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Ulises Alejandro Dávila Plascencia (born 13 April 1991) is a Mexican professional footballer who currently plays as an attacking midfielder for Wellington Phoenix of the A-League.

Ulises Dávila
Personal information
Full name Ulises Alejandro Dávila Plascencia
Date of birth (1991-04-13) 13 April 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Wellington Phoenix
Number 10
Youth career
2001–2008 Guadalajara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Guadalajara 15 (0)
2008–2009Tapatio (loan) 17 (3)
2011–2015 Chelsea 0 (0)
2011–2012Vitesse (loan) 2 (0)
2012–2013Sabadell (loan) 35 (4)
2013–2014Córdoba (loan) 37 (7)
2014–2015Tenerife (loan) 10 (1)
2015Vitória Setúbal (loan) 14 (0)
2016–2018 Santos Laguna 38 (3)
2019 Delhi Dynamos 6 (1)
2019– Wellington Phoenix 0 (0)
National team
2007–2011 Mexico U20 11 (3)
2011 Mexico U23 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 July 2019

Club careerEdit

GuadalajaraEdit

Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Dávila was champion with Guadalajara in the category 1990–91 in the National Youth Championship in July 2006, with a 1–0 win over Pachuca, where he scored the only goal. That same year, Chivas also won the Manchester United Premier Cup "Generation 1991", beating Arsenal by a score of 2–1. In the 2008–09 season he was on loan at affiliate club Tapatio scoring three goals in eighteen matches in the Primera División A.

He made his debut for Guadalajara in the Primera Division on 29 August 2009, in a 2–2 draw against Pachuca. Dávila also featured in five matches in the Copa Libertadores tournament.

ChelseaEdit

On 27 August 2011, it was announced that Dávila had signed for English club Chelsea, signing a 5-year contract, making him the first Mexican to sign with Chelsea.[1]

Loan to VitesseEdit

On 30 August 2011, it was announced that Dávila joined Dutch football club Vitesse Arnhem on loan for the 2011–12 season. He was given the number 24 jersey. He made his club debut against Roda JC Kerkrade on 17 September 2011, with the game ending in a 5–0 win for Vitesse. Unlike his teammate from Chelsea, Tomáš Kalas, Dávila struggled to get into the starting XI and had been an unused substitute for a number of games. Playing for their reserve side, he had more success, scoring three goals in three games. On 19 February 2012, once again returned onto the bench against FC Twente but was an unused sub, the game ended in a 1–4 loss for Vitesse. On 28 April 2012, again returned onto the bench against Excelsior but again was an unused sub, the game ended in a 3–2 win for Vitesse. Dávila spent the majority of his time at Vitesse with the reserve squad.

Loan to SabadellEdit

On 13 July 2012 CE Sabadell announced that Dávila will join them on loan for the 2012–13 season. On 29 September 2012, Dávila scored his first league goal against Guadalajara, winning the game 2–1. On 18 November Dávila scored a brace against Recreativo de Huelva, and also hit the post almost scoring his first hat trick, Sabadell won the game 5–2 away.

Loan to CórdobaEdit

On the last day of the 2013 Summer transfer window, Chelsea confirmed that Dávila was having a medical at Córdoba CF of the Spanish Segunda División. Later on that day he secured his deal on a season-long loan.

On 23 June, he scored an equaliser in injury time away to UD Las Palmas in the second leg of the play-off final, earning Córdoba's promotion to La Liga for the first time in 42 years.[2]

Loan to Vitória SetubalEdit

On 23 January 2015, Dávila ended his loan with Tenerife to join the Portuguese side on loan for the rest of the season.[3] On 3 August 2015, it was announced that Dávila will remain with Vitória for the 2015–2016 season.[4]

Santos LagunaEdit

On 4 December 2015, Santos Laguna announced they had purchased Dávila from Chelsea and signed him to a three-year contract.[5]

Delhi DynamosEdit

In December 2018, Dávila signed with Indian Super League side Delhi Dynamos FC.

International careerEdit

Mexico U20Edit

He has also been part of the under-20 team that played the 2011 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, in which Mexico finished as champions. He also participated in the 2011 Toulon Tournament in France, where Mexico finished as fourth place losing to Italy in a penalty shoot-out. Dávila scored two goals during the 2011 Toulon Tournament, scoring against France and Hungary.

2011 U20 World CupEdit

Dávila was part of the 20-man squad that participated in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia. Mexico would eventually finish third in the tournament by beating France 3–1, and he was able to score a goal against France.[6]

Mexico national teamEdit

Dávila received his first call up to the senior national team to play the 2011 Copa América, to replace one of the five players that were suspended for having disciplinary problems in Quito, Ecuador. He did not play in any of Mexico's matches.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubsEdit

As of 8 August 2016.[7]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
CD Tapatio (loan) 2008–09 18 3 18 3
Total 18 3 - - - - - - - - - - 18 3 -
C.D. Guadalajara
2009–10 7 0 5 0 0 12 0
2010–11 8 0 8 0
Total 15 0 - - - - - - - 5 0 0 20 0 -
Vitesse Arnhem (loan) 2011–12 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
Total 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
Sabadell (loan) 2012–13 32 4 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 34 5 6
Total 32 4 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 34 5 6
Córdoba (loan) 2013–14 33 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 38 7 2
Total 33 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 38 7 2
Tenerife (loan) 2014–15 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 1 0
Total 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 1 0
Vitória (loan) 2014–15 11 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0 0
2015–16 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
Total 14 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0 0
Santos Laguna 2015–16 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 19 3 0
2016–17 19 1 1 10 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 4 3
2017–18 4 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0
Total 38 3 1 14 3 2 0 0 0 4 1 0 56 7 3
Career total 162 17 9 22 4 2 0 0 0 13 2 0 196 23 11

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Chelsea signs Ulises Dávila". Chelsea Official Website. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Las Palmas-Cordoba La Liga play-off ends with pitch invasion". Goal.com. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Chelsea midfielder makes long-awaited exit". 23 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Victory and Chelsea renew yield Uli Davila". Vitoria Setubal. 3 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Comunicado de Prensa – Contratación Ulises Alejandro Dávila". Santos Laguna. 4 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Mexico down France for bronze". Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  7. ^ "MATCHES OF U. DÁVILA". Retrieved 17 November 2013.

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