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Keylor Navas

Keylor Navas
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Navas celebrating after the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final with Real Madrid
Personal information
Full name Keylor Antonio Navas Gamboa
Date of birth (1986-12-15) 15 December 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Real Madrid
Number 1
Youth career
1999–2005 Saprissa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2010 Saprissa 60 (0)
2010–2012 Albacete 36 (0)
2011–2012Levante (loan) 1 (0)
2012–2014 Levante 46 (0)
2014– Real Madrid 94 (0)
National team
2003 Costa Rica U17 3 (0)
2008– Costa Rica 83 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:33, 12 May 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 June 2018

Keylor Antonio Navas Gamboa (Spanish pronunciation: [keiˈloɾ anˈtonjo ˈnaβaz ɣamˈbo.a];[a] born 15 December 1986) is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Costa Rica national team.

After starting out at Saprissa he moved to Albacete, and then to Levante in La Liga. Navas joined Real Madrid in 2014 for €10 million.

Navas has played over 70 times for Costa Rica since making his debut in 2008. He has represented the country at two CONCACAF Gold Cups and the 2014 World Cup; and 2018 World Cup; his impressive performances helped the team reach the quarter-finals of the 2014 tournament.[2]

Club career

Saprissa

Born in San Isidro de El General, Navas made his professional debut with Deportivo Saprissa on 6 November 2005, in a league match against Asociación Deportiva Carmelita.[3] He was the first-choice keeper in his two final seasons with the club, winning six national championships and the CONCACAF Champions' Cup in 2005.[4]

Albacete

In July 2010, Navas signed with Albacete Balompié of the Segunda División in Spain exactly 20 years after countryman Luis Conejo, who occupied the same position.[5] He played in 36 games out of 42 during his first season, but his team suffered relegation after finishing in last position.

Levante

Navas playing for Levante in 2013

In the 2011–12 campaign, Navas reached La Liga, being loaned to Levante UD for a year.[6] He made his debut in the competition on 13 May 2012 in the last round, playing in a 3–0 home win against Athletic Bilbao that confirmed the club's first ever qualification for the UEFA Europa League,[7] and joined the Valencian club on a three-year contract in July of that year.[8] Despite initially being back-up to Gustavo Munúa,[9] Navas was the first-choice goalkeeper for Levante in the 2013–14 season, and was nominated as the league's best goalkeeper alongside Thibaut Courtois of Atlético Madrid and Willy Caballero of Málaga CF,[10] going on to win the prize.[11] In March 2014, he was La Liga Player of the Month, the first goalkeeper to win the accolade.[12] He finished the season as the goalkeeper with the most saves (267) in La Liga,[13] finishing fourth in the Zamora Trophy conceding 39 goals in 36 games despite playing for a 'lower ranked' team.[14]

Real Madrid

Navas giving directions to Real Madrid's defense.

2014–2015

On 3 August 2014, Real Madrid triggered Navas' €10 million buyout clause,[15] and he signed a six-year contract with the club.[16] His first competitive call-up was on 12 August, sitting on the bench as Iker Casillas played in the 2014 UEFA Super Cup, which Real Madrid won 2–0 against Sevilla at the Cardiff City Stadium.[17] Navas was given his debut for the club on 23 September, in a 5–1 victory over Elche at the Santiago Bernabéu.[18] On 20 December, he was on the bench as his team won the Club World Cup, defeating Club Atletico San Lorenzo in the final in Morocco.[19] His performances for Levante in the previous La Liga season and Costa Rica in the 2014 World Cup led him win Player of the Year at the 2014 CONCACAF Awards,[20] becoming the first Costa Rican and first goalkeeper to do so.

2015–2016

With the departure of Casillas from Real Madrid, Navas inherited his number 1 shirt for the 2015–16 La Liga season.[21] Madrid agreed to transfer Navas to Manchester United in part-exchange for David de Gea on 31 August 2015, but the deal collapsed because the documents were not submitted to FIFA before the Spanish transfer deadline.[22]

Madrid thrashed Real Betis in their home opener by a score of 5–0 with a fine performance from Navas making several saves as well as stopping a penalty.[23] He was a regular starter when the team won the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League. He set a new record for Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League by not conceding a single goal in his first 8 appearances; 6 of these were in the 2015–16 season. He also usurped Edwin van der Sar to reach the second spot in clean sheets behind Jens Lehmann in the all-time list. He was the most consistent keeper in the 2015–16 season conceding only 3 goals in 11 appearances, keeping 9 clean sheets.[24]

2016–2017

He was the starting goalkeeper when Madrid won the 2016–17 La Liga[25][26] and the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League.[27] On 29 January 2017 after the 3-0 win at home to Real Sociedad in La Liga, Navas became the first player from Costa Rica to reach 100 La Liga appearances.[28] His performances during the double trophy winning season led him to win the Player of the Year for the second time at the 2017 CONCACAF Awards.[29]

2017–2018

Navas made his 100th appearance for Madrid during the 2-0 second leg home win over Barcelona.[30] During the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League, he started eleven games, when Madrid won their third consecutive and 13th overall Champions League title beating Liverpool 3-1 in the final.[31] The win against Liverpool saw Navas claim his 100th victory for Madrid in only 141 appearances.[32]

International career

Navas was part of the Costa Rican squad that played in the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship held in Finland. He was called up for the full national team for the first time in August 2006, to play a friendly tournament in Europe against Austria and Switzerland. Navas gained his first cap on 11 October 2008, a 4–1 away victory over Suriname in the third round of qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which qualified the team into the next stage.[33] Four days later at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, he kept his first international clean sheet in a 2–0 victory over Haiti.[34] The team eventually reached the intercontinental play-offs for the tournament, losing narrowly to Uruguay.[35]

Navas appeared with Los Ticos in two CONCACAF Gold Cup competitions, being named the best goalkeeper in the 2009 edition as he helped his country reach the semi-finals.[36] He returned to help them to the quarter-finals two years later, but missed the 2013 tournament through injury, suffering the same fate again in 2015.[37]

2014 World Cup

Navas and Giancarlo González celebrating Costa Rica's victory over Uruguay at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Navas made his debut in the FIFA World Cup on 14 June 2014, appearing in a 3–1 group stage win against Uruguay in Fortaleza,[38] and started the other two group games only conceding a single goal as Costa Rica qualified for the knockout stages as group winners[39] for the very first time.

On 29 June, in the round of 16 match against Greece, Navas was named man of the match after several outstanding[according to whom?] saves in normal time and a save from Theofanis Gekas' kick during the penalty shootout, which led to Costa Rica reaching the quarter-finals for the first time ever.[40] He ended the tournament with three clean sheets from five matches, as the country was knocked out by the Netherlands after a penalty shootout,[41] where he was named man of the match for the third time.[2] He was also one of three nominees for the Golden Glove Award, losing out to Manuel Neuer of Germany.[42]

2018 World Cup

In May 2018, Navas was named in the final squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[43] He started all three group games making 10 saves and conceding 5 goals[44], unable to guide Costa Rica to a repeat of their exploits at the 2014 World Cup.

Career statistics

Club

As of 26 May 2018[45][46]
Club Season League Cup1 Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Deportivo Saprissa 2008–09 Primera División 20 0 5 0 0 0 25 0
2009–10 Primera División 23 0 4 0 0 0 27 0
Total 43 0 9 0 0 0 52 0
Albacete 2010–11 Segunda División 36 0 0 0 0 0 36 0
Levante 2011–12 La Liga 1 0 5 0 0 0 6 0
2012–13 La Liga 9 0 4 0 12 0 25 0
2013–14 La Liga 37 0 2 0 0 0 39 0
Total 47 0 11 0 12 0 70 0
Real Madrid 2014–15 La Liga 6 0 3 0 2 0 11 0
2015–16 La Liga 34 0 0 0 11 0 45 0
2016–17 La Liga 27 0 2 0 12 0 41 0
2017–18 La Liga 27 0 6 0 11 0 44 0
Total 94 0 11 0 36 0 141 0
Career total 220 0 31 0 48 0 299 0

1 Includes Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup matches.

International

As of 27 June 2018[47]
Navas playing for Costa Rica at the 2014 FIFA World Cup
Costa Rica
Year Apps Goals
2008 2 0
2009 13 0
2010 5 0
2011 11 0
2012 10 0
2013 8 0
2014 10 0
2015 4 0
2016 5 0
2017 7 0
2018 8 0
Total 83 0

Honours

Navas making a save for Real Madrid in 2015

Real Madrid

Individual

Personal life

Navas is a Christian. He spoke about his faith saying, "God for me comes first. Before every game I kneel, I open my arms and pray ... My favourite passage of the Bible is Galatians 1:10 which says: "If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ."[57][58] On 3 December 2014, Navas announced that he had obtained Spanish citizenship.[59][60]

A documentary film, “Hombre de Fe” (Man of Faith), based on the life of Navas was released on 28 December 2017.[61]

Notes

  1. ^ In isolation, Navas and Gamboa are pronounced [ˈnaβas] and [ɡamˈbo.a] respectively.

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