Brazil World Cup 2014 – Expat Profile: David Silva Expat in England

19 June 2014



Full Name: David Josué Jiménez Silva

Nickname: Chino

Country of Origin: Spain

Age: 28

Marital Status: Single

Family: Parents – Fernando and Eva Silva

Siblings – Nando Jimenez Silva and Natalia Jimenez Silva

Grandparents - Antonio Montedeoca and Fernando Jimenez Senior

Current Club: Manchester City

FIFA Team: Spain

Expat in: England

Interests: Going to the beach and spending time with his family in his hometown

Cars: Bentley Continental and an Audi R8

Endorsement Deals: Adidas

Interesting Interviews: In this interview with Adidas, David talks about the favourite goals that he has scored.

Controversies: None


David Silva was born in the small fishing village of Arguineguin, Spain. He grew up with his father Fernando, his half-Japanese mother Eva, his two younger siblings, and his grandparents Antonio Montedeoca and Fernando Jimenez Senior. David admits to learning how to play football when his grandmother gave him and his brother potatoes and oranges to kick around on the street. “I learned to play on the beaches here, in the street, and on the doorstep of my house with my cousin and friends,” he said in an interview with the Dailymail UK.


At the age of 12, he was given the opportunity to join the Real Madrid Youth Team, but he was rejected because of his height. However, two years later, Valencia’s Youth Team signed him up because of his potential. To help him adjust to the move, his family went with him to Valencia. David made his professional international debut in 2005, as part of Valencia CF’s youth system and continued to play for the club until 2010. Currently, David is a midfielder who is representing Spain in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He was also part of the team that led Spain to its first ever World Cup Championship in 2010.


David Silva shows us around Anfi del Mar and his hometown, the fishing village of Arguineguin, Spain

David Silva's Adidas ad campaign "unlock the game"

SIlva shares an Adidas campaign with the like of football super star Lionel Messi

David Silva's childhood family portrait

David Silvia signs an autograph while in his car, a Bentley Continental

Silva's cover in Sport Magazine

Silva's Manchester City Portrait

Reference images courtesy of:
Cavendish Press