LUIS ENRIQUE RAMIREZ CORDOBA
Name: Giovani dos Santos
Date of birth: 11 May 1989 (age 24)
Place of birth: Monterrey, Mexico
Height: 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing positon: Second striker
Dos Santos is the son of former Brazilian footballer
Geraldo Francisco dos Santos, who played for the
Mexican football clubs Club América and Club
Leon in the late 1980s.
His mother, Liliana Ramírez, is a Mexican national.
Dos Santos has two brothers and two half-brothers;
the older, Éder dos Santos, currently plays for Club
América in the Primera División de Mexico as
a defensive midfielder and his younger
brother, Jonathan dos Santos plays for FC
Barcelona in the Spanish La Liga.
Giovani is a Mexican footballer who currently plays as
an second striker for Spanish La liga club Villarreal CF.
He can also play as attacking midfielder.
Dos Santos was a member of the Mexican National U-
17 team that won the 2005 U-17 World Cup.
He made his debut for the Mexico national team in a 1–0
victory over Panama on 9 September 2007.
Dos Santos was also a member of the gold medal
winning team at the 2012 London Olympics.
Dos Santos joined FC Barcelona's academy of La Masia at the
age of eleven and played for Barcelona's Juvenil A category.
He helped his team to make a comeback in the league and win
the regional title.
In 2006, dos Santos was invited on the pre-season tour of
Barcelona's senior squad; during a friendly match on 29 July
Dos Santos made his Champions League debut on 20 September
2007 during a 3–0 home win against Olympique Lyonnais.
On 18 June 2008, dos Santos passed a medical and agreed
terms to complete his move to Tottenham Hotspur from
Dos Santos scored his first competitive goal for Spurs in the
UEFA Cup on 26 February 2009 against Shakhta Donetsk.
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 January 2010, dos Santos signed
for Turkish club Galatasaray on loan for the remainder
of the 2009–10 season.
On 31 January, he made his debut coming on as a
58th minute substitute against Denizlispor with
He returned to Tottenham in the summer having
failed to score for Galatasaray.
On 31 January 2011, dos Santos joined La
Liga side Racing de Santander on loan until the end of the
season from Tottenham.
He made his debut for his new club on 5 February 2011 as
a substitute against Real Zaragoza, drawing the game 1–
He scored his first goal as a substitute against Villarreal
CF in the 68th minute on 27 February 2011.
Dos Santos scored a brace in a 3–2 win league match over
On 31 August 2012, Giovani dos Santos signed a
four-year deal with Spanish outfit RCD Mallorca.
On 22 October, dos Santos made his debut for
Mallorca, playing 60 minutes and assisting both goals
in a 3–2 away defeat to Sevilla.
Giovani dos Santos played another 60 minutes on 28
October in a 5–0 home defeat to Real Madrid.
Giovani scored his first goal against Espanyol on 18
On 9 July 2013, dos Santos completed a much speculated
move to recently-promoted side Villarreal.
Mexico national team
Year Apps Goals
2007 4 0
2008 6 0
2009 12 5
2010 12 2
2011 19 5
2012 6 3
2013 10 0
Total 69 14