Aspas training with Liverpool in 2013
|Full name||Iago Aspas Juncal|
|Date of birth||1 August 1987|
|Place of birth||Moaña, Spain|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Sevilla (on loan from Liverpool)|
|2004–2005||→ Rápido Bouzas (loan)|
|2014–||→ Sevilla (loan)||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:15, 28 April 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
He spent most of his career with Celta de Vigo, appearing in 153 official games over the course of six seasons and scoring 50 goals. He made his La Liga debut with the club in 2012, and moved to Liverpool the following year.
Aspas was born in Moaña, Pontevedra. Brought through the youth ranks of local club Celta de Vigo, he made his first-team debuts in the 2007–08 season with the side in Segunda División, then played his second game on 6 June 2009: brought on as a 59th-minute substitute against Alavés he scored both of his team's goals in a 2–1 home win, being essential as it eventually escaped relegation. When he was 17 he was loaned to neighbouring Rápido de Bouzas, where he spent his penultimate year as a junior.
Aspas was definitely promoted from the reserves for 2009–10, going on to appear in several more campaigns in the second tier with the Galicians. In the 2011–12 season he netted a career-best 23 league goals, second-best in the competition behind Almería's Leonardo Ulloa, as Celta returned to La Liga after a five-year absence. As a result of his performances, he was voted the best forward and Zarra Trophy winner for the category.
Aspas made his top flight debut on 18 August 2012, starting in a 0–1 home loss against Málaga. He scored his first goal in the competition the following month, contributing to a 2–0 win over Osasuna also at Balaídos, and added a further 11 during the campaign to help Celta escape relegation in the final matchday.
In May 2013, it was widely rumoured that a fee estimated between £7–9 million had been agreed for Aspas to join Premier League club Liverpool, pending personal terms and a medical. On 13 June both teams agreed a deal in principle to sign the player, subject to completion of documentation, but this was delayed when his former agent requested the Royal Spanish Football Federation withheld international clearance because of a dispute over his representation; the deal was finally completed on 23 June, and he was given the number 9 shirt.
On 13 July, Aspas made his Liverpool debut, scoring his first goal as well as assisting Raheem Sterling in a 4–0 pre-season friendly win against Preston North End. He made his league debut on 17 August, providing an assist for Daniel Sturridge in a 1–0 victory over Stoke City at Anfield.
On 14 July he returned to his homeland, being loaned to Sevilla in a season-long move and with a permanent three-year deal as a subsequent option. He made his competitive debut on 12 August in the 2014 UEFA Super Cup at the Cardiff City Stadium, replacing fellow debutant Aleix Vidal after 66 minutes of an eventual 0–2 defeat to Real Madrid.
In December 2012 Aspas, along with Michu, was poised to be called up by manager Vicente del Bosque for a debut with the Spanish national team on 6 February 2013, in a friendly with Uruguay in Doha, Qatar. However, neither made the final squad for that match.
|2006–07||Celta B||Segunda División B||21||1||–||–||–||–||–||–||21||1|
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- "Iago Aspas, la perla del Celta" [Iago Aspas, Celta's gem]. El Periódico (in Spanish). 8 January 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
- "U.D. Salamanca SAD – R.C. Celta de Vigo SAD" (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. 8 June 2008. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
- "El Salamanca se da una fiesta a costa del Celta" [Salamanca throws party at Celta's expense]. El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 9 June 2008. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
- "El Celta sufre para lograr la permanencia y empuja al Alavés al borde del abismo" [Celta suffers to stay afloat and pushes Alavés to abyss]. Marca (in Spanish). 6 June 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
- "La sangre azul (celeste) de Iago Aspas" [Iago Aspas' (sky) blue blood] (in Spanish). Historias de Segunda. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
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- "Aspas, goleador gallego tras 30 años" [Aspas, Galician scorer after 30 years]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 12 November 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
- "Aspas recupera el olfato goleador" [Aspas regains scoring touch]. Faro de Vigo (in Spanish). 26 February 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
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- "Aspas completes Liverpool switch". Liverpool FC. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- "Reds hit Preston for four – report". Liverpool FC. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
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- Phillips, Rob (12 August 2014). "Super Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice in Real Madrid win". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
- "Free-scoring Swansea star Michu promised Spain call-up for February friendly". Daily Mail. 24 December 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
- "Del Bosque: "De momento no encontramos sitio a Michu y Aspas"" [Del Bosque: "No place for Michu and Aspas at the moment"]. Marca (in Spanish). 1 February 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
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- Iago Aspas at ESPN FC
- "La saga moañesa del Celta" [Celta's Moaña saga]. Faro de Vigo (in Spanish). 11 June 2009. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
- "Jonathan Aspas ve a Iago cerca del Valencia" [Jonathan Aspas sees Iago close to Valencia]. Faro de Vigo (in Spanish). 26 March 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
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