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Published: Friday 25 May 2012, 11.39CET
Club Atlético de Madrid
Published: Friday 25 May 2012, 11.39CET


Club Atlético de Madrid

Clubs: Real Madrid CF, RCD Espanyol (loan), CA Osasuna, Club Atlético de Madrid

• Started his career in the Real Madrid youth academy but after impressing for the club's B team he only managed six Liga outings before moving on loan to Espanyol in 2005/06. Proved himself at the Barcelona club, making his European debut in the UEFA Cup against FK Teplice and scoring his first Liga goal in March 2006 in a 1-1 draw with Athletic Club.

• Sold by Madrid to Osasuna in 2006, he helped the Pamplona outfit to the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup in his debut season, making nine appearances and scoring one goal – away to Parma FC in the final group game. Established himself as a regular with Osasuna, making over 100 Liga appearances during the next three seasons.

• Returned to the Spanish capital in January 2011 when he joined Atlético; experienced mixed fortunes in domestic competition but won his first major honour in helping the Rojiblancos to victory in the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League, scoring one goal in 12 appearances.

• Rewarded with a UEFA EURO 2012 call-up and his first cap in a pre-tournament friendly against Serbia; was unused in Poland and Ukraine as La Roja retained their European title.

• Was a regular in the tightest Liga defence of 2013/14 – the Rojiblancos conceded 26 goals in 38 games – as Atlético won the title for the first time since 1996. In Europe. he played all but 90 minutes of the club's run to the UEFA Champions League final in Lisbon against Real Madrid.

UEFA honours
UEFA European Championship:
 winner 2012
UEFA Champions League: runner-up 2014
UEFA Europa League: winner 2012

Last updated: 06/06/14 14.30CET

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