Sergio Canales Madrazo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈseɾxjo kaˈnalez maˈðɾaθo];[a] born 16 February 1991) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Real Betis and the Spain national team.
Canales with Real Sociedad in 2014
|Full name||Sergio Canales Madrazo|
|Date of birth||16 February 1991|
|Place of birth||Santander, Spain|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|1995–2001||CD San Agustín|
|2011–2012||→ Valencia (loan)||11||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 April 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:06, 26 March 2019 (UTC)
After starting out at Racing de Santander, he signed as a 19-year-old with Real Madrid for €4.5 million, but failed to reproduce his form at the latter club and left after only one season. He went on to represent, always in La Liga, Valencia, Real Sociedad and Betis.
Born in Santander, Cantabria, Canales was a product of hometown Racing de Santander's youth ranks. In 2006, 50% of his playing rights were bought by Deportivo de La Coruña as part of the deal that saw Pedro Munitis return to Racing with Dudu Aouate and Antonio Tomás moving in the opposite direction.
Canales made his first-team debut on 18 September 2008, playing in a UEFA Cup home tie against FC Honka of Finland, a 1–0 win. Roughly two weeks later he first appeared in La Liga, with the same result happening at CA Osasuna.
Having gradually received more playing time with the main squad, Canales scored twice against RCD Espanyol in a 4–0 away win on 6 December 2009, and repeated the feat at Sevilla FC on 9 January 2010 (2–1 at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium), receiving Man of the Match honors in the latter game. The following week, as Racing drew at home to Real Valladolid 1–1, he also found the net, and eventually finished his first full season with six goals and four assists to help his team narrowly avoid relegation.
On 12 February 2010, Real Madrid announced the signing of Canales on a six-year deal for a fee believed to be around €4.5 million plus incentives. He made his debut on 4 August, scoring a goal in a 3–2 friendly win over Club América. His first league appearance came on 29 August, in a 0–0 draw against RCD Mallorca.
On 4 August 2011, Valencia announced Canales would join the club on a two-year loan. After that time, they retained the option of purchasing the player whilst Real Madrid had the possibility of recalling him during that timeframe.
Canales scored his first goal for his new side on 1 October, the game's only in a home fixture against Granada CF. Late into the month, he had to be stretchered off during a league home match against Athletic Bilbao and, the following day, he was diagnosed with a torn knee ligament, being sidelined for six months.
On 26 April 2012, in only his fifth appearance since returning, against Atlético Madrid in the Europa League semifinals' second leg, Canales relapsed from his injury early into the second half of an eventual 0–1 home loss (2–5 aggregate defeat), going on to miss a further six months of action.
On 19 July 2012, Canales moved permanently to Valencia for €7.5 million and five years, alongside Madrid teammate Fernando Gago. The latter also reserved an option to buy back the player during the next two seasons.
Canales was deemed surplus to requirements after the arrival of new Valencia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi, in December 2013. In late January of the following year, he signed for four-and-a-half-years and €3.5 million with fellow league side Real Sociedad.
Canales scored four goals from 36 appearances in his first full season, as the Txuriurdin finished in 12th position. On 30 December 2015, however, during the first half of an away match at former club Real Madrid, he suffered another serious knee injury, now in the left leg.
Subsequently, Canales was named in the squad for the 2009 European Under-19 Championship. The following year, in the same category, he represented the nation at the European Championships, reaching the final and scoring one goal in the semi-finals, a 3–1 win against Italy.
Canales was selected to the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia, playing in four out of five games for the national team (three starts) in an eventual penalty shootout quarterfinal exit. He featured regularly in the 2013 European Championship Under-21 qualification where he netted three times, including a brace against Georgia; despite missing the playoff game with Denmark he was named in the squad for the finals in Israel, but withdrew from the tournament after picking an injury in the first group match against Russia –Spain went on to win the trophy.
On 15 March 2019, Canales was called up by the full side manager Luis Enrique for two UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Norway and Malta. He made his debut eight days later, as a 74th-minute substitute for Dani Ceballos in the 2–1 victory over the former in Valencia.
|Racing Santander||2008–09||La Liga||6||0||1||0||1||0||8||0|
|Real Madrid||2010–11||La Liga||10||0||3||0||2||0||15||0|
|Real Sociedad||2013–14||La Liga||16||2||2||0||—||18||2|
- "Un deportivista infiltrado en La Albericia" [A deportivista infiltrates Albericia]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 12 October 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2010.
- "Bautismo europeo del Racing con victoria (1–0)" [European baptism for Racing with a win (1–0)] (in Spanish). Racing Santander. 18 September 2008. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
- "Valera da en el descuento la primera victoria al Racing" [Valera gives first win to Racing in injury time]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 5 October 2008. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
- "Santander put four past Espanyol". ESPN Soccernet. 6 December 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
- "Sevilla lose again at home". ESPN Soccernet. 9 January 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
- "Wasteful Racing fail to win". ESPN Soccernet. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
- "Official announcement". Real Madrid C.F. 12 February 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "El Real Madrid hace oficial el fichaje de Canales" [Real Madrid make Canales' signing official]. Marca (in Spanish). 12 February 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2010.
- "Ronaldo gives Mourinho debut win with Real". ESPN Soccernet. 5 August 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
- "Slow start for Mourinho". ESPN Soccernet. 30 August 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
- "Canales apuntaba a crack, deslumbró a Mou, pero Özil se cruzó en su camino" [Canales was poised for stardom, he blew Mou's mind, but he crossed paths with Özil]. La Información (in Spanish). 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
- "Official VCF statement". Valencia CF. 4 August 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "Valencia triumphant despite profligacy". ESPN Soccernet. 1 October 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
- "Canales facing six months out". ESPN Soccernet. 24 October 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
- "Canales ruled out for six months". ESPN Soccernet. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
- "Canales recae de su grave lesión" [Canales relapses from his serious injury]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 27 April 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
- "Valencia seal Canales deal". ESPN Soccernet. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
- "Pizzi se 'carga' a Canales en la convocatoria para Málaga y alimenta la opción de una salida" [Pizzi ‘ousts’ Canales from callup to Málaga and fuels exit option] (in Spanish). VLC News. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "Pizzi 'zarandea' a Canales" [Pizzi 'shakes' Canales]. Marca (in Spanish). 23 January 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
- "Canales firma cuatro años por la Real Sociedad" [Canales signs four years for Real Sociedad]. Marca (in Spanish). 30 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "La Real Sociedad ficha a Sergio Canales" [Real Sociedad sign Sergio Canales] (in Spanish). Real Sociedad. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "Comunicado oficial" [Official announcement] (in Spanish). Valencia CF. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "Canales sufre una nueva lesión de rodilla en el Bernabéu" [Canales suffers new knee injury at the Bernabéu] (in Spanish). Liga BBVA. 30 December 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
- "Oficial: Canales se va de la Real" [Official: Canales leaves Real]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 24 May 2018. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
- "Sergio Canales, second Real Betis signing for the season 2018/2019". Real Betis. 3 July 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
- "Benzema, Özil and Khedira win". Real Madrid C.F. 30 August 2010. Retrieved 2 September 2010.
- "Experience and talent fill Spain U21 selection". UEFA. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
- "Spain midfielder Canales ruled out for remainder of Euro U21 championship". Goal. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
- "OFFICIAL | Call-up for the first two EURO Qualifier matches". Royal Spanish Football Federation. 15 March 2019. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
- "Spain 2–1 Norway". UEFA. 23 March 2019. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
- "El Racing ficha al hermano pequeño de Sergio Canales" [Racing sign Sergio Canales' little brother]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 5 June 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
- "Canales". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
- Sergio Canales at ESPN FC