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Javier 'Javi' Varas Herrera (born 10 September 1982) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for SD Huesca.

Javi Varas
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Varas with Celta in 2012
Personal information
Full name Javier Varas Herrera
Date of birth (1982-09-10) 10 September 1982 (age 36)
Place of birth Seville, Spain
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1993–1999 Pablo Blanco
1999–2001 AD Nervión
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 AD Nervión
2003–2008 Sevilla B 86 (0)
2003–2004 → San José (loan)
2004–2005Alcalá (loan) 20 (0)
2008–2014 Sevilla 60 (0)
2012–2013Celta (loan) 35 (0)
2014–2015 Valladolid 40 (0)
2015–2017 Las Palmas 56 (0)
2017–2018 Granada 38 (0)
2019 Huesca 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 June 2018

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Club careerEdit

SevillaEdit

Born in Seville, Andalusia, Varas arrived at Sevilla FC aged 23 after having only played amateur football in his native region (although he had been bought by the club two years earlier). He spent his first three seasons with the B-team, contributing with 13 games in 2006–07 as they were promoted to Segunda División for the first time ever, and occasionally training with the main squad.

After David Cobeño moved to Rayo Vallecano, Varas became Andrés Palop's backup, making his La Liga debut on 17 January 2009 in a 1–0 home win against CD Numancia.[1] During a full month, following an injury to the latter in October, he was again called on for starting duties,[2] only conceding once in four matches, in the 3–1 win at VfB Stuttgart for the campaign's UEFA Champions League.[3]

Midway through 2010–11, Varas became Sevilla's first-choice over 37-year-old Palop. He appeared in 21 games as the side finished fifth and qualified for the UEFA Europa League.

Under new manager Marcelino García Toral, Varas continued as a regular starter. On 22 October 2011, he put on a Man of the match performance against FC Barcelona, saving eight shots – including an injury-time penalty from Lionel Messi – in an eventual 0–0 away draw.[4]

Varas lost his importance in the following years, after the arrival in January 2013 from Portuguese Beto.[5] He contributed with nine appearances as Sevilla won the 2013–14 Europa League, but was an unused substitute in the decisive match itself.[6]

ValladolidEdit

On 25 August 2014, Varas joined Real Valladolid in a one-year contract.[7] He only missed four league matches during his first and only season, as his team narrowly missed out on play-off promotion.

Later yearsEdit

On 12 July 2015, Varas signed a two-year deal with UD Las Palmas, newly promoted to the top division.[8] On 13 June 2017, after having contributed to their consecutive permanence, the free agent returned to the second tier and his native region by agreeing to a two-year contract at Granada CF.[9]

On 19 February 2019, Varas joined SD Huesca for the remainder of the top-flight campaign.[10]

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Renato rescata un barco a la deriva" [Renato rescues drifting boat]. Marca (in Spanish). 17 January 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Javi Varas y las vueltas que da la vida" [Javi Varas and the unpredictability of life]. ABC (in Spanish). 23 October 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  3. ^ Squillaci nets brace; ESPN Soccernet, 20 October 2009
  4. ^ Barca held in dramatic fashion; ESPN Soccernet, 22 October 2011
  5. ^ "¿El portero titular o el portero titular?" [Starting goalkeeper or starting goalkeeper?]. Diario de Sevilla (in Spanish). 12 March 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Spot-on Sevilla leave Benfica dreams in tatters". UEFA. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Javi Varas recoge los guantes del Pucela" [Javi Varas takes the gloves of Pucela] (in Spanish). Real Valladolid. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  8. ^ "La UD Las Palmas ficha al portero Javi Varas por dos temporadas" [UD Las Palmas sign goalkeeper Javi Varas for two seasons] (in Spanish). UD Las Palmas. 12 July 2015. Archived from the original on 14 July 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  9. ^ "El Granada ficha a Javi Varas para las dos próximas temporadas" [Granada sign Javi Varas for next two seasons]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 13 June 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Javi Varas, experiencia para la portería" [Javi Varas, experience for goal] (in Spanish). SD Huesca. 19 February 2019. Retrieved 19 February 2019.

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