Nano (Spanish footballer, born 1995)

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Nano
Personal information
Full name Alexander Mesa Travieso
Date of birth (1995-02-05) 5 February 1995 (age 23)
Place of birth La Laguna, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Tenerife
(on loan from Eibar)
Number 22
Youth career
Coromoto
Padre Anchieta
Reale Juventud Laguna
2006–2014 Tenerife
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Tenerife B 16 (2)
2013–2016 Tenerife 45 (14)
2014–2015L'Hospitalet (loan) 22 (3)
2016– Eibar 6 (1)
2017–2018Levante (loan) 9 (0)
2018Sporting Gijón (loan) 16 (2)
2018–Tenerife (loan) 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 June 2018

Alexander Mesa Travieso (born 5 February 1995), commonly known as Nano, is a Spanish footballer who plays for CD Tenerife on loan from SD Eibar as a forward.

Club career[edit]

Nano was born in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Canary Islands, and joined CD Tenerife's youth setup in 2006 at the age of 11.[1] He made his senior debuts with the reserves in the 2012–13 season, while still a junior, in Tercera División.

On 30 December 2013 Nano was promoted to the main squad in Segunda División.[2] On 18 January of the following year he played his first match as a professional, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 0–4 home loss against AD Alcorcón.[3]

On 15 August 2014 Nano was loaned to CE L'Hospitalet in Segunda División B.[4] On 20 August of the following year he was definitely promoted to the Blanquiazules' main squad, signing a new contract until 2018.[5]

Nano scored his first professional goal on 23 August 2015, netting his team's third in a 3–6 away loss against CD Numancia.[6] On 21 February of the following year, he scored a brace in a 3–1 home win against UE Llagostera;[7] he added another seven days later, in a 2–1 success at CD Mirandés.[8]

Nano remained with his goalscoring form later on, scoring a double in a 2–2 draw at Deportivo Alavés in April, and another in a 3–1 home win against Real Valladolid in May. He finished the campaign with 14 goals, being the club's top goalscorer and the eighth overall.[9]

On 27 August 2016, SD Eibar reached an agreement with Tenerife for the transfer of Nano, for a fee of 3.250 million.[10] Two days later, he signed a five-year deal with the La Liga club.[11] He made his debut in the category on 20 September, starting and scoring his team's only in a 1–2 loss at Málaga CF.

On 1 September 2017, Nano was loaned to fellow top tier club Levante UD, for one year.[12] The following 31 January, his loan was terminated and he moved to second tier club Sporting de Gijón, on loan until the end of the season.

On 4 August 2018, Nano returned to his first club Tenerife on a one-year loan deal.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Otro canterano da el salto" [Another canterano makes the cut] (in Spanish). Diario de Avisos. 3 January 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Nano asciende al primer equipo" [Nano rises to the first team] (in Spanish). El Dorsal. 30 December 2013. Archived from the original on 12 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Atropellan al Tenerife sin que se entere" [They knock down Tenerife without notice] (in Spanish). Marca. 18 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "El joven Nano se marcha cedido al Hospitalet para poder jugar" [Young Nano goes on loan to Hospitalet to get playing time] (in Spanish). Marca. 15 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Alexander Mesa, Nano, y Jorge, componentes de la primera plantilla CD Tenerife 15/16" [Alexander Mesa, Nano, and Jorge, are part of CD Tenerife's 15/16 first team] (in Spanish). Tenerife's official website. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Set del Numancia al Tenerife con lluvia de goles en la segunda parte" [Set from Numancia on Tenerife with a goal rain in the second half] (in Spanish). Marca. 23 August 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "El Heliodoro vuelve a sonreír" [Heliodoro returns to smile] (in Spanish). Marca. 21 February 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "El Tenerife asalta Anduva" [Tenerife take Anduva] (in Spanish). Marca. 28 February 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Nano, en la agenda de varios Primera tras su gran temporada" [Nano, on target of various Primera clubs after his great season] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 6 June 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "El presidente detalla la operación de traspaso de Nano" [The president details the transfer of Nano] (in Spanish). CD Tenerife. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  11. ^ "SD Eibar cierra el fichaje del delantero Nano para las cinco próximas temporadas" [SD Eibar complete the signing of forward Nano for the following five seasons] (in Spanish). SD Eibar. 29 August 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  12. ^ "SD Eibar cede a Nano Mesa al Levante UD" [SD Eibar loan Nano Mesa to Levante UD] (in Spanish). Levante UD. 1 September 2017. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  13. ^ "Nano Mesa vuelve al Tenerife" [Nano returns to Tenerife] (in Spanish). Marca. 4 August 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018. 

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