Carlos Javier Delgado Rodríguez
|Full name||Carlos Javier Delgado Rodríguez|
|Date of birth||22 April 1990|
|Place of birth||Puerto Real, Spain|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2011||→ Sparta Rotterdam (loan)||11||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2015.
Early years / Sparta
Born in Puerto Real, Cádiz, Andalusia, Delgado joined Málaga CF's youth system at the age of 15. In early 2008 he rejected a new contract and went on trial with Eredivisie club Sparta Rotterdam, finally signing in January 2009 but failed to make a single appearance, subsequently returning to his country and joining Real Valladolid, who assigned the player to its B-side.
In the 2010 summer Delgado signed with another reserve team, UD Almería B. However, in January of the following year, after only playing five games in Segunda División B, he returned to the Netherlands and Sparta, on loan. He made his debut for the club – who now competed in Eerste Divisie – on 28 January, against RBC Roosendaal; on 11 February, he scored against FC Dordrecht.
On 12 June 2012 Delgado signed a two-year deal with La Liga club Valencia CF, being initially a part of the B-team setup in division three. He made his debut for Mestalla on 26 August against Gimnàstic de Tarragona and, the following month, was called up to train with the main squad by manager Mauricio Pellegrino due to Ricardo Costa's injury; on the 29th he sat on the bench for a game against Real Zaragoza, but remained an unused substitute.
On 2 October Delgado made his official debut for the Che, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–0 home win against Lille OSC for the season's UEFA Champions League. He continued to appear regularly with the reserves, however.
After appearing in only 12 matches (664 minutes of action), Delgado was released.
- Sparta Rotterdam trials for top Malaga prospect Carlos Delgado; Tribal Football, 12 February 2008
- Carlos Delgado, un gaditano en Holanda. (Carlos Delgado, Cádiz-born man in the Netherlands); Air Futbol, 8 January 2009 (Spanish)
- El Valladolid B ficha a Carlos Delgado que vuelve del filial del Sparta de Rotterdam (Valladolid B signs Carlos Delgado who returns from Sparta Rotterdam's reserves); Join Futbol, 7 July 2009 (Spanish)
- Sparta Rotterdam huurt Carlos Delgado (Sparta Rotterdam signs Carlos Delgado); Sparta's official website, 19 January 2011 (Dutch)
- El central Carlos Delgado completa la defensa (Centre-back Carlos Delgado completes defence); La Verdad, 30 July 2011 (Spanish)
- Valencia Mestalla: llega Carlos Delgado. (Valencia Mestalla: Carlos Delgado arrives); esFutbol, 12 June 2012 (Spanish)
- Valencia Mestalla, Carlos Delgado con el primer equipo (Valencia Mestalla, Carlos Delgado with the first team); esFutbol, 28 September 2012 (Spanish)
- Ten-man Valencia ease to victory; ESPN FC, 29 September 2012
- Jonas delivers as Valencia see off LOSC; UEFA.com, 2 October 2012
- Carlos Delgado, refuerzo para el centro de la defensa procedente del Valencia (Carlos Delgado, reinforcement for the center of the defence from Valencia); Leganés' official website, 8 August 2014 (Spanish)
- El central Carlos Delgado nuevo refuerzo para el Decano (Stopper Carlos Delgado new addition to the Dean); Recreativo's official website, 2 August 2015 (Spanish)
- Carlos Delgado profile at BDFutbol
- Futbolme profile (Spanish)
- Lapreferente profile (Spanish)
- Stats at Voetbal International (Dutch)
- Carlos Delgado profile at Soccerway