Ángel Rodríguez (Spanish footballer)

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Ángel
Ángel de cap - Llevant-Helsingborgs.jpg
Ángel in action for Levante in 2012
Personal information
Full name Ángel Luis Rodríguez Díaz
Date of birth (1987-04-26) 26 April 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Getafe
Number 9
Youth career
Tenerife
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Tenerife B
2006–2010 Tenerife 103 (16)
2007Real Madrid B (loan) 3 (0)
2008Osasuna B (loan) 17 (4)
2010–2012 Elche 66 (28)
2012–2014 Levante 20 (3)
2013Elche (loan) 15 (4)
2014–2015 Eibar 15 (0)
2015–2017 Zaragoza 74 (32)
2017– Getafe 80 (26)
National team
2006 Spain U19 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 October 2019

Ángel Luis Rodríguez Díaz (born 26 April 1987), known simply as Ángel, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Getafe CF as a forward.

Club career[edit]

Tenerife[edit]

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),[1] and contributed with one goal[2] in 24 games – all as a substitute – during the campaign, in an eventual relegation.

Elche / Levante / Eibar[edit]

In summer 2010, Ángel returned to division two as he signed with Elche CF.[3] On 23 April 2011 he scored all of his side's goals in a 3–0 home win over SD Huesca,[4] and netted a total of 29 times during his spell with the Valencians,[5][6] including once in the unsuccessful promotion playoffs against Real Valladolid.[7]

Ángel signed with top flight team Levante UD on 15 June 2012, agreeing to a 2+1 contract.[8] He scored two goals in the UEFA Europa League in the first half of the season[9][10] but, after seeing playing opportunities limited, returned to former club Elche in January 2013, on loan.[11]

Levante did not renew his contract after the end of the 2013–14 campaign and, on 9 July, Ángel joined newly promoted SD Eibar on a one-year deal, with an option to extend for a further year.[12]

Zaragoza[edit]

On 13 July 2015, Ángel signed a two-year deal for Zaragoza of the second level.[13] 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,[14] in which he scored a career-best 21 goals.[15]

Getafe[edit]

On 6 July 2017, Ángel moved to Getafe CF until 2020.[16] He netted 13 times in his first year, helping his team finish eighth in the top tier.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Real Zaragoza 1–0 Tenerife; ESPN Soccernet, 29 August 2009
  2. ^ Tenerife pull off stunning comeback; ESPN Soccernet, 29 November 2009
  3. ^ Ángel ficha por el Elche (Ángel signs for Elche); El Diario Montañés, 7 July 2010 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Duelo goleador: Ángel vs Nino (Scoring duel: Ángel vs Nino); Las Provincias, 28 October 2010 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Ángel, el goleador paciente (Ángel, the patient goal scorer); El País, 6 May 2011 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ El Levante refuerza su ataque con Ángel (Levante bolster attack with Ángel); Marca, 15 June 2012 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Levante through after delivering Helsingborg KO; UEFA, 22 November 2012
  10. ^ Hannover finish ahead of last-gasp Levante; UEFA, 6 December 2012
  11. ^ El retorno soñado del goleador (The scorer's dream return); La Verdad, 26 February 2013 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ Ángel Rodríguez nuevo fichaje armero (Ángel Rodríguez, new armero signing); SD Eibar, 9 July 2014 (in Spanish)
  13. ^ Ángel Rodríguez refuerza el ataque del Real Zaragoza (Ángel Rodríguez bolsters Real Zaragoza's attack); Real Zaragoza, 13 July 2015 (in Spanish)
  14. ^ 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)
  15. ^ De Ángel a demonio (From Angel to demon); Cadena SER, 8 June 2017 (in Spanish)
  16. ^ Ángel, nuevo azulón (Ángel, new azulón); Getafe CF, 6 July 2017 (in Spanish)
  17. ^ 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)

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