Hernán Jorge Crespo
(born July 5, 1975 in Florida, Argentina) is an
Argentine international football player currently playing in the Italian Serie A
for Internazionale, having signed from English Premier League champions Chelsea
on a 2 year loan deal on 7 August 2006, although Chelsea have an option to
recall him after one season. He is famed for his powerful aerial ability, which
allows him to score goals from considerable distances. He is also renowned for
being one of the most effective goal poachers in the game, due to his
anticipatory off-the-ball movement.
Crespo was included in the FIFA 100 list
comprising the best footballers in the world at present.
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Crespo was born in Buenos Aires Province, in the Florida neighbourhood of the
Vicente López Partido, Greater Buenos Aires, next to the Buenos Aires city. He
made his debut for River Plate during the 1993/94 season, scoring 13 goals in 25
league appearances (an early sign of what was to come). He helped River Plate
win the Apertura league title, the second of two championships held in Argentina
in the year. He helped River win the Apertura title again in 1994. In 1996,
Crespo helped River to win the Copa Libertadores, the South American club
championship, scoring twice in the home leg of the final in Buenos Aires.
|Olympic medal record
|Competitor for Argentina
He left River for Parma in Italy in August 1996 after he won the silver medal
with Argentina in the Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics, finishing the tournament as
top scorer with six goals. In May 1997, coached by Carlo Ancelotti (current
manager of A.C. Milan), Crespo helped Parma finish runners-up in Serie A,
scoring 12 goals in 27 matches. In 1999, with Parma he won both the Italian Cup
and the UEFA Cup (in the final against Olympique de Marseille, held in Moscow,
Crespo scored the opening goal in Parma's 3-0 victory). In 2000, after four
successful years with Parma, Lazio broke the world transfer record (at that
time) by paying £35,500 000 for Crespo. He ended his first season in Lazio as
top scorer in Serie A with 26 goals.
In September 2002, Crespo signed with Inter Milan as replacement for the
departed Ronaldo, for €40 million. In his only season at the club, he scored 7
goals in 18 appearances in Italian Serie A and 9 goals in 12 appearances in the
Champions League. A bad injury sustained in early 2003 kept him out for 4 months
and many people have claimed he has never been the same since that injury.
Crespo was transferred to English Premiership club Chelsea on 26 August 2003,
for £16,800 000. However, he had a disappointing season in London, making only
31 appearances (19 League starts) in all competitions and scoring 12 goals as he
never really settled and Ranieri's constant tinkering of the team meant Crespo
never got a good run in the side. After José Mourinho took over as Chelsea
manager in the 2004 off-season, Crespo became surplus to Chelsea's plans and was
loaned out for the 2004-05 season to AC Milan, as requested by his former coach
Carlo Ancelotti. With Milan he reacquired his form by scoring 10 goals. Crespo
scored two of Milan's three goals in the 2004/05 Champions League final against
Liverpool before an inspired Liverpool comeback.
||Hernán Jorge Crespo
|Date of birth
||July 5, 1975 (age 31)
|Place of birth
||Florida, Buenos Aires, Argentina
||6 ft 1 in (1.84 m)
(on loan from Chelsea)
→ AC Milan (loan)
* Professional club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
** National team caps and goals correct
as of June 30, 2006.
After speculation involving Crespo and a return to Stamford Bridge, and
Chelsea's failed attempts to land a big name striker during the summer of 05,
José Mourinho decided to bring back Crespo from A.C. Milan. Despite Crespo
making his desire to stay at Milan well known, Chelsea needed competition for
striker Didier Drogba, and José Mourinho convinced him that he had a future in
the FA Premier League.
Unlike his first season in England, Crespo seemed to have finally adapted. He
made his first appearance back at Chelsea in the 2-1 victory over Arsenal in the
FA Community Shield. He scored his first league goal of 2005 against Wigan in
Chelsea's first game of the season at the JJB Stadium, his second came soon
after in his fourth league game, a powerful header against Charlton. Crespo then
opened his account in the season's Champion's League campaign with a header
against Real Betis. He has since scored against Anderlecht, Newcastle United,
Portsmouth, Fulham, Birmingham City, Sunderland, Liverpool (in fact scoring
twice, only to be incorrectly ruled offside for his second), and West Ham.
In July 2006, Crespo stated his intention to return to play in Italy,
particularly his former club AC Milan, as he still owns a residence in the
suburbs of Milan. However, Chelsea
released a club statement on its website stating that Crespo will remain a
Chelsea player unless the club accepted a suitable offer for him.
On the 7th August 2006, Crespo signed for Inter Milan on a two-year loan from
Chelsea, in a similar deal to that agreed on for Juan Sebastián Verón. Chelsea
have the option to bring Crespo back after one season, and Inter will pay almost
all of Crespo's wages during his loan period. In all competitions, he scored 26
goals for Chelsea. 14 of these came in his last season at the West London club,
the other 12 were scored during his first spell before going on loan.
On December 2nd 2006, Crespo scored his 125th Serie A goal against Siena.
In February 1995, Crespo won his first cap for Argentina national team, in a
friendly against Bulgaria in Mendoza, but he had to wait 16 months for his
second cap and more than two years for his first goal. He played for his country
in the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups. He has 57 caps for Argentina, and has
scored 31 goals. A ratio of more than one goal every other game makes Crespo a
formidable forward at all levels.
In June 2005, and as part of his comeback of the 2004/05 season, Crespo
scored two goals in Argentina's 3:1 World Cup Qualifying triumph over their
arch-rivals Brazil in Buenos Aires. This win ensured Argentina's participation
in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. These last two goals against Brazil turned him into
the all-time top scorer for Argentina in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
Fans used to call Crespo "Valdanito" because his looks, build and running
style recall 1986 FIFA World Cup winning forward Jorge Valdano.
Hernán Crespo was several times compared to Gabriel Batistuta. At the very
least, he is considered a great replacement. Former Argentine coach José
Pekerman (he resigned on 1st July 2006) saw Crespo as the leader for the
strikeforce important for Argentine success in 2006 FIFA World Cup, even though
younger players such as Javier Saviola, Lionel Messi, Carlos Tévez had been
gaining the coach's attention.
Crespo has scored four World Cup goals; against Sweden in 2002 and against
Côte d'Ivoire, Serbia and Montenegro and Mexico in 2006.
He won the 2006 FIFA Silver Shoe Award winner.
- Hernán Crespo, along with Argentine team mate Juan Sebastián Verón, is one
of the world's most expensive players of all time, the most expensive being
Zinedine Zidane. He has never been sold for less than £16,000,000 since joining
Parma in 1996 from River Plate and has a combined transfer fee of £68,000,000 -
over half of which was down to one move, from Parma to Lazio for £37,000,000
(the most expensive transfer fee was that of Zinedine Zidane in 2001 for €66
- Crespo scored the opening goal in the Argentina national football teams 2006
FIFA World Cup campaign against the Ivory Coast national football team. He is
the second player after Ecuadorian goalkeeper Cristian Mora to receive a yellow
card for wasting time.
- Crespo added a goal and two assists in the Argentina national football teams
2006 FIFA World Cup campaign against the Serbia and Montenegro national football
team. He received a yellow card after a (dubious) offside call for apparently
shooting on goal after the whistle blew.
- Crespo added his 3rd goal in the Argentina national football team's 2006
FIFA World Cup campaign against the Mexico national football team in the Round
- Is of Polish descent.
- Crespo is the only player who managed to score for five different teams in
the UEFA Champions League: Parma F.C. (2 goals in 9 games; 1997-2000), S.S.
Lazio (5 goals in 13 games; 2000-2002), Inter Milan (10 goals in 15 games;
2002-2003 and 2006-2007), Chelsea F.C. (4 goals in 15 games; 2003-2004 and
2005-2006) and A.C. Milan (6 goals in 10 games; 2004-2005).
- ^ Crespo: I'm rejecting private jet for AC Milan move,
TribalFootball, July 24, 2006
VALLA HERNAN VOS ERES EL MEJOR GOLEADOR ARRIBA RIVER Y QUE VOS
Y BATIGOL SON LOS MEJORES....
hernan crespo is the best. he scored 260 goals with magic