José Ángel Valdés

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José Ángel
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José Ángel being presented by Real Sociedad
Personal information
Full name José Ángel Valdés Díaz
Date of birth (1989-09-05) 5 September 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Gijón, Spain
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Number 14
Youth career
1994–1996 Roces
1996–1997 La Braña
1997–2008 Sporting Gijón
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Sporting B 22 (0)
2009–2011 Sporting Gijón 52 (1)
2011–2014 Roma 27 (0)
2012–2014 Real Sociedad (loan) 33 (1)
2014– Porto 7 (0)
National team
2009 Spain U20 10 (0)
2009–2011 Spain U21 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Valdés and the second or maternal family name is Díaz.

José Ángel Valdés Díaz (born 5 September 1989), known as José Ángel or Cote,[1] is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club F.C. Porto as a left back.

Club career[edit]


Born in Gijón, Asturias, Valdés was a product of hometown Sporting de Gijón's prolific youth system, Mareo. He made his first-team and La Liga debut on 8 February 2009 in a 1–3 away loss against FC Barcelona,[2] and went on to still feature regularly for the duration of the season as the side narrowly avoided a drop, adding a goal in a 3–2 home win over Deportivo de La Coruña.[3]

In the 2009–10 campaign José Ángel appeared in another 13 matches for the first team, as it retained once again its top division status (15th position). In the following seasons, he continued battling for position with another club youth graduate, Roberto Canella, with both players appearing in roughly the same number of matches.[4][5]


On 19 July 2011, Serie A club A.S. Roma reached an agreement with Sporting Gijón for the transfer of Ángel, joining compatriot Luis Enrique who had just been appointed team manager.[6] He made his official debut on 11 September, against Cagliari Calcio.

José Ángel spent the 2012–13 and 2013–14 seasons on loan to Real Sociedad,[7] acting as backup to Alberto de la Bella during his spell.

International career[edit]

José Ángel gained four caps for the Spanish under-21 team, his debut coming in 2009. He was selected by manager Luis Milla to the squad that appeared – and won – the 2011 UEFA European Championship in Denmark, being an unused squad member as RCD Espanyol's Dídac Vilà played all the matches and minutes.



Spain U20
Spain U21


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