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Álvaro Negredo Sánchez (born August 20, 1985 in Madridmarker) is a Spanishmarker footballer currently playing for Sevilla FC, as a striker. His nickname is La fiera de Vallecas (The wild animal of Vallecasmarker).

Club career

Real Madrid

Negredo started his career at Rayo Vallecano, making his professional debuts in early 2005, with the team by then in the third level. He switched during that summer to another Madridmarker side, as he ended his formation in Real Madrid affiliate Real Madrid Castilla, from 2005–07.

In his last season, Negredo developed as a striker, scoring 18 league goals, although he could not prevent Castilla's drop from the second division. He impressed the first team's coach Fabio Capello, and was called for a few Real matches in the Spanish Cup, but stayed unused on the bench. Finally, he made his debut for the first team in a friendly against Atlético Madrid.

Almería

In July 2007, Negredo was sold to La Liga newcomers UD Almería, with Real Madrid having an option to rebuy. He made his topflight debut on August 26, in a 3–0 shock win at Deportivo de La Coruña. On February 2, 2008, he scored from the spot in a 2–0 home win against his former team. On April 19, in a 4–1 away success against UEFA Cup and domestic cup holders Sevilla FC, he added two, after having missed a penalty kick.

Negredo finished the season as Almería's topscorer with 13 goals, as the side from Andalusiamarker finished 8th. In 2008–09, he netted five in the side's first six matches, including a 95' minute scored against neighbours Recreativo de Huelva (1–0), on September 28, 2008. In February of the following year, he scored a brace against Valencia CF, which took his league tally to 10, albeit in a 2–3 away loss. He finished the campaign at 19, with the club producing a slightly less successful season.

Real Madrid return

Real Madrid exercised their buyback option of a reported 5 million on Negredo during the summer of 2009, and the player returned to first team training with the club, on July 10, 2009. In the pre-season, he scored the fourth goal against LDU Quito, in a 4–2 Peace Cup win.

Sevilla

Negredo had been tipped to join Real Zaragoza or Hull City, but finally decided to sign a reported five-year deal with Sevilla for €15 million, with Real Madrid having an option to rebuy the player in the first two years.

Negredo made his debut for Sevilla on 31 August, against Valencia CF, coming as a substitute in the 37th minute on a 0–2 away loss. Two weeks later, on his second appearance, he scored his first goal for Sevilla, against CA Osasuna, in an eventual 2–0 home success.

International career

On October 6, 2009, Negredo received his first call to the Spanish senior team by manager Vicente del Bosque, for a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Armenia (on the 10th), following the injuries of David Villa and Daniel Güiza. He made his debut replacing Fernando Torres early in the second half, in an eventual 2–1 away win.

Four days later, Negredo started and scored twice (also providing two assists) in another away fixture, against Bosnia and Herzegovina (5–2 triumph), as Spain eventually won all ten group matches.

Statistics

Club

All stats correct as of 23 November 2009



Personal life

Negredo's older brother, César, is also a footballer. A defender, he currently plays for CD Alcoyano.

References

  1. Almería take pride after Madrid fall
  2. El Madrid recupera a Negredo por 5 millones (Madrid recovers Negredo for 5 millions)
  3. Comienza el trabajo (Work starts)
  4. Real Madrid 4 - 2 LDU Quito
  5. Real Madrid's Álvaro Negredo to join Sevilla
  6. Negredo transferred to Sevilla FC
  7. ESPN Soccernet stats


External links



2004-05 Rayo Vallecano Segunda División B 12 1 - - 12 1
2005-06 Real Madrid Castilla Segunda División
25 4 - - 25 4
2006-07 40 18 - - 40 18
2007-08 UD Almería La Liga
36 13 2 0 - 38 13
2008-09 34 19 1 0 - 35 19
2009-10 Sevilla
11 3 1 0 2 0 14 3
Career total 158 58 4 0 2 0 164 58

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