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Jesús Navas González ( ; born 21 November 1985 in Los Palacios y Villafranca, Sevillemarker) is a Spanishmarker footballer of Romani heritage who currently plays for Sevilla FC in the Spanish first division, as a right winger.

His main asset is his dribbling skills; occasionally, he can play on the other flank.

Club career

Navas joined Sevilla FC's youth system at age 15. In 2003–04, he made his first team (and first division) debuts; on November 23, 2003, he played 12 minutes in a 0–1 loss at RCD Espanyol, and added four more matches before the league was over, none complete.

In the 2004–05 season, Navas was definitely promoted to the first team, scoring two times from 22 appearances. On May 4, 2005, his link to the club was extended until 2010, as he also made his Spanish U21 debuts.

In 2005–06, Navas once again impressed, being a crucial element as the Andalusiansmarker won their first UEFA Cup; he appeared in all 12 matches, including the final against Middlesbrough FC. In August 2006, a deal was arranged for Navas' transfer to Chelsea FC, but the player declined the move, citing homesickness.

In the league, Navas was consistently listed in the best players' ranks, entering the 'Top 50' of Don Balón magazine each year since 2005.

International career

Navas represented Spain at youth levels, but his anxiety problems forced him to quit international football. In August 2009, he announced his desire to overcome his condition in order to stake his claim in the squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, stating: "To play for your country is the greatest thing and I hope to be able to, too. I have to be calm and make my decision. I have to continue taking the right steps."

On 9 November 2009, Navas was finally called-up by coach Vicente del Bosque for friendlies with Argentina and Austria. On 14 November, he made his debut against the former, a 2–1 win in Madridmarker, playing the final 10 minutes in the place of Andrés Iniesta; four days later, he played the entire second half with Austria, in a final 5–1 win in Viennamarker.

Honours



Personal life

Navas' older brother, Marco, is also a footballer and a midfielder. He amassed three first-team appearances for Sevilla, but played mainly in the second division.

He suffers from chronic homesickness, to the extent he walked out of training camps within Spain because they were too far away from Seville; he also suffers from anxiety attacks and seizures. Navas initially refused to travel with Sevilla during pre-season to the United Statesmarker due to his acute homesickness, later deciding that he would travel in a bid to rid himself of this condition.

Club statistics

As of November 25, 2009
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sevilla 2003–04 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2004–05 13 0 0 0 4 0 17 0
2005–06 35 2 0 0 12 0 47 2
2006–07 29 1 4 1 8 0 41 2
2007–08 36 4 0 0 10 0 46 4
2008–09 35 4 6 1 6 0 47 5
2009–10 11 2 2 3 5 2 17 6
Total 166 13 12 5 45 2 223 20
Career Total 166 13 12 5 45 2 223 20


References

  1. Romani footballers
  2. Navas hopes to overcome anxiety to play in World Cup; GOAL.com, 26 August 2009
  3. Wenger may gamble on nervy Navas; Mirror Football, 21 November 2006
  4. Includes Spanish Cup and Supercopa de España


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