Capel warming-up for Sporting in 2012
|Full name||Diego Ángel Capel Trinidad|
|Date of birth||16 February 1988|
|Place of birth||Albox, Spain|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 24 February 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Groomed in Sevilla FC's youth system (after a brief spell at FC Barcelona), Capel was born in Albox, Almería, and he made his first professional appearance aged only 16, playing three minutes in a 2–1 home win over Atlético Madrid on 24 October 2004. In the following seasons he would alternate between the A and B-teams, playing four further games in 2005–06 with the main squad; on 1 December 2005 he appeared 18 minutes in the Andalusians' 3–1 win against Vitória de Guimarães also at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium, in an eventually victorious campaign in the UEFA Cup.
Capel became first-choice in the 2007–08 season due to the death of another left-footed winger, Antonio Puerta, in late August. He scored his first goal in La Liga against Barcelona on 9 February 2008, in a 1–1 home draw. The previous month, he had netted in a Copa del Rey tie, against the same opponent (also 1–1 and in Seville).
In June 2008, Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur were linked with a ₤12.5 million bid for Capel. He admitted he would consider leaving Sevilla to "grow as a footballer", if the clubs could agree on a signing fee, but nothing came of it. Also at the end of the league campaign, Barcelona-based daily Sport further speculated that Real Madrid were considering Capel as a potential replacement for the recently departed Robinho, but no move ever materialized.
In the 2009–10 campaign Capel lost his position to Argentine Diego Perotti, but still managed to feature in 29 matches – one goal in a 5–1 win at Racing de Santander– as Sevilla edged RCD Mallorca for the fourth position, with the subsequent Champions League qualification; additionally, on 19 May 2010, he opened the score at the Camp Nou, in a 2–0 win against Atlético for the final of the domestic cup.
Capel appeared again regularly for Sevilla in 2010–11, playing in 27 league games and starting in 17 as the team finished in fifth position.
On 18 July 2011, Capel's uncle Carioca acknowledged negotiations between Sevilla and Sporting Clube de Portugal for the transfer of the player for €6 million (plus 20% sell-on profit) and a five-year contract, although the fee agreed was eventually €3.5 million, with a €30 million release clause. He made his debut for his new club on the 30th, playing the second half of a 0–3 home loss against Valencia CF.
Capel scored his first goal for Sporting on 2 October 2011, in a 1–0 league away win against Vitória de Guimarães. On the 24th, for the same competition, he netted twice in a 6–1 home success over Gil Vicente FC, in what was the Lions' ninth straight official win.
After having helped Spain win the 2006 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, Capel played in the 2007 FIFA World Cup with the U-20 side, scoring in injury time in the first game against Uruguay, for the final 2–2. He helped the country progress to the quarterfinals where they were knocked out by the Czech Republic, and subsequently moved to the under-21s.
- UEFA Cup: 2005–06, 2006–07
- UEFA Super Cup: 2006; Runner-up 2007
- Copa del Rey: 2006–07, 2009–10
- Supercopa de España: 2007; Runner-up 2010
- Spain U21
- Spain U19
- Portuguese League Player of the Month: October 2011
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- "El Sevilla sentencia ante el Vitoria de Guimaraes su pase a dieciseisavos" [Sevilla seals qualification to last-32 against Vitoria de Guimaraes] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 1 December 2005. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
- Barcelona bid held up by Sevilla; UEFA.com, 9 February 2008
- Capel keeps Sevilla dream alive; UEFA.com, 9 January 2008
- Diego Capel could still move to Tottenham; The Daily Telegraph, 19 March 2009
- Capel favourite to replace Robinho?; Goal.com, 19 March 2009
- "Una mano al cuello" [Hand to throat] (in Spanish). Marca. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
- "Cup glory for Sevilla". ESPN Soccernet. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
- "Diego Capel's uncle confirms midfielder is set to sign for Sporting Lisbon". Goal.com. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). CMVM. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
- "Capel fires Sporting to victory in Guimaraes as Braga are surprised by Leiria". PortuGOAL. 2 October 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
- "Dazzling Sporting hit Gil for six". PortuGOAL. 24 October 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
- "Capel caps Sporting comeback against Athletic". UEFA.com. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- Bueno double gives Spain glory; UEFA.com, 29 July 2006
- Capel comes to Spain's rescue; UEFA.com, 2 July 2007
- Norway hit back to hold Spain; UEFA.com, 10 February 2009
- "España mantiene la inercia de la Eurocopa" [Spain maintains Eurocup momentum] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 21 August 2008. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
- "Capel: Diego Capel Trinidad". BDFutbol. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
- "Capel". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
- BDFutbol profile
- National team data
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Diego Capel profile at ForaDeJogo
- Diego Capel at National-Football-Teams.com
- Diego Capel – FIFA competition record