Iñigo Calderón

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Íñigo Calderón
Iñigo Calderón Brighton vs Spurs.jpg
Calderón with Brighton & Hove Albion in 2011
Personal information
Full name Íñigo Calderón Zapatería[1]
Date of birth (1982-01-04) 4 January 1982 (age 33)
Place of birth Vitoria, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Brighton & Hove Albion
Number 14
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Alavés C
2001–2004 Alavés B 71 (1)
2004–2007 Alicante 84 (5)
2007–2009 Alavés 52 (1)
2010– Brighton & Hove Albion 170 (18)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:56, 26 February 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Calderón and the second or maternal family name is Zapatería.

Íñigo Calderón Zapatería (born 4 January 1982) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for English club Brighton & Hove Albion as a right back.

He played for Alicante and Alavés in his country, joining Brighton & Hove Albion in 2010 and going on to remain several years with the club.

Club career[edit]


Born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, Basque Country, Calderón started his professional career with Alicante CF in Segunda División B, achieving two first-place finishes and one third during his three-year spell but seeing his team consecutively fail in the promotion play-offs.[2]

In 2007 he moved to Deportivo Alavés (he had already represented its C and B-teams early in his career), playing in two Segunda División seasons – often serving as team captain – and suffering relegation in his second year.[3][4]

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

On 7 January 2010, after a spell on trial, Calderón signed with Football League One team Brighton & Hove Albion on a contract until the end of the season.[5][6] He made his club debut nine days later, in a 2–1 win at Walsall,[7] and scored his first goal for the Seagulls in another away fixture (also 2–1 win), against Charlton Athletic on 23 February.[8]

Calderón's offer of a new contract at Brighton was withdrawn[9] after he agreed to join League One rivals Southampton in May 2010.[10] However, on 10 June, the player signed a new three-year deal with Brighton, with manager Gus Poyet claiming "Calde is a quality player and was always our first-choice right-back...".[11]

Calderón scored eight goals in the 2010–11 season, including a first-half strike in the 4–3 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge that helped Albion secure promotion to the Championship. He subsequently signed a one-year extension to his contract, keeping him at the club until 2014.

Calderón netted his first goal of 2011–12 in the 2–0 home win over Bristol City – a thunderous drive from 25 yards.

Calderón appeared for Brighton predominantly as a right-midfielder in the 2014-15 season and was awarded player of the season at the annual end of season awards [12] after scoring four goals throughout the season. This had previously been won by Matthew Upson [13] in 2014.



Brighton & Hove Albion


Personal life[edit]

Calderón has a master's degree in sport psychology. He is also a qualified teacher.[15]


  1. ^ "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 8. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "“Hemos logrado pasar la prueba”" [“We stood up to the test”] (in Spanish). Las Provincias. 12 June 2007. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "El Alavés remontó con toda justicia en Mendizorroza" [Alavés came back from behind in Mendizorroza justly] (in Spanish). Marca. 5 October 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Alavés y Albacete pelearán por tres puntos que pueden sacarles del peligro" [Alavés and Albacete will fight for three points that may lead away from danger] (in Spanish). El Confidencial. 23 January 2009. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Dudding, Tim (7 January 2010). "Albion sign Spanish defender". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Brighton & Hove Albion sign Inigo Calderon". BBC Sport. 7 January 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Walsall 1–2 Brighton". BBC Sport. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Charlton 1–2 Brighton". BBC Sport. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Gus Poyet withdraws contract offer to Inigo Calderon". BBC Sport. 8 May 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Calderon agrees Saints switch". Sky Sports. 9 May 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2010. 
  11. ^ Camillin, Paul (10 June 2010). "Calderon signs three-year deal". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "Calderon is named Albion's Player of the Season". Brighton and Hove Albion Official Website. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  13. ^ "Upson is Albion's Player of the Season". Brighton and Hove Albion Official Website. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "PFA Divisional Awards: Npower League One". Professional Footballers' Association. 17 April 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  15. ^ "Iñigo Calderón: The player who is a star on – and off – the pitch". Brighton & Hove Independent. 8 August 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 

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