Antonio Calderón

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Antonio Calderón
Personal information
Full name Antonio Calderón Burgos
Date of birth (1967-06-02) 2 June 1967 (age 51)
Place of birth Cádiz, Spain
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1989 Cádiz 49 (2)
1989–1991 Mallorca 62 (4)
1991–1996 Rayo Vallecano 175 (27)
1996–2000 Lleida 130 (16)
2000–2001 Airdrie 24 (2)
2001–2002 Kilmarnock 24 (1)
2002–2004 Raith Rovers 50 (3)
Total 514 (55)
National team
1987 Spain U21 1 (0)
Teams managed
2002–2004 Raith Rovers
2007–2008 Cádiz
2008–2010 Huesca
2010–2011 Albacete
2011–2012 Tenerife
2012 Huesca
2014 Cádiz

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Antonio Calderón Burgos (born 2 June 1967) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as an attacking midfielder, and a current manager.

Over the course of eight seasons he amassed La Liga totals of 215 games and 18 goals, for Cádiz, Mallorca and Rayo Vallecano.[1] He also played more than 200 matches in Segunda División, in a professional career which lasted 18 years and ended in Scotland.

In the 2000s Calderón started a manager career, working in both countries and with several teams.

Playing career

Born in Cádiz, Andalusia, Calderón made his senior – and La Liga – debuts with hometown's Cádiz CF, during the 1986–87 season. In 1989 he signed with RCD Mallorca, also in the top division, playing there two years.

Calderón then joined Madrid's Rayo Vallecano, helping the team promote from the second level in his debut campaign, with a career-best nine goals in 36 games. During his spell with the club, he would experience one relegation and another promotion; he finished his career in Spain with UE Lleida, playing four division two seasons as an undisputed starter, and going on to amass totals of 416 matches and 49 goals the two major categories of Spanish football combined.

Aged 33, Calderón moved abroad, playing half a season with Airdrieonians and one 1/2 with Kilmarnock,[2] his debut for the latter being a start against Dunfermline Athletic (2–1 home win)[3] and his first and only goal occurring in a 1–3 away loss against Rangers.[4] In 2002 he stayed in Scotland, wrapping up his playing career at Raith Rovers where he acted as player-coach.[5]

Manager career

Calderón continued his coaching career in his country, first briefly managing first professional club Cádiz, when he took over in October 2007, with the team being second bottom. He managed to climb the table and were sat in a comfortable midtable position when he was sacked with 10 games to go and 5 points away from the relegation zone. Two more coaches were not finally able to prevent second division relegation.[6] He then signed with SD Huesca,[7] with the Aragonese freshly promoted to precisely that category. With him in charge for the full campaign, the team finished in a comfortable 11th position out of 22.

In the 2009–10 season, Calderón repeated the feat (13th place, although only two points clear of the relegation zone). In July 2010 he moved to another side in division two, Albacete Balompié;[8] in February of the following year, with the Castile-La Mancha club ranking in 19th position out of 22, eventually suffering relegation, he was fired.[9]

In July 2011 Calderón signed for CD Tenerife, in the third level. On 22 January of the following year, following a 2–3 home defeat to Sporting de Gijón B, he was relieved of his duties,[10] as the Canary Islands side eventually could not promote.

For 2012–13 , in August, just one week before the start of the season, Calderón returned to Huesca, with the team still in the second tier.[11] He was sacked after a 4–0 loss at UD Las Palmas in December,[12] but the club eventually dropped down to the third tier after a five-year stay.

For 2013–14 Calderón took over Cadiz CF, with 8 games to go and the team struggling to reach the playoffs in second division B. He managed to win 6 games and draw 2 and Cadiz finally qualified for the playoffs. He got a new contract for the following season, 2014-2015, but was sacked after 14 games despite the team being second.


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