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Jesús Navas

Jesús Navas González (; born 21 November 1985) is a Spain Association football who plays for Sevilla FC in La Liga.

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Jesús Navas biography


Jesús Navas González (; born 21 November 1985) is a Spain Association football who plays for Sevilla FC in La Liga.

A Midfielder Winger who can play on the left flank on occasion, Jesús Navas main assets are Jesús Navas quick dribbling and an ability to run at opposing defenders.

Club career

Born in Los Palacios y Villafranca, Province of Seville, Navas joined Sevilla FC's youth system at age 15. In 2003–04 La Liga, Jesús Navas made Jesús Navas first team (and La Liga) debut when Jesús Navas played 12 minutes in a 0–1 loss at RCD Espanyol on 23 November 2003, and added four more matches before the league was over, none complete. In the 2004–05 La Liga, Navas was permanently promoted to the first team, scoring two times from 22 appearances and, on 4 May 2005, Jesús Navas link to the club was extended until 2010, as Jesús Navas also made Jesús Navas Spain national under-21 football team debuts.

In 2005–06 La Liga, Navas once again impressed, being a crucial element as the Andalusians 2005–06 UEFA Cup UEFA Europa League; Jesús Navas appeared in all 12 matches, including the final against Middlesbrough F.C.. In August 2006, a deal was arranged for Navas' transfer to Chelsea F.C., but the player declined the move, citing possible homesickness. In the league, Navas was consistently listed in the best players' ranks, entering the 'Top 50' of Don Balón magazine each year since 2005.

For the next three seasons, Navas continued to be a regular for Sevilla, always being the club's top Assist (football), while adding nine league goals. Jesús Navas also helped it to the 2007–08 Copa del Rey Copa del Rey, and to the third place in 2008–09 La Liga's league.

In 2009–10 La Liga, Navas was everpresent, appearing in more than 50 official matches, and leading the league in decisive passes (including two in the last round against UD Almería, as Sevilla edged RCD Mallorca for the final fourth place, with a 3–2 away triumph). On May 19, 2010, Jesús Navas closed the scoresheet at 2–0 in the 2009–10 Copa del Rey 2010 Copa del Rey Final, against Atlético Madrid.

Navas' 2010–11 La Liga was greatly undermined by injury, as Jesús Navas appeared in less than half of the matches for Sevilla. On 13 March 2011, Jesús Navas scored through a rare header in a 1–1 home draw against eventual champions FC Barcelona, for Jesús Navas only goal of the campaign.

International career

After breaking into the Sevilla first team, Navas made Jesús Navas debut for the U-21's in September 2004. Jesús Navas had been earmarked as a potential star after good performances for club and country, but Jesús Navas anxiety problems forced Jesús Navas to quit international football. In August 2009, Jesús Navas announced Jesús Navas desire to overcome Jesús Navas condition in order to stake Jesús Navas 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."

On 9 November 2009, Navas was called-up by coach Vicente del Bosque for friendlies with Argentina national football team and Austria national football team. On 14 November, Jesús Navas made Jesús Navas debut against the former, a 2–1 win in Madrid, playing the final 10 minutes in the place of Andrés Iniesta; four days later, Jesús Navas played the entire second half with Austria, in a final 5–1 win in Vienna.

Called-up for the World Cup final stages in South Africa by manager Vicente del Bosque, Navas scored Jesús Navas first goal as an international on 3 June 2010, in a warm-up friendly with Korea Republic national football team, netting the game's only goal four minutes from time. In the tournament itself, Jesús Navas appeared in three matches, including 30 minutes plus extra time in 2010 FIFA World Cup Final against the Netherlands national football team (1–0), as Spain lifted its first FIFA World Cup trophy. In the final, a long dribble by Navas out of the Spanish half of the field began the sequence of events that led to the game winning goal by Andrés Iniesta.

International goals


Honours

Club

Sevilla
- UEFA Europa League: 2005–06 UEFA Cup, 2006–07 UEFA Cup
- UEFA Super Cup: 2006 UEFA Super Cup
- Copa del Rey: 2006–07 Copa del Rey, 2009–10 Copa del Rey
- Supercopa de España: 2007 Supercopa de España

Country

- FIFA World Cup: 2010 FIFA World Cup

Club statistics



Personal life

Navas' older brother, Marco Navas, is also a footballer and a midfielder. After also graduating from Sevilla's youth academy, Jesús Navas amassed three first-team appearances, but played mainly in the Segunda División.

Jesús Navas suffers from chronic (medicine) homesickness, to the extent Jesús Navas walked out of training camps within Spain because they were too far away from Seville. Jesús Navas also suffers from anxiety attacks and seizures. Navas initially refused to travel with Sevilla during pre-season to the United States due to Jesús Navas acute homesickness, later deciding that Jesús Navas would travel in a bid to rid himself of this condition.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jes%c3%bas_Navas

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