Juan Bernat Velasco (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxwam beɾˈnat];[a] born 1 March 1993) is a Spanish footballer who plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain F.C. and the Spain national team mainly as a left back but also as a left winger.
Bernat with Bayern Munich in 2016
|Full name||Juan Bernat Velasco|
|Date of birth||1 March 1993|
|Place of birth||Cullera, Spain|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Left back / Winger|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2019
He began his career at Valencia, featuring in three La Liga campaigns for the club. He moved to Bayern Munich in 2014, winning the Bundesliga every season during his four-year spell while appearing in 115 competitive matches.
Born in Cullera, Valencian Community, Bernat was a product of Valencia CF's youth system. He made his senior debuts at only 17, appearing with the reserves in Tercera División and helping them return to Segunda División B; he was brought to the main squad for the 2011 pre-season, scoring in a 3–0 away win against Sporting Clube de Portugal, and earned a professional contract until 2015 shortly after.
Bernat made his debut with the Che's first team in a 4–3 La Liga home win against Racing de Santander on 27 August 2011: he started the game and was replaced at half-time, with the score at 2–1 for the visitors. His second league appearance occurred on 22 January 2012 in a 1–1 draw at CA Osasuna, substituting Jonas in the 57th minute; he continued featuring regularly for the B's, in the third level.
Bernat scored his first official goal for Valencia on 28 November 2012, netting his team's last in a 3–1 home win against UE Llagostera for the season's Copa del Rey (5–1 on aggregate). He scored his first in the league roughly one year later, coming from the bench for the 1–1 equalizer at Elche CF (eventual 1–2 loss).
On 7 July 2014, Bernat signed for FC Bayern Munich on a five-year contract. He made his debut on 13 August, playing the entirety of the 0–2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the DFL-Supercup, and played his first Bundesliga match nine days later, a 2–1 home win against VfL Wolfsburg.
Shortly after being placed first in Outside of the Boot's Talent Radar Top 20 Young Players of 2014, Bernat scored his first competitive goal for the Bavarians, but in a 1–4 loss at Wolfsburg on 30 January 2015.
On 31 August 2018, Bernat joined Paris Saint-Germain F.C. on a three-year deal, replacing compatriot Yuri Berchiche who had left for Athletic Bilbao. His Ligue 1 debut occurred on 14 September in the home fixture against AS Saint-Étienne, and he played the full 90 minutes in the 4–0 win. He scored his first competitive goal for the team on 6 November, in the 1–1 away draw to S.S.C. Napoli for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.
Bernat moved through the Spanish international youth setup, representing all sides between the under-16s and the under-21s. He made his debut with the former in 2009, and with the under-17 side he reached the final at the 2010 UEFA European Championship, playing alongside Valencia teammate Paco Alcácer.
In 2012, Bernat was part of the squad that won the Under-19 Championship in Estonia. On 3 October 2014, he was called up by full side manager Vicente del Bosque for UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches against Slovakia and Luxembourg: he made his debut on the 12th against the latter, replacing Andrés Iniesta for the final 20 minutes and scoring the last goal of a 4–0 win.
|Paris St-Germain||2018–19||Ligue 1||17||0||6||0||8||3||31||3|
- In isolation, Juan is pronounced [xwan].
- As of 26 March 2019
|1.||12 October 2014||Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, Luxembourg||Luxembourg||4–0||4–0||Euro 2016 qualifying|
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