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David Silva
David Silva Euro 2012 vs France 01.jpg
Silva during Euro 2012
Personal information
Full nameDavid Josué Jiménez Silva
Date of birth(1986-01-08) 8 January 1986 (age 26)
Place of birthArguineguín, Spain
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing positionAttacking midfielder / Winger / Second striker
Club information
Current clubManchester City
Number21
Youth career
1995–2000UD San Fernando
2000–2003Valencia
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2003–2004Valencia B14(1)
2004–2010Valencia119(21)
2004–2005Eibar (loan)35(4)
2005–2006Celta Vigo (loan)34(4)
2010–Manchester City78(11)
National team
2001–2002Spain U166(2)
2002–2003Spain U1720(5)
2004–2005Spain U1914(5)
2005Spain U205(4)
2004–2006Spain U219(7)
2006–Spain67(18)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 October 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 September 2012
 
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David Silva
David Silva Euro 2012 vs France 01.jpg
Silva during Euro 2012
Personal information
Full nameDavid Josué Jiménez Silva
Date of birth(1986-01-08) 8 January 1986 (age 26)
Place of birthArguineguín, Spain
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing positionAttacking midfielder / Winger / Second striker
Club information
Current clubManchester City
Number21
Youth career
1995–2000UD San Fernando
2000–2003Valencia
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2003–2004Valencia B14(1)
2004–2010Valencia119(21)
2004–2005Eibar (loan)35(4)
2005–2006Celta Vigo (loan)34(4)
2010–Manchester City78(11)
National team
2001–2002Spain U166(2)
2002–2003Spain U1720(5)
2004–2005Spain U1914(5)
2005Spain U205(4)
2004–2006Spain U219(7)
2006–Spain67(18)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 October 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 September 2012

David Josué Jiménez Silva (Spanish pronunciation: [daˈβið xoˈswe xiˈmeneθ ˈsilβa]; born 8 January 1986) is a Spanish footballer who plays for Manchester City and the Spanish national team. Silva is capable of playing on the wing, as a traditional number 10, and sometimes as a supporting striker. A Spanish international since the age of 20, he was an integral member of the squads that won three consecutive international tournaments – UEFA Euro 2008, 2010 FIFA World Cup, and UEFA Euro 2012 – the first time a European team has achieved such a feat.

Silva spent six years of his professional career with Valencia CF, appearing in more than 150 games and winning one Copa del Rey, before moving in the summer of 2010 to Manchester City. His consistently excellent performances have earned the nickname "Merlin" due to his passing ability and possession-retaining qualities.[2] Since joining City, Silva has appeared in over 100 games in two seasons, winning the FA Cup and Premier League.

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Early life

Silva was born in Arguineguín, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, to Fernando Jiménez, a former municipal police officer who eventually was responsible for the safety of the Valencia CF stadium, and Eva Silva. His father, Fernando, is Canarian while his mother, Eva, is of Japanese descent, confirmed in an interview by his family members to the Canarian media.[3][4] Silva has two younger siblings, sister Natalia and brother Nando[citation needed]. He is commonly called by the nickname Chino (Spanish for "Chinese") due to his physical appearance.[citation needed]

Silva began playing football in the youth team of UD San Fernando, near Maspalomas. Originally, he played as a goalkeeper, before becoming a winger[5] and mirrored his game around his footballing idol as a youth, Michael Laudrup.[5] When he was 14, he received an offer to become a youth player at Valencia CF, which he accepted. He stayed in Valencia's youth set-up until he was 17.

Club career

Silva playing for Valencia

Valencia

Silva made his professional debut in 2004–05, with Segunda División's SD Eibar, while on loan from Valencia, playing 35 league games and scoring on five occasions. In the following season, he was again out on loan, this time to Celta de Vigo, where he played 34 matches, scoring four goals. After two late substitute appearances, the first in a 2–0 home win over Málaga CF on 28 August 2005, Silva finished as an undisputed starter as the Galician side reached the UEFA Cup straight from the second-tier.

Silva returned to Valencia in the summer of 2006, becoming an automatic first-choice despite his young age (20). In two seasons combined, he only missed six matches and netted 14 goals (his first coming on 5 November 2006 in a 1–1 draw at RCD Espanyol). In August 2008, he extended his contract by five years, amidst interest of several Premier League teams.[6]

After not appearing in the first three months of 2008–09 due to a chronic ankle ailment,[7] Silva returned to the call-ups in mid-December. On 3 January 2009, he scored twice in a 3–1 home win over Atlético Madrid,[8] still contributing with 19 matches (four goals) as the Che qualified for the Europa League.

In the 2009–10 season, Silva scored a career-best eight goals, as Valencia finished in third position and returned to the UEFA Champions League. On 15 April 2010, he scored a brace against Athletic Bilbao for a 2–0 home win,[9] adding three assists in the 4–4 thriller at Werder Bremen for the Europa League's round of 16.[10]

Manchester City

David Silva with Manchester City in April 2011

2010–11

On 30 June 2010, Manchester City announced that they had reached an agreement with Valencia over the transfer of Silva and that he would join the club on a four-year deal, prior to the start of the 2010–11 season.[11] On 14 July, the Premier League side completed the signing[12] and Silva was awarded the number 21 shirt, the same number he wore for Valencia and when playing for Spain. Manchester City had previously tried to sign Silva and his Valencia team-mate David Villa in 2008, but were put off when Valencia quoted a £135 million combined price tag on both players.[13]

City manager Roberto Mancini mainly deployed Silva as a winger[14] and later in a trequartista role in his first season.[15] Silva made his Premier League debut on 14 August 2010 in a 0–0 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.[16] He scored his first goal for the club on 16 September, eight minutes into the Europa League group match against Red Bull Salzburg.[17] On 17 October, he scored his first league goal in a game against Blackpool, netting City's third goal in a 3–2 away win.[18] In a 3–1 home win in the Europa League against Lech Poznań, he set up two goals for Emmanuel Adebayor.[19] He made another assist slipping through Adam Johnson for Manchester City's third in a 3–1 away win against West Ham United.[20] Erroneous media reports emerged suggesting Silva could return to Spain and cited homesickness and difficulty to adapt to the English game.[21] His performances, however, impressed City supporters and earned him three consecutive Manchester City Player of the Month awards from October to December 2010.[22]

Silva prior to a league match against Liverpool

On 12 February 2011, he was credited for the equalising goal in the 2–1 loss to rivals Manchester United when an Edin Džeko shot deflected off his back and into the net. On 2 March, he scored from twenty yards out in an FA Cup win (3–0) against Aston Villa. Three days later, he scored the only goal in Manchester City's win against Wigan Athletic. Silva netted the third goal in City's 5–0 rout of Sunderland on 3 April. His assist to Yaya Touré against Everton at Goodison Park took Silva to 15 assists in all competitions for the season.[23]

Following his debut season in the Premier League, Silva has emerged as one of the league's finest playmakers. Carlos Tévez lauded him as "the best signing we (Manchester City) have made."[24]

2011–12

Silva began the 2011–12 season in fine form, scoring the third goal in City's 4–0 thrashing of Swansea City[25] and was voted man of the match. He also scored the following week against Bolton Wanderers, and was again named man of the match.[26] Silva then set up two of Sergio Agüero's three goals in City's second home game against Wigan Athletic. After a series of magnificent displays from Silva, City boss Roberto Mancini compared him to fellow Spain internationals Xavi and Andrés Iniesta and said that Silva is "one of the best players in the world".[27] On 1 October, Silva was awarded the Premier League Player of the Month for his outstanding performances and making it the first time ever that two Manchester City players have won the award in back to back months with Edin Džeko winning it the month before.

In the first Manchester Derby of the season at Old Trafford, Manchester City won 6–1, with Silva proving, yet again, to be instrumental in the Manchester City attack, scoring the fifth goal, setting up Edin Džeko's second with a chested volley pass through the United defense, and participating in the first two goals with excellent passing to James Milner to assist Mario Balotelli.[28] On 25 October 2011, in an interview with a Spanish radio station, Silva revealed that he turned down FC Barcelona and Real Madrid so he could sign for City and that he wants to stay at the club for years. He commented, "Madrid and Barcelona are great teams, but I'm happy here and I would like to stay here for many years."[29] Former City and England defender Earl Barrett said he is almost impossible to stop due to his ability to create space[30] and Andy Cole, who mostly played for Manchester United, has stated that Silva "is a joy to watch."[31] He both scored a goal in City's 3–2 away win against Queens Park Rangers on 5 November[32] and in City's 1–0 home win against Arsenal on 18 December.[33] He also contributed by scoring the fourth goal in City's 4–0 home win against West Brom on 11 April.[34]

In addition to winning his first Premier League medal with Manchester City, he also finished the season as top of the assists table with 17 assists to his name[35] and was one of four City players who made it in the PFA's Premier League Team of the Year.[36]

2012-13

On 17 September, Silva signed a new five year deal at City, committing himself to the Etihad Stadium until 2017.[37]

International career

Spain's starting lineup in the Euro 2012 Final

Silva first represented Spain in the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Finland, scoring three goals. In 2006, he became an under-21 international and scored four goals during the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship; this was enough to earn him joint-fourth place in the goal ranking, alongside Italian striker Graziano Pellè.

Silva made his senior international debut in the 1–0 friendly home defeat to Romania on 15 November 2006, and continued to receive call-ups to the side after good contributions in his first games. On 22 August 2007, he scored his first two goals for Spain, netting twice in a 3–2 friendly win versus Greece, and was then called-up to the squad of 23 for UEFA Euro 2008.

Silva in a friendly against England at Wembley

In the semi-finals game versus Russia, Silva scored the third goal for Spain after a quick counter-attack in which Cesc Fàbregas delivered a low cross, and he sent the ball into Igor Akinfeev's goal with his left foot.[38] In the final, he was involved in an incident with Germany's Lukas Podolski. After he pulled Podolski to the ground, the German approached Silva, which resulted in an angry exchange of words and a coming together of heads that the referee decided not to punish. Shortly afterward, Spanish coach Luis Aragonés substituted Silva for Santi Cazorla in an attempt to calm the tensions.[39]

After appearing regularly during 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – Spain won all ten fixtures – Silva was also picked for the squad for the finals in South Africa. His participation would be, however, a small one, as the national team won the tournament: he started in the first match, a 0–1 group stage defeat against Switzerland, then played the last four minutes of the 1–0 win against Germany in the semi-finals.

On 11 August 2010, during an international friendly with Mexico, Silva scored two minutes into second-half injury time, ending the game with a 1–1 draw.[40] In a Euro 2012 qualifier against Liechtenstein on 3 September 2010, Silva scored after 62 minutes, in a 4–0 away win.[41] The following month, in the same competition, he scored through a rare header, as the national team downed Lithuania in Salamanca (3–1).

Silva has won three consecutive major trophies (Euro 2008, 2010 World Cup, and Euro 2012) with Spain

In a friendly against Colombia on 9 February 2011, he came off the bench to score the game's only goal with just four minutes remaining, helping Spain to a hard-fought 1–0 win.[42] He scored twice and provided one assist in Spain's 3–1 victory against Scotland in their final match of the Euro 2012 qualifiers. The win saw the Spaniards enter the tournament with a perfect qualifying record by winning all their group games.[43] He scored the first goal in Spain's 2–2 comeback against Costa Rica, a friendly match where he came on as a substitute in the second half with Spain trailing 2–0.[44] He once again scored in a friendly against Venezuela to make the score 2–0 in a match that ended in a 5–0 win. Heading into Euro 2012, he scored in their pre-tournament friendly against China by finishing off a short give and go from Andres Iniesta in the 84th minute.

Silva was a starter in all six matches of Spain's Euro 2012 campaign. In the 14th minute of the Euro 2012 Final, he headed home a Cesc Fabregas cross, giving Spain a 1-0 lead. The match ended 4-0 and concluded the tournament in which Silva scored 2 goals and made 3 assists, the best efficiency (goals and assists) of any player at the Euros.[45] He was subsequently named in UEFA's Euro 2012 Team of the Tournament for his performances[46]

Career statistics

Club

As of 6 October 2012
ClubSeasonLeagueCupEuropeTotal
AppsGoalsAssistsAppsGoalsAssistsAppsGoalsAssistsAppsGoalsAssists
Eibar
2004–053547000---3547
Total3547000---3547
Celta
2005–063444000---3444
Total3444000---3444
Valencia
2006–07364521111324988
2007–08345530281345610
2008–0919473013112559
2009–103087212414361013
Total11921241026266101552940
Manchester City
2010–113549814101253615
2011–1236618302102249822
2012–13401000100501
Total751028111621341071438
Career total263396221312479143315189

International goals

#DateVenueOpponentGoalResultCompetition
1.22 August 2007Toumba, Thessaloniki, Greece Greece2–22–3Friendly
2.22 August 2007Toumba, Thessaloniki, Greece Greece2–32–3Friendly
3.26 June 2008Ernst Happel, Wien, Austria Russia0–30–3UEFA Euro 2008
4.5 September 2009Riazor, A Coruña, Spain Belgium1–05–02010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5.5 September 2009Riazor, A Coruña, Spain Belgium4–05–02010 FIFA World Cup qualification
6.14 October 2009Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina0–12–52010 FIFA World Cup qualification
7.8 June 2010Condomina, Murcia, Spain Poland2–06–0Friendly
8.11 August 2010Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico Mexico1–11–1Friendly
9.3 September 2010Rheinpark, Vaduz, Liechtenstein Liechtenstein0–40–4UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
10.8 October 2010El Helmántico, Salamanca, Spain Lithuania3–13–1UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
11.9 February 2011Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain Colombia1–01–0Friendly
12.11 October 2011José Rico Pérez, Alicante, Spain Scotland1–03–1UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
13.11 October 2011José Rico Pérez, Alicante, Spain Scotland2–03–1UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
14.15 November 2011Nacional, San José, Costa Rica Costa Rica2–12–2Friendly
15.29 February 2012La Rosaleda, Málaga, Spain Venezuela2–05–0Friendly
16.3 June 2012La Cartuja, Seville, Spain China PR1–01–0Friendly
17.14 June 2012PGE Arena, Gdańsk, Poland Republic of Ireland2–04–0UEFA Euro 2012
18.1 July 2012Olympic, Kiev, Ukraine Italy1–04–0UEFA Euro 2012 Final

Honours

Club

Valencia
Manchester City

Country

Spain

Individual

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