Juan Manuel Mata

Juan Manuel Mata

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Juan Manuel Mata García (; born 28 April 1988) is a Spanish footballer who plays for Valencia CF mainly as a left winger.

A clever player, who possesses great pace, intelligence, and goalscoring ability. After successfully graduating from Real Madrid's youth academy, he spent the majority of his senior career with Valencia.

Club career

Early career

Born in Burgos, Castile and León (where his father played at the time), but raised in Oviedo, Asturias, Mata started his football career at Real Oviedo, where his father spent most of his career. He stayed there for three years before joining Real Madrid at age 15. After appearing for Cadete A, he swiftly progressed through the junior teams, Juvenil C and finally the Juvenil A. In his last campaign (2005–06) he scored 18 goals in the league and three more in the Copa de Campeones, including the winner in the final against Real Valladolid, adding another three in the Spanish Juvenil Cup.

Switching to Real Madrid Castilla in 2006–07, Mata was given the number 34 shirt in the first team, while wearing #28 in Castilla. In spite of Castilla's final Segunda División relegation, he finished the season as the side's second best scorer at nine, behind striker Álvaro Negredo (18).


Mata had a contractual clause at Real Madrid during his last season at the club, and eventually agreed to sign for fellow La Liga side Valencia CF in March 2007, starting in...
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