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Fernando Navarro

Published: Friday 1 January 2010, 14.22CET
Sevilla FC
Published: Friday 1 January 2010, 14.22CET

Fernando Navarro

Sevilla FC

A member of Spain's triumphant UEFA EURO 2008 squad, Fernando Navarro is a strong, committed left-back who can also play in the centre of defence or midfield. The former FC Barcelona player has proved to be a useful acquisition for Sevilla FC.

• Barcelona-born, he came up through the youth system at Camp Nou, making Liga debut as a substitute against RC Deportivo La Coruña in October 2001.

• Started first seven matches of Barça's 2002/03 UEFA Champions League campaign but missed rest of season after sustaining serious knee injury; returned to action on loan at Albacete Balompié but unwanted back in Barcelona and farmed out again, in 2005/06, to RCD Mallorca.

• Revived career at the island club, agreeing permanent deal and missing only eight league games over a three-year spell, during which he won his first two caps for Spain, the second of them at UEFA EURO 2008 – in final group game against Greece.

• Moved to Sevilla in June 2008 for €5m and established himself quickly as team's first-choice left-back, making 31 league appearances and five in the UEFA Cup.

• Played every minute of 2009/10 UEFA Champions League group stage as Sevilla finished top of their group.

Did you know?
Navarro received 15 yellow cards in the Liga during his first season at Sevilla.

Last updated: 27/01/10 11.09CET

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