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Esteban Granero
Personal information
Full name Esteban Félix Granero Molina
Date of birth 2 July 1987 (1987-07-02) (age 22)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Real Madrid
Number 24
Youth career
1995–2004 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Real Madrid C 48 (9)
2006–2008 Real Madrid B 36 (4)
2007–2008 Getafe (loan) 29 (3)
2008–2009 Getafe 36 (5)
2009– Real Madrid 22 (3)
National team
2004 Spain U17 5 (0)
2006 Spain U19 9 (1)
2007 Spain U20 5 (0)
2007–2009 Spain U21 10 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 March 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 June 2009

Esteban Félix Granero Molina (born 2 July 1987 in Madrid) is a Spanish footballer currently with Real Madrid, as a midfielder.

A versatile element, Granero - known as El pirata (The pirate) - can play as a playmaker or behind the strikers. His best attributes are passing, technique and shooting.


Club career

Granero in 2007.

Granero joined the youth ranks of Real Madrid when he was just eight years old, and quickly began displaying his footballing talent. In one season he scored 83 goals in the Under-10 division, and in 1999 captained the Under-12 B team that won the International Football-7 tournament held in the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona by defeating Barça 1–0 with his overtime goal. He was also named the best player of the competition.

Granero, alongside teammates Juan Manuel Mata and Alberto Bueno won the Copa de Campeones Juvenil de Fútbol in 2006,[1] an under-19 official youth tournament in Spain organized by the Royal Spanish Football Federation. He then joined the club's C squad, at the age of 17, standing out for his talent and passing skills. Granero went on to receive the Números 1 Don Balón award as the 'crack' (most extraordinary player) of the fourth division Group 7 in 2005–06, an accolade bestowed by Don Balón magazine,[2] one of the founding members of European Sports Magazines. That same season, he made his first appearance with Real Madrid Castilla in a match against Albacete Balompié, during which he had a goal assist.

Granero made the definitive jump to Castilla in 2006–07's second division, and slowly earned the confidence of coach Míchel until finally becoming an unquestionable starter. He would eventually fail to make the transition into the first team, as fellow cantera players Rubén de la Red, Javi García and Adrián González and, on August 31, the last day of the transfer window, Granero moved to Getafe CF (also in Madrid) on a one-year loan. De la Red also joined Getafe, albeit in a different deal.

After the season's end, in which himself and de la Red were instrumental in the team's campaign, which included a quarterfinals run in the UEFA Cup, Granero returned to Real Madrid. However, on July 13, 2008, he joined Getafe permanently, with Real keeping a re-buy option on the player.

On 21 July 2009, Real Madrid exercised their buyback option, in a reported 4 million deal,[3] and Granero scored three goals during the pre-season. His first official one came in his first start, the opener in a 3–0 away success against RCD Espanyol, on 12 September 2009.[4]

International career

After having helped Spain to the 2006 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship, Granero made his debut for the under-21s, on February 6, 2007, in a friendly match against England (2–2).

He appeared for the nation at the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, in an eventual group stage exit.




Club statistics

Last update: 14 March 2010.

All-time club performance

Club Season League Cup[5] Europe[6] Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Getafe 2007–08 29 3 2 6 2 0 10 4 0 45 9 2
2008–09 36 5 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 38 5 4
Real Madrid 2009–10 22 3 2 1 0 0 4 0 0 27 3 2
Career totals Spain 87 11 7 9 2 0 14 4 0 107 18 7


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