David Villa Sanchez memorial site

David Villa Sanchez
David Villa Sanchez


David Villa’s words at the Retirement Ceremony
KONNICHIWA. There are many words I would like to share with you, but if I must choose one, it would be, “Thank you.” Not only did you take care of me, but you also took great care of my family. It was not an easy challenge to come here, but because of you, I was able to spend a wonderful time here. I was truly able to feel the kindness and support of everyone constructing this club.
I felt the warm hospitality from the fans, Chairman Mikitani, the staffs, and everyone involved with this club. It allowed me to showcase my best performance from day one, and although it was only for a year, I was able to spend a wonderful time. I will forever remember my teammates, coach, staffs, and everybody who worked for the club. Because of you, I was able to feel at home, despite being far away from home, and I will never forget this. To my friends, I will never forget all the surprises you have prepared for me this week. I was truly blessed to be able to win many titles throughout my career. However, there is still a pedestal that needs to be filled and winning this title (Emperor's Cup) is my final dream as a football player. I would like to win the semi-final on the 21st and the final on 1 January to deliver the Emperor's Cup title here. Thank you so much for holding this ceremony today. We hope to win the title and share the joy with you. ARIGATO!


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The Retirement Ceremony for David Villa will be held at the final J1 League match; 2019 Meiji Yasuda J1 League 34th Sec. vs. Jubilo Iwata, on Saturday 7 December. Following the retirement ceremony, free giveaways of memorial cards will be held. We are looking forward to seeing you at the stadium.
Event time Details
13:55 Players enter pitch, Choreography
14:00 Kick-off
16:00 End of match
16:30 Beginning of ceremony
17:30 End of ceremony, memorial card giveaway starts

*Time is subject to change.

David Villa memorial card giveaway

・Time: Following the David Villa retirement ceremony
・Location: Outside the stadium, Front Square
・Availability: To everyone with this day’s match ticket
*Please note that the cards will not be distributed at any other time besides the time listed above.

David Villa retirement memorabilia on sale

David Villa retirement memorabilia will available for sale. Details will be listed on the official website of Vissel Kobe and this website, as soon as the details are released.

David Villa Photo-Spot

A special photo-spot of David Villa will be setup for this day only. Please take photos and post them on your SNS with the hashtag #GraciasVilla
・Time: From 10:00 to end of ceremony
・Location: Outside the stadium, Front Square
*Time and location are subject to change.


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Timeline of
David Villa’s career
  • 【2000-01】
    Made professional debut with Sporting Gijón
    His first-team debut came in the final game week of the Segunda División against Córdoba. He was 19 years old at the time.
  • 【2001-02】
    Appeared in 40 matches while scoring 18 goals
  • 【2002-03】
    Appeared in 39 matches while scoring 20 goals
  • 【2003-04】
    Transferred to Real Zaragoza, made debut in La Liga
    With his success at the Segunda División, he signed with Real Zaragoza in the La Liga. Scored 17 goals in his first season and helped the team win the Copa del Rey.
  • 【2004-05】
    Appeared in 35 matches while scoring 15 goals
  • Made Spain National Football Team debut
    On 9 February 2005, he marked his international debut with the Spain National Football Team in a World Cup qualifier against San Marino.
  • 【2005-06】
    Transferred to Valencia, finished second in the league’s scorer ranking
    From Real Zaragoza, he signed with one of Spanish football’s powerhouse, Valencia. Became the ace striker shortly after joining the club and marked a hat-trick against his former club Real Zaragoza. The season saw him score 25 goals and finished second in the league’s scorer ranking.
  • Appeared in 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™
    He was selected into the squad to represent Spain at the World Cup. Despite seeing his team eliminated at the round of 16, he scored three goals at the tournament, including a brace against Ukraine, leaving a strong impact at the world stage.
  • 【2006-07】
    Made debut at the UEFA Champions League
  • 【2007-08】
    Won the Copa del Rey
  • Won the UEFA Euro 2008, finished as the top scorer
    Marked a hat-trick against Russia and scored the game winner against Sweden. Sustained an injury at the semi-final, which side-lined him for the final, but his four goals were enough to lead Spain to winning the title and for him to be the top scorer of the tournament.
  • 【2008-09】
    Marked best goal scoring season with 28 goals
  • 【2009-10】
    Won the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, finished as the top scorer
    Registered goals in four consecutive matches played from the second group stage match against Honduras to the quarterfinal match against Paraguay, and helped Spain win their first World Cup title. He finished with five goals to be named as the top scorer along with players like Diego Forlán (Uruguay).
  • 【2010-11】
    Transferred to FC Barcelona, won the UEFA Champions League
    member of the team’s squad and marked 18 goals to help the team win the league title. He scored a goal in Barcelona’s victory over Manchester United in the Champions League final, leading the club to their second Champions League title in three years.
  • 【2011-12】
    Marked 50th career goal for the Spain National Football Team
  • Appeared in the FIFA Club World Cup held in Japan
    Played in the semi-final match against Al Sadd in Yokohama but suffered a broken leg in the 39th minute. Despite the team winning the tournament title, he ended up missing the entire season with this injury and also missed the UEFA Euro 2012 for the Spain National Football Team.
  • 【2012-13】
    Appeared in 28 matches while scoring 10 goals
  • 【2013-14】
    Transferred to Atlético Madrid, helped club win first league title in 18 seasons
    After spending three seasons with Barcelona, he signed with Atlético Madrid, where he appeared in 36 matches while scoring 13 goals in his first season. He helped the club win their first league title in 18 seasons.
  • Appeared in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™
  • 【2014~2018】
    Transferred to New York City FC
    In June 2014, he signed with New York City FC at the Major League Soccer (MLS). He temporarily joined the Australian club, Melbourne City FC, on a loan before the start of the new MLS season. He scored 18 goals in his first season, followed by scoring over 20 goals in the next two seasons. During his time with New York City FC, he scored a remarkable 80 goals in 124 match appearances.
  • 【2019】
    Joined Vissel Kobe
    Made his J.League debut in the season opener against Cerezo Osaka and marked his first goal in the second sec. against Sagan Tosu. He has marked numbers of goals through his remarkable agility and sharp cut-ins, leading the team with 12 goals (as of the end of 31st sec.). On 13 November, he has announced his retirement.


The countdown to his retirement has begun.
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