Juan Mata

Squad No. 8
Date of Birth April 28, 1988
Age 33
Height 170cm
Position Midfielder
Birthplace Burgos
Previous Clubs Chelsea FC

Juan Manuel Mata García is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Manchester United and the Spain national team. He mostly plays as a central attacking midfielder, but they can play the wing. Mata is recognized as by pundits to be one of the better attacking midfielders of his creation.

A graduate of Real Madrid’s youth academy, Mata played for Real Madrid Castilla at 2006-07, before linking Valencia in the summer of 2007. He turned into an essential element of the club’s midfield, making 174 appearances during the period of 4 seasons. In August 2011, Mata signed for English club Chelsea of this Premier League for a fee believed to be in the region of €28 million, also in his debut year, he won the UEFA Champions League and the FA Cup. This season, Chelsea won the UEFA Europa League, which makes Mata and teammate Fernando Torres the initial players to hold the Champions League, Europa League, World Cup, and also the European Championships simultaneously. After dropping out of favour at Chelsea beneath José Mourinho, Mata was sold to Manchester United at January 2014, for a fee of £37.1 million.

Mata is a Spanish international, using represented Spain at under-16, under-17, under-19, under-20, under 21, Olympic and senior levels. He played for the under-20 side in the 2007 FIFA U20 World Cup. Back in June 2009, Mata played at this year’s FIFA Confederations Cup, his first senior championship. On 9 September 2009, Mata scored his first goal for the senior team, against Estonia, procuring the nation a location at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, also has been a portion of Spain’s World Cup-winning team. In 2011, he moved back into playing in the Under21 side, helping Spain triumph the 2011 UEFA European Under21 Football Championship at Denmark. He won the Golden Player award and was a part of this Team of the Tournament. Mata came back into the senior squad for UEFA Euro 2012 and, after coming on as a replacement, scored Spain’s fourth goal in the final since Spain defeated Italy 4-0 to retain their title as champions of Europe.