Date of Birth: - 28th August 1989.
Nationality: - Spanish
Height: - 5ft 10inches
Position: - Right back
Club History: - Osasuna
Estimated Value: - Around 14million Pounds.
Linked With: - Just Moved
Azpilicueta (who was evidently born in Spain) started his professional career through (his local side) the Osasuna youth system, and began to make his way up through through up the whole youth setup.
In 2006, Azpilicueta worked his way up to the Osasuna B side (reserve side) and began to show the higher ups his solidarity in defence, and also his ability to work the wings a little, which is always a great sign of confidence and eventually, was rewarded.
8th April 2007 - Azpilicueta made his La Liga debut for Osasuna first team in a 0–2 away defeat against Real Madrid, (but was still cureently registered with Osasuna B, and interestingly enough he was unable to make his first start as a Right Back, but actually started his career as a midfielder due to the right back position being taken up, and Osasuna's desire to give Azpilicueta a chance at the first team.
In the 2007/2008 season, (with other teammates injured) Azpilicueta established himself as a first team regular at the age of just 18 and in his favoured, natural position of Right Back. There wasn't anything of real recognition in this season for Azpiliciueta, as he did have to bide his time in order to become a regular starter, and when he did finally get his opportunity in the position, he did nothing but show consistency and kept the whole right side of his half tighter than a nun.
In the 2008/2009 season, Azpilicueta went on to retain this position from the previous season, and appeared in all but two games for the club, completely dominating his defence and leading his back line tremednously at such a young age.
21st June 2010 - French club Marseille confirmed an agreement had been reached with Osasuna for the transfer of Azpilicueta, on a four-year contract for around 7 million Euro's. One week later, Osasuna confirmed the agreement and information came out that the transfer fee could possibly rise to as much as 9.5 million Euro's, depending on appearances.
14th March 2007 - In his UEFA Champions League debut against FC Spartak Moscow (at home), he scored the match's only goal which turned out to be the winner of the tie.
27th November 2010 - In the early minutes of a 4–0 home win against Montpellier, Azpilicueta ruptured the anterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee, and was sidelined for six months. However, Marseille went on to win the match and led to them being top of Ligue 1.
In 2007, Azpilicueta helped Spain's U19 win the UEFA European Championship. Shortly after, he was called up to the under-21s, being picked for the 2009 European Championships in Sweden, starting three matches in an eventual group stage exit.
However, he has still not made a first-team appearance for the senior side, or even made any squad as of yet (26/03/2012).
I haven't really seen an awful lot of Azpilicueta, but from what I have seen I'd have to agree with Ed001, he isn't anything majorly special. He's a good right back, yes, but to be worthy or a place in Chelsea's or United's team? Questionable. However, it is universally agreed that both teams are in dyer need of a fall-back, and I understand United are especially monitoring him, and look likely to make a move for him. He'd be fairly cheap, and I suppose you're paying for potential, but from what I've seen, he's just a Right-Back, nothing overly special, but certainly a fairly solid right back, which are what both teams are severely lacking currently. I also apologise for the length of this profile, but wanted to do it as Ed001 and Ed002 have heard a lot about him recently, and the kid has received a hell of a lot of interest, so the praise must go to them on this one for giving me a heads up!
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