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Joel Robles

This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Robles and the second or maternal family name is Blázquez.
Personal information
Full nameJoel Robles Blázquez[1]
Date of birth (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 24)
Place of birthGetafe, Spain
Height1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing positionGoalkeeper
Club information
Current clubEverton
Youth career
2005–2008Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
2008–2009Atlético C
2009–2010Atlético B28(0)
2010–2013Atlético Madrid2(0)
2012Rayo Vallecano (loan)13(0)
2013Wigan Athletic (loan)8(0)
National team
2005Spain U161(0)
2006Spain U171(0)
2011–2013Spain U212(0)
2012Spain U231(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 May 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 March 2013

Joel Robles Blázquez (born 17 June 1990), known simply as Joel, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Everton as a goalkeeper.

Joel started his professional career at Atlético Madrid, initially in the C team in 2008, before progressing into the B team a year later. He made 28 league appearances for Atlético B during the 2009–10 season, before being promoted into the senior squad. Having been used sparingly in the 2011–12 season, he moved on loan to Rayo Vallecano in January 2012, making 13 league appearances. He was sent out on loan again in January 2013, this time to English Premier League side Wigan Athletic, where he was part of the FA Cup-winning side. Having made eight league appearances for Wigan, he returned to Madrid at the end of the season.

Joel played internationally for Spain at U16, U17, U21 and U23 level, and was part of the squad that won the 2013 European Under-21 Championship.

Club career

Atlético Madrid

Born in Getafe, Madrid, Joel was a youth product of Getafe CF, and joined neighbouring Atlético Madrid in 2005 to finish his formation. He spent his first professional season, 2009–10, with the reserve side in Segunda División B and, on 27 December 2009, signed his first professional contract, running until June 2014.[2]

On 8 May 2010 Joel made his La Liga debut, in a 1–1 away draw against Sporting de Gijón: starter David de Gea (another Atlético youth graduate) was being rested for the UEFA Europa League final, and his replacement, Sergio Asenjo, suffered a severe knee injury after only ten minutes.[3]

In the 2010–11 campaign he acted mostly as backup, especially as Asenjo left in January 2011 to Málaga CF on loan, only to be again seriously injured in the process. After de Gea was signed by Manchester United in the off-season, Joel was made first-choice by newly appointed manager Gregorio Manzano, but he lost his position after only three official games, to Belgian Thibaut Courtois.

On 31 January 2012, Joel was loaned to neighbouring Rayo Vallecano – also in the top division – who had lost starter Dani Giménez to injury. He played his first game five days later, in a 2–1 away win against Real Zaragoza.[4]

Wigan Athletic

Joel was loaned again in the 2013 winter transfer window, joining a host of compatriots – including manager Roberto Martínez – at Premier League club Wigan Athletic.[5] He made his debut on 26 January, keeping a clean sheet in a 1–0 win at non-league side Macclesfield Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup.[6]

Joel made his first league appearance on 17 March 2013, starting in a 2–1 home victory against Newcastle United. He soon won the battle for first-choice status over Ali Al-Habsi.

On 11 May 2013 Joel started in Wigan's first-ever FA Cup final appearance, preventing Carlos Tévez from scoring twice in the first 45 minutes and eventually keeping a clean sheet in the 1–0 win.[7]


Joel signed for fellow league club Everton on 9 July 2013, rejoining former Wigan manager Roberto Martínez on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[8]



Atlético Madrid
Wigan Athletic


Spain U21

  • UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship: 2013


External links

  • Everton FC official profile
  • Atlético Madrid official profile
  • BDFutbol profile
  • Futbolme profile (Spanish)
  • Transfermarkt profile
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