Iñigo Calderón

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Íñigo Calderón
Iñigo Calderón Brighton vs Spurs.jpg
Calderón with Brighton & Hove Albion in 2011
Personal information
Full name Íñigo Calderón Zapatería[1]
Date of birth (1982-01-04) 4 January 1982 (age 36)
Place of birth Vitoria, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Right-back
Club information
Current team
Chennaiyin
Number 14
Youth career
Alavés
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Alavés C
2001–2004 Alavés B 71 (1)
2004–2007 Alicante 84 (5)
2007–2009 Alavés 52 (1)
2010–2016 Brighton & Hove Albion 198 (18)
2016–2017 Anorthosis 28 (3)
2017– Chennaiyin 20 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 March 2018

Íñigo Calderón Zapatería (born 4 January 1982) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Indian Super League club Chennaiyin FC.

He played for Alicante and Alavés in Spain, joining Brighton & Hove Albion in 2010 and going on to remain several years with the club while appearing in 232 competitive games.

Club career[edit]

Spain[edit]

Born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, Basque Country, Calderón started his professional career with Alicante CF in Segunda División B, achieving two first-place finishes and one third during his three-year spell but seeing his team consecutively fail in the promotion play-offs.[2]

In 2007, he moved to Deportivo Alavés (he had already represented its C and B-teams early in his career), playing in two Segunda División seasons – often serving as team captain – and suffering relegation in his second year.[3][4]

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

On 7 January 2010, after a spell on trial, Calderón signed with Football League One team Brighton & Hove Albion on a contract until the end of the season.[5][6] He made his club debut nine days later, in a 2–1 win at Walsall,[7] and scored his first goal for the Seagulls in another away fixture (also 2–1 win), against Charlton Athletic on 23 February.[8]

Calderón's offer of a new contract at Brighton was withdrawn[9] after he agreed to join League One rivals Southampton in May 2010.[10] However, on 10 June, the player signed a new three-year deal with Brighton, with manager Gus Poyet claiming "Calde is a quality player and was always our first-choice right-back...".[11]

Calderón scored eight goals in the 2010–11 season, including a first-half strike in the 4–3 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge that helped Albion secure promotion to the Championship. He subsequently signed a one-year extension to his contract, keeping him at the club until 2014.

Calderón netted his first goal of 2011–12 in the 2–0 home win over Bristol City – a thunderous drive from 25 yards. He appeared predominantly as a right midfielder in 2014–15, scoring four times and being subsequently voted player of the season.[12]

Later years[edit]

On 9 July 2016, aged 34, free agent Calderón signed a one-year contract with Cypriot First Division club Anorthosis Famagusta FC.[13] On 19 July 2017, he switched to the Indian Super League with Chennaiyin FC.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played on 22 December 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Alavés B 2000–01[15] Segunda División B 1 0 1 0
2001–02[15] Segunda División B 2 0 2 0
2002–03[15] Segunda División B 35 1 35 1
2003–04[15] Segunda División B 33 0 33 0
Total 77 1 71 1
Alicante 2004–05[15] Segunda División B 25 0 2 0 2[a] 0 29 0
2005–06[15] Segunda División B 31 4 3 1 4[a] 0 38 5
2006–07[15] Segunda División B 28 1 0 0 4[a] 0 32 1
Total 84 5 5 1 10 0 99 6
Alavés 2007–08[15] Segunda División 20 0 2 0 22 0
2008–09[15] Segunda División 32 1 1 0 33 1
Total 52 1 3 0 55 1
Brighton & Hove Albion 2009–10[16] League One 19 1 1 0 0 0 20 1
2010–11[17] League One 44 7 5 1 0 0 1[b] 0 50 8
2011–12[18] Championship 32 4 4 0 3 0 39 4
2012–13[19] Championship 28 0 1 0 1 0 2[a] 0 32 0
2013–14[20] Championship 23 2 4 0 1 0 2[a] 0 30 2
2014–15[21] Championship 35 4 2 0 4 0 41 4
2015–16[22] Championship 17 0 1 0 2 0 20 0
Total 198 18 18 1 11 0 5 0 232 19
Anorthosis 2016–17[23] Cypriot First Division 28 3 4 0 32 3
Chennaiyin 2017–18[23] Indian Super League 7 2 7 2
Career total 446 30 30 2 11 0 15 0 502 32
  1. ^ a b c d e Appearances in Promotion Play-offs
  2. ^ Appearances in Football League Trophy

Personal life[edit]

Calderón has a master's degree in sport psychology. He is also a qualified teacher.[24]

Honours[edit]

Brighton & Hove Albion

Chennaiyin

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 August 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Hemos logrado pasar la prueba" [We stood up to the test]. Las Provincias (in Spanish). 12 June 2007. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "El Alavés remontó con toda justicia en Mendizorroza" [Alavés came back from behind in Mendizorroza justly]. Marca (in Spanish). 5 October 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Alavés y Albacete pelearán por tres puntos que pueden sacarles del peligro" [Alavés and Albacete will fight for three points that may lead away from danger]. El Confidencial (in Spanish). 23 January 2009. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Dudding, Tim (7 January 2010). "Albion sign Spanish defender". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Brighton & Hove Albion sign Inigo Calderon". BBC Sport. 7 January 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Walsall 1–2 Brighton". BBC Sport. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Charlton 1–2 Brighton". BBC Sport. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Gus Poyet withdraws contract offer to Inigo Calderon". BBC Sport. 8 May 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Calderon agrees Saints switch". Sky Sports. 9 May 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2010. 
  11. ^ Camillin, Paul (10 June 2010). "Calderon signs three-year deal". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "Calderon is named Albion's Player of the Season". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  13. ^ "Iñigo Calderón Zapatería για 1+1 χρόνια!" [Iñigo Calderón Zapatería for 1+1 years!] (in Greek). Anorthosis Famagusta. 9 July 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "Indian Super League: Chennaiyin FC sign Spanish defender Inigo Calderon". Hindustan Times. 19 July 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Calderón: Iñigo Calderón Zapatería". BDFutbol. Retrieved 25 December 2017. 
  16. ^ "Games played by Iñigo Calderón in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. 
  17. ^ "Games played by Iñigo Calderón in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. 
  18. ^ "Games played by Iñigo Calderón in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. 
  19. ^ "Games played by Iñigo Calderón in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Iñigo Calderón in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Iñigo Calderón in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Iñigo Calderón in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. 
  23. ^ a b "Inigo Calderon". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 December 2017. 
  24. ^ "Iñigo Calderón: The player who is a star on – and off – the pitch". Brighton & Hove Independent. 8 August 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  25. ^ "Spurs' Gareth Bale wins PFA player of the year award". BBC Sport. 17 April 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2018. 

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