Jonathan Aspas

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Jonathan Aspas
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Aspas Juncal
Date of birth (1982-02-28) 28 February 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Moaña, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Pro Piacenza
Youth career
1990–1998 Moaña
1998–2001 Celta
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Celta B 96 (14)
2000–2001 Pontevedra (loan) 13 (1)
2003–2007 Celta 64 (3)
2007–2009 Piacenza 48 (4)
2009 Mouscron 15 (2)
2011 AEP 10 (0)
2011–2013 Alki Larnaca 52 (3)
2014–2015 Racing Ferrol 30 (0)
2015– Pro Piacenza 56 (0)
National team
1999 Spain U16 9 (2)
1999 Spain U17 3 (1)
1999–2000 Spain U18 3 (0)
2002 Spain U20 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 February 2017.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Aspas and the second or maternal family name is Juncal.

Jonathan Aspas Juncal (born 28 February 1982) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Italian club A.S. Pro Piacenza 1919. Mainly a right midfielder, he can also appear as an attacking right back.

Club career[edit]

Born in Moaña, Pontevedra, Aspas was brought up through local Celta de Vigo's youth system, and made his debut with the first team on 10 December 1999, aged 17, in a meaningless UEFA Cup tie against S.L. Benfica in Lisbon (Celta had already won 7–0 in the first leg, and he came on as a substitute for Benni McCarthy in the 1–1 draw).[1] On 23 November 2003 his first La Liga game came, a 0–2 home loss against Athletic Bilbao; during that season, which ended in relegation, he also appeared in an infamous 0–5 derby loss to Deportivo de La Coruña also at the Balaídos.

Subsequently, Aspas would be regularly used by the Galicians, while the club was again relegated from the top level in 2007. He moved abroad afterwards, joining Italy's Piacenza Calcio 1919.

With the new technical staff of R.E. Mouscron – coach Miroslav Đukić and director of football Amedeo Carboni – playing a major part in his signing, Aspas moved to the Belgian League for the 2009–10 campaign. However, after only four months, the club could not face surmounting financial problems, and folded.

Aspas resumed his career in the Cypriot First Division, with AEP Paphos F.C. and Alki Larnaca FC. In July 2014, he returned to his native region by signing for Segunda División B team Racing de Ferrol after a trial.[2]

In the 2015 off-season, Aspas returned to Italy and the city of Piacenza, joining A.S. Pro Piacenza 1919.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Aspas' younger brother, Iago, is also a footballer. Both were groomed at Celta.[4][5] Their cousin Aitor represented smaller teams in their native region.[6]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 1 March 2015
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Celta 1999–2000[7] La Liga 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 2 0
2000–01[7] La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003–04[7] La Liga 3 0 1 0 4 0
2004–05[7] La Liga 25 2 1 0 4 0
2005–06[7] La Liga 15 1 3 0 18 2
2006–07[7] La Liga 21 0 2 0 7[a] 1 30 1
Total 64 3 8 0 8 1 80 4
Pontevedra (loan) 2000–01[7] Segunda División B 13 1 13 1
Piacenza 2007–08[8] Serie B 19 2 19 2
2008–09[8] Serie B 29 2 29 2
Total 48 4 48 4
Mouscron 2009–10[9] Belgian Pro League 15 2 0 0 15 2
AEP 2010–11[9] Cypriot First Division 10 0 0 0 10 0
Alki Larnaca 2011–12[9] Cypriot First Division 28 0 4 0 32 0
2012–13[9] Cypriot First Division 24 3 0 0 24 3
Total 52 3 4 0 56 3
Racing Ferrol 2014–15[9] Segunda División B 19 0 2 0 21 0
Career total 221 13 14 0 8 1 243 14
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Cup

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Celta

Country[edit]

Spain U16

References[edit]

External links[edit]