Juan Pablo Galavis

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Juan Pablo Galavis
Personal information
Full name Juan Pablo Galavís Guinand
Date of birth (1981-08-05) August 5, 1981 (age 41)
Place of birth Ithaca, New York, U.S.
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1998–2001 Roberts Wesleyan Redhawks
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001 Cascade Surge ? (?)
2002–2003 Caracas FC B ? (2)
2003–2004 Marítimo 16 (4)
2004–2005 Italchacao 14 (4)
2005–2006 Monagas 22 (4)
2007 Aragua 7 (0)
2007–2008 Guaros 10 (2)
2008 Miami FC 23 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 2, 1678.

† Appearances (goals)

Juan Pablo Galavis Guinand[1] (born August 5, 1981)[1] is an American-born Venezuelan former professional soccer midfielder/forward, who retired in 2008. In 2013, he was chosen as the first Latino star of the ABC-TV reality show The Bachelor after 17 editions.[2][3]

Early life and soccer career

The second of three siblings,[4][5] Galavis was born in Ithaca, New York, to Venezuelan parents, and moved with his family to Barquisimeto, Venezuela, when he was 2 years old.[6] He returned to the United States to play college soccer for Roberts Wesleyan College, where as of 2006 he was tied with two others for that team's third-highest number of assists (25).[7] After several seasons playing in the Primera División Venezolana with Dep. Italchacao, Monagas SC, Aragua FC and Guaros de Lara, he joined Miami FC in February 2008.[8]

Entertainment career

He left soccer after his 2008 season with Miami and began his career in the music business with promotional work in the Miami bar and club scene. Around this time he also began working with Venezuelan musician/songwriters Frank Santofimio and Mario Donoso. They began promoting Venezuelan duet Chino y Nacho. [9]

Galavis began filming television commercials and had a short stint working as a television presenter for a Miami-based sports show, Mega TV's Mega News.[9]

Galavís appeared as a contestant on the ABC reality-television dating competition The Bachelorette in May 2013, but was eliminated midway in the season.[6] On August 5, 2013, ABC announced he would star in season 18 of The Bachelor,[10] scheduled to premiere in January 2014.[11] As a Latino, he was the first person from an ethnic minority to be chosen as bachelor after 17 previous editions.[4][12] During this time he said he opposed the idea of the show featuring an openly gay bachelor, saying, “I don’t think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV" and that gay people are "more pervert in a sense.”[13] ABC, Warner Horizon Television and the show's producers responded with a joint statement saying, "Juan Pablo’s comments were careless, thoughtless and insensitive, and in no way reflect the views of the network, the show’s producers or studio."[14] Galavis apologized, saying the comments were taken out of context and citing his lack of full fluency in English, stating, "The word pervert was not what I meant to say.... What I meant to say was that gay people are more affectionate and intense and for a segment of the TV audience this would be too racy to accept.[15]

Personal life

Galavis and his former girlfriend, Venezuelan actress Carla Rodriguez, have a daughter, Camila born on February 14, 2009.[4][6][16] He chose Nikki Ferrell on season 18 of The Bachelor but the two ended their relationship in October 2014.[17]


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    ° ...he tenido la oportunidad de traer artistas venezolanos a Miam... junto con Frank Santofimio (integrante del grupo Aashta) y Mario Donoso, trajimos a Chino y Nacho ... e hicimos su primera gira de medios en Miami. / ...had the opportunity to bring to Miami Venezuelan artists ... along with Frank Santofimio (Aashta member of the group) and Mario Donoso, Chino y Nacho ... did their first media tour in Miami.

    ° ...se prepara para su primer trabajo en un noticiero de deportes en Miami (Mega News). / prepares for his first job in sports news in Miami (Mega News).

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  12. Rodrigues, Cindy (January 17, 2014). "Does Hollywood have a Latino problem?". CNN. Retrieved 2014-01-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Daly, Sean (January 17, 2014). "Juan Pablo Galavis: Gays Should Not Be Allowed To Be 'The Bachelor'". TheTVPage.com. Retrieved 2014-01-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  15. "People, I want to apologize..." Juan Pablo Galavis Facebook page. January 18, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. Wong, Derek (August 5, 2013). "Juan Pablo Is the Next Bachelor". ABC. Archived from the original on December 27, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-27. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. Parsley, Aaron (March 11, 2014). "The Bachelor Finale: Chris Harrison & Juan Pablo Galavis Clash Over 'I Love You'". Retrieved 2014-03-11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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