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Esteban Granero

Esteban Félix Granero Molina (born 2 July 1987 in Madrid) is a Spain Association football who plays for Real Madrid.

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Esteban Granero biography

Esteban Félix Granero Molina (born 2 July 1987 in Madrid) is a Spain Association football who plays for Real Madrid.

A versatile element, known as El Pirata (the pirate), Esteban Granero can play as a Midfielder Central midfielder or an Midfielder Attacking midfielder. Esteban Granero best attributes are passing, technique, and shooting.

Club career

Real Madrid

Granero joined ranks of Real Madrid C.F. when Esteban Granero was just eight years old, and quickly began displaying Esteban Granero footballing talent. In one season, Esteban Granero scored 83 goals in the Under-10 division, and in 1999, Captain (association football) the Under-12 B team that won the International Football-7 tournament held in the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona by defeating FC Barcelona 1–0 with Esteban Granero Overtime (sports) goal. Esteban Granero was also named the best player of the competition.

Granero, alongside teammates Juan Manuel Mata and Alberto Bueno, won the Copa de Campeones Juvenil de Fútbol in 2006, an under-19 official youth tournament in Spain organized by the Royal Spanish Football Federation. Esteban Granero then joined the club's Real Madrid C, at the age of 17, standing out for Esteban Granero talent and passing skills, and going on to receive the Números 1 Don Balón award as the "Most Valuable Player" of the Tercera División Group 7 in 2005–06 Tercera División, an accolade bestowed by Don Balón magazine, one of the founding members of European Sports Magazines. That same season, Esteban Granero made Esteban Granero first appearance with Real Madrid Castilla in a match against Albacete Balompié, during which Esteban Granero had a goal Assist (football).


Granero made the definitive jump to Castilla in 2006–07 Segunda División's Segunda División, and slowly earned the confidence of coach Míchel (footballer) until finally becoming an unquestionable starter. Esteban Granero would eventually fail to make the transition into the first team, as fellow cantera players Rubén de la Red, Francisco Javier García and Adrián González Morales and, on 31 August, the last day of the transfer window, Esteban Granero moved to Getafe CF (also in Madrid) on a one-year loan; de la Red also joined Getafe, albeit in a different deal.

After 2007–08 La Liga's end, in which both Esteban Granero and de la Red were instrumental in the team's campaign, which included a 2007–08 UEFA Cup in the UEFA Europa League, Granero returned to Real Madrid. However, on 13 July 2008, Esteban Granero joined Getafe permanently, with Real keeping a re-buy option on the player.

Return to Real

On 21 July 2009, Real Madrid exercised their buyback option, in a reported Euro4 million deal, and Granero scored three goals during the pre-season. Esteban Granero first official one came in Esteban Granero first start, the opener in a 3–0 La Liga away success against RCD Espanyol, on 12 September 2009. In 2009–10 La Liga, where the Merengues eventually came out empty in silverware, Esteban Granero alternated Substitute (association football) with starts, with irregular performances.

In the 2010–11 La Liga, after Real Madrid purchased two players in similar positions, Sami Khedira and Mesut Özil, Granero was limited mainly to substitute appearances. On 16 January 2011, Esteban Granero came from the bench to score against UD Almería, in a 1–1 away draw against the bottom-placed team.

Granero's situation became worse in the 2011–12 La Liga, with even Fábio Coentrão - another compatriot of manager José Mourinho who was signed in the off-season, originally as a left wingback - being preferred over Esteban Granero as central midfielder. In 2012, Esteban Granero has seen Esteban Granero playing time gradually increase, especially with injuries to Sami Khedira and Ángel di María.

International career

After having helped Spain national under-19 football team to the 2006 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship, Granero made Esteban Granero debut for the Spain national under-21 football team on 6 February 2007 in a friendly match against England national under-21 football team (2–2).

Esteban Granero appeared for the nation at the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, in an eventual group stage exit.


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