José Ángel Crespo
Crespo in 2015
|Full name||José Ángel Crespo Rincón|
|Date of birth||9 February 1987|
|Place of birth||Lora del Río, Spain|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2009–2010||→ Racing Santander (loan)||13||(0)|
|2012–2013||→ Verona (loan)||14||(0)|
|2014–2015||→ Córdoba (loan)||27||(0)|
|2016||→ Rayo Vallecano (loan)||9||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 February 2017.
Crespo was born in Lora del Río, Andalusia. A product of Sevilla FC's youth system, he made his first-team debut on 21 December 2005 in a 0–1 away defeat against Getafe CF, appearing in two more La Liga games during the season while still registered with the B-side.
In the 2007–08 campaign, with Antonio Puerta's (who played mostly as left back) untimely death, Crespo was definitely promoted to the main squad. In December 2008, Aston Villa reportedly showed interest in signing him after several good performances under coach Manolo Jiménez, also his coach at Sevilla Atlético.
On 3 July 2009, Crespo was loaned to fellow league club Racing de Santander in a season-long move. After appearing sparingly during his stint, with the Cantabrians narrowly avoiding relegation, he was released by Sevilla and joined Calcio Padova in Italy.
On 14 July 2011, Crespo moved to Bologna F.C. 1909 along with Padova teammates Federico Agliardi and Daniele Vantaggiato. After receiving little playing time, he was loaned to Hellas Verona F.C. and Córdoba CF, signing a two-year permanent contract with the latter on 27 April 2015, with the deal being effective in July.
On 27 July 2015, Aston Villa completed the signing of Crespo from Córdoba on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee. He made his first appearance in the Premier League on 3 October, starting in a 0–1 home defeat to Stoke City.
- Sevilla B
- Spain U19
- "Player shirt numbers for 20 Barclays Premier League clubs released". Premier League. 8 August 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
- El Getafe aparca la crisis (Getafe parks crisis); El Mundo, 21 December 2005 (Spanish)
- El Aston Villa le echa el ojo al sevillista Crespo (Aston Villa eyes sevillista Crespo); Marca, 30 December 2007 (Spanish)
- Crespo jugará cedido una temporada en el Racing (Crespo will play one season on loan to Racing); Marca, 3 July 2009 (Spanish)
- Il difensore José Crespo in biancoscudato (Defender José Crespo in biancoscudato); Calcio Padova, 2010 (Italian)
- Crespo, Vantaggiato e Agliardi al Bologna (Crespo, Vantaggiato and Agliardi to Bologna); Calcio Padova, 14 July 2011 (Italian)
- Crespo, nueva incorporación del Córdoba CF (Crespo, new addition of Córdoba CF); Córdoba CF, 14 August 2014 (Spanish)
- El Córdoba CF ejerce la opción de compra sobre Crespo (Córdoba CF exercises buyout clause on Crespo); Córdoba CF, 27 April 2015 (Spanish)
- Breaking news: Villa sign Crespo; Aston Villa FC, 28 July 2015
- Aston Villa 0–1 Stoke: Marko Arnautovic's second-half strike compiles more misery on Tim Sherwood's struggling side; Daily Mail, 3 October 2015
- "Aston Villa's Jose Angel Crespo has joined Rayo Vallecano on loan". ESPN FC. 20 January 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
- "Crespo signs for PAOK". PAOK FC. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
- Evans, Gregg (1 July 2016). "Aston Villa transfer news: Defender leaves for nominal fee". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
- Bueno double gives Spain glory; UEFA.com, 29 July 2006
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