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César Azpilicueta

César Azpilicueta
Azpilicueta playing for Chelsea in 2015
Personal information
Full name César Azpilicueta Tanco[1]
Date of birth (1989-08-28) 28 August 1989 [2]
Place of birth Pamplona, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Full back
Club information
Current team
Chelsea
Number 28
Youth career
1999–2006 Osasuna
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Osasuna B 27 (1)
2007–2010 Osasuna 99 (0)
2010–2012 Marseille 47 (1)
2012– Chelsea 94 (1)
National team
2005 Spain U16 3 (0)
2006 Spain U17 14 (0)
2007–2008 Spain U19 18 (2)
2009 Spain U20 5 (0)
2008–2011 Spain U21 19 (1)
2012 Spain U23 5 (0)
2013– Spain 11 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 20 October 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:00, 14 October 2015 (UTC)

César Azpilicueta Tanco (Spanish pronunciation: ; born 28 August 1989) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a full back for English club Chelsea and the Spain national team.

A youth product of Osasuna, he spent three seasons in La Liga before switching to Marseille, winning four major honours with the French club. In the summer of 2012 he moved to Chelsea, winning the Europa League in his first season and a domestic double two years later.

Azpilicueta gained 55 caps for Spain at youth level in all age groups, and represented the under-21s in two European Championships, winning the 2011 edition. He made his first appearance with the full side in 2013, and was selected for the following year's World Cup.

Contents

  • Club career 1
    • Osasuna 1.1
    • Marseille 1.2
    • Chelsea 1.3
  • International career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Career statistics 4
    • Club 4.1
    • International 4.2
  • Honours 5
    • Club 5.1
    • Country 5.2
    • Individual 5.3
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Club career

Osasuna

Azpilicueta was born in Pamplona, Navarre. A product of hometown club CA Osasuna's youth system, he made his La Liga debut on 8 April 2007 in a 0–2 away loss against Real Madrid, while still registered with the reserve team;[3] he started his career as a forward then switched to midfielder[4] and, throughout both his club and international career (senior and youth), appeared in several positions including central defender and central midfielder.[5]

In 2007–08, due to injuries in the main squad, Azpilicueta established himself as a first-team regular at the age of just 18, albeit as a right back. He went on to retain this position for the following season, appearing in all but two league games.

Marseille

Azpilicueta playing with Marseille in the 2010–11 season.

On 21 June 2010, French club Olympique de Marseille confirmed an agreement had been reached with Osasuna for the transfer of Azpilicueta, in a four-year contract for 7 million.[6][7] A week later, the Navarrese confirmed the agreement, with the transfer fee possibly rising to as much as €9.5 million depending on appearances.[8] In his UEFA Champions League debut he scored the match's only goal in a group stage home match against FC Spartak Moscow, albeit in his own net.[9]

On 27 November 2010, in the early minutes of a 4–0 home win against Montpellier HSC – which meant Marseille climbed to the top of the league – Azpilicueta ruptured the anterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee.[10] He was sidelined for six months.

In August 2012, amid speculation of clubs showing interest in Azpilicueta, including Premier League club Chelsea, Marseille confirmed that he could leave, saying, "If Chelsea makes a fair offer for Aspi [Azpilicueta], we will let him leave."[11] Despite his loyalty to Marseille, the player said he was willing to leave if his "departure can help Marseille's finances".[12]

Chelsea

Azpilicueta in action against Roma in 2013.

On 24 August 2012, Chelsea completed the signing of Azpilicueta for an undisclosed fee, reported as £7 million.[13][14] According to teammate and countryman Juan Mata, "He is a strong running right-back who has pace as well, so I think he is already a complete player."[15] Due to his surname being difficult for some speakers of English to pronounce, club fans gave him the mononymous nickname "Dave".[16]

Azpilicueta made his debut on 25 September 2012, starting in a 6–0 home win against Wolverhampton Wanderers for the season's Football League Cup.[17] He played his first Premier League game the following week, coming on as a substitute for Branislav Ivanović in a 4–1 success over Norwich City, also at Stamford Bridge.

On 3 November 2012, Azpilicueta made his first league start, appearing against Swansea City in a 1–1 away draw.[18] He played 48 official contests in his first year with the Rafael Benítez-led side, including eight in the Blues' victorious campaign in the UEFA Europa League: in the final against S.L. Benfica his 67th-minute handball led to Óscar Cardozo equalising through a penalty kick, in an eventual 2–1 win in Amsterdam.[19]

Azpilicueta scored his first official goal for Chelsea on 29 October 2013, netting the first in a 2–0 success at Arsenal for the League Cup fourth round.[20] Following the arrival of new manager José Mourinho he began appearing regularly as a left back, taking the place of longtime incumbent Ashley Cole.[21][22] Mourinho said of him: "Azpilicueta is the kind of player I like a lot. I think a team with 11 Azpilicuetas would probably win the competition (Champions League) because football is not just about pure talent";[23] at the end of the season, he was voted the club's Player's Player of the Year.[24]

Before the start of 2014–15, Cole was released and the club spent £15.8 million on Filipe Luís, but Azpilicueta began the season as first-choice left back.[25] On 2 September 2014, he signed a new five-year contract with the club[26] and, on 18 October, he was sent off in the first half of a 2–1 win at Crystal Palace for a foul on Mile Jedinak.[27]

Azpilicueta started as Chelsea won the League Cup on 1 March 2015. In the second half, he was injured in a collision with Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier, and had to leave the pitch for a bandage to be wrapped around his head.[28] The campaign ended with the additional conquest of the domestic league title, after a five-year wait.

On 2 August 2015, Azpilicueta featured 69 minutes in the 0–1 loss to Arsenal for the FA Community Shield.[29] Nineteen days later, he scored the team's third goal in a 3–2 away win over West Bromwich Albion, for what was his first Premier League goal.[30]

International career

Azpilicueta playing for the Spain under-21s.

In 2007, Azpilicueta helped the Spanish under-19 team win the UEFA European Championship. Shortly after he moved to the under-21s, being picked for the 2009 European Championships in Sweden where he started three matches in an eventual group stage exit.

On 11 May 2010, 20-year-old Azpilicueta was named by senior side manager Vicente del Bosque in a provisional list of 30 players, in view of the forthcoming edition of the FIFA World Cup. Eventually, he did not make the final cut.[31]

Azpilicueta was picked for Spain's squad for the 2012 Summer Olympics, after missing out on selection for the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament. Due to the presence of Álvaro Domínguez, he only appeared in the last group match, a 0–0 draw with Morocco at Old Trafford, as the national team exited in the group stage.

On 1 February 2013, Azpilicueta was named in the squad for the upcoming international friendly against Uruguay. The manager said of the selection: 'Azpilicueta is playing many games for Chelsea. He has a lot of energy, defends well and is always willing to attack. We have a lot of hope for him.[32] He made his debut five days later, playing the full 90 minutes in the 3–1 win in Doha, Qatar;[33] after the match, he said that it was his "dream to play for Spain" at the senior level.[34]

Azpilicueta was selected to the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup tournament held in Brazil:[35] he started in the second group game against Tahiti which Spain won 10–0 in a record for the largest margin of victory in the competition,[36] and replaced Álvaro Arbeloa at half-time in the final against the hosts, in an eventual 0–3 loss.[37]

In June 2014, Azpilicueta was selected to represent Spain in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[38] He was the starting right back during the first two fixtures, against the Netherlands[39] and Chile, as the nation was eliminated at the group stage.[40]

Personal life

Azpilicueta's older brother, Juan Pablo (born 1980), was also a footballer. A midfielder, he competed exclusively in lower league football.[41][42]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 26 September 2015.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Osasuna B 2006–07[43] Segunda División B 24 1 24 1
2007–08[44] Segunda División B 3 0 3 0
Total 27 1 27 1
Osasuna 2006–07[43] La Liga 1 0 1 0 1[1] 0 3 0
2007–08[44] La Liga 29 0 0 0 29 0
2008–09[45] La Liga 36 0 2 0 38 0
2009–10[46] La Liga 33 0 5 0 38 0
Total 99 0 8 0 1 0 108 0
Marseille 2010–11[47] Ligue 1 15 0 0 0 1 1 4[2] 0 1[3] 0 21 1
2011–12[47] Ligue 1 30 1 3 0 3 0 8[2] 0 0 0 44 1
2012–13[47] Ligue 1 2 0 1[4] 0 3 0
Total 47 1 3 0 4 1 13 0 1 0 68 2
Chelsea 2012–13[48] Premier League 27 0 5 0 5 0 9[5] 0 2[6] 0 48 0
2013–14[48] Premier League 29 0 2 0 3 1 10[2] 0 44 1
2014–15[48] Premier League 29 0 2 0 5 0 4[2] 0 40 0
2015–16[48] Premier League 7 1 0 0 0 0 1[2] 0 1[7] 0 9 1
Total 92 1 9 0 13 1 24 0 3 0 141 2
Career total 265 3 20 0 17 2 38 0 4 0 344 5
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Cup
  2. ^ a b c d e Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Appearance in Trophée des Champions
  4. ^ Appearance in UEFA Europa League
  5. ^ One appearance in UEFA Champions League, eight in UEFA Europa League
  6. ^ Appearances in FIFA Club World Cup
  7. ^ Appearance in FA Community Shield

International

As of match played 13 October 2015.[49]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Spain 2013 4 0
2014 6 0
2015 1 0
Total 11 0

Honours

Club

Azpilicueta (standing right), André Ayew and Édouard Cissé celebrate winning the 2011 Trophée des Champions with Marseille
Marseille
Chelsea

Country

Spain U19
Spain U21
Spain

Individual

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  10. ^ Marseille go top but pay high price; Soccerway, 27 November 2010
  11. ^ Marseille confirm need to sell; Sky Sports, 14 August 2012
  12. ^ Azpilicueta open to Blues move; Sky Sports, 21 August 2012
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External links

  • Chelsea official profile
  • César Azpilicueta profile at BDFutbol
  • César Azpilicueta – French League Stats at LFP.fr (French)
  • César Azpilicueta at L'Équipe Football (French)
  • César Azpilicueta career statistics at Soccerbase
  • César Azpilicueta at National-Football-Teams.com
  • César Azpilicueta – FIFA competition record
  • César Azpilicueta at ESPN FC
  • Soccerway profile
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