José Antonio Reyes
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Personal information
Full name José Antonio Reyes Calderón
Date of birth 1 September 1983(1983-09-01)
Place of birth    Utrera, Flag of Spain Spain
Date of death    1 June 2019(2019-06-01) (aged 35)
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Left winger
Youth clubs
1994–1999 Flag of Spain Sevilla
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
Flag of Spain Sevilla B
Flag of Spain Sevilla
Flag of England Arsenal
Flag of SpainReal Madrid (loan)
Flag of Spain Atlético Madrid
Flag of PortugalBenfica (loan)
Flag of Spain Sevilla
Flag of Spain Espanyol
Flag of Spain Córdoba
Flag of China Xinjiang Tianshan Leopard
Flag of Spain Extremadura
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National team
Flag of Spain Spain U16
Flag of Spain Spain U19
Flag of Spain Spain U21
Flag of Spain Spain
Flag of Andalusia Andalusia
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José Antonio Reyes Calderón (1 September 1983 – 1 June 2019) was a Spanish professional footballer who played 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 in January 2004. He returned to Spain after two years, going on to represent the two largest clubs in Madrid, Real and Atlético Madrid, and winning La Liga with the former. 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 for a record total of five. He was playing for Extremadura UD when he died in a car crash at the age of 35.

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


On 1 June 2019, Reyes died at the age of 35 following a car accident while traveling between Utrera and Seville with his cousins, Jonathan Reyes, who also died, and Juan Manuel Calderón, who was taken to a hospital in serious condition. Police estimated that the car was traveling between 111 km/h (66 mph) and 130 km/h (81 mph) and that he had suffered a steering or tire failure which lead to Reyes losing control of the car. This report disputed the earlier claims that Reyes was traveling at 220 km/h (135 mph) as previously reported. Many footballers and his former clubs offered their condolences to his family, and a moment of silence was observed at the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final, played in Madrid later that day. Reyes' funeral took place on 3 June in his hometown of Utrera in Seville Province. His final club Extremadura retired his shirt number.

External links

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Spain – 2006 FIFA World Cup - Round of 16

1. Casillas 2. Salgado 3. Pernía 4. Marchena 5. Puyol 6. Albelda 7. Raúl (c) 8. Xavi 9. F. Torres 10. Reyes 11. Luis García 12. A. López 13. Iniesta 14. Alonso 15. Ramos 16. Senna 17. Joaquín 18. Fàbregas 19. Cañizares 20. Juanito 21. Villa 22. Ibáñez 23. Reina

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