Felipe Caicedo

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Caicedo and the second or maternal family name is Corozo.
Felipe Caicedo
Felipe Caicedo 2012.jpg
Caicedo playing for Lokomotiv Moscow in 2012
Personal information
Full name Felipe Salvador Caicedo Corozo
Date of birth (1988-09-05) 5 September 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Guayaquil, Ecuador
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) [1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 30
Youth career
2002–2004 Barcelona SC
2004–2005 Rocafuerte
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Basel 45 (11)
2008–2011 Manchester City 27 (8)
2009 Sporting CP (loan) 7 (0)
2010 Málaga (loan) 18 (4)
2010–2011 Levante (loan) 27 (13)
2011–2013 Lokomotiv Moscow 52 (11)
2014– Al-Jazira 11 (4)
National team
2005– Ecuador 53 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 July 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 June 2014

Felipe Salvador Caicedo Corozo (born 5 September 1988) is an Ecuadorian association footballer who plays as a striker for Al-Jazira in the UAE Arabian Gulf League.[2]

A full international since 2005, he has represented Ecuador at the Copa América in 2007 and 2011.

Club career[edit]


Caicedo was signed by Swiss Super League side FC Basel from Rocafuerte in his native Ecuador during the Swiss 2005–06 season for an undisclosed fee while he was just 17 years old. Due to his youth, he was trained in the minor divisions. He went on to play 20 games for Basel in the following 2006–07 season, accompanied by three Swiss League goals. Clubs from La Liga, Premier League, and Serie A were monitoring his progress, with Milan said to have made an inquiry in the winter of 2007.[3]

Manchester City[edit]

On 31 January 2008, it was announced that Manchester City had secured Caicedo's services on a four-and-a-half year deal through a £5.2 million transfer fee (€7 million), which would make his sale one of the highest transfers in the history of the Swiss League. His transfer to Manchester City was completed after Caicedo was granted a work permit.[4][5] Caicedo was described by his manager as "one of the great South American talents" and was also compared to the Brazilian Adriano.[6] He made his debut on 10 February 2008, in a 2–1 away win against rivals Manchester United, coming on in the second half. He ended the season with 10 appearances in the Premier League, all of them coming on as a substitute.

Caicedo scored his first goal for City the following season in an UEFA Cup game against Racing de Santander. He scored his second consecutive goal with a back heel in a league game against West Bromwich Albion, but the goal was initially ruled as an own goal, as it hit the post and then the goalkeeper before finally going in. The goal was later given back to Caicedo after reconsideration from the Dubious Goals Committee. After these solid performances, both coming off the bench, club manager Mark Hughes gave him the opportunity to start his first game in the league and he went on to score for the third game in a row, this time scoring the first two goals against Hull City on 26 December 2008, in a 5–1 victory, taking his goal tally up to four. He started against Blackburn Rovers on 28 December 2008. Caicedo opened the scoring in the first leg of the UEFA Cup last 16 tie with Aalborg BK at the City of Manchester Stadium. Manchester City won the game 2–0. Caicedo scored his sixth goal of the season for Manchester City against Hamburger SV on 16 April 2009, but City were eliminated from the cup 4–3 on aggregate. Caicedo impressed a large number of Manchester City fans that season with his strong performances as a single striker with the ability to hold up the ball in key areas and shrug off defenders. Caicedo's seventh City goal came in City's 3–1 home win over Blackburn Rovers on 2 May. Caicedo scored his eighth goal for Manchester City in the 1–0 win over Bolton Wanderers on the last day of the season at the City of Manchester Stadium.[7]

Sporting CP[edit]

At the start of the 2009–10 season, Caicedo was tipped to leave City in order to get more playing time, especially after the club signed fellow forwards Roque Santa Cruz, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Carlos Tévez. So, on 23 July 2009, Sporting Clube de Portugal and Manchester City reached a one-year loan deal with option of a permanent deal,[8] that would allow him to be part of their squad for the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League, potentially allowing Caicedo a year to develop himself as a forward before returning to Manchester City. Caicedo made his debut for Sporting CP shirt after coming on as a substitute for Hélder Postiga injured on a 36th minutes in a 2–1 loss against Braga on 22 August 2009. After suffering a Stretched Ligament injury in a match against Braga which he was out of action for 3 weeks, Caicedo made his return for Sporting CP when he provided assist for Simon Vukčević to score a winning goal in a 1–1 draw against S.C. Olhanense on 21 September 2009. Caicedo, however, found it difficult at Sporting and his loan deal was cut short in January 2010.


After Sporting decided to end Caicedo's loan spell at the club, other clubs showed interest in the Manchester City striker, Málaga CF and Hull City amongst them. On 8 January 2010, Caicedo decided to join Málaga on loan, rejecting an offer from Hull City.[9][10]

He scored his first La Liga goal for Málaga with a beautiful individual effort against Racing de Santander, helping Málaga win 3–0 on 14 February 2010.[11] On 10 April 2010, Caicedo scored his first goal in two months which is his second goal in 2–1 loss against Sevilla and 4 days later on 14 April 2010, Caicedo scored again after 4 days of scoring his first goal which is his third goal in a 2–2 draw against Osasuna. On the final matchday of the domestic season, Málaga required a point to stay above the relegation zone, where they faced Real Madrid at home at La Rosaleda. Caicedo started and provided a wonderful assist for Duda to open the scoring in the ninth minute.[12] Real Madrid levelled after the break through Rafael van der Vaart, but the early goal was enough for Málaga to avoid relegation.[13]


Felipe Caicedo shoots for goal in a Levante-Sporting de Gijón match.

Just one hour before the deadline of the Spanish summer transfer window (24:00 CEST), Caicedo completed a loan move to freshly-promoted Levante UD for the 2010–11 season.[14] This revitalized his career, where by December 2010, he had contributed seven goals in 12 appearances; included in these seven goals was a brace scored against Racing de Santander on 21 November 2010.[15] Along with a Christian Stuani strike, Levante went on to win 3–1, picking themselves out of the relegation zone after a miserable four match losing streak.[16]

Levante lost on 18 December 2010 to Athletic Bilbao by a score of 2–1. Caicedo scored the only goal for the hosts.[17] This was the last game before the winter break and started an abismal five game losing streak for Levante that left them at the bottom of the Liga table.[18] Levante turned this around on 29 January 2011 when they welcomed Getafe CF. Caicedo added the second goal of a 2–0 win and lifted the relegation strugglers from the bottom of the zone.[19]

Caicedo playing for Levante.

On 11 May, Caicedo scored his 13th league goal of a successful campaign against FC Barcelona at the Estadi Ciutat de València.[20] Caicedo finished the ball in fine fashion, after capitalizing on defender Gerard Piqué's error.[21] The game ended in a 1–1 draw, which handed Barcelona their third-straight La Liga title.[22][23] The crucial point for Levante put them five points above the relegation zone with two games remaining.[24] Caicedo's thirteen league goals helped to secure Levante's place in La Liga for a second season.

The Daily Mail reported that Levante wanted to sign Caicedo permanently for £1 million with him being the top scorer for Levante.[25] On 30 May 2011, Levante officially took up an option to sign him[26] and on 29 June 2011, Levante signed Caicedo for £880,000. In his move, it was revealed that Levante would cash in by selling Caicedo for a large profit in the summer because the club were in debt, owing €12 million ($17 million) a year in repayments. This led to Caicedo quoting: "At €1 million, I am cheap, very cheap. Very, very, very cheap. He is a bargain, but only for Levante."

Following his time in Spain, reports showed that he traveled to Moscow because of interest from Russian Premier League clubs Lokomotiv Moscow and Anzhi Makhachkala.[27]

Lokomotiv Moscow[edit]

On 25 July 2011, Caicedo signed a four-year contract with Lokomotiv Moscow[28] for a fee of €7.5 million and was handed the number 25 jersey.[29] Previously, Lokomotiv Moscow tried to sign Caicedo in the Winter Transfer Window at Russia before it closed on 10 March 2011 after Lokomotiv Moscow failed to sign Stuttgart's striker Ciprian Marica.[30] Following his move to Lokomotiv Moscow, the president of Russian club Olga Smorodskaya accused Levante of behaving unprofessionally in the sale and hit out at Levante for their lack of co-operation during negotiations, saying to RIA Novosti :

"This deal was very difficult for us due to the unprofessional and inadequate position of Levante. Their directors seemed to have a very poor knowledge of Fifa's regulations, as they insisted on things forbidden by those rules, As a result we had to explain everything to them and give legal substantiations to each of our steps in order to sign a contract that would be consistent with the law."[31]

2011–12 season[edit]

Caicedo playing in Lokomotiv Moscow's away kit.

On 14 August 2011, Caicedo made his debut in the Russian Premier League after coming on at the 61st minute for Dmitri Loskov as Lokomotiv Moscow drew 0–0 against Volga.[32] On 28 August 2011, Caicedo scored his first goal which turns out to be a winning goal against Kuban Krasnodar.[33] Since scoring for Lokomotiv Moscow, Caicedo began scoring and provided assist week by week with 4 including one was against FC Zenit Saint Petersburg in a 4–2 win on 10 September 2011,[34] second was against Terek Grozny in a 4–0 win,[35] third was and last of scoring week by week was against Anzhi which Caicedo scored a winning goal [36] while a week before scoring a winning goal, Caicedo provided his first assist for Alberto Zapater to score his first goal for Lokomitiv Moscow in a 1–1 draw against Rubin Kazin on 25 September 2011.[37] In the first half Russian Premier League, Caicedo made 13 league appearance and scoring 6.

In the Europa League, Caicedo made his Europa League in a Play-off round as Lokomotiv Moscow beat Spartak Trnava 3–1 on aggregate on 25 August 2011.[38] On 20 October 2011, Caicedo scored his first Europa League goal in a 3–1 win over AEK Athens on a Group Stage.[39] On 16 February 2012 in the Round of 32 of the Europa League, Caicedo scored a winning goal on a 71st minutes against Athletic Bilbao in a 2–1 win of the first leg of Round of 32 of the Europa League. Caicedo also provided assist for Denis Glushakov to score a penalty on a 61st minutes after Caicedo was fouled in the penalty box.[40] In the second leg of Round of 32 of the Europa League, Caicedo was on the match as Lokomotiv Moscow was eliminated of the Europa League after Athletic Bilbao beat Lokomotiv Moscow 1–0 and out due to an away goal.[41]

In the January transfer window, reports from Brazil and Ecuador claimed that Caicedo was joining Série B side Boa Esporte on loan.[42] However, the move was rejected by Olga Smorodskaya saying that she has no intention in loaning him to Boa and says the offer was "nonsense".[43]

Al Jazira[edit]

In 2014, Felipe Caicedo joined Al Jazira.

International career[edit]

Caicedo with the Ecuadorian national team in 2007.

On 10 February 2009, Caicedo scored the winning goal in a 3–2 victory against England's U-21 team.[44]

On 21 March 2013, following the words of Agustín Castillo, the coach of El Salvador, that the current Ecuador team is the "best Ecuador of the history", Caicedo scored twice against El Salvador.[45]


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