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Juan Francisco Torres Belén (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxwaɱ fɾanˈθisko ˈtorez βeˈlen];[a] born 9 January 1985), known as Juanfran (pronounced [ˈxwaɱfɾan]), is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Atlético Madrid as a right back.

Juanfran
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Juanfran with Atlético Madrid in 2018
Personal information
Full name Juan Francisco Torres Belén
Date of birth (1985-01-09) 9 January 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth Crevillent, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Atlético Madrid
Number 20
Youth career
Kelme
Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Real Madrid B 56 (7)
2004–2006 Real Madrid 6 (0)
2005–2006Espanyol (loan) 30 (1)
2006–2011 Osasuna 148 (12)
2011–2019 Atlético Madrid 243 (3)
National team
2003 Spain U17 4 (1)
2003 Spain U18 3 (0)
2004 Spain U19 4 (1)
2003–2005 Spain U20 11 (3)
2004–2006 Spain U21 9 (0)
2012– Spain 22 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 June 2016

After starting out at Real Madrid, he went on to make a name for himself in La Liga with Osasuna and Atlético Madrid, signing for the latter in 2011 and going on to win six major titles, including the 2014 national championship and the 2012 and 2018 Europa League tournaments.

A Spanish international since 2012, Juanfran was part of the squad that won that year's European Championship, and also represented the nation at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016.

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Club careerEdit

Real MadridEdit

Born in Crevillent, Alicante, Valencian Community, Juanfran was a product of Real Madrid's youth academy. He had his first main squad opportunity on 24 January 2004, playing 15 minutes in a 2–1 home win against Villarreal CF[2] after solid performances with the B-team. Over that and the following seasons, he would play a further five La Liga matches.

Juanfran was loaned out to RCD Espanyol for 2005–06[3] and, although the Catalan side barely avoided relegation, he featured heavily throughout the campaign, scoring on 22 March 2006 in a 1–1 draw at Athletic Bilbao.[4] He started his career as a winger.[5]

OsasunaEdit

Juanfran signed with CA Osasuna[6] after a deal that allowed Osasuna to get the player without having to pay a transfer fee and with per-set price of 10 million,[7] adding several specifics, which included a possibility of a January 2007 recall by Madrid who also retained a buying option at the end of the season. He played his first game for the Navarrese on 24 September 2006 in a 2–0 win at RC Celta de Vigo, and scored the second goal of the match;[8] additionally, he appeared in nine games and netted once[9] in their semi-final run in the UEFA Cup.

In 2008–09, Juanfran was again an everpresent fixture in Osasuna's lineups. On 31 May 2009, in the last matchday, he scored from 30 yards in a 2–1 home win over former side Real Madrid, which kept the club in the top flight for another year;[10] in the following campaign, as the former fared better in the league by finishing 12th, he netted a career-best four goals.

Atlético MadridEdit

 
Juanfran (right) playing against Almería in 2013

On 11 January 2011, Juanfran signed for Atlético Madrid until June 2015 for a fee of just over €4 million.[11] He made his official debut for the Colchoneros two days later, starting in a 1–3 away loss against his first professional club Real Madrid for the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.[12]

Juanfran scored his first goal for Atlético on 21 May 2011, in a 4–3 win at RCD Mallorca – the last game of the season – dedicating it to his father who had died two weeks beforehand.[13] In 2011–12 he began being regularly played as a right back, by both Gregorio Manzano and his successor, Diego Simeone.[14][15] In the Europa League final, which his team won 3–0 against Bilbao, he played in that position;[16] after the match, he dedicated the triumph to his late father, saying (according to UEFA.com) "My baby son Oliver is here with me; the only words he knows are 'mama' and 'Atleti',I dedicate this win to my family and to my dad, who passed away last year. I know he's up there looking down on us celebrating now."[17]

On 24 May 2014 Juanfran played all 120 minutes of the Champions League Final, which Atlético lost 1–4 to Real Madrid at the Estádio da Luz.[18] One month later he signed a contract extension, running until 2018.[19]

Juanfran started both legs of the round-of-16 Champions League tie against PSV Eindhoven. On 15 March 2016, in the second match, he took the decisive penalty in the 8–7 shootout win (0–0 on aggregate);[20][21] in the final of the competition, also decided on penalties after a 1–1 draw in Milan, he was the only player to fail to convert in an eventual defeat to his former club Real Madrid.[22]

International careerEdit

YouthEdit

Juanfran had an extraordinary performance at the 2004 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, as Spain won the tournament and the player received the Golden Player award.[23] In a rare achievement, he took part in two FIFA World Youth Championships, the first in the United Arab Emirates where the national team took the silver medal;[24] in the 2005 edition they reached the quarter-finals, eventually ousted by winners Argentina.[25]

SeniorEdit

Juanfran made his full side debut on 26 May 2012, playing the entire match in a 2–0 friendly win with Serbia in St. Gallen, as a right-back.[26] He was selected by manager Vicente del Bosque for his squad for UEFA Euro 2012, being an unused player as Spain won the tournament in Poland and Ukraine.

Juanfran scored his first international goal on 16 November 2013, playing the entire 2–1 friendly victory in Equatorial Guinea.[27] However, this match was ruled invalid by FIFA as they had not been notified early enough that the referee would be from Equatorial Guinea.[28]

Juanfran was named in Spain's 30-man provisional squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup,[29] and was also included in the final list.[30] With the country already eliminated, he made his tournament debut in the last group game against Australia, playing the whole 90 minutes and assisting David Villa for the first goal of a 3–0 win.[31]

Juanfran featured in the roster for Euro 2016, where he played all of his team's four matches. After two years in the international wilderness, in October 2018 the 33-year-old stated that he was still available for selection by the national side.[32]

Personal lifeEdit

Juanfran married Verónica Sierras, with whom he had two children, Óliver and Alexia.[33][34]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 18 May 2019[35][36]
Club Season League Copa del Rey Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Real Madrid 2003–04 La Liga 5 0 3 0 0 0 8 0
2004–05 La Liga 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
Total 6 0 5 0 0 0 11 0
Espanyol 2005–06 La Liga 30 1 6 0 0 0 36 1
Total 30 1 6 0 0 0 36 1
Osasuna 2006–07 La Liga 28 2 4 0 0 0 32 2
2007–08 La Liga 34 3 2 0 0 0 36 3
2008–09 La Liga 35 2 1 0 0 0 36 2
2009–10 La Liga 33 4 3 0 0 0 36 4
2010–11 La Liga 18 1 0 0 0 0 18 1
Total 148 12 10 0 0 0 158 12
Atlético Madrid 2010–11 La Liga 15 1 2 0 0 0 17 1
2011–12 La Liga 26 0 2 0 16 1 44 1
2012–13 La Liga 35 1 6 0 4 0 45 1
2013–14 La Liga 35 0 8 0 12 0 55 0
2014–15 La Liga 35 0 5 0 10 0 50 0
2015–16 La Liga 35 1 1 0 12 0 48 1
2016–17 La Liga 23 0 7 2 6 0 36 2
2017–18 La Liga 17 0 3 0 10 0 30 0
2018–19 La Liga 22 0 2 0 6 0 30 0
Total 243 3 36 2 76 1 355 6
Career total 427 16 57 2 76 1 560 19

InternationalEdit

As of 27 June 2016[37]
Spain
Year Apps Goals
2012 5 0
2013 2 1
2014 5 0
2015 4 0
2016 6 0
Total 22 1

International goalsEdit

As of 16 November 2013 (Spain score listed first, score column indicates score after each Juanfran goal)[37]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 16 November 2013 Nuevo Estadio, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea   Equatorial Guinea 2–1 2–1 Friendly

HonoursEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ In isolation, Torres and Belén are pronounced [ˈtores] and [beˈlen] respectively.

ReferencesEdit

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