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Ignacio Camacho Barnola (Spanish pronunciation: [iɣˈnaθjo kaˈmatʃo]; born 4 May 1990) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for German club VfL Wolfsburg.

Ignacio Camacho
Zenit-Malaga 2012 (1).jpg
Camacho in action for Málaga in 2012
Personal information
Full name Ignacio Camacho Barnola
Date of birth (1990-05-04) 4 May 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth Zaragoza, Spain
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
VfL Wolfsburg
Number 4
Youth career
2001–2005 Zaragoza
2005–2007 Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Atlético Madrid B 12 (0)
2008–2011 Atlético Madrid 30 (2)
2011–2017 Málaga 177 (16)
2017– VfL Wolfsburg 17 (0)
National team
2005 Spain U15 1 (0)
2006–2007 Spain U17 25 (2)
2008–2009 Spain U19 14 (4)
2009 Spain U20 2 (0)
2008–2013 Spain U21 9 (0)
2014– Spain 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 September 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2014

An academy graduate at Atlético Madrid, he made his senior debut at the age of 17. He spent the next three years at the club, making 50 appearances and winning Europa League and UEFA Super Cup titles. In 2011 he signed for Málaga, where he spent six and a half years and played competitive 199 matches before joining Wolfsburg.

A full Spain international since 2014, Camacho previously earned 51 caps across the various youth levels for his nation and was part of the sides which won the 2007 European Under-17 and 2013 European Under-21 Championships.

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Club careerEdit

Atlético MadridEdit

Camacho was born in Zaragoza, Aragon. Initially starting out at hometown club Real Zaragoza, he was spotted by Atlético Madrid, and was signed to its youth academy. He made his first-team debut on 1 March 2008, starting, playing 68 minutes and being booked as the Colchoneros won 4–2 at home over FC Barcelona – he had just signed his first professional contract two months earlier.[2]

On 3 May 2008, one day shy of his 18th birthday, Camacho scored his first La Liga goal, netting twice in another home success, this time 3–0 against Recreativo de Huelva.[3] After some excellent performances in his first season, he would however spend the following campaign restricted to Copa del Rey matches (he did not make the league's list of 18 in most of the games), with coach Javier Aguirre preferring Portuguese Maniche and new signing Éver Banega; this situation would slightly improve in late February 2009 as new coach Abel Resino had a run-in with Maniche, leaving him out of the squad for the remainder of the season.[4]

MálagaEdit

2009–10 did not provide Camacho with the needed opportunities to progress; injured for most of the early part of the season, when healthy, he was mainly utilized in injury time of games. In the following campaign, he appeared even more rarely – no minutes in the league whatsoever – and, in late December 2010, was transferred to Málaga CF, with teammate Sergio Asenjo also making the move in a loan deal.[5]

Camacho scored his first official goal for Málaga on 29 April 2012, netting from a Jesús Gámez cross for the game's only at home against Valencia CF.[6] He contributed with 13 games and 811 minutes as the Andalusia team finished fourth and qualified to the UEFA Champions League for the first time ever.

 
Camacho challenging for the ball with Ángel Di María of Real Madrid in 2011.

In 2012–13, Camacho started regularly for the Manuel Pellegrini-led side. In January 2013, he was a central figure in two of the three fixtures between Málaga and Barcelona: on the 13th, his backpass turned into an assist for Lionel Messi for the first in an eventual 1–3 home loss;[7] three days later he scored in the last minute to earn his team, by then reduced to ten men, a 2–2 draw at the Camp Nou for the season's domestic cup (4–6 aggregate loss).[8]

During his spell at the La Rosaleda Stadium, Camacho played nearly 200 games all competitions comprised.[9]

WolfsburgEdit

On 8 July 2017, Camacho signed for VfL Wolfsburg for a reported fee of around €10 million.[10][11] The following month, he was named as the club's captain behind Mario Gómez and Paul Verhaegh.[12] He made his Bundesliga debut on 19 August, playing the entire 0–3 home loss against Borussia Dortmund;[13] a long-term ankle injury ruled him out for a large part of the campaign, but he returned in March 2018 as the permanent captain of the side following Gómez's departure to VfB Stuttgart two months prior.[14]

International careerEdit

Camacho captained the Spain under-17 team to the title at the 2007 UEFA European Championship, scoring one goal during the tournament.[15] In 2008, following his performances with Atlético's main squad, he was promoted to the under-21s, but missed the 2009 European Championships through injury.

On 7 November 2014, Camacho was called up to full side manager Vicente del Bosque's squad for matches against Belarus and Germany,[16] making his debut on the 18th against the latter by coming on as a half-time substitute for Sergio Busquets, in an eventual 0–1 friendly loss in Vigo.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Camacho's father Juan José was also a footballer, as older brother Juanjo. The latter was also a midfielder, who played for several Segunda División and Segunda División B clubs.[18]

StatisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 29 April 2019[19]
Club Season League Cup1 Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Atlético Madrid 2007–08 La Liga 10 2 1 0 11 2
2008–09 La Liga 8 0 3 0 1 0 12 0
2009–10 La Liga 12 0 3 0 7 0 22 0
2010–11 La Liga 0 0 2 0 3 0 5 0
Total 30 2 9 0 11 0 50 2
Málaga 2010–11 La Liga 15 0 1 0 16 0
2011–12 La Liga 13 1 1 0 14 1
2012–13 La Liga 33 2 4 1 11 0 48 3
2013–14 La Liga 33 5 1 0 34 5
2014–15 La Liga 25 2 3 2 28 4
2015–16 La Liga 23 2 1 0 24 2
2016–17 La Liga 35 4 0 0 35 4
Total 177 16 11 3 11 0 199 19
Woflsburg 2017–18 Bundesliga 11 0 4 1 0 0 15 1
Woflsburg 2018–19 Bundesliga 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total 11 0 4 1 0 0 15 1
Career total 218 18 24 4 22 0 264 22

1 Includes Copa del Rey, DFB Pokal and Bundesliga play-off matches.

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ignacio Camacho Barnola" (in Spanish). Málaga CF. Archived from the original on 21 August 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  2. ^ Atlético hand Camacho maiden deal; UEFA, 3 January 2008
  3. ^ Atlético maintain top-four challenge; UEFA, 3 May 2008
  4. ^ "Ya es el que prometía" [Fulfilling his prospect status] (in Spanish). Ecos del Balón. 15 November 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Asenjo y Camacho se van al Málaga" [Asenjo and Camacho go to Málaga] (in Spanish). El País. 28 December 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  6. ^ Top-three finish in Malaga's sights; ESPN Soccernet, 29 April 2012
  7. ^ Barca ease to Malaga scalp; ESPN FC, 13 January 2013
  8. ^ Malaga equalizer jolts Barca at Camp Nou; ESPN FC, 16 January 2013
  9. ^ "Ignacio Camacho dice adiós al Málaga y pone rumbo a Alemania" [Ignacio Camacho says goodbye to Málaga and heads for Germany] (in Spanish). Vavel. 9 July 2017. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Ignacio Camacho signs deal with Wolfsburg after switch from Malaga". ESPN. 8 July 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Wolfsburg add Spanish flavour with capture of Ignacio Camacho". Bundesliga. 8 July 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Gomez named new Wolfsburg captain: "It's something very special"". Bundesliga. 12 August 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Wolfsburg 0–3 Borussia Dortmund – As it happened!". Bundesliga. 19 August 2017. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  14. ^ "All square between Hertha Berlin and Wolfsburg". Bundesliga. 27 March 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  15. ^ Camacho thrilled by triumph; UEFA, 14 May 2007
  16. ^ "Chelsea's Diego Costa left out of Spain squad to play Belarus and Germany". The Guardian. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  17. ^ "Experimento pasado por agua" [Soggy experiment] (in Spanish). Marca. 18 November 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  18. ^ Ignacio continúa con la saga de los Camacho (Ignacio next in Camacho saga); Diario AS, 29 February 2008 (in Spanish)
  19. ^ "Ignacio Camacho". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 March 2014.

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