- Joel Robles started his football career at the Getafe, the city he was born in, before joining Atlético Madrid’s youth team when he was 15.
– When he was 18-years-old he got his first chance for Atlético, playing in their C team, before making 28 appearances for the B team the following season.
– In December 2009 he signed his first professional contract with the club which was set to expire in June 2014.
– In May 2010 Joel won a Europa League medal after Atlético Madrid beat Fulham 2-1 in the final. Joel was on the bench and David de Gea started in goal.
– In August 2010 Joel won a UEFA Super Cup medal after Atlético beat Inter 2-0. Joel was again on the bench behind first choice De Gea.
– After Manchester United boughy De Gea, Joel became Atlético’s first choice keeper… for three games. He was then replaced by Thibaut Courtois who was on loan from Chelsea.
– In February 2012 it was reported that Roberto Mancini was keen to bring him in as an understudy for Joe Hart. City scouts went to watch him when he was on loan at Rayo Vallecano. He had two years remaining on his deal then and was valued at €7m.
– In January 2013 he was loaned out to Wigan Athletic. “Atletico Madrid and Wigan Athletic have reached an agreement so that Joel Robles, after a trial period with the English club, will play on loan until June 30 with the Premier League team. The goalkeeper will return to the ‘rojiblanco’ at the end of this loan period.”
– After making his first appearance in the Cup against non-league Macclesfield, Joel went on to become Wigan’s first choice at the expense of Ali Al-Habsi.
– Joel played in goal and kept a clean sheet against Manchester City in Wigan’s 1-0 FA Cup Final win in May 2013.
– In June 2013 Joel won a UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship medal after Spain beat Italy 4-2 in the final, although was behind De Gea and Diego Mariño in pecking order.