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José Reyes

José Antonio Reyes Calderón (born 1 September 1983) is a Spain professional Association football who plays for Sevilla FC, mainly as a Midfielder Winger but also as a Forward (association football).

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José Reyes biography

José Antonio Reyes Calderón (born 1 September 1983) is a Spain professional Association football who plays for Sevilla FC, mainly as a Midfielder Winger but also as a Forward (association football).

José Reyes made José Reyes professional debut for hometown Sevilla FC at the age of 16, signing for England's Arsenal F.C. aged 20. After a relatively successful career abroad, José Reyes returned to Spain, going on to represent both main sides in Madrid, Real Madrid C.F. and Atlético Madrid, also having a short loan spell in Portugal for S.L. Benfica.

Reyes gained 21 Cap (sport) for Spain national football team, and represented the nation at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Club career

Early career

Born in Utrera, south-east Province of Seville, to Romani people in Spain parents, Reyes joined the youth ranks of local Sevilla FC at the age of 10. José Reyes talent was identified, and José Reyes represented the club at all youth levels.

José Reyes finally signed a full contract in 1999, making José Reyes full squad debuts during 1999–2000 La Liga at just 16, in a game against Real Zaragoza, and was later called up to Spain national under-17 football team for the UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship. With the Andalusians now in Segunda División, José Reyes added another first-team club appearance.

After 2000–01 Segunda División, Reyes established José Reyes reputation as a versatile offensive unit in the following years, José Reyes 22 goals in 86 matches over four seasons at Sevilla leading to other clubs taking notice, although the player's popularity with the club's fans made a move to a bigger Spanish club politically difficult for Sevilla's club president.


Despite Sevilla manager Joaquín Caparrós wishing to hang onto him, Reyes signed with English club Arsenal F.C. during the January transfer window of the 2003–04 FA Premier League. The Pound sterling10.5 million transfer fee was negotiated with top ups, depending on the success of Arsenal, which could have risen to £17 million.

José Reyes made José Reyes debut on 1 February 2004 in a 2–1 win over Manchester City F.C.. Two days later, José Reyes scored an own goal against Middlesbrough F.C. in the Football League Cup. Later that month, Reyes netted twice against Chelsea F.C. to 2003–04 FA Cup of the FA Cup; José Reyes also scored against the latter opponent in 2003–04 UEFA Champions League's UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, and José Reyes goals in the penultimate two games of the season helped keep The Invincibles (football) in the Premier League going.

Hat-tricks in Exhibition game during the summer 2004 showed Reyes' improvement, and Reyes was a prominent influence on Arsenal's impressive start to the 2004–05 FA Premier League, in which José Reyes managed to score in each of the first six games. However, José Reyes struggled during the middle of the season after Arsenal's defeat by Manchester United F.C. at Old Trafford (football ground). José Reyes inconsistent performance brought little reward for much of the season, and yet towards the end of it José Reyes scored three valuable goals.

In early 2005, Reyes was reported to be Homesickness while at Arsenal, even though José Reyes parents, Mari and Francisco, as well as brother Jesús lived with José Reyes in England. During a prank call perpetrated by Cadena COPE Radio of Spain in February 2005, a prankster claiming to be Emilio Butragueño, at the time director of football of Real Madrid C.F., speaking on behalf of the president of the club, reportedly called Reyes' agent and spoke to Reyes himself about a possible transfer deal. In the ensuing conversation, Reyes allegedly declared that life in London was far from what José Reyes had envisioned and José Reyes would welcome a move back to José Reyes native Spain. Reyes also supposedly said that José Reyes wanted out of the club as there were "bad people" at Arsenal.

On 21 May 2005, Reyes became only the second player in history (after Kevin Moran (footballer)) to be sent off in an FA Cup final, when José Reyes was dismissed for a second yellow card shortly before the end of extra time against Manchester United, though Arsenal still went on to win the game in a Penalty shootout (association football).

José Reyes temporarily ended speculation about a move away from Arsenal Stadium in July 2005, when José Reyes signed a new six-year contract and declared that José Reyes was "looking forward to having many more successful years at the club."

In Arsenal's 2005–06 UEFA Champions League run, Reyes featured heavily against, among others, Real Madrid, Juventus F.C. and Villarreal CF in the most impressive Champions League results for Arsenal to date. José Reyes came on as a substitute in the 17 May 2006 final against FC Barcelona, which Arsenal lost 2–1. However, in August 2006, José Reyes expressed a desire not to play in Arsenal's 2006–07 UEFA Champions League qualifying match against GNK Dinamo Zagreb – to do so would render José Reyes 'cup-tied' and complicate a move to Real Madrid. Club manager Arsène Wenger left José Reyes out of the team, thus fuelling speculation that a transfer was soon to be agreed.

Real Madrid

Reyes was linked to Real Madrid along with Arsenal teammate Cesc Fàbregas in the summer of 2006, when the candidate Arturo Baldasano of the then on-going Real Madrid presidential campaign claimed José Reyes would sign them, if elected. Reyes further hinted towards a transfer to Real. After making two official statements on Arsenal's website denying media reports of being unhappy, alleged quotes from Reyes in the Spanish press contradicted José Reyes denials. This tested the patience of Wenger, who reacted angrily to Real Madrid's attempts to unsettle José Reyes player, suggesting that it was not the first time Real Madrid had used the media and agents in Spain as a destabilising tactic. Shortly before the closure of the 2006 summer transfer window, Madrid and Arsenal agreed to exchange Reyes for Brazilian international Júlio Baptista, each on a season-long loan deal.

Reyes scored José Reyes first goal for Real Madrid on 17 September 2006, with a Direct free kick against Real Sociedad, in a 2–0 home win. On the final day of 2006–07 La Liga, the focus was on soon-to-be-departed David Beckham and Roberto Carlos (footballer), but Reyes, brought from the bench for injured Beckham, netted twice as Real came from behind to beat RCD Mallorca and claim yet another La Liga title.

Real Madrid appointed former Getafe CF coach Bernd Schuster on 8 July 2007, increasing the chances that Reyes would sign a permanent deal and stay in Spain.

Atlético Madrid

However, reports surfacing on 29 July indicated that city-rivals Atlético Madrid were on the verge of landing the player. Later that day, Wenger confirmed that Reyes' departure was imminent, and that a more specific announcement would be made shortly. On 30 July, Reyes passed José Reyes medical, penning a four-year deal, reportedly worth Euro12 million. José Reyes made José Reyes club debut against S.S. Lazio, scoring and Assist (football) once in a 3–1 victory in the annual Amsterdam Tournament (while at Arsenal, José Reyes was named the tournament's MVP in its 2004 edition). Reyes' 2007–08 La Liga with the Colchoneros was disastrous, as José Reyes was often barred by Maxi Rodríguez and Simão Sabrosa, failing to score a single goal in 26 league appearances.

On 8 August 2008, S.L. Benfica announced the signing of Reyes on a one-year loan deal. The Portugal also bought 25% of José Reyes playing rights for a fee of €2.65 million, and ensured a buying option of the remainder 75% for an undisclosed fee. José Reyes made José Reyes debut in a friendly match against Feyenoord. José Reyes replaced Jonathan Urretavizcaya in the 79th minute and, a minute afterwards, following a cross from Ariza Makukula, José Reyes made a volley which hit the post. José Reyes debut goal for Benfica was scored against city-rivals Sporting Clube de Portugal on 28 September 2008: after an understanding between Reyes and Pablo Aimar, and a pass from the same, José Reyes scored in fashion. Later in the same week, José Reyes would score again against S.S.C. Napoli, helping Benfica to a 2–0 home triumph in 2008–09 UEFA Cup's UEFA Europa League first round – the Reds eventually won 4–3 on aggregate.

Reyes' return to Atlético proved to be much more successful, as José Reyes re-united with Quique Flores, José Reyes manager at Benfica from the previous season. José Reyes scored José Reyes first official goal in Spain in more than two years on 9 January 2010, with a long-range effort at Real Valladolid, in a 4–0 triumph. By then, José Reyes had beaten the competition of Maxi and started in the wings alongside Simão. On 14 February 2010, Reyes put in a Man of the match performance in Atlético's 2–1 win against FC Barcelona, setting up the opening goal for Diego Forlán in the eventual champions' only league defeat of 2009–10 La Liga. Four days later, in the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League 1–1 home draw against Galatasaray S.K. (football team), José Reyes scored a stunning Direct free kick from the right wing on the 22nd minute, after José Reyes was brought down just outside the box (3–2 aggregate win). On 28 March, José Reyes curled in a left-footed shot from the right wing just inside the box, opening the score in the Local derby against José Reyes former team, in an eventual 2–3 loss.

On 27 August 2010, Reyes opened the score in the 2010 UEFA Super Cup against F.C. Internazionale Milano (eventually 2–0 win), after a Push and run combination with Argentina Sergio Agüero. José Reyes first league goal of 2010–11 La Liga came in a 1–4 defeat at Hércules CF on 9 January 2011, which inspired an impressive run of scoring form, with goals in successive home games in February/March, against Valencia CF, former club Sevilla and Villarreal CF.

Reyes took up more responsibility for the 2011–12 La Liga, and established himself as one of the team's most important players. On 28 July 2011, José Reyes scored twice for Atlético in a 2–1 Europa League win against Strømsgodset IF. In the second leg, a week later, José Reyes was again on the scoresheet, also assisting a goal for Adrián López Álvarez in a 2–0 away success. However, José Reyes struggled to find the consistency José Reyes had under Flores and, after a fall out with new manager Gregorio Manzano after being subsitututed in a 0–3 defeat at Athletic Bilbao, José Reyes playing time became more and more limited.

Return to Sevilla

On 5 January 2012, Sevilla confirmed the signing of Reyes, who penned a contract until June 2015. José Reyes played José Reyes first game three days later, starting in a 1–2 away loss against Rayo Vallecano.

International career

Reyes earned José Reyes first full cap for Spain national football team on 6 September 2003, replacing Raúl González during a 3–0 friendly win in Portugal national football team; José Reyes would be left out of Iñaki Sáez's UEFA Euro 2004 squad.

Two years later, José Reyes was picked for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but only appeared once in four matches – the 1–0 group stage win against Saudi Arabia national football team, with Spain already qualified as first.

Reyes was again overlooked for the victorious UEFA Euro 2008 tournament, as manager Luis Aragonés preferred the likes of David Silva and Santi Cazorla on the wings.


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