Ezequiel Calvente

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Ezequiel in 2011
Personal information
Full name Ezequiel Calvente Criado
Date of birth (1991-01-12) 12 January 1991 (age 27)
Place of birth Melilla, Spain
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Number 7
Youth career
2001–2002 Granada
2002–2010 Betis
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Betis B 19 (4)
2010–2014 Betis 33 (1)
2012 Sabadell (loan) 15 (2)
2012–2013 Freiburg (loan) 2 (0)
2012–2013 Freiburg II (loan) 5 (0)
2013–2014 Recreativo (loan) 22 (1)
2015 Penafiel 6 (0)
2015– Békéscsaba 26 (3)
2016–2017 Haladás (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2010 Spain U19 3 (1)
2011 Spain U20 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 March 2017.

Ezequiel Calvente Criado (born 12 January 1991), known simply as Ezequiel, is a Spanish footballer who plays for Hungarian club Békéscsaba 1912 Előre as a left winger.

Club career[edit]

Ezequiel was born in Melilla. After playing in every youth rank at Real Betis he made his first-team debut as a second-half substitute in a 4–1 home win against Granada CF, for the Segunda División championship;[1] three days later he started in a 2–1 home success against UD Salamanca for the season's Copa del Rey,[2] and signed a professional contract the following day until July 2014.[3]

On 30 January 2012, Ezequiel was loaned to CE Sabadell FC in the second division, until June. In late July, after an unsuccessful trial with Borussia Mönchengladbach, he moved, still on loan, to another club in Germany and the Bundesliga, SC Freiburg, which had the option of signing him permanently at the end of the campaign.[4] After only two substitute appearances, and five for the reserves, he spent the next season on loan at division two side Recreativo de Huelva.[5]

In January 2015, after months as a free agent, Ezequiel signed for F.C. Penafiel.[6] After roughly 300 minutes of action and relegation from the Primeira Liga, he switched countries again in August when he joined Hungary's Békéscsaba 1912 Előre;[7] on 5 July 2016, he was loaned to Szombathelyi Haladás also in the Nemzeti Bajnokság I after his team's descent.[8]

International career[edit]

On 24 July 2010, whilst representing Spain's under-19 at the 2010 UEFA European Championship, Ezequiel scored from a penalty kick against Italy in the group stage. It was described by British newspaper The Guardian as being "on an altogether higher plane of spot-kick audacity",[9] as the player kicked it with what looked to be his standing leg, fooling the goalkeeper into going the other way. The national side eventually finished in second position in France.


  1. ^ "El nuevo Betis se ceba con el Granada" [New Betis crush Granada]. Marca (in Spanish). 29 August 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "El Betis se aferra a la Copa" [Betis hold on to Cup]. Marca (in Spanish). 2 September 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ezequiel renueva por cuatro temporadas" [Ezequiel renews for four seasons] (in Spanish). Real Betis. 2 September 2010. Archived from the original on 16 June 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Zocher, Thomas (25 July 2012). "Freiburg capture Calvente". Sky Sports. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "El Betis cede al extremo Ezequiel Calvente al Recreativo" [Betis loan winger Ezequiel Calvente to Recreativo]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "El exbético Ezequiel ficha por el Peñafiel portugués" [Former Betis player Ezequiel signs for Portuguese team Penafiel]. El Correo (in Spanish). 15 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  7. ^ "Emaná y Ezequiel encuentran nuevos destinos" [Emaná and Ezequiel find new destinations] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "El exbético Ezequiel vuelve a vestir de verdiblanco... en Hungría" [Former Betis player Ezequiel returns to wearing green and white... in Hungary]. El Correo (in Spanish). 5 July 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  9. ^ Hattenstone, Simon (27 July 2010). "Calvente's amazing penalty kick: our DIY version". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 

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