Antonio Amaya

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Antonio Amaya
Antonio Amaya 2011.jpg
Amaya training with Betis in 2011
Personal information
Full name Antonio Amaya Carazo
Date of birth (1983-05-31) 31 May 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Rayo Vallecano
Number 4
Youth career
San Cristóbal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Rayo Vallecano B 23 (2)
2003–2009 Rayo Vallecano 124 (5)
2004 S.S. Reyes (loan) 15 (0)
2009–2011 Wigan Athletic 0 (0)
2010–2011 Rayo Vallecano (loan) 28 (0)
2011–2014 Betis 64 (1)
2014– Rayo Vallecano 50 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 January 2017.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Amaya and the second or maternal family name is Carazo.

Antonio Amaya Carazo (Spanish pronunciation: [an'tonjo a'maʝa ka'ɾaθo]; born 31 May 1983) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Rayo Vallecano as a central defender.

Football career[edit]

Early years / Rayo[edit]

Born in the capital of Madrid, Amaya began his career at local San Cristóbal de los Ángeles. He joined another team in the community, Rayo Vallecano, in 2002, also serving a six-month loan spell at lowly UD San Sebastián de los Reyes in Segunda División B.

Eventually, Amaya returned to Rayo, becoming an important defensive unit for the side which returned to Segunda División at the end of the 2007–08 season and comfortably maintained their league status the following campaign, with the player appearing in less than half of the games (18 out of 42).


Amaya signed for Premier League club Wigan Athletic on a three-year contract on 14 August 2009,[1] being joined by Rayo teammate Mohamed Diamé a week later.[2] He made his debut in a 1–4 defeat at Blackpool in the campaign's Football League Cup on the 26th, scoring his team's goal with a header in stoppage time.[3]

After failing to make a single league appearance in 2009–10, Amaya returned to former club Rayo in a season-long loan.[4] He was regularly used as the club returned to La Liga after an eight-year absence.


On 18 July 2011, Wigan announced the departure of Amaya, who signed a three-year contract with Real Betis.[5]

He scored his first goal for the team on 1 December 2013, in a 2–2 home draw against former side Rayo.[6]

Return to Rayo[edit]

In early June 2014, following Betis' top flight relegation, Amaya once again returned to Rayo Vallecano.[7] He finished his first season in his second spell with 19 games and one goal,[8] helping them easily avoid relegation.

On 20 December 2015, Amaya was on target at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, but his team had to play with nine players for more than 60 minutes and were eventually crushed 2–10 by hosts Real Madrid.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Amaya's older brother, Iván, is also a footballer and a central defender. Both represented local Rayo.[10][11]


  1. ^ "Defender Amaya agrees Wigan move". BBC Sport. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Wigan complete capture of Diame". BBC Sport. 22 August 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Blackpool 4–1 Wigan". BBC Sport. 26 August 2009. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Another defender departs". Wigan Today. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Wigan defender signs for Betis". Eurosport. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Al Betis todo son pulgas" [Everybody out to get Betis]. Marca (in Spanish). 1 December 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Antonio Amaya, primer refuerzo del Rayo para la próxima temporada" [Antonio Amaya, first Rayo addition for next season]. Sport (in Spanish). 3 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "El Rayo no tiene piedad del Almería" [Rayo has no mercy on Almería]. Marca (in Spanish). 19 April 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "Real Madrid 10–2 Rayo Vallecano: Gareth Bale nets four as Madrid hit 10 at the Bernabeu". Sky Sports. 21 December 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  10. ^ "Antonio Amaya, hermano de Iván, novedad en la lista" [Antonio Amaya, Iván's brother, new to callup]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 14 March 2003. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Los Amaya se citan en su segunda casa: Vallecas" [The Amayas meet in their second home: Vallecas]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 22 May 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 

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