SERGIO RAMOS BIOGRAPHY

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SERGIO RAMOS GARCÍA BIOGRAPHY:

Sergio Ramos García (born 30 March 1986), is a professional footballer who serves Club and Country in Spain, playing club football for current League Champion REAL MADRID CLUB DE FUTBOL, and on the current World Cup Champion Spanish National Team – holders of three European Cups (2 Euros in a row). Plays primarily as a central defender, but can perform equally well as a right back.

After emerging through Sevilla’s youth system, he went on to be a defensive mainstay for both Real Madrid and the World Cup Champion Spanish National Team, gaining his first cap at the age of 18.

Internationally Ramos participated in two World Cups and two European Championships, winning three times both tournaments combined.

Born in Camas, Sevilla – Capital of Andalucía – Ramos began his career at local side Sevilla FC, emerging through the club’s youth system alongside Jesús Navas and Antonio Puerta. He made his first team – and La Liga – debut on 1 February 2004, coming on as a second half substitute in a 0–1 away loss against Deportivo de La Coruña.

In the 2004/05 season, Ramos appeared in 31 games as Sevilla finished sixth, qualifying for the UEFA Cup, and scored in home fixtures against Real Sociedad (2–1), and Real Madrid (2–2).

In the summer of 2005, 19-year old Ramos was purchased by Real Madrid for €27 million, a record for a Spanish teenager. He was the only Spanish player brought in during Florentino Pérez’ first stint as Real Madrid President. Ramos was awarded the number 4 shirt, previously worn by Fernando Hierro. On 6 December 2005 he netted his first goal for the Merengue’s, in a 2–3 UEFA Champions League group stage loss at Olympiacos FC.

During his first seasons, Ramos played as a center back, but was also used as an emergency defensive midfielder on occasion. However, with the arrival of Christoph Metzelder and Pepe in the 2007/08 season, he was again relocated to right back, displaying a goalscoring instinct unusual for a defender, netting more than 20 overall goals in Real Madrid’s shirt during his first four seasons combined. On 4 May 2008, Ramos assisted Gonzalo Higuaín in the 89th minute against CA Osasuna in an eventual 2–1 away win, the match that sealed Real Madrid’s 31st league championship; on the final day of the season, he scored twice in a 5–2 home win against already relegated Levante UD, one by a header and another through an excellent individual effort, taking his league tally to five.

Ramos scored a vital goal in the Spanish Super Cup against Valencia CF, helping carry a 2–1 first leg result, to combine with a 4–4 second leg, that led to their aggregate (6–5) win – despite the fact Real Madrid played with only nine men for a long spell. Although he experienced a slight dip in form, he returned to his best and on 11 January 2009, netted on an acrobatic volley against RCD Mallorca (3–0 away triumph), continuing his scoring run in the following week, in a 3–1 home win against Osasuna.

Ramos was named in both FIFA and UEFA’s 2008 Team of the Year, adding the FIFPro Team of the Year 2007/08 honor. He also finished 21st in the European Player of the Year nominations for 2008.

At the start of the 2009/10 league campaign, Ramos was appointed as one of Real Madrid’s four captains at Real Madrid. As Pepe suffered a serious knee injury during the season, he was often deployed as central defender, and scored four goals in 33 league fixtures, but the team was unable to bring home hardware. On 21 February 2010, he played his 200th official match for Los Blancos against Villarreal CF (150 in the first division).

In Real Madrid’s 0–5 loss at FC Barcelona on 29 November 2010, Ramos was sent off after kicking Lionel Messi from behind, then pushing Carles Puyol in the ensuing melée. After this ejection, he equalled Fernando Hierro’s record for red cards at the club, having played in 264 fewer games.

On 20 April 2011, Ramos started in the season’s Copa del Rey final, a 1–0 win against Barcelona in Valencia. In the subsequent victory procession, while celebrating on the top of the club’s bus, he accidentally lost hold of the cup, which fell under the wheels of the vehicle; the trophy was dented as a result, and a copy made for the Club.

On 12 July 2011, Ramos extended his contract with Real Madrid until 2017. Early into the season, he profitted from an injury to Ricardo Carvalho to return to his more natural position as stopper. On 25 April 2012, in the Champions League semifinals’ second leg against FC Bayern Munich, Ramos missed his penalty shootout attempt, shooting high above the crossbar. Real Madrid went on to lose 1–3 and be eliminated, but the league campaign win capped a four-year wait.

INTERNATIONALLY:

In 2004, Ramos became an instant hit for Spain’s under-21, where he played six international matches. On 26 March 2005, in a 3–0 friendly win over China in Salamanca, he first appeared for the senior side at only 18 years and 361 days of age, making him the youngest player to play for the national team in the last 55 years (he held this record until it was broken by Barcelona’s Cesc Fàbregas).

Just seven months later, Ramos scored his first two international goals in a 6–0 away thrashing of San Marino for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. He was selected for the final stages in Germany and, after the international retirement of Real Madrid teammate Míchel Salgado, became the undisputed first-choice right-back.

Throughout Spain’s UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, Ramos was a regular member of the starting eleven as the national side finished first in its group, ahead of Sweden. He scored two goals, including one in a 3–1 away win over Denmark, in 11 appearances.

In the tournament’s final stages, Ramos played in all matches and minutes, except the 2–1 group stage win against Greece. In the final, his pass nearly set up Marcos Senna’s first international goal, but the latter barely missed it by centimeters. During the celebrations after the 1–0 defeat of Germany, he wore a T-shirt in honor of close friend and former Sevilla teammate, Antonio Puerta – who died in August 2007.

Ramos was selected for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, as Spain finished third, having lost to the U.S in a shock result. At the 2010 World Cup, held in the same country, he started every game, helping the team keep five clean sheets and reach the final, which they won 1–0 against the Netherlands; he topped the tournament’s Castrol Performance Index with a score of 9.79.

Ramos returned to the heart of the defence for the Euro 2012 tournament.
Performing well against France. When asked about his role change, he replied: “I have adapted and feel comfortable in the middle, but I am a World and European champion at right-back.” He played all the games in Poland and Ukraine alongside Barcelona’s Gerard Piqué and, in the semifinals against Portugal, he converted his penalty shootout attempt in an eventual 4–2 win (0–0 after 120 minutes), scoring for the eventual champions.

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