Diego Tristán

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Diego Tristán
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Tristán training for West Ham in 2009
Personal information
Full name Diego Tristán Herrera
Date of birth (1976-01-05) 5 January 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth La Algaba, Spain
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Betis
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Betis B 94 (33)
1998–1999 Mallorca B 39 (15)
1999–2000 Mallorca 35 (18)
2000–2006 Deportivo La Coruña 177 (87)
2006–2007 Mallorca 13 (0)
2007–2008 Livorno 21 (1)
2008–2009 West Ham 14 (3)
2009–2010 Cádiz 29 (8)
Total 422 (165)
National team
2001–2003 Spain 15 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Tristán and the second or maternal family name is Herrera.

Diego Tristán Herrera (born 5 January 1976) is a Spanish retired professional footballer who played as a striker.

At his peak, he was considered amongst the best players in his position in Europe, displaying a vast array of skills: dribble, shot accuracy, aerial ability and off-the-ball movements. He is best known for his Deportivo de La Coruña spell, where he spent six years, often overshadowed by physical and personal problems.[1]

Over the course of eight La Liga seasons, Tristán amassed totals of 227 games and 95 goals. He appeared with the Spanish national team at the 2002 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in La Algaba, Province of Seville, Tristán came through the youth ranks of local Real Betis, going on to finish his sporting formation with the B-side of RCD Mallorca.

After one season in Segunda División he made his La Liga debut in 1999–2000, against CD Numancia on 12 September 1999 (scoring in the process), and finished his first top flight campaign with 18 goals.

Deportivo[edit]

After nearly moving to league powerhouse Real Madrid during the 2000 summer, a deal barred by Lorenzo Sanz's exit from the club's presidency, Tristán joined Galician club Deportivo de La Coruña, forming a dreaded offensive partnership (on occasions, as Depor mainly operated in a 4–5–1 formation) with Dutchman Roy Makaay.

As Makaay was first-choice during 2000–01 Tristán threatened to quit Deportivo, when he found himself in and out of the side, but eventually became an undisputed starter in the following season and responded, netting 21 league goals for the Javier Irureta-led side, a competition best. He added six in the campaign's UEFA Champions League and five in the Copa del Rey;[2] this included a hat-trick in a 5–0 home win against former side Mallorca, on 7 April 2002.[3]

Afterwards, Tristán injured his ankle on international duty, losing again the starting berth to Makaay who even won the European Golden Boot for his performances. The former could not adapt to his secondary role, but still scored 19 goals overall during that season.

Even when Makaay left Deportivo in June 2003 for FC Bayern Munich, Tristán never regained his form and confidence: in the 2003–04 campaign he played just ten full matches and was taken off in 20. His 18 further appearances as substitute made him miss only eight out of 56 matches, but he only produced 13 goals (eight in the league, two in the domestic cup and three in the Champions League, including one in a 3–8 away defeat to AS Monaco FC on 5 November 2003).

Journeyman[edit]

In total Tristán scored 87 goals in the shirt of Deportivo in four seasons, leaving in July 2006 – he was released on 1 September 2006, along with teammate Lionel Scaloni.[4] After being linked with several clubs in Spain and overseas, including Bolton Wanderers, he agreed to rejoin Mallorca after a six-year hiatus,[5] but was released on 31 January 2007 due to a lack of fitness, form and goals.

Tristán signed a one-year contract with Serie A side A.S. Livorno Calcio in July 2007, as the Italians searched for a replacement for Ukraine-bound Cristiano Lucarelli,[6] whom signed with FC Shakhtar Donetsk, but he ultimately failed to impress with the Tuscany team, scoring only once during the campaign and eventually dropping down to Serie B.

On 29 September 2008 it was confirmed Tristán was undergoing a trial at West Ham United of the Premier League.[7] On 14 October he signed a contract with the team,[8] making his debut on 8 December as a late substitute in the 0–2 home defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.[9] He scored his first goal for the club in a 2–1 home victory over Stoke City on 28 December, also coming from the bench.[10]

Cádiz[edit]

On 24 July 2009, Tristán joined second division club Cádiz CF after having been released by West Ham at the end of the season, thus returning to his native Andalusia after 14 years.[11] He regained some of his scoring form in his first and only season, but his team was relegated after finishing in 19th position; in the last league match, a 4–2 home win against Numancia on 19 June 2010 – with the striker grabbing a brace – proved insufficient.[12]

International career[edit]

On 2 June 2001 Tristán, courtesy of his stellar Deportivo performances, earned a debut for Spain, scoring in a 4–1 home win against Bosnia and Herzegovina in a 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Oviedo. In the finals in South Korea and Japan he appeared sparingly for the quarterfinalists after picking up an injury,[1][13] and did not manage to find the net.

Tristán scored on his last cap, a 3–0 friendly win in Portugal on 6 September 2003.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 2 June 2001 Carlos Tartiere, Oviedo, Spain  Bosnia-Herzegovina 4–1 4–1 2002 World Cup qualification
2. 1 September 2001 Mestalla, Valencia, Spain  Austria 1–0 4–0 2002 World Cup qualification
3. 2 April 2003 Antonio Amilivia, León, Spain  Armenia 1–0 3–0 Euro 2004 qualifying
4. 6 September 2003 D. Afonso Henriques, Guimarães, Portugal  Portugal 0–3 0–3 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Deportivo

Individual[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[14]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
1999/00 Mallorca La Liga 35 18 0 0 - 11 5 46 23
2000/01 Deportivo La Liga 29 19 1 1 - 11 2 41 22
2001/02 33 21 6 5 - 12 6 51 33
2002/03 23 9 8 6 - 10 4 41 19
2003/04 33 8 3 2 - 11 4 47 14
2004/05 23 9 2 2 - 1 0 26 11
2005/06 36 11 3 0 - 5 1 45 12
2006/07 Mallorca La Liga 13 0 3 0 - - 15 0
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2007/08 Livorno Serie A 21 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2008/09 West Ham Premier League 14 3 3 0 0 0 - - 17 3
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2009/10 Cádiz Segunda División 29 8 1 0 - - - - 30 8
Country Spain 254 103 27 16 - - 61 22 342 142
Italy 21 1
England 14 3
Total 289 107

International[edit]

Spain
Year Apps Goals
2001 5 2
2002 6 0
2003 4 2
Total 15 4

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