Antonio Amaya

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Antonio Amaya
Antonio Amaya 2011.jpg
Personal information
Full name Antonio Amaya Carazo
Date of birth (1983-05-31) 31 May 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Rayo Vallecano
Number TBA
Youth career
San Cristóbal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Rayo B 23 (2)
2003–2009 Rayo Vallecano 124 (5)
2004 S.S. Reyes (loan) 15 (0)
2009–2011 Wigan Athletic 0 (0)
2010–2011 Rayo Vallecano (loan) 28 (0)
2011–2014 Betis 64 (1)
2014– Rayo Vallecano 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Amaya and the second or maternal family name is Carazo.

Antonio Amaya Carazo (born 31 May 1983) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Rayo Vallecano as a central defender.

Football career[edit]

Early years / Rayo[edit]

Born in the capital of Madrid, Amaya began his football career at local San Cristóbal de los Ángeles. He joined another team in the community, Rayo Vallecano, in 2002, also serving a six-month loan spell at lowly UD San Sebastián de los Reyes in Segunda División B.

Eventually Amaya returned to Rayo, becoming an important defensive unit for the side which returned to Segunda División at the end of the 2007–08 season and comfortably maintained its league status the following campaign, with the player appearing in less than half of the games (18 out of 42).

Wigan[edit]

Amaya signed for Premier League team Wigan Athletic on a three-year contract on 14 August 2009,[1] being joined at the club by Rayo teammate Mohamed Diamé a week later.[2] He made his debut in a 1–4 defeat at Blackpool in the season's Football League Cup on the 26th, scoring his team's goal with a header in stoppage time.[3]

After failing to make a single league appearance in 2009–10, Amaya returned to former club Rayo, in a season-long loan.[4] He was regularly used as the club returned to La Liga after an eight-year absence.

Betis[edit]

On 18 July 2011 Wigan announced the departure of Amaya, who signed a three-year contract with Real Betis.[5]

He scored his first goal for the club on 1 December 2013, in a 2–2 home draw against former club Rayo.[6]

Return to Rayo[edit]

In early June 2014, following Betis' top flight relegation, Amaya once again returned to Rayo Vallecano.[7]

Personal[edit]

Amaya's older brother, Iván, is also a footballer and a central defender. Both represented local Rayo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Defender Amaya agrees Wigan move". BBC Sport. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Wigan complete capture of Diame". BBC Sport. 22 August 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Blackpool 4–1 Wigan". BBC Sport. 26 August 2009. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Another defender departs". Wigan Today. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Wigan defender signs for Betis". Eurosport. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Al Betis todo son pulgas" [Everybody out to get Betis] (in Spanish). Marca. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Antonio Amaya, primer refuerzo del Rayo para la próxima temporada" [Antonio Amaya, first Rayo addition for next season] (in Spanish). Sport. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 

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