Full name Giovani dos Santos Ramírez
Date of birth 11 May 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Monterrey, Mexico
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information

Current team

LA Galaxy
Number 10
Youth career
2002–2006 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Barcelona B 27 (6)
2007–2008 Barcelona 28 (4)
2008–2012 Tottenham Hotspur 15 (0)
2009 → Ipswich Town (loan) 8 (4)
2010 → Galatasaray (loan) 14 (0)
2011 → Racing Santander (loan) 16 (5)
2012–2013 Mallorca 29 (6)
2013–2015 Villarreal 58 (12)
2015– LA Galaxy 41 (18)
National team
2005 Mexico U17 8 (2)
2007 Mexico U20 6 (5)
2012 Mexico U23 9 (3)
2007– Mexico 93 (18)

Honours[show]

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:08, 12 November 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 03:03, 16 November 2016 (UTC)

Giovani "Giodos Santos Ramírez[2](Spanish pronunciation: [ʝoβani ðos ˈsantos]; born 11 May 1989) is a Mexican professional footballer who currently plays for Major League Soccer club LA Galaxy and the Mexico national team. A versatile forward, dos Santos can play as an attacking midfielder, winger and secondary striker.

Dos Santos began his football career at a very young age, being recruited by Spanish club FC Barcelona and played for their B team until age 18. He made his way up the ranks, eventually playing for the senior squad, making his debut in 2007. That year, he was named by World Soccer Magazine as one of the "Top 50 Most Exciting Teen Footballers".[3] After playing one season, Dos Santos was transferred to Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur in 2008 in search for more playing time. Though he would stay with the club until 2012, his time there was mostly spent away on loan, at Ipswich Town, Galatasaray and Racing de Santander, with varying degrees of success.[4] Spurs eventually sold him to Mallorca in 2012, later selling him to Villarreal a year later.[5]

Dos Santos was a member of the Mexico under-17 team that won the 2005 U17 World Championship held in Peru. He made his debut for the senior national team in a 1–0 victory over Panama on 9 September 2007, and represented El Tri at the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups. With Mexico, Giovani has won the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2009, 2011 and 2015, scoring in the 2009 and 2011 finals and winning the MVP award in 2009. He was also a member of Mexico's team that won the gold-medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Contents

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  • 1Club career
    • 1.1Barcelona
    • 1.2Tottenham Hotspur
      • 1.2.1Ipswich Town (loan)
      • 1.2.2Galatasaray (loan)
      • 1.2.3Racing Santander (loan)
    • 1.3Mallorca
    • 1.4Villarreal
    • 1.5LA Galaxy
  • 2International career
    • 2.1U12 Danone Nations Cup
    • 2.2Mexico U17
    • 2.3Mexico U20
    • 2.4Mexico U23
    • 2.5Mexico national team
  • 3Style of play
  • 4Personal life
    • 4.1Media
  • 5Career statistics
    • 5.1Club
    • 5.2International
    • 5.3International goals
  • 6Honours
    • 6.1Club
    • 6.2International
    • 6.3Individual
  • 7References
  • 8External links

Club career[edit]

Barcelona[edit]

Born in Monterrey, Nuevo León,[2] Dos Santos joined FC Barcelona's academy of La Masia at age 11[6] and played for Barcelona's Juvenil A category, where he helped his team to make a comeback in the league and win the regional title. This title allowed them to participate in the Youth Copa del Rey, where they faced other regional

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