Patricia Guijarro Gutiérrez (Spanish pronunciation: [paˈtɾiθja ɣiˈxaro];[a] born 17 May 1998) is a Spanish footballer who plays as a midfielder for FC Barcelona and Spain women's national team. She is the fifth-choice captain for Barcelona and plays for them in Spain's Primera División and the UEFA Women's Champions League.
Guijarro with Barcelona in 2019
|Full name||Patricia Guijarro Gutiérrez|
|Date of birth||17 May 1998|
|Place of birth||Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Playing position(s)||Central midfielder|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 March 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:00, 6 March 2020 (UTC)
Guijarro has played a major role in Spain's most recent generation of youth national team success, making important contributions to their under-17, under-19 and under-20 teams. Most notably, she received the Golden Ball and Golden Boot at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup as Spain finished second, their best ever finish at a U-20 World Cup. Additionally, after her transfer to FC Barcelona Femení in 2015, she has found both domestic success and European success in the UEFA Women's Champions League, and was part of the Barcelona squad that reached their first Champion's League final in 2019. Her performances for Spain's youth and senior teams and Barcelona have established her as one of the best young midfielders in the world.
Patricia Guijarro was born on May 17, 1998, in Palma, the capital city of the island of Mallorca. She recounts being born into a "football family" and shared an interest in the sport with her parents since a young age. She started playing football at age seven under her father's influence. The first club she played for was hometown club CF Patronato.
She was promoted to Collerense's first team at just fifteen years old. In a match against Barcelona, she caught the attention of then Barcelona coach Xavi Llorens who moved to sign her the following summer.
At the start of the 2017-18 season, she scored in a 3-0 Copa Catalunya victory against Espanyol, earning her third Copa Catalunya trophy. In the semifinal of the 2017–18 Women's Champions League, she scored her first ever UWCL goal away at Lyon that helped keep Barcelona in the tie. In the home leg, however, Barcelona were victim of a Eugénie Le Sommer strike that Guijarro nearly knocked off the goal-line, and exited in the quarterfinals to the eventual tournament winners. She played in each of Barcelona's matches in the 2018 Copa de la Reina, including the semifinal that went to penalties. She successfully converted her penalty as Barcelona advanced to their seventh Copa de la Reina final. She started the final against Atlético Madrid that went to extra time and was rescued by a Mariona Caldentey goal in the 122nd minute that won her her second Copa de la Reina title.
For a large portion of the 2018-2019 season, Guijarro was sidelined with a ganglion cyst injury on her right foot that lasted almost 5 months and required two operations. She was discharged from injury hours before the 2019 Champion's League Final, but did not feature in Barcelona's 4-1 loss to Lyon later that day.
At the start of the 2019-2020 season, she was given team captaincy for the first time as the fifth-choice captain. In February of 2020, she played in the first edition of the Supercopa de España Femenina, and was the first Barcelona player to score in the semifinals against Atlético Madrid with an outside the box volley. She started the final against Real Sociedad, a 1-10 win that earned Barcelona and Guijarro their first ever Supercopa de España Femenina trophy.
Guijarro has had extensive individual and team success at the youth level.
Guijarro's first international youth tournament experience came when she was fifteen, with a callup to play for Spain at the 2013 UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship. She played all 90 minutes of Spain's two matches in the finals. The first finals match against Sweden went to penalties, and despite her penalty conversion, Spain lost the shootout 4-5. They got some compensation, however, by defeating Belgium 4-0 in the next match. Guijarro scored Spain's third goal of the match as they bowed out as third place finishers.
Months later, in November, Guijarro was part of the Spain team at 2014 UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship. She kicked off her tournament with a win against then-World champions France by scoring a goal from a corner to make the score 2-0. A 4-0 thrashing of Germany put them at the top of their group and found them playing England in the semifinals, a match they won 2-0. She drew first blood in the final against Germany, scoring in the ninth minute with a shot from outside the area. Germany found a goal later in the match, and it stayed tied through extra time, ending up in penalties. She scored Spain's first and only penalty as Germany exacted revenge for their group stage loss by defeating them 3-1 in the shootout.
In April of the following year, she participated in the 2014 U-17 Women's World Cup. Guijarro's two tournament goals came in a quarterfinal brace against Nigeria, one of which was a penalty and the other a close-range shot from a loose ball. She earned player of the match as Spain moved onto the semi-finals. Spain went on to win the semifinal tie against Italy to reach their first U17 World Cup Final, but were defeated by 2-0 Japan as Spain recorded a runner-up finish in consecutive U17 tournaments.
The 2015 UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship was her final tournament as a U17 player. After two group stage wins and a draw, Spain finished above Germany, and they met France yet again in the knockout round. For the third time in a row at U17 UEFA tournaments, Spain faced a penalty shootout. Unlike the other times, however, they were successful, with Spain's only miss out of the five attempts coming from Guijarro, who hit the post. She started the final where Spain found themselves winning 5-2 against Switzerland, her first ever international title. She was selected again for the Team of the Tournament.
At the 2016 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship, she played every minute of the group stage wins against Germany and Austria as Spain swept Group B and moved on to win 4-3 against Netherlands in the semifinal. Against France in the final, Spain had plenty of attempts on goal, and in a last-gasp effort to secure a comeback, she missed a shot from a corner service which was parried out after two more Spain shots. Spain came runner-up as Guijarro played every minute of every match she featured in and was named to the team of the tournament.
Spain's first match of the 2017 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship was a win against Northern Ireland. Guijarro's first tournament goal came in the 53rd minute as a volley from distance. Following a loss against Germany, Spain was to play Scotland who had 3 points and 1 point, respectively, meaning whoever won the match moved onto the next round and automatically qualified for the 2018 U-20 Women's World Cup. She scored the game winner and her second tournament goal in that match, allowing Spain to finish second in the table with 6 points as they moved onto the knockouts.
In the semifinals against the Netherlands, she sent in an assist for Maite Oroz that put Spain up 2-1. Guijarro scored the game winning third goal in the 77th minute, securing Spain's trip to their fourth consecutive U19 EURO final even after they would concede again in the 85th. In the final of the tournament, she responded to France's opening goal with a volley in the box serviced from a corner. As the match advanced, the scoreline went to 2-2 until the 89th minute when she scored her third match-winner of the tournament with a headed goal off of a Carmen Menayo free-kick. With that goal, Spain ended their streak of three consecutive finals defeats at the U19 EUROs and won their first U19 EURO title since 2004. She was given the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player, the Golden Boot as the tournament's highest scorer, and named to the Team of the Tournament.
Spain had a relatively unsuccessful run at the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. Guijarro's first and only tournament goal came in a 5-0 win against Canada, in which she also assisted a Lucía García stoppage time strike. She then started in a win against Japan and was rested for a loss against Nigeria. At the end of the group stage, Spain sat at second in the table, advancing them to the knockouts. They bowed out in a 3-2 loss against North Korea in the quarterfinals.
Guijarro was named vice captain for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. She started the tournament by scoring a hat-trick against Paraguay in the first match of the group stage. She went on to score again in the group stage against the United States in a match that ended a 2-2 draw, effectively knocking out the United States in the group stages for the first time ever in a U20 tournament.
In the quarterfinals, Spain faced Group D runner-ups Nigeria, and Guijarro scored yet another match-winner just before halftime. With her match winner, Spain reached the semifinals of a U-20 Women's World Cup for the first time ever. Spain met the previous tournament's runner-up, France, in the next round. She headed in her sixth goal of the tournament in the semifinal matchup, which had her leading in the Golden Boot race. Her goal was the only goal of the tie and Spain advanced to their first U-20 Women's World Cup final with a 1-0 win. Spain lost their captain Aitana Bonmatí through suspension against France, so Guijarro started with the captain's band for the final against Japan. Despite many attempts on goal, she was kept scoreless in the final against Japan as Spain fell 1-3.
Before the final, England forward Georgia Stanway tied her six-goal tally in the third-place match against France. They both ended their tournaments with six goals and she shared top scorer honors with Stanway, but Guijarro earned the Golden Boot by registering an additional three assists. She was also awarded the Golden Ball and was named to the Team of the Tournament. The tournament was her final youth international experience as she transitioned to a full senior international between 2018 and 2019. As of 2019, she remains Spain's highest scorer with the U-20 women's team with seven goals.
Her first senior national team cap and start came in a goalless draw against Iceland at the 2017 Algarve Cup. This was the final match of the group stages, and their point and goal difference put them in the first place match against Canada. She subbed on for Mapi León late in the match to help maintain a 1-0 lead. This victory earned Guijarro and Spain their first ever senior international title.
She played every match for Spain in the 2019 Women's World Cup qualifiers where she scored two goals. Her first senior international goal was a 91st minute match-winner that came in a qualifying match against Serbia, keeping them on top of the qualification group. Her second international goal came against Austria four days later in a 4-0 win. Spain won all of their qualifying matches and were the first European team to qualify for the tournament other than the hosts France.
By 2018, Guijarro had established herself as a regular starter with the Spain national team. At the 2018 Cyprus Cup, she played in two of Spain's group stage matches- two wins against Austria and the Czech Republic. Seven points and a +3 goal difference at the end of the group stage meant Spain were to face Italy in the final of the tournament. In the 80th minute of the final, she connected with service from a corner to send in Spain's second goal. Spain's 2-0 win was Spain's first Cyprus Cup title and Guijarro's second title with Spain's senior team.
She was called to Spain's 2019 Women's World Cup squad days after being discharged from a long-term injury on her right foot. She sat out the first match against South Africa as a precaution for her recently-healed injury. She made her World Cup debut in the next match, a group stage clash against European powerhouse Germany, subbing on in the 65th minute for Silvia Meseguer. She then started and played all 90 minutes of Spain's next two matches- a draw in the final group stage match against China and Spain's first ever knockout match of a Women's World Cup against the United States. Spain and Guijarro fell in the Round of 16 to the eventual tournament winners despite putting up a well-fought performance.
|Patricia Guijarro– goals for Spain|
|1.||24 November 2017||Voždovac Stadium, Belgrade||Serbia||1–2||1-2||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification|
|2.||28 November 2017||Estadi de Son Moix, Palma de Mallorca||Austria||2–0||4-0|
|3.||7 March 2018||AEK Arena, Larnaca||Italy||0-2||0-2||2018 Cyprus Cup|
|4.||4 October 2019||Estadio Riazor, A Coruña||Azerbaijan||1–0||4-0||UEFA Women's Euro 2021 qualifying|
Style of playEdit
Guijarro describes her playing style with Spain differently from her playing style with Barcelona. With Barcelona "(she) has a more defensive role" whereas with Spain she plays as an "interior with a more advanced role." She considers herself an offensive player.
In various player profiles and interviews, FIFA has described her type of play as "a creative midfielder who covers a lot of ground and gets into the opposition box." They've also described her as a box-to-box midfielder who "can start moves, play the final ball, and create chances by herself."
Spain and Barcelona teammate Aitana Bonmatí has describes her as "bringing a lot of balance to the team," "able to play a more advanced role by making runs into the box" and having a great shot. Other teammates like Eva Navarro call her "a perfect all-around player."
- FC Barcelona
- Primera División: Winner, 2019-20
- UEFA Women's Champions League: Runner-up, 2018-19
- Copa de la Reina: Winner, 2017, 2018
- Supercopa de España Femenina: Winner, 2020
- Copa Catalunya: Winner, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
- Spain (youth)
- UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship: Winner, 2015
- UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship: Winner, 2017; Runner-up, 2016
- FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup: Runner-up, 2018
- UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship Team of the Tournament: 2015
- UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship Team of the Tournament: 2016, 2017
- UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship Golden Ball: 2017
- UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship Golden Boot: 2017
- FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Golden Ball: 2018
- FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Golden Boot: 2018
Awards and recognitionEdit
- In isolation, Guijarro is pronounced [ɡiˈxaro].
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