Galatasaray SK took a point from their visit to Adana Demirspor (0-0), in a duel between important teams of the league. Juan entered on the second half. The Spanish player, who was very active, forced Stambouli’s sending off.
Mata made his debut with the Galatasaray shirt in a friendly against İstanbulspor (2-1). In his new adventure, he has chosen the number 64 in memory of the year of his parent’s birth.
The Spanish international arrives at the club with the best track record in Turkish football. His incorporation is part of an ambitious project, which has also been joined by Mertens, Torreira, Seferovic and Icardi.
On 1st July 2012, Juan Mata won the European Cup with Spain scoring a goal against Italy in a historic final at the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv.
It is not the same to play football and be a footballer. Here, I try to explain how my life has been shaped by the beautiful game, the experiences I have had, and the decisions I had to make along the way, consciously or subconsciously, on and off the pitch.
MATA'S WORLD MAP
Several stadiums have had a big impact on my career (Mestalla, Stamford bridge, Old Trafford, Soccer City, The Olympic Stadium of Kiev, Allianz Arena, Wembley, Amsterdam Arena…) but football has let me travel so I’ve had the chance of meeting plenty more. I’ve located and compiled them so that you can see them on my particular ‘Mata´s wold map’. I hope you like it.