Andres Iniesta's Biography
Andrés Iniesta was born on 11 May 1984, in a small village in La Mancha called Fuentealbilla.
His whole family worked at the village pub Bar Luján, which his grandfather ran.
Iniesta's father used to play football as an amateur for Denia.
Andrés Iniesta joined Barcelona as a twelve-year-old in 1996.
Initially he found it difficult, but he stuck with it and in the 2000/1 season he gravitated to the Barca B team.
In October 2002 he made his debut for the Barcelona first team playing in Barca's Champions League game against Bruges.
Andrés Iniesta became a regular first team player for Barcelona, with whom he won several championships, and was also a regular feature in the Spain national side after having his international debut in Spain's 2006 World Cup match again Saudi Arabia.
He also played in Euro 2008, which Spain won, and Andrés Iniesta was named in UEFA's 2008 European Championship All-Star Team.
At Barcelona, Iniesta started with the number 34 shirt, then changed to number 24, but since June 2007 he played in the number 8 shirt.
On 11 July 2010, Iniesta scored in the 116th minute to give Spain a 1-0 victory over Holland in the final of the World Cup.
Spain followed up two years later by winning Euro 2012.
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