerife (loan) 2014–15 Segunda División 10 1 1[c] 0 11 1
Vitória (loan) 2014–15 Primeira Liga 11 0 3[d] 0 14 0
2015–16 Primeira Liga 3 0 1[d] 0 4 0
Total 98 12 9 1 107 13
Santos Laguna 2015–16 Liga MX 15 2 4[e] 1 19 3
2016–17 Liga MX 19 1 10[f] 3 29 4
2017–18 Liga MX 4 0 4[f] 0 8 0
Total 38 3 14 3 4 1 56 7
Delhi Dynamos 2018–19 Indian Super League 6 1 6 1
Wellington Phoenix 2019–20 A-League 26 12 1[g] 0 27 12
2020–21 A-League 21 7 21 7
Total 53 20 1 0 54 20
Career total 221 38 23 4 9 1 1 0 253 43
  1. ^ Appearance in Copa Libertadores
  2. ^ Appearance in KNVB Cup
  3. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in Copa del Rey
  4. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Taça da Liga
  5. ^ Appearance(s) in CONCACAF Champions League
  6. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Copa MX
  7. ^ Appearance(s) in A-League Finals

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Santos Laguna

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chelsea signs Ulises Dávila". Chelsea Official Website. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Las Palmas-Cordoba La Liga play-off ends with pitch invasion". Goal.com. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Chelsea midfielder makes long-awaited exit". 23 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Victory and Chelsea renew yield Uli Davila". Vitoria Setubal. 3 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Comunicado de Prensa – Contratación Ulises Alejandro Dávila". Santos Laguna. 4 December 2015.
  6. ^ Akarshak, Roy (1 December 2018). "ISL 2018-19: All you need to know about Ulises Davila, Delhi Dynamos' new attacker". Sportskeeda.
  7. ^ Rollo, Phillip (5 July 2019). "New signing Ulises Davila brings Mexican flair to Wellington Phoenix". Stuff.co.nz.
  8. ^ "Wellington Phoenix vs Brisbane Roar - A-League Round 7, 2019". FOX SPORTS. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  9. ^ a b Lewis, Brad (28 August 2020). "Football: Wellington Phoenix preparing for worst-case scenario of 2021 season based in Australia". Newshub. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  10. ^ "Best of the contenders for the Johnny Warren Medal". Hyundai A-League. 9 September 2020. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  11. ^ "Mexico down France for bronze". Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  12. ^ Ulises Alejandro Davila at Soccerway. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  13. ^ "Ulises Davila named Player of the Month for November".
  14. ^ "Davila Wins PFA Player For The Month Award For December". Wellington Phoenix. 29 January 2020. Retrieved 11 October 2020.

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