Iago Aspas

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Aspas and the second or maternal family name is Juncal.
Iago Aspas
Iago Aspas.jpg
Aspas with Celta
Personal information
Full name Iago Aspas Juncal[1]
Date of birth (1987-08-01) 1 August 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Moaña, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Celta
Number 10
Youth career
Moaña
1995–2006 Celta
2004–2005 Rápido Bouzas (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Celta B 84 (11)
2008–2013 Celta 139 (46)
2013–2015 Liverpool 14 (0)
2014–2015 Sevilla (loan) 16 (2)
2015– Celta 64 (31)
National team
2016– Spain 3 (1)
2016– Galicia 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2017

Iago Aspas Juncal (Galician pronunciation: [ˈjaɣo ˈaspas]; born 1 August 1987) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Celta de Vigo.

He has spent most of his career with Celta, appearing in 193 official games over the course of seven seasons and scoring 68 goals.[3] He made his La Liga debut with the club in 2012 and moved to Liverpool the following year, returning to Celta in 2015.

Club career[edit]

Celta[edit]

Aspas playing for Celta in 2012

Aspas was born in Moaña, Pontevedra, Galicia. Brought through the youth ranks of local club Celta de Vigo, he made his first-team debuts in the 2007–08 season with the side in Segunda División,[4][5] then played his second game on 6 June 2009: brought on as a 59th-minute substitute against Deportivo Alavés, he scored both of his team's goals in a 2–1 home win, being essential as it eventually escaped relegation.[6] When he was 17, he was loaned to neighbouring Rápido de Bouzas, where he spent his penultimate year as a junior.[7]

Aspas was definitely promoted from the reserves for 2009–10, going on to appear in several more campaigns in the second tier with the Galicians. In the 2011–12 season, he netted a career-best 23 league goals, second-best in the competition behind UD Almería's Leonardo Ulloa[8] as Celta returned to La Liga after a five-year absence.[9] As a result of his performances, he was voted the best forward and Zarra Trophy winner for the category.[10]

Aspas made his top flight debut on 18 August 2012, starting in a 0–1 home loss against Málaga CF.[11] He scored his first goal in the competition the following month, contributing to a 2–0 win over CA Osasuna also at Balaídos,[12] and added a further 11 during the campaign to help the side escape relegation in the final matchday.[13][14]

On 15 March 2013, during the 1–3 Galician derby away loss to Deportivo de La Coruña, Aspas was sent off after half an hour for headbutting Carlos Marchena.[15]

Liverpool[edit]

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers instructing Aspas in August 2013

In May 2013, it was widely rumoured that a fee estimated between £7–9 million had been agreed for Aspas to join Liverpool, pending personal terms and a medical.[16][17][18] On 13 June, both clubs agreed a deal in principle to sign the player subject to completion of documentation, but this was delayed when his former agent requested the Royal Spanish Football Federation withheld international clearance because of a dispute over his representation;[19][20][21] the deal was finally completed on 23 June, and he was given the number 9 shirt.[22]

Aspas made his Liverpool debut on 13 July 2013, scoring his first goal as well as assisting Raheem Sterling in a 4–0 pre-season friendly win against Preston North End.[23] He made his Premier League debut on 17 August, providing an assist for Daniel Sturridge in a 1–0 victory over Stoke City at Anfield.[24]

Aspas scored his first competitive goal for the Reds on 5 January 2014, in a 2–0 win over Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup.[25] During his spell, he played second-fiddle to Philippe Coutinho, Sterling, Sturridge and Luis Suárez as the Reds went on to finish second;[26] he also struggled with his limited knowledge of the English language.[27]

Sevilla[edit]

On 14 July 2014, Aspas returned to his homeland, being loaned to Sevilla FC in a season-long move and with a permanent three-year deal as an subsequent obligatory option.[28][29] He made his competitive debut on 12 August in the 2014 UEFA Super Cup at the Cardiff City Stadium, replacing fellow debutant Aleix Vidal after 66 minutes of an eventual 0–2 defeat to Real Madrid.[30]

On 14 September 2014, Aspas appeared in the league for the first time, coming on for Carlos Bacca for the final seven minutes of a 2–0 home win against Getafe CF.[31] His first goal for his new club came on 2 October, as he opened the score in a 2–2 draw at HNK Rijeka for the UEFA Europa League group stage;[32] late in that month he played the full 90 minutes and grabbed a hat-trick against CE Sabadell FC, helping to a 6–1 away routing for the season's Copa del Rey,[33] adding another treble within a four-minute spell in the second leg for a 5–1 win.[34] He and FC Barcelona's Neymar were the tournament's top scorers with seven goals each.[35]

Aspas' first league goal for Sevilla came on 1 February 2015, the winner in a 3–2 victory over RCD Espanyol. Earlier in the game, he had taken a shot which was handled by Kiko Casilla outside of the penalty area, resulting in the goalkeeper's dismissal.[36]

Return to Celta[edit]

Aspas in action for Celta in 2017

On 12 June 2015, Sevilla signed Aspas from Liverpool as part of the agreement between the two clubs, then sold him straight back to Celta on the same day,[37][38] with the player agreeing to a five-year contract six days later for a 5 million fee.[39][40] On 23 September, he scored twice in a 4–1 home win over Barcelona.[41]

Aspas was the La Liga Player of the Month for October 2016 after scoring five goals, namely braces in a 4–1 win against Deportivo and a 3–3 draw with UD Las Palmas, in addition to a goal and assist in a 4–3 victory over reigning champions Barcelona.[42] The following 23 February he scored a last-minute penalty in the Europa League last 32 second leg to force extra time at FC Shakhtar Donetsk, with the Spaniards emerging victorious.[43]

International career[edit]

In December 2012 Aspas, along with Michu, was poised to be called up by manager Vicente del Bosque for a debut with the Spanish national team on 6 February 2013, in an exhibition game with Uruguay in Doha, Qatar.[44] However, neither made the final squad for that match.[45]

Aspas finally earned his first cap on 15 November 2016, under new coach Julen Lopetegui, replacing Juan Mata for the second half of the 2–2 friendly draw against England, being booked and scoring his side's first goal.[46]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Spain's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 November 2016 Wembley Stadium, London, England  England 1–2 2–2 Friendly

Personal life[edit]

Aspas' older brother, Jonathan, is also a footballer. He too came through Celta's youth system.[47][48] Their cousin, Aitor, represented smaller teams in their native region.[49]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 19 March 2017[50][51]
Spain League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2006–07 Celta B Segunda División B 21 1 21 1
2007–08 32 4 32 4
2008–09 31 6 31 6
2007–08 Celta Segunda División 1 0 0 0 1 0
2008–09 3 2 0 0 3 2
2009–10 36 5 7 1 43 6
2010–11 30 4 1 1 31 5
2011–12 35 23 3 2 38 25
2012–13 La Liga 34 12 3 0 37 12
Total Spain 223 57 14 4 237 61
2013–14 Liverpool Premier League 14 0 1 1 0 0 15 1
Total England 14 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 15 1
2014–15 Sevilla La Liga 16 2 5 7 4 1 25 10
2015–16 Celta 35 14 5 4 40 18
2016–17 25 15 5 2 - 8 4 38 21
Total Spain 75 31 15 13 11 4 103 49
Career Total 312 86 29 18 - - 11 4 355 111

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Sevilla

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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