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Carlos Reina Aranda (born 27 July 1980) is a retired Spanish professional footballer who played mainly as a forward.

Carlos Aranda
Personal information
Full name Carlos Reina Aranda
Date of birth (1980-07-27) 27 July 1980 (age 38)
Place of birth Málaga, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Real Madrid C
2000–2002 Real Madrid B 37 (16)
2002 Numancia 13 (3)
2002 Villarreal 8 (1)
2003 Numancia 15 (5)
2003–2004 Albacete 25 (8)
2004–2006 Sevilla 16 (1)
2005–2006Albacete (loan) 24 (4)
2006–2007 Murcia 26 (11)
2007–2008 Granada 74 15 (2)
2008–2009 Numancia 20 (6)
2009–2011 Osasuna 49 (9)
2011 Levante 10 (0)
2012–2013 Zaragoza 24 (2)
2013 Granada 17 (1)
2013–2014 Las Palmas 28 (7)
2014–2015 Numancia 8 (2)
Total 335 (78)
National team
1998 Spain U17 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He amassed La Liga totals of 169 games and 28 goals during 11 seasons after emerging from Real Madrid's youth ranks, representing in the competition Villarreal, Albacete, Sevilla, Numancia, Osasuna, Levante, Zaragoza and Granada. He added 125 matches and 33 goals in Segunda División, in a 17-year senior career.

Football careerEdit

Aranda was born in Málaga, Andalusia. A product of Real Madrid's youth system, he never appeared, however, in any La Liga matches with the first team. He played, however, a small part in two UEFA Champions League-winning squads, appearing against Molde FK (1999–2000)[1] and FC Lokomotiv Moscow (2001–02[2]).

In January 2002, Aranda moved to CD Numancia, being instrumental in helping the Soria club barely retain its second division status. This prompted a move at the end of the season to Villarreal CF on a five-year deal[3] but, as opportunities were scarce with the Valencian Community side, he returned to Numancia in January 2003.[4]

Aranda joined Sevilla FC in 2004–05, scoring in his UEFA Cup debut, a 2–0 home win over Alemannia Aachen on 4 November 2004.[5] He was relatively used during the campaign, but was deemed surplus to requirements after the arrivals of Luís Fabiano, Frédéric Kanouté and Javier Saviola, and left for Albacete Balompié on loan – he had already represented the Castile-La Mancha team the previous season.[6]

Aranda's second spell with Albacete finished on a sour note, as he was accused of unprofessional behaviour by the club. He responded claiming he had been forced to appear at a press conference to show repentance for his actions.[7]

After being instrumental in Real Murcia's return to the top flight in 2007 by netting 11 goals, squad second-best behind Iván Alonso, Aranda had an unassuming spell with Granada 74 CF. After spending the first months of 2008–09 training with lowly CF Gavà, he signed in December 2008 with Numancia for a third stint,[8] appearing and scoring regularly but eventually suffering first division relegation.

On 16 July 2009, Aranda moved to CA Osasuna as part of a deal that saw Enrique Sola move in the opposite direction, on loan for a season. In his second year with the Navarrese, he scored four times but also struggled with injuries and loss of form, and Sola also returned to the team's setup, eventually finishing as top scorer.

In July 2011, aged 31, Aranda signed for Levante UD. In January of the following year, after having received very little playing time, he switched to fellow league side Real Zaragoza;[9] on 25 February 2012, he put the visitors ahead at hometown's Málaga CF, who eventually won it 5–1.[10]

Aranda switched clubs again in the winter transfer window of 2013, signing for his eighth in the Spanish top flight, Granada CF, the most for any player.[11]


  1. ^ "Un Madrid sin arabescos gana al Molde y termina primero de grupo" [Artless Madrid beat Molde and end as group champions] (in Spanish). ABC. 4 November 1999. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  2. ^ FC Lokomotiv Moscow 2–0 Real Madrid CF; UEFA, 30 October 2001
  3. ^ Aranda makes Villarreal move; UEFA, 25 June 2002
  4. ^ "El club Soriano presenta a Aranda" [Soria club presents Aranda] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 30 January 2003. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  5. ^ Al Sevilla le falta un galón (Sevilla missing something); El País, 5 November 2004 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Aranda se marcha cedido al conjunto manchego por el Sevilla (Aranda is loaned by Sevilla to the manchego outfit); Diario AS, 23 August 2005 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Aranda afirma que el club ha manchado su imagen y que no pondrá problemas para irse (Aranda claims club has stained his image and will pose no problems to leave) Archived 24 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine; La Verdad, 29 January 2006 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ El Numancia inscribe en la LFP a Aranda (Numancia register Aranda in the PFL); Marca, 12 December 2008 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Aranda ya es jugador del Zaragoza (Aranda a Zaragoza player); Marca, 12 January 2012 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Málaga 5–1 Real Zaragoza; ESPN Soccernet, 25 February 2012
  11. ^ Aranda, el futbolista camaleónico (Aranda, the chameleonic footballer); ABC, 22 January 2013 (in Spanish)

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