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Joan Capdevila Méndez (born February 3, 1978 in Tàrregamarker, Lleidamarker, Cataloniamarker) is a Spanishmarker footballer who currently plays for Villarreal CF and Spain.

His usual position is left defender, but he is also capable of operating as a winger and, from a defensive position, often contributes with goals.

Club career

A product of RCD Espanyol's youth system, Capdevila made his debut for the Catalanmarker side during 1998–99, in a 2–2 draw at Athletic Bilbao, and joined Atlético Madrid the following season.

After the colchoneros relegation, however, he signed with Galicianmarker side Deportivo de La Coruña in the summer of 2000, and would be a regular fixture in the team as left-back, first competing with Enrique Romero, then as the undisputed first-choice. On September 16, 2006, he netted twice as Depor overcame Villarreal CF 2–0 at Riazor Stadiummarker.

In 2007–08, Capdevila joined Villarreal on a three-year deal, and played in all the league games except two, for a side that finished runner-up, achieving direct UEFA Champions League qualification.

International career

Capdevila made his debute for Spain in October 16, 2002 against Paraguay in a 0–0 draw. He scored his first international goal in an Euro 2008 qualifier against Sweden, on November 17, 2007 where Spain won 3–0. Previously, he made the nation's final squad for UEFA Euro 2004, but did not leave the bench.

On February 6, 2008, in Málagamarker, Capdevila scored the winning goal in Spain's 1–0 win against France in an international friendly. He was subsequently called up to Spain's squad for Euro 2008, where he featured in all the matches save one for the eventual champions. During the tournament he established himself as first-choice, his clearance in the dying seconds against Sweden being a crucial part of David Villa's late winner to make the score 2–1. Together with right-back Sergio Ramos and central defenders Carles Puyol and Carlos Marchena, he helped keep clean sheets during all three matches of the knock-out stages and only condeded two goals in fours matches.

During the first game of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup on 14 June 2009, Capdevilla set up Fernando Torres's third goal of his hat-trick, and also assisted for Cesc Fàbregas's second international goal, as Spain thrashed New Zealand 5–0. In fact, all five goals were created from the left wing, with Capdevila playing a crucial part in the Spanish attack. In the second game against Iraq three days later, he assisted Villa's 55th-minute goal, the only one in the entire match. He, Puyol, Villa and Torres were named in the team of the tournament, as Spain finished third.

International Goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. November 17, 2007 Estadio Santiago Bernabéumarker, Madridmarker, Spainmarker 1–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
2. February 6, 2008 Estadio La Rosaledamarker, Málagamarker, Spain 1–0 1–0 International Friendly
3. May 31, 2008 Estadio Nuevo Colombinomarker, Huelvamarker, Spain 2–1 2–1 International Friendly
4. September 10, 2008 Estadio Carlos Belmontemarker, Albacetemarker, Spain 1–0 4–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification


Honours

Domestic



International



References

  1. Capdevila makes Deportivo proud
  2. Capdevila veers towards Villarreal
  3. La Roja lean to the left
  4. National team data


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