Andrés Iniesta
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Personal information
Full name Andrés Iniesta Luján
Date of birth 11 May 1984 (1984-05-11) (age 36)
Place of birth    Fuentealbilla, Flag of Spain Spain
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Flag of Spain FC Barcelona
Number 8
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
2001-2003
2002-
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054 00(5)
389 0(34)   
National team
2006- Flag of Spain Spain 107 0(13)

Andrés Iniesta Luján (born 11 May 1984) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for FC Barcelona and the Spain national team as a central midfielder. He serves as the captain for Barcelona.

Iniesta came through La Masia, the Barcelona youth academy, after an early emigration from his birthplace, and impressed from an early age. He made his first-team debut aged 18 in 2002. He began playing regularly during the 2004–05 season and has remained in the team ever since. Iniesta was an integral part of the Barcelona sides that won two historic trebles in 2009 and 2015, and his 32 trophies make him the most decorated Spanish footballer of all time.[3]

Iniesta played for Spain at the Under-16, Under-19 and Under-21 levels before making his international debut in 2006. He helped Spain win Euro 2008, playing every game and being selected in the Team of the Tournament. Iniesta was also a key member of the victorious Spanish team at the 2010 World Cup; he scored the winning goal in the final against the Netherlands, for which he was named the Man of the Match, and was selected to the tournament's All-Star Team. At Euro 2012, Iniesta led Spain to their second consecutive continental crown, again being chosen as the Man of the Match of the final against Italy, and was named the Player of the Tournament.

Iniesta is considered to be one of the best players of his generation and one of the greatest midfielders of all time.[4][5][6][7] Since 2009, he has been chosen in the UEFA Team of the Year six times and has been voted into the FIFA World XI on eight occasions. Iniesta won the UEFA Best Player in Europe award in 2012 and was named the IFFHS World's Best Playmakerin 2012 and 2013. He was runner-up to Lionel Messi for the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or and achieved third place in 2012.

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Spain – 2006 FIFA World Cup - Round of 16

1. Casillas 2. Salgado 3. Pernía 4. Marchena 5. Puyol 6. Albelda 7. Raúl (c) 8. Xavi 9. F. Torres 10. Reyes 11. Luis García 12. A. López 13. Iniesta 14. Alonso 15. Ramos 16. Senna 17. Joaquín 18. Fàbregas 19. Cañizares 20. Juanito 21. Villa 22. Ibáñez 23. Reina

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Spain – UEFA Euro 2008 - Winners (2nd Title)


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Spain – 2010 FIFA World Cup - Winners (1st title)

1. Casillas 2. Albiol 3. Piqué 4. Marchena 5. Puyol 6. Iniesta 7. Villa 8. Xavi 9. F. Torres 10. Fàbregas 11. Capdevila 12. Valdés 13. Mata 14. Alonso 15. Ramos 16. Busquets 17. Arbeloa 18. Pedro 19. Llorente 20. Martínez 21. Silva 22. Navas 23. Reina

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Spain – UEFA Euro 2012 - Winners (3rd title)

1. Casillas (c) 2. Albiol 3. Piqué 4. Martínez 5. Juanfran 6. Iniesta 7. Pedro 8. Xavi 9. Torres 10. Fàbregas 11. Negredo 12. Valdés 13. Mata 14. Alonso 15. Ramos 16. Busquets 17. Arbeloa 18. Alba 19. Llorente 20. Cazorla 21. Silva 22. Navas 23. Reina

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Spain – 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup - Runner-up

1. Casillas 2. Albiol 3. Piqué 4. Martínez 5. Azpilicueta 6. Iniesta 7. Villa 8. Xavi 9. Torres 10. Fàbregas 11. Pedro 12. Valdés 13. Mata 14. Soldado 15. Ramos 16. Busquets 17. Arbeloa 18. Alba 19. Monreal 20. Cazorla 21. Silva 22. Navas 23. Reina

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Spain – 2014 FIFA World Cup - Group stage

1. I. Casillas (c) 2. R. Albiol 3. Piqué 4. Javi Martínez 5. Juanfran 6. A. Iniesta 7. David Villa 8. Xavi 9. Torres 10. Fàbregas 11. Pedro 12. De Gea 13. Mata 14. Alonso 15. Ramos 16. Busquets 17. Koke 18. Alba 19. Diego Costa 20. S. Cazorla 21. Silva 22. Azpilicueta 23. Reina

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Spain – UEFA Euro 2016 – Round of 16

1. Casillas 2. Azpilicueta 3. Piqué 4. Bartra 5. Busquets 6. Iniesta 7. Morata 8. Koke 9. Vázquez 10. Fàbregas 11. Pedro 12. Bellerín 13. De Gea 14. Thiago 15. Ramos 16. Juanfran 17. San José 18. Alba 19. Bruno 20. Aduriz 21. Silva 22. Nolito 23. Rico

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Spain – 2018 FIFA World Cup - Round of 16

1. De Gea 2. Carvajal 3. Piqué 4. Nacho 5. Busquets 6. Iniesta 7. Saúl 8. Koke 9. Rodrigo 10. Thiago 11. Vázquez 12. Odriozola 13. Arrizabalaga 14. Azpilicueta 15. Ramos (c) 16. Monreal 17. Aspas 18. Alba 19. Costa 20. Asensio 21. Silva 22. Isco 23. Reina

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