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Carlos Alberto Vela Garrido (Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, March 1, 1989) is a Mexican footballer who plays as a striker. They currently play for Arsenal F.C. FA Premier League.  His older brother, Alejandro Vela, Cruz Azul plays in the Primera Division of Mexico.
Club Deportivo Guadalajara
Before coming to Europe, Vela began his career with Club Deportivo Guadalajara of Mexico. Without going to debut with the first team from Guadalajara, was selected to participate in the FIFA U-17, 2005 with the Mexican. Vela helped his team to achieve that championship, because it was an important part in the final against Brazil, which defeated the South Americans 3-0. Carlos Vela was proclaimed as the highest scorer of the tournament, scoring 5 goals.
After his great performance in the championship, Vela attracted interest from several European teams, and was the player who joined Arsenal in November 2005 with a contract for 4 million euros and five seasons. However, due to age restrictions of the FA Premier League, Vela could not make his debut in England until 2007 which was loaned to Celta de Vigo immediately after arriving at Arsenal.
[Edit] UD Salamanca
In the summer of 2006 without even having debuted as a professional, Celta could not keep the player on their roster because they had too many non-EU players, so that Vela was loaned to UD Salamanca for the 2006-2007 season at Second Division , with which completed the season playing 31 games and scoring 8 goals.
The following season he was loaned out to CA Osasuna.
[Edit] CA Osasuna
After the elimination of the Mexican national team in the World category is assigned to CA Osasuna for a year, by the Arsenal with possible extension to two years without option of purchase, so the player could get his citizenship. On September 26, 2007 Carlos Vela officially debuted with the club 10 minutes from Navarre participating in a match ending 4-1 against Levante.
On October 31, 2007 Carlos Vela scored his first goal in the first division, was third party for CA Osasuna, who beat Betis 3-0. He managed to play 32 games with the same club officials giving three notes which was developed as left midfielder for most of the season.
[Edit] Arsenal FC
Arsenal FC won the May 22, 2008 a work permit for Carlos Vela, thus having the opportunity to play in the Premier League. Vela carries the number 11 shirt for Arsenal FC.
On July 28, 2008 Vela opens scoring for Arsenal FC club scoring a hat-trick in the 10-2 rout at the picture Austrian Burgenland XI, has now scored 5 goals in the preseason games with the club being one of the scorers of the club during the preseason. The young footballer was crowned champion and only scored in the match for Sevilla FC.
On August 30, 2008 Debut Carlos Vela Arsenal FC club officially made its change to come at 63 minutes by his partner Robin van Persie. The meeting ended with the score at 3-0 for the Gunners. On May 2, 2009 Carlos Vela scored his first goal in the Premier League in a match where he started as a starter against Portsmouth, scoring the 56th minute after an individual move.
On September 17, 2008 Carlos Vela made his debut in the Champions League against Dynamo Kiev club, entered 83 minutes change to his team-mate Robin van Persie. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. On September 23, Vela scored a hat-trick with Arsenal FC officially against Sheffield United, was also in the tournament debut of the Football League Cup Vela played the entire game and contributed an assist with the final score 6-0 , duel in which a concrete achievement of the best records in the history of Arsenal FC.
On February 16, 2009 debut in the FA Cup in a match against Cardiff City, Candle Holder started and served as assistant to the first recording of Eduardo da Silva, left 74th minute change to ending the match 4-0. On March 8, 2009 Vela scored his first goal in the FA Cup against Burnley FC the 25th minute the match ending 3-0. On May 9, 2010 Vela scores a goal at 83 minutes against Fulham giving the victory to Arsenal in a 4-0 victory.
[Edit] National Team
[Edit] World Cup FIFA U-17, 2005
He debuted on September 16 in the tournament of the FIFA World Cup 2005 U-17 Uruguay to the selection scoring his first goal of the tournament in the 47th minute after an individual move. His second goal was scored before the selection of Australia in the 79th minute, the third and fourth goal scored in the quarter-final against footballers in the Netherlands. His final and fifth goal was scored in the final against Brazil in the 31st minute which opened the scoring 1-0.
Was crowned world champion in 2005 World Cup FIFA U-17, 2005 held in Peru. He won the Golden Boot, which credited him as the top scorer of the competition by getting five touchdowns.
[Edit] World Cup FIFA U-20, 2007
He made his debut with the Under-20 on February 21, 2007 against St. Kitts and Nevis, winning 2-0 with goals from his fellow World Cup U-17 Giovanni dos Santos and Cesar Villaluz. Then, he participated in 23 games and 25 this month against Jamaica (2:0) and Costa Rica (1:1). Finally, Mexico qualified for the World Cup FIFA U-20, 2007 being the first in their group for most goals.
The Mexico national football team had an outstanding participation in the U-20 World Cup held in Canada between June 30 and July 22, 2007. In the quarterfinals, the Mexican national team was eliminated by Argentina, who scored through Maximiliano Moralez, the party finally ended 1 to 0.
[Edit] Selection of Mexico
On September 12, 2007 debuted with the senior team in a friendly against Brazil team, going to change in the second half with teammate Giovani Dos Santos.
On Wednesday October 17, 2007 Carlos Vela would score his first goal against the Selection of Guatemala to the 30th minute after a perfect shot with his right with a pass from Cesar Villaluz to put the tie on the scoreboard, although Mexico would end up falling by a score 3-2. His second goal was scored by the 9th of June the same year against the Selection of Peru in a shocking 4-0 in favor of the Aztecs. The goal came when a roof divided ball to the goalkeeper from Peru just for Carlos scored the 3-0 in that time. In 2010 for South Africa against New Zealand scores big three defenses taking off to mexico party would win 2-0 on another goal was Javier Hernandez. On June 3 marks another both in a friendly against world champions Italy, with the goal that opened the scoring after 17 minutes, the score would end 2-1 in favor of Mexicans.
[Edit] Participation in World Cups
World Cup 2010 Flag of South Africa
Date Opponent Result Stadium Headquarters
June 11, 2010 Flag of South Africa Soccer City South Africa Johannesburg Flag of South Africa 1-1 Mexico Flag of Mexico
June 17, 2010 Flag of France Peter Mokaba Stadium Polokwane Flag of France 0-2 Flag of Mexico Mexico
June 22, 2010 Flag of Uruguay Uruguay Rustenburg Royal Bafokeng Stadium Flag of Uruguay Uruguay 1-0 Mexico Flag of Mexico
[Edit] 2010 World Cup
On Sunday June 15, 2008 international debut in the playoffs heading for the 2010 World Cup. In that same match he scored his first goal against the Selection of Belize, this was the result of an auction after a shot from free-kicks is also his third goal with the selection of Mexico. Six days later, in the return match against Belize, Vela scored his second goal in the playoffs and fourth with the Mexican national team. Carlos opened the scoring with his early goal in a move which consisted of staff of the ending with a shot on goal. The match ended 7-0 in favor of the selection of Mexico (9-0 on aggregate score).
On October 10, 2009, Carlos Vela took part with the Mexican team in the match against El Salvador, held at the Estadio Azteca. The Arsenal player gets a goal and assisted annotation achieves 4-1 victory selectivity. That victory secured a pass from Mexico to the 2010 World Cup.
[Edit] Gold Cup
Carlos Vela was taken into account for the finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup also called to be held from July. On July 5, 2009 Carlos debut in the tournament before the selection of Nicaragua but would change to 10 minutes because of an injured right ankle. Vela later reappear in the semi-finals to get change in the second half, where Mexico and Costa Rica tied to one goal in 120 minutes, so the game goes to penalty kicks, where Vela scored the penalty that his selection would give a pass to the final.
On July 26, 2009 Mexico plays the final against the U.S. box Vela change comes in the second half, becoming champion tricolor box, scoring one goal and where Mexico beat the locals 5-0.
[Edit] International Goals
Statistics for Carlos Vela in the Selection NacionalPlegar
Goal # Date Venue Opponent Competition Result
1 17 October 2007 The Los Angeles, United States Flag of Guatemala Guatemala 2-1 2-3 Friendly
2 June 2, 2008 Chicago, United States Flag of Peru Peru 3-0 4-0 Friendly
3 June 15, 2008 Houston, United States Flag of Belize Belize 1-0 2-0 2010 World Cup Qualification
4 June 21, 2008 San Nicolas, Mexico Flag of Belize Belize 1-0 7-0 2010 World Cup Qualification
5 June 24, 2009 Georgia, United States Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 1-0 4-0 Friendly
6 26 julio, 2009 New Jersey, United States Flag of the United States 3-0 5-0 Concacaf Gold Cup 2009
7 October 10, 2009 Mexico City, Mexico Flag of the Salvador.svg 4-1 El Salvador 4-1 World Cup Qualification 2010
8 March 3, 2010 Pasadena, United States Flag of New Zealand 2-0 2-0 Friendly
9 June 3, 2010 Brussels, Belgium Flag of Italy Italy 1-0 2-1 Friendly
Year Goals Assists Holdings Championship
World Cup FIFA U-17 2005 6 6 5
World Cup 2007 FIFA U-20 6 3 5
Total 12 9 5
World Cup Qualifying 2008/2009 11 2 8
Gold Cup 2009 3 1 1
Friendlies 2007/2009 14 9 5
Football World Cup 2010 2010 1 1 0
Total 29 13 30
Include only the larger target
[Edit] Career stats
(Correct as of 9 May 2010)
Season Club League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Salamanca (loan) 2006-07 31 8 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 32 8 15
Osasuna (loan) 2007-08 32 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 33 3 4
Arsenal 2008-09 14 1 0 7 5 3 8 0 0 29 6 3
2009-10 11 1 0 4 1 2 5 0 0 20 2 2
Career total 88 13 19 12 6 5 13 0 0 114 19 24
As of 27 June 2010
National team Season Apps Goals
Mexico from 2007 to 2008 July 4
2008-09 February 12
2009-10 March 11
Total September 30
[Edit] International goals
Scores and results list Mexico's goal tally first.
Template: International goals header | - bgcolor = # FFDFDF | 1. | | 17 October 2007 | | Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States | | Flag of Guatemala Guatemala | | 2-1 | | 2-3 | | Friendly | - bgcolor = # DFE7FF | 2. | | 8 June 2008 | | Soldier Field, Chicago, United States | | Flag of Peru Peru | | 3-0 | | 4-0 | | Friendly | - bgcolor = # DFE7FF | 3. | | 15 June 2008 | | Reliant Stadium, Houston, United States | | Flag of Belize Belize | | 1-0 | | 2-0 | | 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification | - bgcolor = # DFE7FF | 4. | | 21 June 2008 | | Estadio Universitario, San Nicolas, Mexico | | BLZ Belize | | 1-0 | | 7-0 | | 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification | - bgcolor = # DFE7FF | 5. | | 24 June 2009 | | Georgia Dome, Atlanta, United States | | Flag of Venezuela Venezuela | | 1-0 | | 4-0 | | Friendly | - bgcolor = # DFE7FF | 6. | | 26 July 2009 | | Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, United States | | Flag of the United States | | 3-0 | | 5-0 | | 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup | - bgcolor = # DFE7FF | 7. | | 10 October 2009 | | Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico | | Flag of The Salvador.svg El Salvador | | 4-1 | | 4-1 | | 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification | - bgcolor = # DFE7FF | 8. | | 3 March 2010 | | Rose Bowl, Pasadena, United States | | Flag of New Zealand New Zealand | | 2-0 | | 2-0 | | Friendly | - bgcolor = # DFE7FF | 9. | | 3 June 2010 | | King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium | | Flag of Italy Italy | | 1-0 | | 2-1 | | Friendly |)
Champion of the World Cup U-17 2005 2005
Champions Cup 2009 CONCACAF Gold
[Edit] Individual Awards
Golden Boot at the World Cup FIFA U-17 2005 2005