Ángel Rodríguez (Spanish footballer)
Ángel in action for Levante in 2012
|Full name||Ángel Luis Rodríguez Díaz|
|Date of birth||26 April 1987|
|Place of birth||Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|2007||→ Real Madrid B (loan)||3||(0)|
|2008||→ Osasuna B (loan)||17||(4)|
|2013||→ Elche (loan)||15||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 October 2019|
Born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Ángel emerged through the youth ranks of local CD Tenerife, scoring seven second division goals in his first full professional season. He split 2007–08 on loan to two third level teams, including Real Madrid Castilla.
Returning to the Canary Islands for 2008–09, Ángel was an important attacking element as the club returned to La Liga after a seven-year absence. He made his debut in the competition on 29 August 2009 in a 0–1 away loss against Real Zaragoza (ten minutes played), and contributed with one goal in 24 games – all as a substitute – during the campaign, in an eventual relegation.
Elche / Levante / Eibar
In summer 2010, Ángel returned to division two as he signed with Elche CF. On 23 April 2011 he scored all of his side's goals in a 3–0 home win over SD Huesca, and netted a total of 29 times during his spell with the Valencians, including once in the unsuccessful promotion playoffs against Real Valladolid.
Ángel signed with top flight team Levante UD on 15 June 2012, agreeing to a 2+1 contract. He scored two goals in the UEFA Europa League in the first half of the season but, after seeing playing opportunities limited, returned to former club Elche in January 2013, on loan.
On 13 July 2015, Ángel signed a two-year deal for Zaragoza of the second level. On 7 June 2017, the club announced that they had ceased all negotiations regarding a possible contract renewal after the player said that he would rather lose against his former side Tenerife in the last match of the season, in which he scored a career-best 21 goals.
- Real Zaragoza 1–0 Tenerife; ESPN Soccernet, 29 August 2009
- Tenerife pull off stunning comeback; ESPN Soccernet, 29 November 2009
- Ángel ficha por el Elche (Ángel signs for Elche); El Diario Montañés, 7 July 2010 (in Spanish)
- El Elche, con un gran Ángel, se asienta en la zona noble (Elche, with great Ángel, consolidate in top half of table); Diario AS, 23 April 2011 (in Spanish)
- Duelo goleador: Ángel vs Nino (Scoring duel: Ángel vs Nino); Las Provincias, 28 October 2010 (in Spanish)
- Ángel, el goleador paciente (Ángel, the patient goal scorer); El País, 6 May 2011 (in Spanish)
- La fe mueve montañas y se lleva por delante al Valladolid (Faith can move a mountain and steamrolls Valladolid); Marca, 12 June 2011 (in Spanish)
- El Levante refuerza su ataque con Ángel (Levante bolster attack with Ángel); Marca, 15 June 2012 (in Spanish)
- Levante through after delivering Helsingborg KO; UEFA, 22 November 2012
- Hannover finish ahead of last-gasp Levante; UEFA, 6 December 2012
- El retorno soñado del goleador (The scorer's dream return); La Verdad, 26 February 2013 (in Spanish)
- Ángel Rodríguez nuevo fichaje armero (Ángel Rodríguez, new armero signing); SD Eibar, 9 July 2014 (in Spanish)
- Ángel Rodríguez refuerza el ataque del Real Zaragoza (Ángel Rodríguez bolsters Real Zaragoza's attack); Real Zaragoza, 13 July 2015 (in Spanish)
- El Real Zaragoza da por concluidas las negociaciones para la renovación de Ángel (Real Zaragoza conclude Ángel renewal negotiations); Real Zaragoza, 7 June 2017 (in Spanish)
- De Ángel a demonio (From Angel to demon); Cadena SER, 8 June 2017 (in Spanish)
- Ángel, nuevo azulón (Ángel, new azulón); Getafe CF, 6 July 2017 (in Spanish)
- Ángel: "Estoy en el momento más dulce de mi carrera" (Ángel: "I'm in the sweetest moment of my career"); Marca, 18 August 2018 (in Spanish)