Diego León

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Diego León
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Personal information
Full name Diego León Ayarza
Date of birth (1984-01-16) 16 January 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Palencia, Spain
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Nea Salamina
Number 10
Youth career
2001–2003 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Real Madrid B 10 (0)
2004–2006 Real Madrid 0 (0)
2005–2006 Arminia Bielefeld II (loan) 18 (7)
2005 Arminia Bielefeld (loan) 14 (1)
2006–2007 Grasshoppers 30 (3)
2007 Grasshoppers II 8 (8)
2008–2009 Barnsley 37 (2)
2009–2010 Las Palmas 22 (1)
2010–2011 Wacker Burghausen 11 (0)
2011–2012 Nea Salamina 17 (1)
2012–2013 Kerkyra 26 (0)
2013– Nea Salamina 40 (11)
National team
2000–2001 Spain U16 16 (6)
2001 Spain U17 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 10 November 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is León and the second or maternal family name is Ayarza.

Diego León Ayarza (born 16 January 1984 in Palencia, Castile and León) is a Spanish footballer who plays for Cypriot club Nea Salamis Famagusta FC as a midfielder.

Football career[edit]

Real Madrid[edit]

A youth product of Real Madrid, León could never appear for more than its B-team. He was initially given a number with the main squad for the 2004–05 season, but moved to Arminia Bielefeld in Germany (first on loan) in January 2005 before he could make his official debut for the Spanish giants.

León stayed at Arminia until the end of the 2005–06 campaign, after which he joined Grasshopper Club Zürich in the Swiss Super League.

Barnsley[edit]

On 21 December 2007, it was announced that León had signed a pre-contract agreement with Barnsley, with the transfer due to go through at the opening of the transfer window. The Yorkshire club had hoped to make the move official in time for him to play in the FA Cup third-round tie against Blackpool on 5 January 2008, but had to wait until the 9th:[1] he made his first appearance that evening, playing in a reserve team match against Sheffield United.

León put in a great performance to earn himself his first matchball as a Barnsley player, with a Man of the match award against Colchester United on 29 January 2008. He went on to play in the memorable away victory over Premier League's Liverpool in the FA Cup,[2] and also played a key role in the Reds 3–0 win at Watford on 9 April, being involved in all three goals, including a sumptuous flick for Jon Macken to square to Kayode Odejayi to score: his corner allowed Stephen Foster to head home and his throughball enabled Odejayi to score his second.

In the following game against Preston North End, León netted a key goal in Barnsley's Championship survival in the 2007–08 campaign, scoring from a 35-yard free kick for the 2–1 triumph.[3] His second and final goal for the Tykes came in a 3–2 win over Burnley on 24 November 2008[4] and, on 7 May of the following year, he was told, along with Dennis Souza, Kyle Letheren and Marciano van Homoet he was free to look for a new club in the summer; shortly after he returned to his country, agreeing a deal with Segunda División side UD Las Palmas.

Later years[edit]

On 13 December 2010 León moved teams – and countries – again, signing with lowly SV Wacker Burghausen in Germany.[5] In June of the following year, after a failed move to HNK Hajduk Split, he joined Nea Salamis Famagusta FC in Cyprus.

Club statistics[edit]

As of 1 April 2014[6][7]
Club Season League Cup[8] Continental[9] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Real Madrid B 2002–03 Segunda División B 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2003–04 Segunda División B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Real Madrid 2004–05 La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arminia Bielefeld 2004–05 Bundesliga 10 0 2 0 0 0 12 0
2005–06 Bundesliga 4 1 1 0 0 0 5 1
Total 14 1 3 0 0 0 17 1
Grasshoppers 2006–07 Swiss Super League 26 3 3 2 8 1 37 6
2007–08 Swiss Super League 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 30 3 3 2 8 1 41 6
Barnsley 2007–08 Championship 18 1 2 0 0 0 20 1
2008–09 Championship 19 1 2 0 0 0 21 1
Total 37 2 4 0 0 0 41 2
Las Palmas 2009–10 Segunda División 22 1 0 0 0 0 22 1
Total 22 1 0 0 0 0 22 1
Wacker Burghausen 2010–11 3. Liga 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Total 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Nea Salamina 2011–12 Cypriot First Division 17 1 0 0 0 0 17 1
Total 17 1 0 0 0 0 17 1
Kerkyra 2012–13 Superleague Greece 26 0 2 0 0 0 28 0
Total 26 0 2 0 0 0 28 0
Nea Salamina 2013–14 Cypriot First Division 26 6 1 0 0 0 27 6
Total 26 6 1 0 0 0 27 6
Career total 193 14 13 2 8 1 214 17

Honours[edit]

Spain U16

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Diego free to play!!!". Barnsley F.C. 9 January 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2008. 
  2. ^ "Liverpool 1–2 Barnsley". BBC Sport. 16 February 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Preston 1–2 Barnsley". BBC Sport. 12 April 2008. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Barnsley 3–2 Burnley". BBC Sport. 24 November 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Wacker Burghausen verstärkt Offensive" [Wacker Burghausen strengthens offense] (in German). Fussball 24. 13 December 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Diego León: Diego León Ayarza". BDFutbol. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Diego León". Soccerway. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Includes DFB-Pokal, Swiss Super Cup, FA Cup, Football League Cup and Greek Football Cup
  9. ^ Includes UEFA Europa League and UEFA Intertoto Cup

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