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Jozabed Sánchez Ruiz (born 8 March 1991), known simply as Jozabed (Spanish pronunciation: [xoθaˈβeð]), is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for RC Celta de Vigo as a central midfielder.

Jozabed
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Jozabed with Celta in 2017
Personal information
Full name Jozabed Sánchez Ruiz
Date of birth (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Mairena del Alcor, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Celta
Number 21
Youth career
Sevilla
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Sevilla C 30 (5)
2011–2013 Sevilla B 56 (13)
2013 Ponferradina 3 (0)
2013–2014 Jaén 36 (4)
2014–2016 Rayo Vallecano 50 (11)
2016–2017 Fulham 7 (0)
2017Celta (loan) 19 (2)
2017– Celta 44 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 April 2019

Contents

Club careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Born in Mairena del Alcor, Province of Seville, Jozabed finished his formation in Sevilla FC's youth ranks, and made his senior debut in 2010–11 with the C-team. He was promoted to the reserves in the summer of 2012.

On 1 February 2013, Jozabed terminated his contract with the Andalusians and joined SD Ponferradina.[1][2] He appeared in his first game as a professional eight days later, playing the last 30 minutes in a 0–3 away defeat against Villarreal CF for the Segunda División championship.[3]

On 9 July 2013, Jozabed returned to his native region by signing with Real Jaén also in the second level.[4] He made his official debut on 18 August, scoring in a 1–2 home loss to SD Eibar.[5]

Rayo VallecanoEdit

On 20 June 2014, after Jaén's relegation, Jozabed moved to La Liga with Rayo Vallecano after agreeing to a three-year deal.[6] He made his debut in the competition on 4 October, coming on as a late substitute in a 0–2 home loss against FC Barcelona.[7]

Jozabed scored his first goal in the Spanish top flight on 4 January 2015, netting his team's first in a 2–1 win at RCD Espanyol.[8]

FulhamEdit

On 12 August 2016, Jozabed moved abroad for the first time in his career, after agreeing to a three-year contract with Championship club Fulham for an undisclosed fee.[9] His first match took place four days later, when he replaced Floyd Ayité in a 1–1 draw away to Leeds United.[10]

CeltaEdit

On 13 January 2017, Jozabed was loaned to RC Celta de Vigo of the Spanish top tier until June.[11] On 4 July, he signed a permanent four-year deal.[12]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 27 January 2019[13]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sevilla B 2011–12 Segunda División B 35 8 35 8
2012–13 Segunda División B 21 5 21 5
Total 56 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 56 13
Ponferradina 2012–13 Segunda División 3 0 0 0 3 0
Jaén 2013–14 Segunda División 36 4 3 1 39 5
Rayo Vallecano 2014–15 La Liga 23 1 2 1 25 2
2015–16 La Liga 27 10 2 0 29 10
Total 50 11 4 1 0 0 0 0 54 12
Fulham 2016–17 Championship 7 0 0 0 1 0 8 0
Celta 2016–17 (loan) La Liga 19 2 1 0 8[a] 0 28 2
2017–18 La Liga 24 0 3 0 27 0
2018–19 La Liga 20 0 1 0 21 0
Total 63 2 5 0 0 0 8 0 76 2
Career total 215 30 12 2 1 0 8 0 236 32
  1. ^ Appearances in the Europa League

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jozabed Sánchez rescinde su contrato y se marcha a la SD Ponferradina" [Jozabed Sánchez terminates his contract and goes to SD Ponferradina] (in Spanish). Sevilla FC. 1 February 2013. Archived from the original on 10 April 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  2. ^ "La Ponferradina completa su plantilla con Saúl y Jozabed" [Ponferradina complete roster with Saúl and Jozabed]. Marca (in Spanish). 1 February 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Perbet protagonista en la goleada del Villarreal" [Perbet the protagonist in Villarreal's routing]. Marca (in Spanish). 9 February 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Real Jaén, contratados Álex Cruz, Jozabed y Víctor Curto" [Real Jaén: Álex Cruz, Jozabed and Víctor Curto signed] (in Spanish). esFutbol. 9 July 2013. Archived from the original on 14 July 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  5. ^ "El Jaén muere en la orilla" [Jaén die on the shore]. Marca (in Spanish). 18 August 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  6. ^ "El Rayo se refuerza con Jozabed Sánchez" [Rayo bolster with Jozabed Sánchez]. Marca (in Spanish). 20 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Lionel Messi and Neymar on target as Barcelona ease past Rayo Vallecano". ESPN FC. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Rayo claim comeback win". ESPN FC. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Jozabed arrives". Fulham F.C. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Leeds United 1–1 Fulham". BBC Sport. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Fichaje | El RC Celta enriquece su propuesta con calidad y definición: Jozabed Sánchez" [Signing | RC Celta bolster their approach with quality and sharpness: Jozabed Sánchez] (in Spanish). Celta Vigo. 13 January 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Jozabed será celeste las próximas 4 temporadas" [Jozabed will be sky blue the following 4 seasons] (in Spanish). Celta Vigo. 4 July 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  13. ^ Jozabed at Soccerway

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