Diego Antonio Reyes

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Diego Reyes
Valais Cup 2013 - OM-FC Porto 13-07-2013 - Diego Reyes.jpg
Reyes being presented with Porto in 2013
Personal information
Full name Diego Antonio Reyes Rosales
Date of birth (1992-09-19) 19 September 1992 (age 21)
Place of birth Mexico City, Mexico
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Playing position Central Defender / Central Midfielder
Club information
Current club Porto
Number 13
Youth career
2006–2009 América
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 América 83 (3)
2013– Porto 3 (0)
2013– Porto B 18 (3)
National team
2008–2009 Mexico U17 6 (0)
2010–2011 Mexico U20 5 (0)
2011–2012 Mexico U23 12 (1)
2011– Mexico 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 April 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:10, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

Diego Antonio Reyes Rosales (born 19 September 1992) is a Mexican footballer,[2] who currently plays for Porto in Portugal as a central defender or midfielder.[3]

Reyes has been playing for Mexico's national team since 2013.[4] Reyes has been described as being "intelligent in his positioning, comfortable in possession and strong in the air."[5]

Club career[edit]

América[edit]

Diego Reyes rose from América's youth academy and was considered one of their young prospects. He debuted for the club in 2010 at the age of 17 in a home game against Santos Laguna, coming in as a substitute in the 86th minute for Ángel Reyna who scored the match's only goal.[6] Diego scored his first goal against Estudiantes Tecos during the Clausura 2011 tournament. He would score his second goal against Morelia in a 2–3 quarterfinal loss that same tournament. He gradually cemented his spot in the team's starting eleven.

Reyes played his final match with América on 26 May 2013 in the final of the Clausura tournament against Cruz Azul, only playing 26 minutes of the match. Due to the expulsion of Jesús Molina, Reyes was moved into the midfield, but was subsequently replaced by Miguel Layún.

Porto[edit]

On 17 December 2012 it was announced Reyes would be transferring to Portuguese club F.C. Porto on 1 July 2013 for €7 million,[7][8][9][10][11] with half of the transfer fee (€3.5 million) backed by Gol Football Luxembourg as part of James Rodríguez's repurchase from Gol Football.[11]

2013–14 season[edit]

Diego Reyes made his debut with Porto on 13 July 2013 in the final of the Valais Cup against French team Olympique de Marseille, coming on as a substitute in the 80th minute of the match. Fellow Mexican team-mate Héctor Herrera also made his debut with Porto in the same match which ended in a 3–0 victory.[12]

Despite not making an appearance with the first-team squad in the league, he is a regular with the B-squad.[citation needed]

International career[edit]

Mexico U17[edit]

In 2009 Diego Reyes was selected by coach José Luis González China to participate in the CONCACAF under-17 Championship. Mexico qualified to the under-17 World Cup and reached the Round-of-16.

Mexico U20[edit]

In 2010, Diego Reyes played the Milk Cup with Mexico. The following year, Reyes was selected by coach Juan Carlos Chávez to participate in the CONCACAF under-20 Championship. Mexico qualified to the under-20 World Cup and finished in third place, defeating France 3–1. Prior to the World Cup, Reyes also participated in the Toulon Tournament.

Mexico U23[edit]

Reyes was selected to participate in the 2011 Pan American Games with the under-23 national team. Mexico won the gold after defeating Argentina in the final. In 2012, Reyes was a part of the Mexican team that won the gold medal at the 2012 Toulon Tournament and won the final against Turkey. Diego Reyes made the final cut for those participating in the 2012 Summer Olympics, in which he played in every match, including in the 2–1 win over Brazil in the gold medal match at Wembley Stadium.[13] Reyes was the youngest squad member at the Olympics being only 19 when he won the gold medal.

Mexico national team[edit]

Diego Reyes made his debut with the Mexican national team at the 2011 Copa América, however Mexico used their under-22 squad in the tournament. He made his full debut on 25 March 2013 in a 2014 World Cup qualification match against the United States at the Estadio Azteca. Reyes also participated in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, playing his only match in a 2–1 victory against Japan.

Reyes captained Mexico for the first time during a friendly match against South Korea on 29 January 2014. He was given the captain's armband after Rafael Márquez was subbed off in the second half in the 4–0 victory.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 10 April 2014
Club Season League League Cup Continental Other2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
América 2009–10 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11 19 2 0 0 4 0 23 2
2011–12 28 0 0 0 0 0 28 0
2012–13 35 1 6 0 0 0 41 1
Total 83 3 6 0 4 0 93 3
Porto 2013–14 3 0 2 0 4 0 9 0
Total 3 0 2 0 4 0 9 0
Career total 86 3 8 0 8 0 102 3

International[edit]

As of 5 March 2014[14]
Mexico national team
Year Apps Goals
2011 3 0
2012 0 0
2013 7 0
2014 2 0
Total 12 0

U23 international goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 23 March 2012 Carson, United States  Trinidad and Tobago 0–3 1–7 2012 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament

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Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

América

International[edit]

Mexico U23

Individual[edit]

References[edit]