Natxo Insa

Ignacio 'Natxo' Insa Bohigues (born 9 June 1986) is a Spanish-born Malaysian professional footballer who plays for Malaysian club Johor Darul Ta'zim F.C. as a midfielder.

Natxo Insa
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Insa playing for Antalyaspor in 2013
Personal information
Full name Ignacio Insa Bohigues
Date of birth (1986-06-09) 9 June 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth Cocentaina, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Johor Darul Ta'zim
Number 30
Youth career
Valencia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Valencia B 36 (2)
2007–2009 Valencia 1 (0)
2007–2009Eibar (loan) 56 (3)
2009–2011 Villarreal B 74 (2)
2011 Villarreal 1 (0)
2011–2013 Celta 46 (3)
2013–2014 Antalyaspor 16 (0)
2015 Zaragoza 17 (0)
2015–2016 Alcorcón 34 (2)
2016–2017 Levante 35 (2)
2017– Johor Darul Ta'zim 26 (5)
National team
2018– Malaysia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 April 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 March 2018

He spent most of his career in Segunda División, playing 244 matches and scoring and a combined ten goals for Eibar, Villarreal B, Celta, Zaragoza, Alcorcón and Levante. In La Liga, he represented Villarreal's first team and Celta.

Spanish-born, Insa appeared for Malaysia internationally, making his debut in 2018.

Club careerEdit

Insa was born in Cocentaina, Province of Alicante, Valencian Community. A product of Valencia CF's youth ranks, he made his first-team debut in a friendly with Fenerbahçe S.K. in July 2006, but spent the vast majority of that season with the B-side in Segunda División B. He first appeared officially for the main squad on 5 December 2006, coming on as an early substitute in a UEFA Champions League game at A.S. Roma (0–1 group stage loss);[1] he played his first La Liga match on 17 June of the following year, featuring the last six minutes of the 3–3 home draw against Real Sociedad.[2]

In 2007–08, Insa was loaned to Segunda División club SD Eibar,[3] scoring twice[4][5] in 33 appearances. The deal was renewed for the following campaign, where he appeared slightly less and also suffered team relegation.[6]

In August 2009, Insa moved to Villarreal CF, spending his first season with the reserves also in the second level.[7] He played just one competitive match with the first team, 11 minutes in a 0–1 away loss to CA Osasuna.[8]

From 2011 to 2013, Insa represented RC Celta de Vigo. In the latter campaign he scored two goals, the first in a 2–2 home draw against FC Barcelona[9] and the second in a 1–0 triumph over RCD Espanyol also at Balaídos;[10] that last matchday win ultimately proved essential, as the Galicians eventually avoided relegation.[11]

After a one-year spell abroad at Turkey's Antalyaspor, Insa returned to Spain and its second tier in January 2015, appearing for Real Zaragoza,[12] AD Alcorcón[13] and Levante UD[14] in quick succession. On 6 June 2017, he signed with Malaysia Super League's Johor Darul Ta'zim F.C. for a fee of nearly 400,000.[15]

International careerEdit

Insa obtained Malaysian citizenship through his grandmother, who was born in Sabah.[16] He won his first cap for their national team on 22 March 2018 at the age of 31, in a 2–2 friendly draw to Mongolia.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Insa's younger brother. Kiko, is also a footballer and a Malaysian international.[18][19]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 3 March 2020
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Valencia B 2006–07[20] Segunda División B 34 2 2[a] 0 36 2
Valencia 2006–07[20] La Liga 1 0 0 0 1[b] 0 2 0
Eibar (loan) 2007–08[20] Segunda División 33 2 1 0 34 2
2008–09[20] Segunda División 23 1 0 0 23 1
Total 56 3 1 0 57 3
Villarreal B 2009–10[20] Segunda División 34 2 34 2
2010–11[20] Segunda División 40 0 40 0
Total 74 2 74 2
Villarreal 2010–11[20] La Liga 1 0 0 0 1 0
Celta 2011–12[20] Segunda División 28 1 3 0 31 1
2012–13[20] La Liga 18 2 0 0 18 2
Total 46 3 3 0 49 3
Antalyaspor 2013–14[21] Süper Lig 16 0 4 1 20 1
Zaragoza 2014–15[20] Segunda División 17 0 0 0 17 0
Alcorcón 2015–16[21] Segunda División 34 2 1 0 35 2
Levante 2016–17[21] Segunda División 35 2 0 0 35 2
Johor Darul Ta'zim 2017[21] Malaysia Super League 9 2 9 2 18 4
2018[21] Malaysia Super League 14 3 14[c] 1 5[d] 0 32 3
2019[21] Malaysia Super League 3 0 0[c] 0 1[e] 0 4 0
2020[21] Malaysia Super League 0 0 0[c] 0 2[e] 0 2 0
Career total 335 18 32 4 11 0 377 21
  1. ^ Appearances in Relegation Play-offs
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ a b c Appearances in the Malaysia FA Cup and the Malaysia Cup
  4. ^ Appearances in the AFC Champions League qualifying play-offs and the AFC Cup
  5. ^ a b Appearances in the AFC Champions League

InternationalEdit

As of 22 March 2018[22]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Malaysia 2018 1 0
Total 1 0

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Levante

Johor Darul Ta'zim

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Roma 1–0 Valencia: Panucci sends Roma through". ESPN Soccernet. 5 December 2006. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Valencia 3–3 Real Sociedad". ESPN Soccernet. 17 June 2007. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Eibar ficha al mediapunta Nacho Insa del Valencia B" [Eibar sign attacking midfielder Nacho Insa from Valencia B] (in Spanish). Join Futbol. 16 July 2007. Archived from the original on 12 May 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  4. ^ "El Xerez remonta tres goles al Eibar y consigue el empate" [Xerez come back from three goals against Eibar and get draw]. El Diario Vasco (in Spanish). 22 December 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  5. ^ "'Hat trick' de Goiria y goleada del Éibar" [Goiria hat trick and Éibar routing]. Ideal (in Spanish). 23 March 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Una regeneración completa, o casi, para una nueva etapa" [Complete regeneration, or nearly, for a new spell]. Gara (in Spanish). 3 June 2009. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Insa, el vecino que añora Alcoi" [Insa, local who yearns for Alcoi]. Faro de Vigo (in Spanish). 5 January 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  8. ^ "Osasuna ensure top-flight status". ESPN Soccernet. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 24 August 2013.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Messi makes history as Barca draw". ESPN FC. 30 March 2013. Archived from the original on 10 October 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  10. ^ "Insa hands Celta survival". ESPN FC. 1 June 2013. Archived from the original on 1 September 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  11. ^ "Natxo Insa: "Fue el gol más importante de mi vida"" [Natxo Insa: "It was the most important goal of my life"] (in Spanish). Vavel. 2 June 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  12. ^ "Natxo Insa refuerza al Zaragoza" [Natxo Insa bolsters Zaragoza]. Marca (in Spanish). 21 January 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Natxo Insa presentado oficialmente como nuevo futbolista de la A.D. Alcorcón" [Natxo Insa officially presented as new footballer of A.D. Alcorcón] (in Spanish). AD Alcorcón. 19 August 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  14. ^ "El Levante UD llega a un acuerdo con Natxo Insa para su incorporación para las dos próximas temporadas" [Levante UD reach agreement with Natxo Insa for his signing for the following two seasons] (in Spanish). Levante UD. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  15. ^ "Welcome to JDT family Ignacio 'Natxo' Insa". Johor Darul Ta'zim. 6 June 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  16. ^ K. Rajan (20 March 2018). "Naturalised Natxo ready to work his magic on national team". The Star. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  17. ^ Nicolas Anil (23 March 2018). "We will improve, says Malaysia coach Tan Cheng Hoe after Mongolia draw". Fox Sports Asia. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Natxo Insa: The newly naturalised Malaysian midfielder shining brightly at JDT". FourFourTwo. 2 August 2017. Archived from the original on 10 October 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  19. ^ Nicolas Anil (March 2018). "Natxo Insa, Corbin Ong in new-look Malaysia side under Tan Cheng Hoe". Fox Sports Asia. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Nacho Insa: Ignacio Insa Bohigues". BDFutbol. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  21. ^ a b c d e f g "Natxo Insa". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  22. ^ "Natxo Insa – Matches". Soccerway. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  23. ^ "PFAM-Asiana Player of the Month Award – Natxo Insa". Johor Darul Ta'zim. 12 October 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2018.

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