Óliver Torres Muñoz (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈoliβeɾ ˈtores]; born 10 November 1994), known simply as Óliver, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Sevilla FC as a central midfielder or an attacking midfielder.
Óliver with Porto in 2018
|Full name||Óliver Torres Muñoz|
|Date of birth||10 November 1994|
|Place of birth||Navalmoral de la Mata, Spain|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|2012–2013||Atlético Madrid B||21||(3)|
|2014||→ Villarreal (loan)||9||(0)|
|2014–2015||→ Porto (loan)||26||(7)|
|2016–2017||→ Porto (loan)||18||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 May 2019|
Born in Navalmoral de la Mata, Cáceres, Extremadura, Óliver joined Atlético Madrid during the summer of 2008 at age 13. He spent four years progressing through the youth ranks, before being introduced to the first team by manager Diego Simeone.
In late April 2012, despite not yet having featured for the club's reserve side, Óliver was called up to the main squad for a La Liga game against Real Betis. In the early hours of 20 August, in the 2012–13 season opener, he made his professional debut, coming on as a substitute for Adrián López in the 64th minute of a 1–1 away draw against Levante UD.
Óliver made his first appearance in the UEFA Champions League on 1 October 2013 at the age of 18 years and 10 months, replacing the injured Raúl García for the last 12 minutes of a 2–1 win at FC Porto for the group stage, becoming the Colchoneros' fourth-youngest player to do so. On the 27th, he scored his first official goal with the main squad, netting after 12 seconds in an eventual 5–0 home routing of Betis.
On 31 January 2014, Atlético loaned Óliver to fellow top division side Villarreal CF until the end of the campaign, his opportunities having been disadvantaged by the club's acquisition of Diego. He said of the deal, "I will try to learn as much as I can in this period and continue growing as a footballer and person." He made his debut on 2 March, playing the second half of the 1–1 home draw against Betis, and started for the first time with his new team six days later, in a 0–2 loss at Granada CF.
On 3 July 2014, Óliver was loaned to Porto in a season-long loan deal. He made his Primeira Liga debut on 15 August in a 2–0 win over C.S. Marítimo at the Estádio do Dragão, playing the full 90 minutes. On 31 August he scored his first goal for his new team, opening a 3–0 home win against Moreirense F.C. in the 70th minute.
Óliver was nominated for the 2014 Golden Boy Award. On 25 August 2016 he rejoined the Portuguese in another loan move, which was made permanent the following 9 February for a fee of €20 million.
On 15th July 2019, he joined Sevilla on a 5-year deal.
Óliver was a member of the Spanish squad which won the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Estonia. He played the entirety of the final on 15 July, in which the nation defeated Greece 1–0 in Tallinn.
Óliver played for the under-20 team at the 2013 FIFA World Cup in Turkey, featuring in all five matches as the side reached the quarter-finals. On 5 September 2013 he made his debut for the under-21s, replacing Suso for the final nine minutes of a 6–2 away victory against Austria at the start of Euro 2015 qualifiers.
- La Liga: 2013–14
- Copa del Rey: 2012–13
- Supercopa de España: Runner-up 2013
- UEFA Champions League: Runner-up 2013–14, 2015–16
- Óliver Torres, un jugador de dibujos animados (Óliver Torres, animated cartoon player); Mundo Deportivo, 23 November 2011 (in Spanish)
- Óliver: "Ir convocado con el primer equipo es el sueño de cualquier chaval de mi edad" (Óliver: Being chosen for the first team is a dream of any boy my age); Atlético Madrid, 28 April 2012 (in Spanish)
- Honours even at the Ciutat de Valencia; ESPN Soccernet, 19 August 2012
- Óliver Torres debuta con el Atlético en partido oficial (Óliver debuts for Atlético in official matches); Diario AS, 20 August 2012 (in Spanish)
- Atlético fight back to take points at Porto; UEFA, 1 October 2013
- Óliver Torres debuta con el Atlético de Madrid en Champions League: el cuarto más joven (Óliver Torres makes Champions League debut with Atlético de Madrid: the fourth youngest); Vavel, 1 October 2013 (in Spanish)
- Villa fires five-star Atleti to win; ESPN FC, 27 October 2013
- "El Atlético cede a Oliver Torres al Villarreal" [Atlético loan Oliver Torres to Villarreal] (in Spanish). Sport. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
- "Betis snatch late point". Sky Sports. 2 March 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
- "Morale boost for Granada". Sky Sports. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
- "Óliver Torres jugará cedido en el Oporto la próxima temporada" [Óliver Torres will play on loan to Porto next season] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
- "Porto 2–0 Maritimo: Teenager Neves enjoys dream debut". Goal. 15 August 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
- "Óliver e Jackson acordaram o Dragão" [Óliver and Jackson awoke the Dragon] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 31 August 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
- Richards, Alex (28 October 2014). "England pair Raheem Sterling and Calum Chambers join Adnan Januzaj in Golden Boy award nominations". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
- "El Atlético anuncia que Óliver jugará cedido en el Oporto" [Atlético announce that Óliver will play on loan at Porto] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 25 August 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
- "OFICIAL: FC Porto exerceu opção de compra de Óliver" [OFFICIAL: FC Porto exercised buyout clause on Óliver] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 9 February 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
- "La sub´19, campeona de Europa" [The under-19s, European champions] (in Spanish). La Nueva España. 15 July 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
- "Squad list". FIFA. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
- "España Sub-21 arrolla a Austria en el Europeo (2–6)" [Spain Under-21 crush Austria in Euro (2–6)] (in Spanish). Atlético Madrid. 5 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
- Ramos, Saúl (14 November 2013). "Report: Spain scores against Bosnia in Zenica". Royal Spanish Football Federation. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
- "Óliver Torres". Soccerway. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
- "Oliver Torres". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
- "FC Porto é campeão nacional 2017/2018" [FC Porto are 2017/2018 national champions] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 5 May 2018. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
- "FC Porto conquista Supertaça pela 21.ª vez" [FC Porto conquer Supercup for the 21st time] (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 4 August 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
- "Technical report" (PDF). UEFA. p. 13. Retrieved 3 April 2018.