Celades with the New York Red Bulls in 2009
|Full name||Albert Celades López|
|Date of birth||29 September 1975|
|Place of birth||Barcelona, Spain|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|Spain U21 (coach)|
|2003–2004||→ Bordeaux (loan)||27||(3)|
|2009||New York Red Bulls||17||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
A tactically astute player with a strong defensive mentality, he is best known for his stints with Barcelona and Real Madrid, and he amassed La Liga total of 223 games and eight goals over the course of 12 seasons, winning 14 major titles both teams combined.
Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Celades – who left Barcelona at age seven with his family to live in Andorra – was a product of FC Barcelona's youth system. He made his debuts with the main squad during 1995–96, and finished his first professional season with 16 games and two goals as the Catalans finished third in La Liga. Nevertheless, he would still spend another full campaign with the club's B-team.
In 1997–98, Celades played in 36 matches, mostly as a sweeper, as the Louis van Gaal-led team conquered the national title after a three-year drought. He also started both legs of the 1997 UEFA Super Cup, helping to a 3–1 aggregate victory over Borussia Dortmund, but appeared less significantly in the following season, with Barça renewing its domestic supremacy.
After a year with Celta de Vigo, Celades moved to Real Madrid, against which he had scored the winner (1–0) in the previous campaign, on 28 November 1999. During four seasons he was used sparingly, but added two league trophies and the 2002 UEFA Champions League to his résumé. He also played 2003–04 on loan, to Ligue 1 side FC Girondins de Bordeaux.
From 2005 to 2008, Celades represented Real Zaragoza: in his first year he helped the club reach the Copa del Rey final, and would be relatively used during three seasons, as the Aragonese were relegated at the end of 2007–08, and the player was released after his contract expired. In February 2009, he went on trial with the New York Red Bulls in the Major League Soccer and, after impressing, signed in March.
Celades retired from competitive football on 24 October 2009, immediately following the conclusion of the MLS season. However, in early 2010, Kitchee SC from Hong Kong signed him, alongside compatriot Agustín Aranzábal; they both appeared with the team at the 2010 Lunar New Year Cup, a mid-season exhibition tournament.
His debut was on 3 June 1998, in a 4–1 friendly win with Northern Ireland in Santander where he started and played the entire game, and his last match consisted of 30 minutes in a 2–1 away success over Bosnia and Herzegovina for the 2002 World Cup qualifiers.
On 7 May 2014, after Julen Lopetegui left for FC Porto, Celades was named manager of the Spanish under-21s. In October, the team lost their play-off against Serbia for entrance to the 2015 UEFA European Championship, in which they would have been defending champions; the 1–2 second leg loss in Cádiz was their first in 35 games.
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1996–97
- La Liga: 1997–98, 1998–99
- Copa del Rey: 1996–97, 1997–98
- UEFA Super Cup: 1997
- Supercopa de España: 1996
- Real Madrid
- UEFA Champions League: 2001–02
- La Liga: 2000–01, 2002–03
- Intercontinental Cup: 2002
- UEFA Super Cup: 2002
- Supercopa de España: 2001
- Salad days for Celades; UEFA.com, 26 October 2004
- Media day with Albert Celades; Metro Fanatic, 16 March 2009
- La zaga sufre más, pero encaja menos (Back-four suffer more, but concede less); Mundo Deportivo, 23 January 1998 (in Spanish)
- "Me quedo" ("I'm staying"); Mundo Deportivo, 4 April 1998 (in Spanish)
- Celades tumba al Madrid (Celades downs Madrid); Mundo Deportivo, 29 November 1999 (in Spanish)
- Celades bound for Bordeaux; UEFA.com, 19 August 2003
- Celades to settle at Zaragoza; UEFA.com, 29 August 2005
- Celades among the Red Bulls new trialists; Soccer By Ives, 22 February 2009
- Celades jugará en los New York Red Bulls (Celades will play in New York Red Bulls); Marca, 11 March 2009 (in Spanish)
- Red Bulls MF Albert Celades to retire Saturday; USA Today, 23 October 2009
- Celades jugará con el Kitchee de Hong Kong (Celades will play with Hong Kong's Kitchee); Sport, 6 February 2010 (in Spanish)
- Long-suffering Spain stunned by Oliseh sizzler; FIFA.com, 13 June 1998
- World Cup: Nigeria third to clinch second round; Soccer Times, 19 June 1998
- Abundante munición para Francia (Ammonition aplenty for France); El País, 4 June 1998 (in Spanish)
- "Albert Celades, nuevo seleccionador sub-21" [Albert Celades, new under-21 manager] (in Spanish). El Confidencial. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
- "Holders Spain knocked out of European Under-21 Championship by Serbia". The Guardian. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2016.