|Full name||Hernán Jorge Crespo|
|Date of birth||5 July 1975|
|Place of birth||Florida, Argentina|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2004–2005||→ Milan (loan)||28||(11)|
|2006–2008||→ Internazionale (loan)||49||(18)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 February 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
Hernán Jorge Crespo (born 5 July 1975) is an Argentine retired footballer, who scored over 300 goals in a career spanning 19 years. His honours include an Olympic Games silver medal, a Copa Libertadores, a Premier League title and three Serie A scudetti. He was top scorer in the 2000–01 Serie A with 26 goals, while playing for Lazio. Crespo once held the world record in transfer fee, when he was bought by Lazio from Parma in July 2000.
Playing career 
River Plate (1993–1996) 
Crespo made his debut with River Plate during the 1993–94 season, scoring 13 goals in 25 league appearances as River Plate won the Apertura league title. In 1996, Crespo helped River win the Copa Libertadores, scoring twice in the home leg of the final in Buenos Aires.
Parma (1996–2000) 
Crespo left River Plate for Parma on 14 August 1996 after he won the silver medal with Argentina at the 1996 Summer Olympics and finished as the top scorer with six goals. He failed to score in his first six months at the club and was routinely booed with head coach Carlo Ancelotti coming in for much criticism for keeping faith with the selection of Crespo. His faith was, however, vindicated: the young Argentine went on to score 12 times in 27 matches in his first Serie A season and Parma finished runners-up to Juventus. The turning point was the standing applause he received for his brace against Calcio in March 1997. Parma won the 1998–99 Italian Cup and he scored the opening goal in Parma's 3–0 UEFA Cup final victory over Olympique de Marseille. He had scored 80 goals in four seasons.
Record transfer to Lazio (2000–2002) 
In 2000, Lazio broke the then-world transfer record by paying £35 million (they paid £16m in cash and transferred Matías Almeyda and Sérgio Conceição) to acquire Crespo, who in turn finished as Serie A's top scorer with 26 goals. Lazio, however, failed to defend its league title in 2001, and the following season, Crespo suffered from some injuries, while new signings Jaap Stam and Gaizka Mendieta failed to live up their reputations, following the departures of playmakers Juan Sebastián Verón and Pavel Nedvěd. Crespo was left without the tremendous support he had enjoyed in 2001, but still scored a respectable haul of goals. Lazio's financial problems, however, forced the club to sell several players, and following Alessandro Nesta's transfer to AC Milan, speculation over Crespo's future intensified.
Internazionale (2002–2003) 
On 31 August 2002, Crespo, expected to shine again after suffering from injuries, signed with Internazionale as replacement for the departed Ronaldo for a €26 million and Bernardo Corradi. Lazio later re-valued Corradi to €5.5 million. Internazionale was short of strikers after the highly rated Mohamed Kallon was injured in August and only Álvaro Recoba and Christian Vieri together with reserves Bernardo Corradi and Nicola Ventola, were available.
He scored seven goals in three appearances, along with nine goals in 12 Champions League matches until he was shelved for four months by injury in early 2003.
Chelsea (2003–2004) 
Crespo was transferred to Premier League club Chelsea on 26 August 2003 for a fee of reported £16.8 million, however also created a controversy in alleged false accounting.[note 1] He made his league debut on 30 August 2003 as a substitute for Adrian Mutu in a 2–2 home draw against Blackburn Rovers. On 16 September 2003, Crespo made his European debut, replacing Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in the 2003–04 Champions League group stage, which ended in a 1–0 away win after a late goal from William Gallas against Sparta Prague. Four days later, he scored his first goals, a double, in a 5–0 away victory against Wolves. Crespo only made 31 appearances (including 19 in the league) in all competitions, scoring 12 goals.
Loan to Milan (2004–2005) 
After José Mourinho took over as Chelsea manager for the 2004–05 season, Crespo became surplus to Chelsea's plans and was loaned to Milan, as requested by then manager Carlo Ancelotti. He scored a total of ten league goals, and netted twice in the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final in a defeat to Liverpool.
Return to Chelsea (2005–2006) 
After Chelsea's failed attempts to land a big-name striker during the summer of 2005, Mourinho needed competition for striker Didier Drogba and decided to recall Crespo from Milan, convincing him that he had a future in England. Crespo made his first return appearance in a 2–1 FA Community Shield win over Arsenal. He scored his first league goal of 2005 against Wigan Athletic in Chelsea's season opener in a 1–0 win. The 2005–06 league title was Crespo's first league title victory in European football.
Loan and permanent move to Internazionale (2006–2009) 
Though he scored 26 goals in all competitions and won the 2005–06 Premier League, Crespo requested a return to Italy in order to rejoin Milan, but Chelsea refused and announced that Crespo would remain a Chelsea player until the club accepted a suitable offer for him. On 7 August 2006, Crespo joined Inter on a two-year loan. He scored his 125th Serie A goal against Siena on 2 December 2006, and his 200th career goal in Europe on 2 April 2007. On 13 May, Crespo scored a hat-trick to help Inter defeat Lazio 4–3 and win the Scudetto. Two days earlier, he had appeared in training without his customary long hair, which he had kept grown out for over five years.
In scoring a Champions League goal with Inter, Crespo became the first player to score with 5 teams in the competition, doing so with each of the sides he had played for since moving from South America to Europe in 1996.
Crespo was released from Chelsea on 3 July 2008, following the expiration of his contract. and was signed by Inter on a one-year contract for free. In the 2008–09 season, under José Mourinho, his former manager in Chelsea, Crespo only made 13 Serie A appearances, including two starts. He was excluded from the UEFA Champions League roster.
Genoa (2009–2010) 
Following the expiration of his contract at Inter, Crespo was quickly snapped up by Genoa, taking Diego Milito's place, who moved in the opposite direction. On 8 June 2009, it was reported that Crespo had a medical check to formalize his transfer. Crespo cited his ambition to make the Argentina World Cup squad as one of his key reasons for making the move to Genoa. On 13 September, Crespo scored his first goal of the 2009 season against Napoli.
Return home to Parma and retirement (2010–2012) 
In January 2010, Crespo returned to Parma after the club agreed the deal with Atalanta and Genoa. Crespo replaced Nicola Amoruso who left for Atalanta, while Atalanta's Robert Acquafresca moved to Genoa to replace Crespo. The Argentine striker returned after ten years to Parma. Crespo scored just once before the season's end, against Livorno. The striker enjoyed a more successful 2010–11 season, scoring 11 goals. In doing so, he became Parma's top scorer for a fourth time, which remains a post-war club record. Despite mounting speculation of his departure, Crespo signed a one-year contract extension on 30 June 2011. However, a lack of first-team opportunities saw Crespo and Parma mutually agree to terminate his contract on 2 February 2012, although he did vow to return to the city he had fallen in love with. He is the club's all-time record goalscorer with 94 goals in 201 appearances.
Although Crespo was signed to play in Bengal Premier League Soccer in late January 2012 with a salary of £533,000 for the two-month tournament, the competition never got underway. He clarified that his career as a football player had finished in November 2012.
International career (1995–2007) 
In 1996, Crespo was a member of the Argentina men's football squad for the Olympic Games. Crespo helped take Argentina to the final with braces against Spain in the quarter-final and Portugal in the semi-final. However, Argentina lost the final to Nigeria, despite Crespo scoring his 6th goal of the tournament from the penalty spot.
Crespo scored his first goal for the Argentina senior team in a 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Ecuador and hit a hat-trick against FR Yugoslavia in a pre-World Cup friendly. Crespo was called up to the final roster for the 1998 FIFA World Cup but only made one substitute appearance, as Gabriel Batistuta led the Argentine attack. Crespo missed his kick in the second round penalty shootout with England but Argentina progressed 4–3.
During qualification for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Crespo top scored or Argentina with 9 goals as they topped the South American group. During the finals, Batistuta was again preferred to Crespo as Argentina's starting centre forward. Crespo appeared as a substitute in all three group matches, including the final match against Sweden, which Argentina needed to win in order to qualify for the second round. Though Crespo scored an 88th minute equaliser, it was not to be enough and Argentina were eliminated.
After the 2002 World Cup, Batistuta retired from international football and Crespo took over as Argentina's number 9. During the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying stage Crespo scored 7 times, including two goals in Argentina's 3–1 World Cup qualifying win over arch-rivals Brazil in Buenos Aires, which made him Argentina's career scoring leader in World Cup qualifiers.
Crespo scored Argentina's first goal of the 2006 World Cup in their opening match against Côte d'Ivoire. He also scored in the second group game against Serbia & Montenegro and the second round match against Mexico. However Argentina's run was ended as they were knocked out by host nation Germany on penalties in the quarter final.
Crespo's final appearances for Argentina came at 2007 Copa América. He scored twice in Argentina's 4–1 victory over the United States in their Group C opener, tying Diego Maradona's team scoring record. He then overtook Maradona in Argentina's second match, scoring a penalty kick against Colombia. However, he substituted immediately after converting the kick due to injury and missed the remainder of the tournament.
After the Copa América, Crespo did not receive any further call ups to the national team and ended his international career with 35 goals in 64 matches, making him Argentina's second highest goalscorer of all time.
Coaching career 
On 12 November 2012, Crespo announced that he would pursue a career in coaching and would begin work in July 2013 at the earliest.
Career statistics 
- Last update: 13 February 2012.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Argentina||League||Cup||League Cup||South America||Total|
|1993–94||River Plate||Primera División||25||16||—||—||3||0||28||16|
|Italy||League||Coppa Italia||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1999–00||34||22||2||0||—||5||3||43[nb 1][nb 2]||26|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Italy||League||Coppa Italia||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2004–05||Milan||Serie A||28||11||1||1||—||10||6||40[nb 4]||18|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2005–06||Chelsea||Premier League||30||10||5||1||1||0||5||2||42[nb 5]||13|
|Italy||League||Coppa Italia||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2006–07||Internazionale||Serie A||29||14||4||4||—||6||1||40[nb 6]||20|
- Includes 1 appearance in the 1999–2000 Serie A play-off for 2000–01 UEFA Champions League
- Includes 1 appearance and 1 goal in the 1999 Supercoppa Italiana
- Includes 1 appearance in the 2000 Supercoppa Italiana
- Includes 1 appearance in the 2004 Supercoppa Italiana
- Includes 1 appearance in the 2005 FA Community Shield
- Includes 1 appearance and 1 goal in the 2006 Supercoppa Italiana
|Argentina national team|
|International appearances and goals|
|1.||14 February 1995||Mendoza, Argentina||Bulgaria||4–1||0||Friendly|
|2.||2 June 1996||Quito, Ecuador||Ecuador||0–2||0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|20 July 1996||Birmingham, Alabama, United States||United States||3–1||1||1996 Olympics (Argentina U23)|
|22 July 1996||Washington, D.C., United States||Portugal||1–1||0|
|24 July 1996||Birmingham, Alabama, United States||Tunisia||1–1||0|
|27 July 1996||Spain||4–0||2|
|30 July 1996||Athens, Georgia, United States||Portugal||2–0||2|
|3 August 1996||Nigeria||2–3||1|
|3.||28 December 1996||Mar del Plata, Argentina||Yugoslavia||2–3||0||Friendly|
|4.||12 January 1997||Montevideo, Uruguay||Uruguay||0–0||0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5.||12 February 1997||Barranquilla, Colombia||Colombia||1–0||0|
|6.||30 April 1997||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Ecuador||2–1||1|
|7.||8 June 1997||Peru||2–0||1|
|8.||6 July 1997||Asunción, Paraguay||Paraguay||2–1||0|
|9.||20 July 1997||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Venezuela||2–0||1|
|10.||10 September 1997||Santiago, Chile||Chile||2–1||0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|11.||12 October 1997||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Uruguay||0–0||0|
|12.||16 November 1997||Colombia||1–1||0|
|19 February 1998||Mendoza, Argentina||Romanian League||2–1||0||Unofficial Friendly|
|14.||24 February 1998||Mar del Plata, Argentina||Yugoslavia||3–1||3||Friendly|
|15.||30 June 1998||Saint-Étienne, France||England||2–2 (AET)
|0||1998 FIFA World Cup|
|16.||31 March 1999||Amsterdam, The Netherlands||Netherlands||1–1||0||Friendly|
|17.||4 September 1999||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Brazil||2–0||1||Friendly|
|18.||7 September 1999||Porto Alegre, Brazil||Brazil||2–4||0|
|19.||17 November 1999||Seville, Spain||Spain||2–0||0|
|20.||23 February 2000||London, England, United Kingdom||England||0–0||0|
|21.||29 March 2000||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Chile||4–1||0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|22.||26 April 2000||Maracaibo, Venezuela||Venezuela||4–0||1|
|23.||29 June 2000||Bogotá, Colombia||Colombia||3–1||1|
|24.||19 July 2000||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Ecuador||2–0||1|
|25.||26 July 2000||São Paulo, Brazil||Brazil||1–3||0|
|26.||16 August 2000||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Paraguay||1–1||0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|27.||3 September 2000||Lima, Peru||Peru||2–1||1|
|28.||28 February 2001||Rome, Italy||Italy||2–1||1||Friendly|
|29.||28 March 2001||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Venezuela||5–0||1||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|30.||25 April 2001||La Paz, Bolivia||Bolivia||3–3||2|
|31.||3 June 2001||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Colombia||3–0||1|
|32.||15 August 2001||Quito, Ecuador||Ecuador||2–0||1||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|33.||5 September 2001||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Brazil||2–1||0|
|34.||2 June 2002||Ibaraki, Japan||Nigeria||1–0||0||2002 FIFA World Cup|
|35.||7 June 2002||Sapporo, Japan||England||0–1||0|
|36.||12 June 2002||Rifu, Miyagi, Japan||Sweden||1–1||1|
|37.||20 November 2002||Saitama, Japan||Japan||2–0||1||Friendly|
|38.||20 August 2003||Florence, Italy||Uruguay||3–2||0||Friendly|
|39.||6 September 2003||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Chile||2–2||0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|40.||9 September 2003||Caracas, Venezuela||Venezuela||3–0||1|
|41.||15 November 2003||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Bolivia||3–0||1|
|42.||19 November 2003||Barranquilla, Colombia||Colombia||1–1||1|
|43.||30 March 2004||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Ecuador||1–0||1|
|44.||28 April 2004||Casablanca, Morocco||Morocco||1–0||0||Friendly|
|45.||2 June 2004||Belo Horizonte, Brazil||Brazil||1–3||0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|46.||6 June 2004||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Paraguay||0–0||0|
|47.||9 February 2005||Düsseldorf, Germany||Germany||2–2||2||Friendly|
|48.||30 March 2005||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Colombia||1–0||1||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|49.||8 June 2005||Brazil||3–1||2|
|50.||17 August 2005||Budapest, Hungary||Hungary||2–1||0||Friendly|
|51.||9 October 2005||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Peru||2–0||0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|52.||12 October 2005||Montevideo, Uruguay||Uruguay||0–1||0|
|53.||12 November 2005||Geneva, Switzerland||England||2–3||1||Friendly|
|54.||1 March 2006||Basel, Switzerland||Croatia||2–3||0|
|55.||30 May 2006||Salerno, Italy||Angola||2–0||0|
|56.||10 June 2006||Hamburg, Germany||Ivory Coast||2–1||1||2006 FIFA World Cup|
|57.||16 June 2006||Gelsenkirchen, Germany||Serbia and Montenegro||6–0||1|
|58.||24 June 2006||Leipzig, Germany||Mexico||2–1 (AET)||1|
|59.||30 June 2006||Berlin, Germany||Germany||1–1 (AET)
|60.||7 February 2007||Saint-Denis, France||France||1–0||0||Friendly|
|61.||2 June 2007||Basel, Switzerland||Switzerland||1–1||0|
|62.||5 June 2007||Barcelona, Spain||Algeria||4–3||0|
|63.||28 June 2007||Maracaibo, Venezuela||United States||4–1||2||2007 Copa América|
|64.||2 July 2007||Colombia||4–2||1|
Club Atlético River Plate
- Primera División Argentina: 1993 (Apertura), 1994 (Apertura), 1996 (Apertura)
- Copa Libertadores: 1996
Società Sportiva Lazio
F.C. Internazionale Milano
- 1995 Pan American Games: Gold Medalist
- 1996 Summer Olympics: Silver Medalist
- FIFA Confederations Cup: Runner up 2005
- Primera División Argentina top scorer: 1994 (with River Plate)
- 1996 Summer Olympics: Top Scorer
- Coppa Italia Capocannoniere: 1999 and 2007 with 4 goals in 4 matches
- Serie A Top Scorer: 2000–01
- ESM Team of the Year: 2000–01
- FIFA 100
- 2006 FIFA World Cup Silver Boot
- 2006 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team
Whilst commonly known as Hernán, Crespo was christened Hernando Jorge Crespo, after his grandfather of the same name. His nickname is "Valdanito" after striker Jorge Valdano, due to the fact that they look similar. He is also called, although less often, "El Polaco" (or "The Pole") because his grandmother was Polish.
- Inter bought Crespo for €38 million accounting value, however the club split the amount in February 2003 into reported €4.45 million (which would amortize normally according to the length of player contract: i.e. proportionality, zero which his contract expire), and €33.55 million in special amortization fund in 10-year equal installment, (which, despite most of the players would left the club within 10-year, the fund still appeared as asset in balance sheet.) Inter sold Crespo for undisclosed fee, which created a huge profit if just considered Crespo value of below €4.45M (the value weathered after his contract had excised for 1 year), but if considering Crespo left the club but still "worth" €30.195 million residual asset "value" in the special fund, the deal would created a huge loss. The auditor also wrote in 2003–04 financial report that if the departure of Crespo combined with removing the value in the special fund would created a loss of ca. €18.8 million ("qualora detta plusvalenza fosse state imputata a riduzione della voce "Oneri pluriennali da svalutazione diritti: sarebbe scaturita una maggior perdita di ca. €18.8 millioni")
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- Match Report 28 December 1996
- Match Report 24 February 1998
- International Matches 1999 – Intercontinental
- Match Report 23 February 2000
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- Hernán Crespo – FIFA competition record
- Hernán Crespo career stats at Soccerbase
- Profile at La Gazzetta dello Sport 2009–10 (Italian)
- FootballDatabase profile and stats
- BBC profile
- Crespo at AFA
- Russian fan site of Hernan Crespo