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Joan Capdevila
Personal information
Full name Joan Capdevila Méndez
Date of birth February 3, 1978 (1978-02-03) (age 32)
Place of birth    Tàrrega, Spain
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current club Villarreal
Number 5
Youth career
Tàrrega
Espanyol
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1997–1998
1998–1999
1999–2000
2000–2007
2007–
Espanyol B
Espanyol
Atlético Madrid
Deportivo La Coruña
Villarreal
034 0(2)
029 0(4)
031 0(2)
177 (15)
097 (12)   
National team2
1998–2000
2000
2002–
2002–
Spain U21
Spain U23
Spain
Catalonia
013 0(0)
004 0(0)
042 0(4)
008 0(0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 15 March 2010.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 22 December 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Spain
Men's Football
Silver 2000 Sydney Team Competition

Joan Capdevila Méndez (born February 3, 1978 in Tàrrega, Lleida, Catalonia) is a Spanish 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.

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Club career

A product of RCD Espanyol's youth system, Capdevila made his debut for the Catalan 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 Galician 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 Stadium.[1]

In 2007–08, Capdevila joined Villarreal on a three-year deal,[2] 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 debut 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 Málaga, 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 conceded two goals in four 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.[3] In the second game against Iraq three days later, he assisted Villa's 55th-minute goal, as Spain defeated Iraq 1-0. He, Puyol, Villa and Torres were named in the team of the tournament, as Spain finished third.

International Goals[4]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. November 17, 2007 Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain  Sweden 1–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
2. February 6, 2008 Estadio La Rosaleda, Málaga, Spain  France 1–0 1–0 International Friendly
3. May 31, 2008 Estadio Nuevo Colombino, Huelva, Spain  Peru 2–1 2–1 International Friendly
4. September 10, 2008 Estadio Carlos Belmonte, Albacete, Spain  Armenia 1–0 4–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

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Joan Capdevila
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Personal information
Full name Joan Capdevila Méndez
Date of birth 2 March 1978 (1978-03-02) (age 32)
Place of birth    Tàrrega, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Villarreal
Number 5
Senior clubs
Years Club
1998-1999
1999-2000
2000-2007
2007-
Espanyol Barcelona
Atlético Madrid
Deportivo La Coruña
Villarreal
National team
2002-2009 Spain

Joan Capdevila (born 2 March 1978) is a Spanish football player. He plays for Villarreal and Spain national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
SpainLeague
1998/99Espanyol BarcelonaLa Liga294
1999/00Atlético MadridLa Liga302
2000/01Deportivo La CoruñaLa Liga160
2001/02200
2002/03253
2003/04274
2004/05211
2005/06362
2006/07344
2007/08VillarrealLa Liga362
2008/09365
2009/10
CountrySpain 31129
Total 31129

International career statistics

Spain national team
YearAppsGoals
200220
200300
200430
200500
200620
200771
2008153
2009130
Total424

References


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