Jesús Navas

Jesús Navas
Jesús Navas.jpg
Navas during a game with Sevilla in 2017
Personal information
Full name Jesús Navas González[1]
Date of birth (1985-11-21) 21 November 1985 (age 35)
Place of birth Los Palacios, Spain
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Playing position(s) Winger, right back
Club information
Current team
Sevilla
Number 16
Youth career
1998–2000 Los Palacios
2000–2003 Sevilla
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Sevilla B 33 (3)
2003–2013 Sevilla 285 (23)
2013–2017 Manchester City 123 (4)
2017– Sevilla 101 (2)
National team
2004–2005 Spain U21 5 (0)
2009– Spain 46 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 October 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 October 2020

Jesús Navas González (Spanish pronunciation: [xeˈsuz ˈnaβaz ɣonˈθaleθ];[a] born 21 November 1985) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a right winger or a right back for Sevilla and the Spain national team. His main assets are his speed, dribbling skills, and ability to run at opposing defenders.[2][3][4][5]

He has spent the vast majority of his career with Sevilla, playing over 550 official matches and winning seven major titles, including three Europa League titles and two Copas del Rey. In 2013 he signed for Manchester City, where he won the 2013–14 Premier League. He re-joined Sevilla in 2017, and now holds the club's record for most competitive appearances.

A Spanish international since 2009, Navas helped his country win the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012, earning over 40 caps and scoring five goals.

Club career

Sevilla

Born in Los Palacios y Villafranca, Province of Seville, Navas joined Sevilla's youth system at age 15 after playing for UD Los Palacios for 2 years. In the 2003–04 season, he made his first-team (and La Liga) debut when he played 12 minutes in a 0–1 loss at Espanyol on 23 November 2003.[6] He added four more appearances before the season was over, and in 2004–05 he was permanently promoted to the main squad, scoring two goals from 22 games. On 3 May 2005, his contract was extended until 2010.[7]

Navas playing for Sevilla in 2011

In 2005–06, Navas once again impressed, being a crucial element as the Andalusian club claimed victory in that season's UEFA Cup. He appeared in all 12 matches in the competition, including the final against Middlesbrough.[8] A deal was arranged for a transfer to Chelsea in August 2006, but the player declined the move citing possible homesickness.[9] He was consistently listed among the best players in the league, appearing in Don Balón magazine's Top 50 each year from 2006 to 2008.[10][11][12]

For the next three years, Navas continued to be a regular for Sevilla, always leading the team in assists, while adding nine league goals in total. He also helped them to the 2008 edition of the Copa del Rey, and to third place in the following season's championship.

Navas was ever present in the 2009–10 campaign, appearing in more than 50 games.[13] He led the league in decisive passes (including two in the last round against Almería as Sevilla edged Mallorca for fourth place with a 3–2 away win).[14] On 19 May 2010, he scored the second goal in a 2–0 victory in the final of the Copa del Rey against Atlético Madrid.[15]

Navas' 2010–11 season was greatly undermined by injury,[16][17] as he appeared in less than half Sevilla's matches. On 13 March 2011, he scored a rare header in a 1–1 home draw against eventual champions Barcelona,[18] one of only two competitive goals.[19]

Manchester City

Navas warming up for Manchester City in 2013

On 4 June 2013, after speculation concerning Navas' future, Sevilla confirmed that he was leaving the club with the expectation of joining Premier League side Manchester City.[20] The transfer, reportedly valued at £14.9 million,[21] was completed seven days later; the player said "this is the right moment for me to take this step. I'm very happy with the opportunity and the decision."[22]

Navas made his league debut on 19 August 2013, playing the full 90 minutes in a 4–0 home win against Newcastle United.[23] He scored his first two goals in the competition on 24 November in a 6–0 home rout of Tottenham Hotspur.[24]

On 2 March 2014, Navas scored City's third goal in the League Cup final as they defeated Sunderland 3–1 to win the competition.[25] He appeared in 48 games across all competitions in his first season (scoring six goals), helping the club win the fourth national championship in its history.[26]

Navas returned to the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium on 3 November 2015, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3–1 win in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, and assisting Wilfried Bony for the last goal.[27][28] In the League Cup final, he came on as a substitute and scored one of the penalties in the shootout in a victory over Liverpool.[29]

Late in the 2016–17 campaign, Navas was reconverted by new manager Pep Guardiola into a right back, and from that position he contributed with two decisive passes in a 3–1 home win against Hull City on 8 April 2017.[30] On 25 May, Manchester City announced he would be leaving the club.[31]

Return to Sevilla

On 1 August 2017, Sevilla announced the return of Navas through a video. He signed a four-year contract[32][33] and was given the number 16 shirt previously worn by the late Antonio Puerta, who was a close friend.[34]

During his second spell, Navas continued to occasionally appear at right back.[35] On 20 September 2017, he celebrated his 400th competitive appearance for the club by scoring the only goal of the 1–0 home win over Las Palmas,[36] and he surpassed Pablo Blanco's record of 416 matches when he came off the bench against Levante on 16 December.[37]

Navas was made captain ahead of the 2018–19 season.[38] On 18 October 2018, the board of directors decided to rename the main stadium of the club's training ground, the Ciudad Deportiva José Ramón Cisneros Palacios as Estadio Jesús Navas in recognition of his professional career.[39]

On 3 January 2020, Navas became the first player to reach 500 appearances for Sevilla, when he started in a 1–1 draw against Athletic Bilbao.[40]

International career

After breaking into the Sevilla first team, Navas made his debut for the Spain under-21s, scoring in a 1–1 draw against France on 17 August 2004.[41] He had been remarked as a potential star after good performances for club and country, but his anxiety problems forced him to quit international football. In August 2009, he announced his desire to overcome his condition in order to stake his claim in the squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and made himself available for selection, stating: "To play for your country is the greatest thing and I hope to be able to, too. I have to be calm and make my decision. I have to continue taking the right steps."[42]

Navas (right) on the bench during Euro 2012

On 9 November 2009, Navas was called up by coach Vicente del Bosque for friendlies with Argentina and Austria.[43][44] On 14 November he made his debut against Argentina in a 2–1 win in Madrid, playing the final ten minutes in the place of Andrés Iniesta;[45] four days later, he played the entire second half in a 5–1 win over Austria in Vienna.[46]

Called up for the World Cup finals in South Africa, Navas scored his first international goal on 3 June 2010 in a warm-up match against South Korea, scoring the game's only goal four minutes from time.[47] In the tournament he appeared in three matches, including the last 30 minutes plus extra time in the final against the Netherlands, when Spain lifted its first World Cup trophy.[48]

Navas was also selected for UEFA Euro 2012, where he appeared in several games for the eventual champions as a substitute. On 18 June, he scored the game's only goal in the 87th minute of the last group stage fixture against Croatia, handing Spain the first place in Group C: he scored from close range, following an assist by Iniesta.[49]

Picked for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, Navas made three appearances from the bench. On 27 June, in the semi-final against Italy, he scored the decisive penalty in the shootout (0–0 after extra time).[50]

Navas was one of seven players cut from Spain's final squad for the 2014 World Cup, alongside Manchester City teammate Álvaro Negredo.[51] On 15 March 2019, after almost six years of absence from international duty, the 33-year-old returned to the national setup for Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Norway and Malta.[52]

Personal life

Navas suffered from chronic homesickness,[53] to the extent he walked out of training camps in Spain because they were too far away from Seville. He also suffered from anxiety attacks[54] and seizures,[55] and initially refused to travel with Sevilla during pre-season to the United States due to his homesickness, later changing his mind in a bid to rid himself of this condition.[6]

Navas' older brother, Marco, was also a footballer and a midfielder. After also graduating from Sevilla's youth academy he made three first-team appearances, and played mainly in the Segunda División.[56][57] Their family was of Gitano/Romani origin.[58]

Career statistics

Club

As of 24 October 2020 [59] [60]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other[nb 1] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sevilla 2003–04 La Liga 5 0 5 0
2004–05 23 2 2 1 5 0 30 3
2005–06 34 2 2 0 12 0 48 2
2006–07 29 1 5 1 7 0 1 0 42 2
2007–08 36 4 4 0 10 0 3 0 53 4
2008–09 35 4 8 1 6 0 49 5
2009–10 34 4 9 4 8 2 51 10
2010–11 15 1 5 0 6 1 2 0 28 2
2011–12 37 5 4 0 2 0 43 5
2012–13 37 0 8 1 0 0 45 1
Total 285 23 47 8 56 3 6 0 394 34
Manchester City 2013–14 Premier League 30 4 10 2 8 0 48 6
2014–15 35 0 4 1 7 0 1 0 47 1
2015–16 34 0 8 1 10 0 0 0 52 1
2016–17 24 0 6 0 6 0 0 0 36 0
Total 123 4 28 4 31 0 1 0 183 8
Sevilla 2017–18 La Liga 26 1 8 2 10 0 44 3
2018–19 32 1 1 0 10 1 1 0 44 2
2019–20 38 0 3 0 6 0 47 0
2020–21 5 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 7 0
Total 101 2 12 2 27 1 2 0 142 5
Career total 509 29 87 14 114 4 9 0 719 47

Notes

  1. ^ Includes other competitions, such as the Supercopa de España, FA Community Shield, and UEFA Super Cup

International

As of 13 October 2020 [61]
Navas playing for Spain against Tahiti in the 2013 Confederations Cup
Spain
Year Apps Goals
2009 2 0
2010 9 1
2011 3 0
2012 8 1
2013 12 1
2014 1 0
2019 7 2
2020 4 0
Total 46 5

International goals

As of 15 November 2019 (Spain score listed first, score column indicates score after each Navas goal) [61]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 3 June 2010 Tivoli-Neu, Innsbruck, Austria  South Korea 1–0 1–0 Friendly
2 18 June 2012 PGE Arena, Gdańsk, Poland  Croatia 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2012
3 10 September 2013 Stade de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland  Chile 2–2 2–2 Friendly
4 7 June 2019 Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands  Faroe Islands 2–0 4–1 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
5 15 November 2019 Ramón de Carranza, Cádiz, Spain  Malta 7–0 7–0

Honours

Club

Sevilla[62]

Manchester City

International

Spain[62]

Individual

Orders

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