José Antonio Reyes

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Reyes and the second or maternal family name is Calderón.
José Antonio Reyes

Reyes on the ball for Sevilla (2015)
Personal information
Full name José Antonio Reyes Calderón
Date of birth (1983-09-01) 1 September 1983
Place of birth Utrera, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Number 9
Youth career
1994–1999 Sevilla
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Sevilla B 32 (1)
2000–2004 Sevilla 86 (21)
2004–2007 Arsenal 69 (16)
2006–2007Real Madrid (loan) 30 (6)
2007–2011 Atlético Madrid 103 (8)
2008–2009Benfica (loan) 26 (4)
2012–2016 Sevilla 109 (9)
2016– Espanyol 9 (0)
National team
1999–2000 Spain U16 7 (5)
2001–2002 Spain U19 7 (3)
2002–2003 Spain U21 7 (3)
2003–2006 Spain 21 (4)
2013 Andalusia 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 November 2016.

José Antonio Reyes Calderón (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse anˈtonjo ˈreʝes kaldeˈɾon]; born 1 September 1983) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for RCD Espanyol mainly as a left winger but also as a forward.

He made his professional debut for Sevilla at only 16, signing for England's Arsenal aged 20. After two years he returned to Spain, going on to represent the two largest clubs in Madrid, Real and Atlético Madrid. He also had a short loan spell in Portugal with Benfica, re-joining Sevilla late in his career and winning the Europa League three times.[1]

Reyes gained 21 caps for Spain, and represented the nation at the 2006 World Cup.

Club career

Early years

Born in Utrera, Province of Seville, to Spanish Kale (Gitanos) parents,[2][3][4] Reyes joined the youth ranks of local Sevilla FC at the age of 10 and went on to represent the club at all youth levels.

Reyes finally signed a full contract in 1999, making his main squad debuts during 1999–2000 at just 16 in a game against Real Zaragoza, and was later called up to Spain's squad for the UEFA European Under-17 Championship. With the Andalusians now in Segunda División, he added another first-team appearance.

After Sevilla were promoted, Reyes established his reputation as a versatile offensive unit in the following years, his 25 goals in official matches over the course of four seasons leading to other teams taking notice.


Despite Sevilla manager Joaquín Caparrós wishing to hang onto him, Reyes signed with English side Arsenal during the January transfer window of the 2003–04 campaign. The £10.5 million transfer fee was negotiated with top ups, depending on the success of Arsenal, which eventually rose to £17 million.[5]

He made his debut on 1 February 2004 in a 2–1 win over Manchester City, and two days later he scored an own goal against Middlesbrough in the Football League Cup.[6] Later that month, he netted twice against Chelsea to knock them out of the FA Cup;[7] he also scored against the latter opponent in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League,[8] and his goals in the penultimate two games of the season helped keep Arsenal's unbeaten run in the Premier League going.

Hat-tricks in friendlies during the summer 2004 showed Reyes' improvement, and he was a prominent influence on Arsenal's impressive start to 2004–05, in which he managed to score in each of the first six games. However, he struggled during midway through the season after Arsenal's defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford, and performed inconsistently overall.

In early 2005, Reyes was reported to be homesick while at Arsenal, even though his parents, Mari and Francisco, as well as brother Jesús lived with him in England. During a prank call perpetrated by Cadena COPE in February 2005, a prankster claiming to be Emilio Butragueño, director of football of Real Madrid, speaking on behalf of the president, reportedly called the player's agent and spoke to him about a possible transfer deal. In the ensuing conversation, the latter allegedly declared that life in London was far from what he had envisioned and he would welcome a move back to his country; he also supposedly said that he wanted out of the club as there were "bad people" at Arsenal.[9]

On 21 May 2005, Reyes became only the second player in history (after Kevin Moran) to be sent off in an FA Cup final, when he 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. He temporarily ended speculation about a move away from Highbury in July, when he signed a new six-year contract and declared that he was "looking forward to having many more successful years at the club."[10]

Reyes featured heavily in the Gunners' 2005–06 Champions League run, against, among others, Real Madrid, Juventus F.C. and Villarreal CF, coming on as a substitute in the final against FC Barcelona, which Arsenal lost 1–2.[11] However, in August 2006, he expressed a desire not to play in the club's Champions League qualifying match against NK Dinamo Zagreb – to do so would render him 'cup-tied' and complicate a move to Real Madrid;[12] club manager Arsène Wenger left him 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 presidential candidate Arturo Baldasano claimed he would sign both if elected.[13] After making two official statements on Arsenal's website denying media reports of being unhappy, alleged quotes from Reyes in the Spanish press contradicted his denials. This tested the patience of Wenger, who reacted angrily to Real Madrid's attempts to unsettle his 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, the teams agreed to exchange him for Brazilian international Júlio Baptista, each on a season-long loan deal.[14]

Reyes scored his first goal for Real Madrid on 17 September 2006, with a free kick against Real Sociedad, in a 2–0 home win. On the final day of the season, the focus was on soon-to-be-departed David Beckham and Roberto Carlos, 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.[15]

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.[16]

Atlético Madrid

Reyes playing for Atlético Madrid in 2011

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.[17] On 30 July he passed his medical and penned a four-year deal, reportedly worth €12 million.[18] He made his club debut against S.S. Lazio, scoring and assist once in a 3–1 victory in the annual Amsterdam Tournament (while at Arsenal, he was named the tournament's MVP in its 2004 edition); his first campaign with the Colchoneros was disastrous, as he was often kept out of the side by Maxi Rodríguez and Simão Sabrosa and failed 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 Portuguese also bought 25% of his playing rights for a fee of €2.65 million, and ensured a buying option of the remainder 75% for an undisclosed fee. His first goal for the Lisbon club 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, he scored in fashion. Later in the same week he found the net again, against S.S.C. Napoli, helping Benfica to a 2–0 home triumph in the season's UEFA Cup first round – eventual 4–3 aggregate win.

Reyes' return to Atlético proved to be much more successful, as he re-united with Quique Sánchez Flores, his manager at Benfica from the previous season. He scored his 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 success – by then, he had beaten the competition of Maxi and started in the wings alongside Simão. On 14 February 2010 he put in a Man of the match performance in Atlético's 2–1 win against FC Barcelona,[19] setting up the opening goal for Diego Forlán in the eventual champions' only league defeat of the season. Four days later, in the Europa League 1–1 home draw against Galatasaray SK, he scored a stunning free kick from the right wing on the 22nd minute, after he was brought down just outside the box (3–2 aggregate win); on 28 March he curled in a left-footed shot from the right wing just inside the box, opening the score in the Madrid derby against his former team, in an eventual 2–3 loss.

On 27 August 2010, Reyes opened the scoring in the 2010 UEFA Super Cup against Inter Milan (eventually 2–0 win), after a one-two combination with Argentine Sergio Agüero.[20] His first league goal of the season came in a 1–4 defeat at Hércules CF on 9 January 2011,[21] which inspired an impressive run of scoring form, with goals in successive home games in February/March, against Valencia CF,[22] former club Sevilla[23] and Villarreal CF.[24]

Reyes took up more responsibility for the 2011–12 campaign, and established himself as one of the team's most important players. On 28 July 2011, he scored twice for Atlético in a 2–1 Europa League win against Strømsgodset IF.[25] In the second leg, a week later, he was again on the scoresheet, also assisting a goal for Adrián López in a 2–0 away success.[26] However, he struggled to find the consistency he had under Flores and, after a fall out with new manager Gregorio Manzano after being substituted in a 0–3 defeat at Athletic Bilbao, his playing time became more and more limited.[27][28]

Return to Sevilla

Reyes in action for Sevilla in 2012

On 5 January 2012, Sevilla confirmed the signing of Reyes, who penned a contract until June 2015.[29] He played his first game three days later, starting in a 1–2 away loss against Rayo Vallecano,[30] and scored his only goal of the season on 5 May, in a 5–2 win in the reverse fixture.[31] His first goals of the following campaign came on 18 November 2012, through a first-half brace in a 5–2 Seville derby success over Real Betis – the opening goal came after eleven seconds.[32]

Reyes scored twice in 12 Europa League matches as Sevilla won the tournament in 2013–14, including one in the second leg of their last-16 win over city rivals Betis.[33] On 27 May 2015, in the final of the following season's tournament, reportedly his final game for the club, he captained and assisted Carlos Bacca's first of two goals as the team came from behind to defeat FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 3–2 in Warsaw.[34] However, he remained, starting as skipper in the ensuing Super Cup against Barcelona in Tbilisi and scoring a goal as his side came from 1–4 down to take the game to extra time, but lose nonetheless.[35]

Reyes netted twice as Sevilla advanced to the domestic cup final, including once in a 4–0 home win over Betis for the round-of-16.[36] He missed the final weeks of competition after undergoing surgery to his appendix,[37] and on 1 June 2016 it was announced the 32-year-old would be released upon the expiration of his contract.[38]


On 28 June 2016, Reyes joined RCD Espanyol on a two-year contract, reuniting with Flores.[39]

International career

Reyes earned his first full cap for Spain on 6 September 2003, coming on as a half-time substitute during a 3–0 friendly win against Portugal in Guimarães.[40] On 11 October, again coming from the bench, this time for Vicente, he scored twice in the final three minutes of a 4–0 win in Armenia for the UEFA Euro 2004 qualifiers,[41] but was left out of Iñaki Sáez's final squad.

Two years later 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, with Spain already qualified in first place. He was again overlooked for the victorious Euro 2008 tournament, as manager Luis Aragonés preferred the likes of David Silva and Santi Cazorla on the wings.

Reyes also appeared once for the Andalusia autonomous team.[42]

International goals

Scores and results list Spain's goal tally first[43]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 October 2003 Vazgen Sargsyan, Yerevan, Armenia  Armenia 3–0 4–0 Euro 2004 qualifying
2. 4–0
3. 1 March 2006 Nuevo José Zorrilla, Valladolid, Spain  Ivory Coast 2–1 3–2 Friendly
4. 3 June 2006 Manuel Martínez Valero, Elche, Spain  Egypt 2–0 2–0 Friendly



As of 1 May 2016
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Sevilla B 1999–2000[44] Segunda División B 321321
Sevilla 1999–2000[44] La Liga 100010
2000–01[44] Segunda División 101020
2001–02[44] La Liga 29810308
2002–03[44] La Liga 349423811
2003–04[44] La Liga 21541256
Total 86221039625
Arsenal 2003–04[45] Premier League 13242004[lower-alpha 1]1215
2004–05[46] Premier League 30961008[lower-alpha 1]11[lower-alpha 2]14512
2005–06[47] Premier League 265510012[lower-alpha 1]01[lower-alpha 2]0446
Total 6916154002422111023
Real Madrid (loan) 2006–07[44] La Liga 306404[lower-alpha 1]1387
Atlético Madrid 2007–08[44] La Liga 260506[lower-alpha 3]0370
2009–10[44] La Liga 3029114[lower-alpha 4]1534
2010–11[44] La Liga 346504[lower-alpha 5]01[lower-alpha 6]1447
2011–12[44] La Liga 130007[lower-alpha 5]3203
Total 10481913141115514
Benfica (loan) 2008–09[48] Primeira Liga 24420415[lower-alpha 3]1356
Sevilla 2011–12[44] La Liga 19110201
2012–13[44] La Liga 26460324
2013–14[44] La Liga 2101012[lower-alpha 5]2342
2014–15[49] La Liga 1934113[lower-alpha 5]11[lower-alpha 6]0375
2015–16[44] La Liga 241524010343
Total 10991732932015715
Career total 4546667114193115262391
  1. 1 2 3 4 Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. 1 2 Appearance in FA Community Shield
  3. 1 2 Appearances in UEFA Cup
  4. Appearances in UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League
  5. 1 2 3 4 Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  6. 1 2 Appearances in UEFA Super Cup






Real Madrid[51]
Atlético Madrid[51]


Spain U-19[51]


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