Asier del Horno

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Asier del Horno
Asier Del Horno Llevant.jpg
Del Horno playing for Levante in 2011
Personal information
Full name Asier del Horno Cosgaya
Date of birth (1981-01-19) 19 January 1981 (age 37)
Place of birth Barakaldo, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Left back
Youth career
1992–1993 Gallarta
1993–1999 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Bilbao Athletic 26 (1)
2000–2005 Athletic Bilbao 108 (13)
2005–2006 Chelsea 25 (1)
2006–2011 Valencia 15 (0)
2007–2008Athletic Bilbao (loan) 16 (0)
2010Valladolid (loan) 13 (0)
2010–2011Levante (loan) 22 (2)
2011–2012 Levante 13 (0)
Total 238 (17)
National team
1999–2000 Spain U18 14 (2)
2000–2003 Spain U21 16 (1)
2004–2005 Spain 10 (2)
2003–2007 Basque Country 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Asier del Horno Cosgaya (born 19 January 1981) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a left back.

After solid displays with Athletic Bilbao, for which he appeared in 126 official games in five years scoring 17 goals, he moved to Chelsea in England, where he won the Premier League in the 2005–06 season.[1]

Subsequently, del Horno – who missed the 2006 World Cup with Spain due to a last-minute injury – returned to his country with Valencia, who loaned him to several clubs for the duration of his contract. He dealt with several physical problems in the latter part of his career, amassing La Liga totals of 187 matches and 15 goals.[2]

Club career[edit]

Athletic Bilbao[edit]

Born in Barakaldo, Biscay, del Horno began his career at Athletic Bilbao in 1999, where his combative tackling and strength in the air saw him rise through the ranks as a left-footed central defender. However, his pace and ability to contribute to the attack led to his being switched to the flank by the time he had arrived in the seniors for both club and country.

Del Horno made his first-team debut in the 2000–01 opener at only 19,[3] and finished his first season at the San Mamés Stadium with 14 games to help the Basques finish in 12th position.

Chelsea[edit]

In June 2005, del Horno moved to Chelsea for a fee of £8 million.[4] He won the first and only league championship of his career with the Blues, as part of the squad that conquered the Premier League title.

During his spell at Stamford Bridge, del Horno played 34 overall matches and scored once, against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in a 2–0 victory on 27 August 2005.[5] The following 22 February, late into the first half of a UEFA Champions League round-of-16 clash at home against FC Barcelona, he received a straight red card for a foul on Lionel Messi, as his team went on to lose the match 1–2 and the tie 2–3.[6][7]

Valencia[edit]

On 21 July 2006, del Horno returned to Spain to sign for Valencia CF on a six-year contract worth 8 million,[8] seen as a natural replacement for Amedeo Carboni who had retired at 41. Athletic Bilbao had expressed interest, but withdrew from further negotiations, forfeiting any further financial advantage; following surgery on his injured Achilles heel, which kept him off the pitches for most of the season, he made his debut for his new team on 3 March 2007 in a 1–0 home win over Celta de Vigo.[9]

Del Horno was placed on the transfer list by manager Quique Sánchez Flores, as the latter announced that the defender would not retain his position for 2007–08.[10][11] In the last day of the transfer window, he agreed to join his former club Athletic on a one-year loan deal,[12] returning to Valencia after an injury-filled campaign.[13] At the Che, his physical problems persisted[14] and, after an unassuming first half of 2009–10 – only played in the Copa del Rey and only when facing rivals of smaller entity – he was loaned to Real Valladolid until the end of the season, on 30 January;[15] an undisputed starter since his arrival, he could not however prevent the Castile and León side from returning to Segunda División, after a three-year stay in the top division.

For 2010–11, 29-year-old del Horno was loaned once again, joining freshly promoted side Levante UD.[16] He was used regularly in both defensive positions as the Valencians eventually retained their league status, but also missed the final stretch due to physical ailments which had been bothering him since early into the campaign.[17][18]

Later years[edit]

Upon returning to Valencia, del Horno's contract was immediately terminated. In early August 2011, he re-joined Levante on a permanent deal.[19]

After again dealing with injury throughout the season,[20] where he was not able to dislodge 35-year-old Juanfran from the left-back position, del Horno was released.

International career[edit]

Del Horno made his Spain debut on 3 September 2004, against Scotland.[21] He scored the winner in a 1–0 friendly with England played in Madrid, two months later.[22]

An ankle injury forced del Horno to withdraw from the 23-man squad named by Luis Aragonés for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.[23] Medical staff in the Royal Spanish Football Federation alleged that Chelsea had prior knowledge of the former's injury, but allowed him to continue playing; subsequently, his vacant position was controversially filled in by naturalised Argentinian Mariano Pernía, of Getafe CF.[24]

Del Horno also represented the Basque Country regional team.[25][26][27][28]

International goals[edit]

(Spain score listed first, score column indicates score after each Del Horno goal)

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 November 2004 Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain  England 1–0 1–0 Friendly[22]
2. 9 February 2005 Mediterráneo, Almería, Spain  San Marino 5–0 5–0 2006 World Cup qualification[29]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition[30]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bilbao Athletic 1999–2000 Segunda División B 26 1 26 1
Total 26 1 26 1
Athletic Bilbao 2000–01 La Liga 14 0 1 0 15 0
2001–02 La Liga 10 1 2 0 12 1
2002–03 La Liga 24 4 1 0 25 4
2003–04 La Liga 31 5 0 0 31 5
2004–05 La Liga 29 3 6 1 8[a] 3 43 7
Chelsea 2005–06 Premier League 25 1 4 0 0 0 4[b] 0 1[c] 0 34 1
Total 25 1 4 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 34 1
Valencia 2006–07 La Liga 6 0 0 0 2[b] 0 8 0
Athletic Bilbao 2007–08 La Liga 16 0 5 1 21 1
Athletic Total 124 13 15 2 8 3 147 18
Valencia 2008–09 La Liga 9 0 4 0 8[a] 2 21 2
2009–10 La Liga 0 0 2 0 1[d] 0 3 0
Valencia Total 15 0 6 0 11 2 32 2
Real Valladolid 2009–10 La Liga 13 0 0 0 13 0
Total 13 0 0 0 13 0
Levante 2010–11 La Liga 22 2 2 0 24 2
2011–12 La Liga 13 0 2 0 15 0
Total 35 2 4 2 7 3 39 2
Career total 238 17 29 4 0 0 23 5 1 0 291 24
  1. ^ a b Appearances in the UEFA Cup
  2. ^ a b Appearances in the UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ 2005 FA Community Shield
  4. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Chelsea

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Un agujero negro en el lateral izquierdo" [A black hole in the left flank]. El Correo (in Spanish). 22 November 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  2. ^ "El increíble caso de Asier del Horno" [The incredible case of Asier del Horno]. Marca (in Spanish). 2 April 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  3. ^ "El Deportivo empieza a lo campeón y ya es líder" [Deportivo start like a champion and are already first]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 10 September 2000. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Del Horno cooking at Chelsea". UEFA. 24 June 2005. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Tottenham 0–2 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 27 August 2005. Retrieved 8 September 2009.
  6. ^ "Eto'o winner gives Barça the edge". UEFA. 22 February 2006. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Messi hits back at Mourinho jibe". BBC Sport. 23 February 2006. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Valencia sign Chelsea's Del Horno". BBC Sport. 22 July 2006. Retrieved 1 October 2009.
  9. ^ "Cañizares y Morientes salvan al Valencia" [Cañizares and Morientes save Valencia]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 4 March 2007. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Del Horno, fuera de los planes de Quique Flores" [Del Horno, out of Quique Flores' plans]. 20 minutos (in Spanish). 4 July 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2007.
  11. ^ "Soccer shorts: Barcelona striker Eto'o out two months". Toronto Star. 30 August 2007. Retrieved 1 October 2009.
  12. ^ "Asier del Horno regresa al Athletic" [Asier del Horno returns to Athletic] (in Spanish). Merca Fútbol. 30 August 2007. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Del Horno estará entre 3 y 4 semanas de baja por una lesión muscular" [Del Horno will be 3 to 4 weeks out due to muscle injury]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 29 February 2008. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Del Horno fue operado hoy del tendón de Aquiles derecho" [Del Horno underwent right Achilles tendon surgery today]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 9 June 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  15. ^ "Del Horno se marcha cedido al Valladolid" [Del Horno goes to Valladolid on loan]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 30 January 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Official: Levante sign Valencia duo Asier Del Horno & Nacho Gonzalez". Goal.com. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  17. ^ "Levante wait on Del Horno". Sky Sports. 9 November 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  18. ^ "Del Horno será operado este martes del tendón de Aquiles" [Del Horno to undergo Achilles tendon surgery this Tuesday]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 6 May 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  19. ^ "Del Horno jugará en el Levante la próxima campaña" [Del Horno will play in Levante next season]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 2 August 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  20. ^ "Del Horno, baja entre 6 y 8 semanas por lesión de sóleo" [Del Horno, 6 to 8 weeks out due to soleus injury]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 5 December 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  21. ^ "Apagón y caos en el España-Escocia" [Blackout and chaos in Spain-Scotland]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 4 September 2004. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  22. ^ a b "Spain 1–0 England". BBC Sport. 17 November 2004. Retrieved 1 October 2009.
  23. ^ "Del Horno set to miss World Cup". BBC Sport. 30 May 2006. Retrieved 1 October 2009.
  24. ^ "La RFEF solicita a FIFA la sustitución de Del Horno por Pernía" [RSFF asks FIFA to replace Del Horno with Pernía]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 5 December 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  25. ^ "Dos goles de Bolo terminan con la resistencia uruguaya" [Two Bolo goals end Uruguayan resistance]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 27 December 2003. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  26. ^ "Euskadi vence a Honduras con dos goles de Yeste (2–0)" [Basque Country beat Honduras with two goals from Yeste (2–0)]. Diario Siglo XXI (in Spanish). 30 December 2004. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  27. ^ "Euskadi venció a Venezuela con goles de Gabilondo, Aduriz y Etxeberria" [Basque Country beat Venezuela with goals from Gabilondo, Aduriz and Etxeberria]. El Diario Vasco (in Spanish). 21 June 2007. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  28. ^ "1–1. Aduriz y Bojan dejaron en tablas el amistoso entre el País Vasco y Cataluña" [1–1. Aduriz and Bojan left friendly between Basque Country and Catalonia all square]. Público (in Spanish). 29 December 2007. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  29. ^ "España le enseña la manita a San Marino" [Spain show open hand to San Marino]. El País (in Spanish). 9 February 2005. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  30. ^ "Del Horno". Soccerway. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  31. ^ "Asier Del Horno: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  32. ^ "Chelsea 2–1 Arsenal". BBC Sport. 7 August 2005. Retrieved 19 June 2018.

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