Capel warming-up for Sporting in 2012
|Full name||Diego Ángel Capel Trinidad|
|Date of birth||16 February 1988|
|Place of birth||Albox, Spain|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 January 2017.
He made his senior debut with Sevilla at 17, going on to appear in 173 competitive games for the club over the course of seven La Liga seasons (12 goals) and win six major trophies, including two UEFA Cups. In 2011, he signed for Sporting in Portugal.
Groomed in Sevilla FC's youth system (after a brief spell at FC Barcelona), Capel was born in Albox, Almería, and he made his first professional appearance aged only 16, playing three minutes in a 2–1 home win over Atlético Madrid on 24 October 2004. In the following seasons he would alternate between the A and B-teams, playing four further games in 2005–06 with the main squad; on 1 December 2005 he appeared 18 minutes in the Andalusians' 3–1 win against Vitória de Guimarães also at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium, in an eventually victorious campaign in the UEFA Cup.
Capel became first-choice in the 2007–08 season due to the death of another left-footed winger, Antonio Puerta, in late August. He scored his first goal in La Liga against Barcelona on 9 February 2008, in a 1–1 home draw. The previous month, he had netted in a Copa del Rey tie, against the same opponent (also 1–1 and in Seville).
In June 2008, Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur were linked with a ₤12.5 million bid for Capel. He admitted he would consider leaving Sevilla to "grow as a footballer", if the clubs could agree on a signing fee, but nothing came of it. Also at the end of the league campaign, Barcelona-based daily Sport further speculated that Real Madrid were considering Capel as a potential replacement for the recently departed Robinho, but no move ever materialized.
In the 2009–10 campaign, Capel lost his position to Argentine Diego Perotti, but still managed to feature in 29 matches – one goal in a 5–1 win at Racing de Santander– as Sevilla edged RCD Mallorca for the fourth position, with the subsequent Champions League qualification; additionally, on 19 May 2010, he opened the score at the Camp Nou, in a 2–0 win against Atlético for the final of the domestic cup.
Capel appeared again regularly for Sevilla in 2010–11, playing in 27 league games and starting in 17 as the team finished in fifth position.
On 18 July 2011, Capel's uncle Carioca acknowledged negotiations between Sevilla and Sporting Clube de Portugal for the transfer of the player for €6 million and a five-year contract, although the fee agreed was eventually €3.5 million with a €30 million release clause. He made his debut for his new club on the 30th, playing the second half of a 0–3 friendly home loss to Valencia CF.
Capel scored his first goal for Sporting on 2 October 2011, in a 1–0 Primeira Liga away win against Vitória de Guimarães. On the 24th, for the same competition, he netted twice in a 6–1 home success over Gil Vicente FC, in what was the Lions' ninth straight official win.
Genoa / Anderlecht
On 18 August 2015, as his minutes at Sporting were dwindling dramatically, Capel signed for Genoa C.F.C. in Italy for a reported fee of €1.3 million, as the former retained 50% of his rights regarding any future transfer fee the latter received. The following 4 August 2016 he switched countries again, signing a two-year deal with the option for a third at R.S.C. Anderlecht in the Belgian First Division A; in the winter transfer window, the former were looking to transfer him.
After having helped Spain win the 2006 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, Capel played in the 2007 FIFA World Cup with the under-20 team, scoring in injury time in the first game against Uruguay for the final 2–2. He helped the country progress to the quarter-finals where they were knocked out by the Czech Republic, and subsequently moved to the under-21s.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup[a]||League Cup[b]||Continental||Other||Total|
|Anderlecht||2016–17||Belgian First Division A||14||1||2||0||0||0||8||1||0||0||24||2|
- Copa del Rey: 2009–10
- Supercopa de España: 2007; Runner-up 2010
- UEFA Cup: 2005–06, 2006–07
- UEFA Super Cup: Runner-up 2007
- Spain U21
- Spain U19
- SJPF Player of the Month: October 2011
- "El Sevilla sentencia ante el Vitoria de Guimaraes su pase a dieciseisavos" [Sevilla seals qualification to last-32 against Vitoria de Guimaraes] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 1 December 2005. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
- Barcelona bid held up by Sevilla; UEFA.com, 9 February 2008
- Capel keeps Sevilla dream alive; UEFA.com, 9 January 2008
- Diego Capel could still move to Tottenham; The Daily Telegraph, 19 March 2009
- Capel favourite to replace Robinho?; Goal.com, 19 March 2009
- "Capel sobre Perotti: "Va a haber muchos partidos y podremos repatirlos" (ver video)" [Capel on Perotti: "There will be many games and we can share them" (watch video)] (in Spanish). Sevilla FC. 3 August 2010. Archived from the original on 23 June 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
- "Una mano al cuello" [Hand to throat] (in Spanish). Marca. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
- "Cup glory for Sevilla". ESPN Soccernet. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
- "Diego Capel's uncle confirms midfielder is set to sign for Sporting Lisbon". Goal.com. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). CMVM. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
- "Capel fires Sporting to victory in Guimaraes as Braga are surprised by Leiria". PortuGOAL. 2 October 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
- "Dazzling Sporting hit Gil for six". PortuGOAL. 24 October 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
- "Capel caps Sporting comeback against Athletic". UEFA.com. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- "A menor preponderância de Diego Capel" [Diego Capel's lesser importance] (in Portuguese). Camarote Leonino. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
- "Swansea atento à situação de Diego Capel" [Swansea keeping an eye on plight of Diego Capel] (in Portuguese). Record. 30 May 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
- "Colpo Genoa, fatta per Diego Capel" [Genoa strike, Diego Capel deal done] (in Italian). Genoa C.F.C. 18 August 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
- "Sporting confirma saída de Diego Capel para o Génova" [Sporting confirms departure of Diego Capel to Genoa] (in Portuguese). Público. 18 August 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
- "2015–16 Annual Report" (PDF). Sporting CP. 25 October 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
- "Diego Capel firma dos años con el Anderlecht" [Diego Capel signs for two years at Anderlecht] (in Spanish). Marca. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
- "El Anderlecht busca equipo para Diego Capel" [Anderlecht look for team for Diego Capel] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 27 January 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
- Bueno double gives Spain glory Archived 10 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine.; UEFA.com, 29 July 2006
- Capel comes to Spain's rescue; UEFA.com, 2 July 2007
- Norway hit back to hold Spain; UEFA.com, 10 February 2009
- "España mantiene la inercia de la Eurocopa" [Spain maintains Eurocup momentum] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 21 August 2008. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
- "Capel: Diego Capel Trinidad". BDFutbol. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
- "Capel". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
- "Capel – Trophies". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
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