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Name: Carlos Alberto Vela Garrido

Nickname: El Bombardero

Date of Birth: March 1, 1989

Age: 21

Place of Birth: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Nationality: Mexican

EU Passport: Spanish, UK Work Permit

Height: 178cm / 5 ft 10 in

Weight: 72 Kg

Brother: Manuel Alejandro Vela Garrido (playing for Cruz Azul in Mexico)

Position: Striker, Winger

Number: 11

Current Club: Arsenal Football Club

Contract until: 30.06. 2015

Youth Club: 2002 – 2005 Club Deportivo Guadalajara

Clubs: Arsenal, Celta Vigo, UD Salamanca, CA Osasuna (all on loan)

National Career: 2005 – 2007 Mexico U17, U20 and National Team

International Debut: September 2007 against Brazil

Honours: FIFA World Cup Champion 2005 U17 Mexico and Topscorer,                                 CONCACAF Gold Cup 2009 Champion


Biography

Carlos Alberto Vela Garrido, was born in Cancún, (Quintana Roo) Mexico, on March the 1st, 1989, as the younger brother to Alejandro Manuel Vela.

His father Enrique was born in Campeche and his mother Manuela in Tabasco they have lived 35 years in Cancun, Quintana Roo where they met and started their family formed by 4 sons, Enrique, Alejandro, Carlos and Miguel. The passion for football soccer installed to them by his father who was an amateur player until a serious injury made him leave the game once for all.

His first football pitch was his living room where he used to team up with his brothers 2 against 2 destroying all of his mother’s porcelain.
He started playing at the age of four in the same team his older brothers, Enrique and Alejandro, where the youngest boy was six, but with a special permission from his parents, he was able to train with the team and after watching out on his great talent, Felix Acal his first coach made him part of the squad. A year after they opened a new group for boys of his age, but he refused to play there, because it was too easy for his skills.

In Cancun he attended a public school even though private schools could offer him a better education with a football scholarship, but Carlos felt happy in his school with his friends . His brother Alejandro describes him as lazy and said, he only studied because he had to.
At the age of 12 he started combining football with basketball and he finally noticed how much he liked this sport and his skills showing it. His football coach suggested him to join the basketball team, Carlos took seriously this new sport they even nicknamed him “Jordan” after the famous basketball player Michael Jordan, many rival teams started setting the basketball game dates the same days he had football games so he wouldn’t play , and because of that he had to make the decision either to continue in basketball or football.

On 2001, when Cancun couldn’t offer the football opportunities Carlos was looking for his brother Alejandro and himself to move out, Jose Luis “El GÜero” Real ,Guadalajara’s manager invited his brother to join the club and asked him for the best players in Cancun , of course Alejandro said “my brother”, even though Chivas didn’t accept players that are so young, they invited him to a league in Argentina without helping him with any of the expenses. Carlos had to raise money by selling everything he could to pay for the trip.

On 2003, after a competition in the North of Mexico, everything changed he started to received offers from many important Mexican Clubs such as Monterrey , Pumas and Pachuca.

Pachuca couldn’t offer him the scholarship he was looking for and he arguing he didn’t felt comfortable in the city he moved back to Guadalajara where he could count with his brother’s support. He was 14, when he finally stayed in Guadalajara, under the care of his best friend Javier Barreto’s parents.

Carlos started out like most young boys, learning from the people around him, and his brother the fore-mentioned Alejandro, showed early talents as a footballer, and Carlos followed him into the game and signed for Chivas de Guadalajara aged just 12.

After only a short period of time, he was showing talents beyond his years as a left footed striker, with intelligence and class his goal scoring record was attracting attention, and after rising through the ranks, he was called up to the Mexico Under 17’s side to play in the Under 17’s World Cup in Peru in 2005, a tournament in which would prove vital in his future development.

He was giving a starting birth, and scored goals for fun in the early stages, and became the lynch-pin of the side, However he saved his best performance till last, against favourites Brazil in the tournament’s final.
Scoring in the final, as Mexico ran out 3-0 winners, and claimed the trophy, Vela was named the top scorer of the tournament with 5 goals and claimed the Adidas Golden Boot.

After the World Cup, Jorge Vergara, owner and president of Chivas de Guadalajara, offered to sign him to professional terms, and, since the Vela family lived in the then recently storm stricken Cancún, Quintana Roo, Carlos Vela asked that as a condition to his signing with Guadalajara, the club also help relocate his family.

He had also previously showed his great affection to his father, whose birthday fell on the day on which Mexico beat Brazil in the final for the World Cup, by carrying the cup to his father as a birthday present and dedicating his Golden Boot to him.

However after his impressive spells, other sides were now on his trial, and English side Arsenal faxed an offer in November 2005 of £2.5 million which Vergara accepted and after a medical, he penned terms on a 5 year contract, the full fee would be made after appearances and goals.

But his Arsenal career came to halt before it had even begun, due to issues with non-EU citizens which prevented him from playing in England it seemed he would not be able to make the move, further doubt was cast after the Gunners had a “Exceptional Talent” visa application turned down.

In a lucky twist of fate, David Dein agreed to send the prospect to newly formed link side Celta de Vigo in January 2006, where he was to gain experience and the required work permit, but after not featuring in any of the Spanish outfit games in the run to the end of the season, a furious Arsenal had offers from other sides to take him on loan, but they stuck with Celta, who announced they could not take Carlos, due to restrictions regarding non Spanish players.

Arsenal cancelled the loan, and the link status, and former new alliances with UD Salamanca in the Spanish Segunda, who agreed to take the Mexican, after a short settling in period, he was soon a regular in the team, and in the goals, the fans grew to love him as the season drew to a close, after 8 goals in 31 games Arsene Wenger, who had by now become a huge fan of the prospect, decided he needed a fresh challenge, and he was placed on the loan list.

UD Levante, Almeria, Real Betis and Osasuna all made offers for his service, and later on that summer, Vela agreed a switch to the latter on a one year loan, with the option of a further year, however no permanent agreement was included in the deal further adding to reports Wenger wanted him in his first team.

After only being with the La Liga side for a short time, he was selected to play for the full Mexico national team, in a friendly with Brazil, he then went on to play in a friendly game against Guatemala played in Los Angeles, in October and scored his first international goal in the match he then went on to play against the USA in February 2008.

After his goals for Mexican during the summer Carlos enjoyed a long break with this family in Mexico, before returning to London Colney for training on July 14th. He stated after finally completing his move to London that he would be living away from his family, and that he hoped to become Arsenal’s ‘warrior’.

Vela continued to work hard during the sessions, quickly striking up strong bonds with both Theo Walcott and Brazilian midfielder Denilson. After a mixture of ball and physical work, Carlos was included in the travelling party for the first pre-season friendly against Barnet, but an ankle knock meant he was withdrawn 24 hours before kick off. The Gunners won the fixture 2-1, with Jay Simspon and Nacer Barazite on target.

However, just days later the club flew out to Hungary for a training camp and for a fixture wit newly promoted Szombathelyi Haladás. Vela started against the minnows, who took the game to the Gunners and took the a first half lead, eventually equalized by Theo Walcott. The Mexican was praised for his performance, but many felt his best was still to come.

Carlos hit back at any critics in the very next fixture in Austria against Burgenland XI, as he started and bagged a stunning hat-trick as Arsenal romped the XI for 10. He combination work and awesome finishing caught the eye, with the pick of his goals a neat side footed finish through the keepers’ legs for 2-0.

Next up was the first real test against German outfit VfB Stuttgart, and although he started on the bench, Vela would have a huge part to play in the game. After van Persie and Adebayor failed to unlock the defence in the first 45 minutes, the 19 year old was introduced with the instruction to get his side a goal.

Things quickly got worst when the home side took the lead, but minutes later Carlos broke the offside-trap before rounding Jens Lehmann and smashing home. An emphatic equaliser, but things would get better. Vela and Bendtner combined for Nicklas to score the second, before Vela was replaced late on.

Arsène Wenger always expects the final days of the transfer window to be like a poker game. After some initial problems with Carlos visa, Arsenal finally got their man. I can imagine if Arsene does play poker he would have the best poker face in the business.

72 responses to “Profile

  1. Amazing Blog, Keep Up The Excellent Work

  2. Agree with Jamie, this blog is getting better every day. Great work😉

  3. I also feel the same way too… the blog’s fantastic. We await Vela at the Emirates next season, a great team player.

  4. SSEGAWA STEPHEN EVANS

    Ithink Vela its time to come back to Arsenal its time for u to show yo talent in the English premier league because u are supossed to be on your national team,u are good now to be on the Arsenal squad think about it.

  5. oh vela number is 29..thought it would be 14.

  6. Good Blog. Thank u for Carlos Vela News. He deserves the best in his life. I am so happy cuz he is gonna play in F.C. Arsenal. From, Pamplona, good luck in his life!!!

  7. Carlos i am very happy for you it’s not easy to be a great player please make us proud in ARSENAL FC

  8. Great blog hes really improving alot , I’m very happy for him.<3

  9. cual es tu favorita comida?

  10. I think and know for a fact that Carlos Vela is a GREAT player and we are proud of him. And he has good looks!!!

  11. kids a playa.

  12. Just an update… Alejandro Vela is not playing for Jaguares anymore, he now plays for Cruz Azul.

    Great blog!

  13. i think vella can join his fellow young stars at the club but my advise is that the premiurship is so competitive and hence dont fear flustrations

  14. OMG. i lovee Carlos Vela🙂
    I Recogn he plays well for ARSENAL like he did Cruz Azul

  15. Does any one have his msn.. ?
    Carlos Vela can you pleasee tell me youur email address,
    hehe.
    :D:D
    iloves’u

  16. hey viva vela forever

  17. “Carlos Vela: A legend in the making”- watch my video!!

    includes all of vela’s accomplisments at the short age of 19 and his most memorable goals!!

  18. deberian de dar el messenger de carlos vela para dejarle mensajes porfavr

  19. Keep showing that great talent Vela!!
    respect.. :]

  20. Great site and it’s good to see the dream come true for him. He is in the birth place of the greatest football in the World. Thank you Mr. Vela for putting Mexico’s name on the map. Thank you Arsenal for having an eye and taking him on to be a future start in the greatest league in the World.

  21. This is a great blog! keep up the good work.. I really enjoy coming here and reading about my favorite player!!

  22. what number will he wear for mexico next year? will it still be 11?

  23. really awesome blog..another thing though, can you try finding out if he has a girlfriend…pretty please with sugar on top?😀

  24. yea, great post, but would be nice to have more information about his personal life😀

  25. pz yo siento k tu ers un super jugador k supera a kualkieraaa, juegas muy bn y pz aki tienes a una fan tuya te kieroo muchooo, y yo tambn soy mexicana eso es lo mejor!!
    amo a mexico!!!!
    grax por darnos una reputacion grandisima t lo tenemos agradecido grax!!

  26. I think the profile is good. It makes him even HOTTER.

  27. hola i think u r a exelente jugador te apoyo y m gustaria k l echaras mas ganas en la seleccion

  28. u r an exelent player

  29. wathagana samson

    vela u make me proud to be a gunners fan, score goals and show us u can beat ronaldos record

  30. Does he by any chance have a girlfriend coz i think i can qualify………………….

  31. i love yew vella…:x

  32. la chava q se iama anali tiene razon pongan el messenger de vela jajaja y arriva mexico

  33. Vela has what it needs to be one of the best in world, he just need to build up his body cos premier ligue is to phisical. Come on Carlos. Guys have a look at Fran Merida, is a fantastic player as well is playing for Arsenal reserve team most of the time

  34. World class!!!
    We have been waiting for a striker who could succeed the King Henry.. From reyes until walcott..
    Now, we have a name that could potentially surpass all the legends.. He is Carlos Vela.. Come on vela, do us proud..

  35. CARLOS VELA ESPERO QUE TE RECUPERES PRONTO Y PARA QUE METAS MUCHOS GOLES EN LA SELECCION MEXICANA Y ECHALE GANAS.Y PARA ALEJANDRO VELA ESPERO QUE ESTA TEMPORADA AL CRUZ AZUL LE VALLA MEJOR Y ECHALE MUCHAS GANAS .

  36. CARLOS VELA ESPERO QUE TE RECUPERES PRONTO PARA QUE METAS MUCHOS EN LA SELECCION MEXICANA , CUIDATE MUCHO Y ECHALE GANAS.

    ALEJANDRO VELA ESPERO QUE ESTA TEMPORADA QUE SE ACERCA, AL CRUZ AZUL LE VALLA MEJOR POR QUE LA AFICION CONFIA EN USTEDES CUIDATE MUCHO Y ECHALE MUCHAS GANAS

  37. hay mi vela esta super super guapo lo mao

  38. vela if you dont improve this coming season we’ll hang you and forget you in emirates, you hear?

  39. georgie_archbld

    Carlos ‘chip’ Vela, will be thestriker the Gunners need next seasons !!

  40. vela,vela,vela!
    jugaste maravilloso! la neta cuando te metieron a ti todo empeso..me encanto!
    buena suerte en la revancha contra america en agosto. y ojala que te encuentres bien. xoxo:) hasta la vista baby!

  41. Holaaaaaaaa eres jugador exelente un abrazote

  42. on your way to Fulham?

  43. wola.. hey juegas con ganas la vdd… y aparte d ke stas bien wapo ja eres una d las razones por las ke me encanta ver el fut aparte d ke me gusta el deporte.. bueno spero ke stes muyu bien ke dios te bendiga y sigue asi…. bye besos

  44. carlos eres el mejor jugador y el mas guapo y apoyo a los que dicen que nos deberian dar su correo para poder comunicarnos con ese biscocho

    A por otro lado alex mejor juega con el mejor equipo el rebaño sagrado

  45. Me encanta Velaa(L)
    aunqe mi novio diga que es malooo hahahahah

    sisisi yo tmb qiero su messenger ok:$

  46. hola hola..!🙂.amo a Vela.muchisimooo es el mejor jugador y el mas lindo de todos…!.Vela si miras esto me encantas..!.enserio eres el nino mas lindo k e visto..y dveras pon tu messanger no.!!..ooo y tienes novia?..y si no adonde se aplica..hahaha!.

  47. eres buen jugador pero tienes que trabajor en lo fisico no esta bien que los mejores jugadores Mexicanos siempre se esten lastimando. Eso tiene que ver mucho con el trabajo fisico y algunos no lo ven de mucha importansia.

  48. does anyone know at what age he first started playing soccer?

  49. HOLA CARLOS ALBERTO VELA GARRIDO, ME ENCANTA TU FORMA D JUGAR. ERES UNO D LOS MEJORES, ERES MUY GUAPO WOOOOW, ME ENCANTAS. NECESITO TU MESSENGER POR FA PA KE PLATIKEMOS Y NOS CONOZCAMOS Y PODAMOS SER AMIGOS. ME ENCANTARIA CONOCERT D VERDAD Y TAMBIEN ME GUSTA TU PELO POR KE ES CHINITO WOOOW ME ENCANTAS MI AMOR. MI VELA. T CUIDAS MUCHO MI CIELO. SALE BYE.

  50. Recien encontre esta pagina y obvio me meto bueno no diario jaja pero casi diario, Cuidate mucho y si tienes facebook oh messenger o correo espero me lo des, se que es super dificil por, quiza politicas, contratos, seguridad, incluso por desicion personal pero espero algun día te pueda conocer y platiquemos… ah por cierto estube un tiempo trabajando en el Aeropuero de la CD. de Mexico y bueno, si tube la oportunidad de tomarme una foto contigo pero ash!! ya ni acordarme quiero porque tenia prisa y solo me tome fotocon Guardado, Osvaldo y Jaret… y si te vi pero me dio una pena acercarme.. que bueno parezco de pueblo jajaja… bueno espero haya otra oportunidad.. cuidate por favor.

  51. hola carlos vela es el mejor goleador q mexico pueda tener i es un bombon

  52. NOOOOOO!!!! i love vela! im the #1 FAN!!!
    cuidate.
    eres de lo MEJOR.

  53. Haha you need to change his age he is 21
    and he needs to get moree chances wth Arsenal
    i<3uu Carlitos eres el mejorr &nd keep it up

  54. Vela give me your email if urgent please me ok (; ♥ add me my email is elsaf_caraja_barajas@hotmail.com ok byee..

  55. eress fantastikoo jugadorr i no me importa quee la hayass regadooo en el partido de inglaterra asii theamoo :))

  56. aki tambnn the dejoo mii msnn
    kikir_hr@hotmail.com

    eress geniiaL,,,, theekiieroomuuchooo:)

  57. belem guadalupe

    hola CARLOS VELA PS YO PIENSO K ERES EXELENTE JUJADOR SOY TU FAN NUMERO UNO Y ME GUSTARIA CONOCERTE EN PERSONA TE QUIERO Y ERES UN BOMBON

  58. belem guadalupe

    HOLA CARLOS VELA PS PIENSO QUE ERS UN EXELENTE JUGADOR Y SOY TU FAN NUMERO UNO Y QUISIERA CONOCERTE EN PERSONA ERES UN BOMBON Y ESTAS BUENOTE SOY DE CHETUMAL QUINTANA ROO

  59. belem guadalupe

    este es mi correo belemgph@hotmail.com y estas buenote te quiero mucho eres el mejor jugador del mundo y quisiera conocerte en persona soy de chetumal quintana roo y por eso me gusta el futbol para llegar a ser como tu te kiero

  60. eres el mejor jugador q puede tener la seleccion mexica, ademas estas guapisimo eres perfecto:) besossssssss

  61. deberian de pasar tu msn

  62. You are great player vela!! Go a head man! We are always waiting for your performance!!:-)

  63. Deilhen singsit

    I cnt help cheering him. He’s too handsome oh my god

  64. ii personally thiink carlos vela is daa best player evrr he has qreat skills && looks he’s younq but talented keep up da qewd work ur my best player love yew lots

  65. ii think carlos vela is the beeest player ever and truly believe mexico wud have made it through the world cup if he played in the match against argentina!

    ii realy think the mexicans will win the 2014 world cup =]
    go mexico❤ !

    p.s. Does anyone know where i can get a home mexico jersey (pref. no. 11)

  66. yeees amy u r right it was so sad That he couldnt play:( if he could mexico maybe still would have been in world cup:)

  67. vela vela!!!!!!!! eres genial ehh encerio juegas super bien y eres muy guapo suerte y que te vaya muy bien en todo lo que hagas

    suerte i love

    vela

  68. hola mi veliita ps sabs q eres mi vida jajaja y juegas super bn soccer uno d los mejores jugadores d mexico si no es que el mejor
    mucha suerte en todo lo que hagas disfruta lo que haces vivela vida al maxiMo te amo!!😄
    cuidate
    bexos
    biie🙂
    remember me!!

  69. carlos vela eres el mejor stoy enamorada de ti y spero que sigas teniendo exito!!!
    bye…

  70. carlos vela eres El Mejor stoy enamorada de ti y spero Que Sigas teniendo exito !
    bye …

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