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Asier del Horno

Asier del Horno

Del Horno playing for Levante
Personal information
Full name Asier del Horno Cosgaya
Date of birth (1981-01-19) 19 January 1981
Place of birth Barakaldo, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Left back
Youth career
1992–1993 Gallarta
1993–1999 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Bilbao Athletic 26 (1)
2000–2005 Athletic Bilbao 108 (13)
2005–2006 Chelsea 25 (1)
2006–2011 Valencia 15 (0)
2007–2008 Athletic Bilbao (loan) 16 (0)
2010 Valladolid (loan) 13 (0)
2010–2011 Levante (loan) 22 (2)
2011–2012 Levante 13 (0)
Total 238 (17)
National team
1999–2000 Spain U18 14 (2)
2000–2003 Spain U21 16 (1)
2004–2005 Spain 10 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Asier del Horno Cosgaya (born 19 January 1981) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a left back.

After solid displays in La Liga with Athletic Bilbao, for which he appeared in 126 official games in five years scoring 17 goals, he moved to Chelsea in England, where he spent the 2005–06 season.

Subsequently, del Horno – who missed the 2006 World Cup with Spain due to a last-minute injury – returned to his country with Valencia, who loaned him to several clubs for the duration of his contract.

Club career

Athletic Bilbao

Born in Barakaldo, Biscay, del Horno began his career at Athletic Bilbao in 1999, where his combative tackling and strength in the air saw him rise through the ranks as a stout left-footed central defender. However, his pace and ability to contribute to the attack led to his being switched to left-back by the time he had arrived in the seniors for both club and country.

Del Horno made his main squad debut in the 2000–01 opener at only 19, and eventually scored 13 goals in 108 La Liga appearances for the Basque giants.


In June 2005, del Horno moved to Chelsea for a fee of £8 million.[1] He won the first league championship of his career with the Blues, as part of the squad that conquered the season's Premier League title.

Del Horno played 34 matches overall for Chelsea, scoring one goal against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.[2]


On 21 June 2006 del Horno returned to Spain to sign for Valencia CF, on a six-year contract worth 8 million,[3] seen as a natural replacement for Amedeo Carboni who had retired at 41. Athletic Bilbao had expressed interest, but withdrew from further negotiations, forfeiting any further financial advantage; following surgery on his injured Achilles heel, which kept him off the pitches for most of the season, he made his debut for his new club on 3 March 2007 in a 1–0 home win over Celta de Vigo.

Del Horno was placed on the transfer list by Valencia manager Quique Flores, as the coach announced that the defender would not retain his position in the team for 2007–08.[4][5]

In the last day of the transfer window, del Horno agreed to join his former team Athletic Bilbao on a one-year loan deal, returning to Valencia after an injury-filled campaign. At the Che his physical problems persisted and, after an unassuming first half of 2009–10 – only played in the season's Copa del Rey and only when Valencia faced rivals of smaller entity – he was loaned to Real Valladolid until the end of the season, on 30 January;[6] an undisputed starter since his arrival, he could not however prevent the Castile and León club from returning to Segunda División, after a three-year stay in the top division.

For the 2010–11 season 29-year-old del Horno was loaned once again, joining freshly promoted Levante UD.[7] He was used regularly in both defensive positions as the Valencian Community side eventually retained its top division status, but also missed the campaign's final stretch due to physical ailments which had been bothering him since early into the season.[8][9]

Later years

Upon returning to Valencia, del Horno's contract was immediately terminated. In early August 2011, he re-joined Levante on a permanent deal.[10] After again suffering from physical ailments throughout the campaign, where he was not able to dislodge 35-year-old Juanfran from the left-back position, he was released.

International career

Del Horno made his Spain debut on 3 September 2004, against Scotland. He scored the winner in a 1–0 friendly with England played in Madrid, two months later.[11]

An ankle injury forced del Horno to withdraw from the 23-man team named by Luis Aragonés for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.[12] Medical staff in the Royal Spanish Football Federation alleged that Chelsea had prior knowledge of del Horno's injury, but allowed him to continue playing; subsequently, his vacant position was controversially filled in by naturalised Argentinian Mariano Pernía, of Getafe CF.

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 November 2004 Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain  England 1–0 1–0 Friendly
2. 9 February 2005 Mediterráneo, Almería, Spain  San Marino 5–0 5–0 2006 World Cup qualification



Club statistics

Season Club League Apps Goals Cup Apps Goals Supercup Apps Goals Continental Apps Goals International Apps Goals
2000–01 Athletic Bilbao 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Athletic Bilbao 10 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Athletic Bilbao 24 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Athletic Bilbao 31 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Athletic Bilbao 29 3 6 1 0 0 8 3 7 2
2005–06 Chelsea 25 1 4 0 1 0 4 0 3 0
2006–07 Valencia 6 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
2007–08 Athletic Bilbao 16 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Valencia 9 0 4 0 0 0 8 2 0 0
2009–10 Valencia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Valladolid 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 177 14 Total 23 2 Total 1 0 Total 22 5 Total 10 2


  1. ^ Del Horno cooking at Chelsea;, 24 June 2005
  2. ^ "Tottenham 0–2 Chelsea".  
  3. ^ Valencia sign Chelsea's Del Horno; BBC Sport, 22 July 2006
  4. ^ Del Horno, fuera de los planes de Quique Flores (Del Horno, out of Quique Flores' plans); 20 Minutos, 4 July 2007 (Spanish)
  5. ^ Soccer shorts: Barcelona striker Eto'o out two months; The Star, 30 August 2007
  6. ^ Former Chelsea star joins Valladolid; Ontheminute, 31 January 2010
  7. ^ Official: Levante sign Valencia duo Asier Del Horno & Nacho Gonzalez;, 21 August 2010
  8. ^ Levante wait on Del Horno; Sky Sports, 9 November 2010
  9. ^ Del Horno será operado este martes del tendón de Aquiles (Del Horno to undergo Achilles tendon surgery this Tuesday); Diario AS, 6 May 2011 (Spanish)
  10. ^ Del Horno jugará en el Levante la próxima campaña (Del Horno will play in Levante next season); Diario AS, 2 August 2011 (Spanish)
  11. ^ Spain 1–0 Scotland; BBC Sport, 17 November 2004
  12. ^ Del Horno set to miss World Cup; BBC Sport, 30 May 2006
  13. ^ "Del Horno". Soccerway. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 

External links

  • BDFutbol profile
  • National team data
  • Athletic Bilbao profile
  • Asier del Horno career stats at Soccerbase
  • Asier del Horno at
  • Asier del Horno – FIFA competition record
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