Capi (footballer, born 1977)
Capi at Betis in 2008
|Full name||Jesús Capitán Prada|
|Date of birth||26 March 1977|
|Place of birth||Camas, Spain|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|1999–2000||→ Granada (loan)||33||(4)|
|2014–2016||Betis B (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Capi was born in Camas, Seville, Andalusia. Apart from a loan spell at Granada CF in the third division, Capi spent the vast majority of his career at Real Betis. Previously, he appeared nearly 150 times with the club's B-side, and made his first-team – and La Liga – debut against Valencia CF on 26 May 1997, one of only two during the 1996–97 season.
Capi went to play over 250 league games for Betis, always as an important part of the squad. He scored his first goal for the club on 19 November 2000, albeit in a 1–3 home defeat against neighbouring Sevilla FC, as the campaign in Segunda División ended in promotion for both clubs in the city; however, in the 2004–05 season, as the team achieved a fourth place in the league, with qualification to the UEFA Champions League, he appeared in only 11 matches, mainly due to injuries.
After another two 1/2-month spell in the sidelines, Capi returned to action on 4 April 2009, netting as a second-half substitute in a 3–3 home draw against CD Numancia. Betis were eventually relegated to division two.
Capi continued to be bothered with injuries in 2009–10, but still played 25 games (only three complete) as the club failed to regain their lost status. On 19 June 2010, the 33-year-old appeaed in his last game as a Verdiblanco, the useless 4–0 home win against Levante UD (Betis finished in fourth place, tied with both the second and third-placed teams), his contract expiring and not being renewed.
In the 2012 summer, after a couple of second division seasons with another side in his native region, Xerez CD, Capi signed with amateurs Camas Club de Fútbol, his first-ever club as a footballer. He retired in 2014 at age 37, being immediately appointed as Juan Merino's assistant manager at Betis B.
Capi gained four caps for the Spanish national team, making his debut on 27 March 2002 against the Netherlands, in a friendly match played in Rotterdam (0–1 loss). He featured in a further three internationals, all during that year.
- Real Betis 3–3 Numancia; ESPN Soccernet, 4 April 2009
- Capi: El adiós a un grande (Capi: Farewell to a great); Al Final de la Palmera, 20 June 2010 (Spanish)
- Capi ficha por el Xerez y Díaz de Cerio y Vélez no quieren dejar el Athletic de Bilbao (Capi signs for Xerez and Díaz de Cerio and Vélez don't want to leave Athletic de Bilbao); La Verdad, 17 July 2010 (Spanish)
- Capi firma por el Camas CF y jugará esta temporada en Primera Provincial (Capi signs for Camas CF and will play this season in Primera Provincial); Ideal, 16 August 2012 (Spanish)
- Capi volverá a Granada como segundo entrenador del Betis B, y Cervián con el filial sevillista (Capi will return to Granada as Betis B's assistant manager, and Cervián with Sevilla's reserves); Ideal, 9 July 2014 (Spanish)
- Ensayo preocupante (Worrying rehearsal); Mundo Deportivo, 28 March 2002 (Spanish)
- Dani delivers for Betis; UEFA.com, 12 June 2005