Juan Calatayud

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Juan Calatayud
Personal information
Full name Juan Jesús Calatayud Sánchez
Date of birth (1979-12-21) 21 December 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Antequera, Spain
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Atlético de Kolkata
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 Málaga B 102 (0)
2002 Algeciras (loan) 0 (0)
2003–2006 Málaga 36 (0)
2005–2006 Getafe (loan) 13 (0)
2006–2008 Racing Santander 7 (0)
2008–2011 Hércules CF 117 (0)
2011–2013 Mallorca 6 (0)
2013–2015 Videoton 59 (0)
2015– Atlético de Kolkata 0 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 October 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Calatayud and the second or maternal family name is Sánchez.

Juan Jesús Calatayud Sánchez (born 21 December 1979 in Antequera, Málaga, Andalusia) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Indian Super League club Atlético de Kolkata as a goalkeeper.

Football career[edit]

After graduating from Málaga CF's youth system, and spending a few weeks in the 2002 summer on loan to lowly Algeciras CF, Calatayud returned to the Andalusians' first team and went on to appear in 36 La Liga games in two separate seasons combined, his debut in the competition coming on 29 October 2003 in a 1–2 away loss against Athletic Bilbao.[1] Subsequently he represented, still in the top flight, Getafe CF (also loaned) and Racing de Santander,[2] mostly as a backup or third-choice; in the 2007–08 campaign, whilst with the Cantabrians, he was not given a jersey and was forced to train separately from his teammates.[3][4]

In July 2008, Calatayud joined second level side Hércules CF on a two-year deal.[5] He only missed one league match in his first year, as the club fell short of promotion by just three points.

Calatayud continued as Hércules' first-choice in 2009–10, keeping the most clean sheets in the whole league for the first half of the season. Eventually, even though he was not awarded the Ricardo Zamora Trophy,[6] his team finished with the best defensive record in the league and returned to the top division after a 13-year absence.

Calatayud was again an undisputed starter in the 2010–11 season, but the Valencian were immediately relegated back. In July the 31-year-old returned to the top division, signing with RCD Mallorca for two years[7] and backing up Dudu Aouate during his spell (13 appearances all competitions comprised).

After playing for Videoton in Hungary, he was signed by Indian Super League club Atlético de Kolkata in 2015.[8]


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