Giovani dos Santos
Mexican footballer
Giovani dos Santos
Giovani dos Santos Ramírez is a Mexican footballer who currently plays as an attacking midfielder for English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. He can also play as a winger or second striker. Since joining Tottenham, he has had loan spells at Ipswich Town, Galatasaray and Racing de Santander. He previously played for FC Barcelona. Dos Santos was a member of the Mexican National U-17 team that won the 2005 U-17 World Cup held in Peru.
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Galaxy's Dos Santos, Van Damme named to MLS Best XI
LATimes - 3 months
Galaxy defender Jelle Van Damme and midfielder Giovani dos Santos were named to Major League Soccer’s postseason all-star team Monday after a year in which they led the team to the Western Conference semifinals. Van Damme, 33, came to MLS last winter from Belgian team Standard Liege and went on...
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Galaxy come of age behind newly mature Giovani dos Santos
LATimes - 4 months
When the Galaxy landed midfielder Giovani dos Santos 15 months ago, there was no doubt they were getting a player with uncommon talent. What they weren’t so sure about was his focus and drive. During his short time with Tottenham, Dos Santos reportedly spent more time in the pubs than on the training...
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Former track star Ema Boateng scores two goals to help Galaxy advance in MLS playoffs
LATimes - 4 months
Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena’s busy off-season acquisition spree netted him two World Cup veterans and a former MLS player of the year, a collection he augmented last month by luring Landon Donovan out of retirement to join a team anchored by Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard and Giovani dos Santos. The...
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Mexico edge New Zealand 2-1 in football friendly
Yahoo News - 4 months
Giovani dos Santos returned to international action with a goal for Mexico in their 2-1 friendly victory over New Zealand in Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday. Los Angeles Galaxy striker dos Santos, in uniform for Mexico for the first time since July of last year, converted a penalty to open the scoring in the 29th minute. Marco Rojas pulled New Zealand level a minute into the second half, but Marco Fabian grabbed a winner in the 56th for Mexico -- who had beaten New Zealand 9-3 on aggregate in their 2014 World Cup qualifying playoff.
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Zardes, dos Santos lift Galaxy to 2-2 tie with Fire
LATimes - 6 months
Giovani dos Santos and Gyasi Zardes scored and the Galaxy tied the Chicago Fire, 2-2, on Wednesday night.  Dos Santos tied it in the 69th minute. Sebastian Lletget dumped it to Alan Gordon on the right side of the box. Gordon fed it to dos Santos, who chipped it in high with the outside of his...
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Galaxy's Dos Santos named to all-star team
LATimes - 7 months
Midfielder Giovani dos Santos is the Galaxy’s lone representative on the 26-player Major League Soccer all-star team, which was announced by the league Sunday. Dos Santos, who leads the Galaxy with seven goals, was selected to the team in a fan vote earlier this month, then confirmed as a member...
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Chad Barrett lifts Quakes to 1-1 draw with Galaxy
LATimes - 8 months
Chad Barrett headed home Shea Salinas' free kick in the 90th minute to give the San Jose Earthquakes a 1-1 draw with Los Angeles Galaxy in the final matchup of the 2016 California Clasico on Saturday night.  Giovani dos Santos opened the scoring for the Galaxy (5-3-8) in the 69th minute, finishing...
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Chad Barrett lifts Quakes to 1-1 draw with Galaxy
LATimes - 8 months
Chad Barrett headed home Shea Salinas' free kick in the 90th minute to give the San Jose Earthquakes a 1-1 draw with Los Angeles Galaxy in the final matchup of the 2016 California Clasico on Saturday night.  Giovani dos Santos opened the scoring for the Galaxy (5-3-8) in the 69th minute, finishing...
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Chad Barrett lifts Quakes to 1-1 draw with Galaxy
LATimes - 8 months
Chad Barrett headed home Shea Salinas' free kick in the 90th minute to give the San Jose Earthquakes a 1-1 draw with Los Angeles Galaxy in the final matchup of the 2016 California Clasico on Saturday night.  Giovani dos Santos opened the scoring for the Galaxy (5-3-8) in the 69th minute, finishing...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Giovani dos Santos
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 26
    On 21 July 2016, dos Santos came off of the bench during the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open Cup, scoring within three minutes of coming onto the pitch.
    More Details Hide Details The goal help the Galaxy start a comeback leading to a 4–2 victory over Seattle Sounders to advance to the semi-finals for the first time in ten years. Giovani participated at the 2001 Danone Nations Cup that was held in the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, where 40 countries also participated. Mexico would finish the tournament fifth. He won the Golden Boot award for top goalscorer.
    In July 2016, he was included in the roster for the 2016 MLS All-Star Game.
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  • 2015
    Age 25
    On 15 July 2015, the Major League Soccer club LA Galaxy announced the signing of dos Santos as a Designated Player, in a reported $7 million deal.
    More Details Hide Details On 6 August, dos Santos made his competitive debut and scored his first competitive goal for the Galaxy in a CONCACAF Champions League fixture against Trinidadian side Central FC. Three days later, he made his MLS debut and scored a goal and provided an assist in the 3–1 win over Seattle Sounders.
  • 2013
    Age 23
    He finished the 2013–14 season with 11 goals and 8 assists, helping the club finish the season in sixth place.
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    On 9 July 2013, dos Santos completed a much speculated move to recently promoted side Villarreal for a reported €6 million.
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    Giovani scored his first goal against RCD Espanyol on 18 January 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Though Mallorca would finish the season in 18th place and was relegated, dos Santos was a mainstay in the squad, amassing 32 total appearances and finished as their top goal-scorer with six goals as well as providing seven assists.
  • 2012
    Age 22
    It was reported that Giovani had told Tottenham that he wanted a move in the summer of 2012 or else he would leave on a free transfer during the next transfer window.
    More Details Hide Details His agent stated there was interest from Serie A club Internazionale, as well as La Liga clubs such as Sevilla FC and Atlético Madrid. On 31 August 2012, Giovani signed a four-year deal with Spanish outfit RCD Mallorca, being introduced as their new number 9. On 22 October, Giovani made his debut for Mallorca, playing 60 minutes and assisting both goals in a 3–2 away defeat to Sevilla. Giovani played another 60 minutes on 28 October in a 5–0 home defeat to Real Madrid.
  • 2011
    Age 21
    He scored his first goal as a substitute against Villarreal CF in the 68th minute on 27 February 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Dos Santos scored a brace in a 3–2 win league match over Hércules CF.
    He made his debut for his new club on 5 February 2011 as a substitute against Real Zaragoza, drawing the game 1–1.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2009
    Age 19
    He made his debut on 14 March 2009, coming on as a substitute against Reading.
    More Details Hide Details He scored his first league goal and the equaliser in the following game against Burnley. He scored his second goal against Bristol City on Easter Monday, a 94th-minute penalty to equalise for Ipswich. He also claimed an assist and a goal from the penalty spot in Ipswich's 3–2 win over local rivals Norwich City a week later. He finished his loan with four goals in eight appearances. In January 2010, Giovani signed for Turkish club Galatasaray on loan for the remainder of the 2009–10 season, with an option to purchase him at the end of that period. The move reunited the player with Frank Rijkaard, his former coach at Barcelona. On 31 January, he made his debut coming on as a 58th-minute substitute for Emre Çolak in a league game against Denizlispor with victory 2–1. He returned to Tottenham in the summer having failed to score for Galatasaray, and stayed there for half a season before being loaned to La Liga club Racing Santander in January.
    Giovani returned to Tottenham at the start of the 2009–10 season and his first game of the season came against Doncaster Rovers in the League Cup, in which he provided an assist.
    More Details Hide Details He was substituted off, however, due to an ankle injury early on in a League Cup game against Preston North End and has only managed to make a substitute appearance in a 1–0 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers. His commitment was questioned by former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, who warned him to stay away from nightclubs and revealed that he was often late for training on Mondays. Redknapp assured dos Santos, however, that he was still part of his plans at Tottenham. Giovani scored and had an assist in Tottenham's Europa League group match against Shamrock Rovers on 29 September 2011 at White Hart Lane. On 7 January 2012, he scored a goal and completed an assist for a 3–0 win against Cheltenham Town F.C. in the third round of the F.A. Cup. In March 2009, Giovani signed on loan at Ipswich Town until the end of the season.
    Giovani scored his first competitive goal for Spurs in the UEFA Cup on 26 February 2009 against Shakhtar Donetsk.
    More Details Hide Details After 12 first team appearances, he was sent on loan to Ipswich Town for the remainder of the season.
  • 2008
    Age 18
    On 18 June 2008, Giovani passed a medical and agreed terms to complete his move to Tottenham Hotspur from Barcelona.
    More Details Hide Details Barcelona reported that the transfer fee was €6 million with an additional €5 million payable depending on appearances for Tottenham. The young Mexican was on target twice as Tottenham beat local Spanish side UD Tavernes in an 8–0 thumping on their 2008–09 pre-season tour. Giovani also played in Tottenham's other pre-season games such as the 5–1 wins over Leyton Orient and Norwich City. He also scored the second goal in the 3–0 win over Borussia Dortmund to help Spurs to make it two wins out of two and take home the Feyenoord Jubileum Tournament trophy.
  • 2007
    Age 17
    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 World Cups.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Giovani joined FC Barcelona's academy of La Masia at the age of eleven 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 champions, among them their historic arch-rivals, Real Madrid. Giovani once again played a significant role during the tournament and helped the team win the national title of the Juvenil A category.
    Giovani made his Champions League debut on 20 September 2007 during a 3–0 home win against Olympique Lyonnais.
    More Details Hide Details He came on as a substitute for Xavi in the 79th minute. On 17 May 2008, Giovani scored a hat trick against Real Murcia, with a final score of 5–3, granting a victory to Barça on the team's last game of the 2007–08 season. It was also the last game dos Santos played before joining Tottenham Hotspur.
    He made his competitive and league debut on 2 September 2007 (at 18 years and 114 days) during a 3–1 home win against Athletic Bilbao, coming on for Thierry Henry in the 62nd minute.
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    On 29 August 2007, dos Santos received dual nationality and was included in the official first team squad.
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    He made his way up the ranks, eventually playing for the senior squad, making his debut in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details That year, dos Santos was named by World Soccer Magazine as one of the "Top 50 Most Exciting Teen Footballers". After playing one season, he 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 Santander, with varying degrees of success. Tottenham eventually sold him to Mallorca in 2012. Mallorca later sold dos Santos to Villarreal a year later. In the summer of 2015, Dos Santos made an unusual move for an Mexican national team player and transferred to Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy
  • 2006
    Age 16
    On 28 November 2006, Barcelona included dos Santos in their 23-man squad for the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan.
    More Details Hide Details During the summer of 2007, Giovani was once again invited to join Barça's senior squad on their pre-season tour.
    In 2006, he was invited on the pre-season tour of Barcelona's senior squad; during a friendly match on 29 July 2006, he scored in his senior team debut game against Danish club AGF Aarhus.
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  • 2005
    Age 15
    During the 2005 U-17 World Championship, which his team won, dos Santos assisted half of the goals of Mexico during the tournament, a feat that won him the Adidas Silver Ball as the second best player of the tournament, finishing behind only to Brazilian and former Manchester United midfielder Anderson.
    More Details Hide Details In the U-20 World Cup Qualifiers, he scored twice; once against St. Kitts and Nevis in the 86th minute and the second against Jamaica in the 56th minute. He was forced to sit out the last game for precautionary reasons against Costa Rica, as he had received a yellow card in the previous match. The game ended in a 1–1 draw, but Mexico still qualified, finishing top of the regional group. During the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, Mexico was placed in Group C, where they were drawn against Gambia, Portugal, and New Zealand. On 2 July 2007, dos Santos and the rest of the Mexico team played against Gambia and won 3–0, with Giovani opening the scoring in the second half with a volley into the top left-hand corner from outside of the box. Giovani then played against Portugal, where Mexico won 2–1, scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot. As Mexico had already qualified from the group, he was rested for the game against New Zealand. In the round of 16, Mexico played against Congo and dos Santos returned to the starting line-up and yet again opened the scoring with a goal from the penalty spot in a match that Mexico won 3–0. In the quarter-finals, Mexico was eliminated by Argentina by an own goal on the second-half, which was the only goal of the game in a 1–0. Dos Santos was awarded the Adidas Bronze Ball.
    Giovani was a member of the Mexico under-17 team that won the 2005 U17 World Championship held in Peru.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1989
    Born
    Born on May 11, 1989.
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