Sergio Asenjo

Sergio Asenjo playing for Atletico Madrid

Full name: Sergio Asenjo Andrés

Squad Number: 1
Nationality: Spanish Spanish flag
DoB: 28 June 1989
Position: Goalkeeper
Contract: 2016
Buyout Clause: Unknown
Previous clubs: Real Valladolid (2005-2009)

Sergio Asenjo has represented Spanish youth teams on many levels. In 2006 he helped Spain U17 win a bronze medal in the Under 17 European Championship. One year later Asenjo played a vital role when Spain U19 won the European Championship. Asenjo started the tournament as a backup, but was called upon in the semi final. In the penalty shootout Asenjo saved two French penalties, while he kept a clean sheet in the final against Greece.

In August 2008 Asenjo was already playing for Spain U21 when he had just turned 19. He was the first choice in the 2009 European Championships and also started in the 2009 FIFA U20 World Cup.

Asenjo debuted for Real Valladolid  in La Liga on 12 December 2007 and managed to keep a clean sheet against Villarreal. From that match on Asenjo never lost his spot and played all remaining matches that season. Asenjo was Valladolid’s first choice in 2008/2009 but missed three months of the season due to a knee injury. After playing 47 games for Valladolid, Asenjo joined Atlético for €5million.

Asenjo’s arrival was anticipated with much enthusiasm, but Asenjo failed to impress in his first season in Madrid. He missed the beginning of the season because of the FIFA U20 World Cup and didn’t seem confident when he finally took his place in goal in the Vicente Calderón. Eventually, at the start of 2010, Asenjo was replaced by young goalkeeper David de Gea who remained in goal for the rest of the season.

It was rumoured Atlético could loan out the unhappy Asenjo to not hinder his development in the season 2010/2011, but Asenjo suffered a knee ligament injury in the penultimate game of the season, ruling him out for six months.

Asenjo returned to full fitness in December 2010, but had to take place behind De Gea. Atlético decided to send him on loan to Málaga for the remainder of the season, but there the goalie’s worst nightmare became reality. He again tore his ACL and faced another six months on the sidelines.

After his injury Sergio returned to Madrid where he worked on his recovery. At the end of the summer in 2011 he joined Atlético’s first team, where he now faces stiff competition from Joel and Thibaut Courtois for a spot between the sticks.