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Navarro in a photo from 2001/2002. Photo: Arxiu FCB

Navarro is an in demand player and his commitment, talent and desire to play have meant that he has been involved in a summer tournament every year since 1998. Now, after his ankle operation, he’ll finally be taking a summer break. Since the European Junior Championships in Varna until this summer, Navarro has been a regular for various Spanish national sides. After 15 years and more than 1,100 games, Navarro can finally take a breather.

15 years of success

Who would have guessed in 1998 that Navarro would go on to enjoy such a great career, with so many titles and his successful period at the NBA? Now, 15 years on, Navarro can finally take a summer break after declining the chance to play for Spain in the European Championships in Slovenia, as he recovers from the ankle operation he is due to undergo on July 19th, to prepare for the 2013714 season.

1997 debut

Without including the friendly games he’s played with FC Barcelona,

Juan Carlos Navarro has appeared in 1,144 matches for the Club since his debut on November 23rd 1997 against Granada at the Palau, when he managed 10 points in 10 minutes on court. He also made his European debut the same season, against Alba Berlín. Navarro’s rise to fame continued as he improved year on year. In the 1997/98 and 1998/99 seasons he led the Barça B team, playing 35 games in addition to the 16 he played for the Spanish Juniors in Varna and Lisbon.

First team place with Aito

In the 1999/2000 season, Aíto García Reneses brought him definitively into the first team and he played a total of 23 games in the European Cup and 48 in the ACB. Since then, Navarro gas always played at the top level, for both Club and country - playing in the Sidney Olympics when he was just 20 years old.

From 1997 until 2013, Navarro has played a total of 589 ACB matches (541 din the Lliga ACB), 264 in Europe (234 in the Euroleague, 27 in the European Cup and 3 in the Copa Korac), 82 in the NBA and 208 games with Spain.

Great record

Navarro’s honours during this period are really impressive with 7 League titles, 6 Spanish Cups, 2 Euroleagues, 2 European and a World Championships.

Now, after 15 summers of sacrifice and hard work, the FC Barcelona captain has decided to take a break to sort out his injury issues. Nobody should doubt though that Navarro give another season of commitment to his Club and will be back next summer for the 2014 World Championships with Spain

Navarro’s games

ACB: 589
European games: 264
International games with Spain: 208
NBA: 82
Total: 1.144 games

*Friendly games, Barça B matches and non-first team games with Spain are not included

 

Summer competitions

- Spanish Junior Championships 1998
- World Junior Championships in Lisbon 1999
- Olympic Games Sydney 2000
- European Championships , Turkey 2001
- World Championships, Indianapolis 2002
- European Championships 2003
- Olympic Games Athens 2004
- European Championships, Serbia 2005
- World Championships Japan 2006
- European Championships , Spain 2007
- Olympic Games, Beijing 2008
- European Championships Poland 2009
- World Championships Turkey 2010
- European Championships Lithuania 2011
- Olympic Games, London 2012

 

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