|Full name||José Raúl Baena Urdiales|
|Date of birth||2 March 1989|
|Place of birth||Torrox, Spain|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|Current club||Rayo Vallecano|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 May 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Torrox, Málaga, Andalusia, and after starting his footballing career at local Málaga CF and later coming through the FC Barcelona's youth ranks, Baena switched to Catalonia neighbours RCD Espanyol in 2007, at the age of 18. He made his debut with its first team on 4 October 2009 in a La Liga game against Villarreal CF, playing the second half as his ten-man side eventually held off the hosts to a 0–0 draw.
Baena quickly became an integral part of the first team, alternating starts with appearances from the bench in his debut season. On 12 December 2009, his penalty offense on FC Barcelona's Xavi supposed the game's only goal, in a derby defeat.
Baena was regularly used by manager Mauricio Pochettino in the following seasons, often partnering another club youth graduate, Javi Márquez, in central midfield. On 21 January 2012 he scored his first goal in the top flight, opening the scoresheet in a 3–0 home success over Granada CF.
- "Bronca de Laporta con el abogado de un ex canterano" [Laporta has run-in with former youth player's lawyer] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 29 October 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- Drab draw for Villarreal; ESPN Soccernet, 4 October 2009
- Ibrahimovic spot-kick sinks Espanyol; ESPN Soccernet, 12 December 2009
- "Baena sets Espanyol on their way". ESPN Soccernet. 21 January 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.