Hernan Crespo

Date of birth05 July 1975
Place of birthFlorida, Buenos Aires
NationalityArgentine
Weight78 kg
Height1.84 m
PositionForward

Crespo rose to fame with River Plate where he was a member of the team that won the Apertura championship, the Liga Pan-Americana and the Copa Libertadores, as well as winning a silver medal in the Atalanta Olympic Games in 1996.

He joined River Plate as a 13 year-old and made his senior debut in 1993.

In his second season, he was named 'Champion of the Campeonato Apertura' and earned the nickname 'Valdanito' due to his similarities to Jorge Valdano.

1996 also saw Crespo move to Parma where he continued to impress and earned winners' medals for the UEFA Cup and Italian Cup in 1999.

In the 2000 close season, Crespo joined Lazio for £12 million fee plus Sergio Cerceicao and Matias Almeyda - bringing the deal to a record £35.5 million. He promptly finished leading scorer in Serie A with 26 goals in his first campaign for his new club.

In the summer of 2003, he left Italy to join Chelsea in a five-year deal for £16.8 million. He spent the 2004-05 season on loan at AC Milan.

Crespo scored Argentina's opening goal of the 2006 World Cup finals. It came in a 2-1 win against Ivory Coast with his Chelsea team-mate Didier Drogba scoring for the Ivorians.

He then scored Argentina's fourth goal in the 6-0 defeat of Serbia & Montenegro in their second Group C game.

In the Round of 16 2-1 win against Mexico, FIFA credited Argentina's second goal to Crespo though video analysis strongly suggested that Jared Borgetti headed into his own net.

Crespo joined Inter in August 2006 in a two-season loan deal.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
River Plate 01 Jul 1993 01 Aug 1996
Parma 01 Aug 1996 11 Jul 2000
Lazio 11 Jul 2000 02 Aug 2002
Internazionale 02 Aug 2002 26 Aug 2003
Chelsea 26 Aug 2003 30 Jun 2008
AC Milan 15 Jul 2004 31 May 2005 L
Internazionale 07 Aug 2006 31 May 2008 L

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1999-00 Parma UEFA Champions League 1
2000-01 Lazio Serie A 32
26
1
2000-01 Lazio UEFA Champions League 4
2
2
2001-02 Lazio Serie A 21
1
13
1
2001-02 Lazio UEFA Champions League 6
1
3
2002-03 Internazionale Serie A 14
4
7
1
2002-03 Internazionale UEFA Champions League 12
8
1
2003-04 Chelsea League Cup 1
1
2003-04 Chelsea Premier League 13
6
10
1
2003-04 Chelsea UEFA Champions League 7
3
2
2004-05 AC Milan Serie A 24
4
11
1
2004-05 AC Milan UEFA Champions League 3
1
4
2005-06 Chelsea FA Community Shield
1
2005-06 Chelsea FA Cup 3
2
1
2005-06 Chelsea League Cup 1
2005-06 Chelsea Premier League 20
10
10
1
2005-06 Chelsea UEFA Champions League 2
3
2


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
14 Sep 2002 Inter Milano v Torino D 0-0 Serie A 2
17 Sep 2002 Rosenborg BK v Inter Milano D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group D
22 Sep 2002 Reggina v Inter Milano D 0-0 Serie A 3
25 Sep 2002 Inter Milano v Ajax D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group D
02 Oct 2002 Inter Milano v Olympique Lyonnais D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group D
06 Oct 2002 Piacenza v Inter Milano D 0-0 Serie A 5
20 Oct 2002 Inter Milano v Juventus D 0-0 Serie A 6
22 Oct 2002 Olympique Lyonnais v Inter Milano D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group D
27 Oct 2002 Inter Milano v Bologna D 0-0 Serie A 7
30 Oct 2002 Inter Milano v Rosenborg BK D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group D
03 Nov 2002 Como v Inter Milano D 0-0 Serie A 8
06 Nov 2002 Empoli v Inter Milano D 0-0 Serie A 1
09 Nov 2002 Inter Milano v Udinese D 0-0 Serie A 9
12 Nov 2002 Ajax v Inter Milano D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group D
16 Nov 2002 AS Roma v Inter Milano D 0-0 Serie A 10
27 Nov 2002 Newcastle United v Inter Milano W 1-4 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group A
01 Dec 2002 Inter Milano v Brescia D 0-0 Serie A 12
07 Dec 2002 Lazio v Inter Milano D 0-0 Serie A 13
10 Dec 2002 Inter Milano v Bayer Leverkusen D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group A
15 Dec 2002 Inter Milano v Atalanta D 0-0 Serie A 14
12 Jan 2003 Inter Milano v Modena D 0-0 Serie A 16
09 Apr 2003 Inter Milano v Valencia D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Quarter-final 1st leg
19 Apr 2003 Brescia v Inter Milano D 0-0 Serie A 29
22 Apr 2003 Valencia v Inter Milano D 0-0
Agg: 0-0
UEFA Champions League Quarter-final 2nd leg
27 Apr 2003 Inter Milano v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 30
07 May 2003 AC Milan v Inter Milano D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Semi-final 1st leg
10 May 2003 Inter Milano v Parma D 0-0 Serie A 32
13 May 2003 Inter Milano v AC Milan D 0-0
Agg: 0-0
UEFA Champions League Semi-final 2nd leg
17 May 2003 Modena v Inter Milano D 0-0 Serie A 33
24 May 2003 Inter Milano v Perugia D 0-0 Serie A 34


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1994-95 Argentina Copa Mercosur
1
1994-95 Argentina International Friendly
1
1994-95 Argentina Panamerican Games
3
1995-96 Argentina FIFA World Cup
1
1995-96 Argentina Olympics 2
3
5
1996-97 Argentina FIFA World Cup 3
1
2
1996-97 Argentina International Friendly
1
1996-97 Argentina Olympics 6
6
1997-98 Argentina FIFA World Cup 4
2
1
1997-98 Argentina International Friendly 2
3
1998-99 Argentina International Friendly
1
1999-00 Argentina FIFA World Cup 1
2
2
1999-00 Argentina International Friendly 3
1
1
2000-01 Argentina FIFA World Cup 7
6
2000-01 Argentina International Friendly 1
1
2001-02 Argentina FIFA World Cup 2
3
2
2002-03 Argentina International Friendly 1
1
2003-04 Argentina FIFA World Cup 7
4
2003-04 Argentina International Friendly 2
2004-05 Argentina FIFA World Cup 2
3
2004-05 Argentina International Friendly 1
2
2005-06 Argentina FIFA World Cup 6
3
1
2005-06 Argentina International Friendly 4
1
2006-07 Argentina Copa America 2
3
2006-07 Argentina International Friendly 2
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
14 Feb 1995 Argentina v Bulgaria W 4-1 International Friendly
02 Mar 1995 Argentina v Paraguay W 3-0 Copa Mercosur
12 Mar 1995 Argentina v USA W 3-0 Panamerican Games Group A
14 Mar 1995 Argentina v Honduras D 2-2 Panamerican Games Group A
16 Mar 1995 Argentina v Paraguay W 1-0 Panamerican Games Group A
18 Feb 1996 Argentina v Ecuador W 6-0 Olympics South America group B
22 Feb 1996 Argentina v Venezuela W 3-0 Olympics South America group B
26 Feb 1996 Argentina v Colombia W 4-0 Olympics South America group B
03 Mar 1996 Argentina v Venezuela W 2-0 Olympics South America final round
06 Mar 1996 Argentina v Brazil D 2-2 Olympics South America final round
02 Jun 1996 Ecuador v Argentina L 2-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
20 Jul 1996 USA v Argentina W 1-3 Olympics Finals Group A
22 Jul 1996 Argentina v Portugal D 1-1 Olympics Finals Group A
24 Jul 1996 Argentina v Tunisia D 1-1 Olympics Finals Group A
27 Jul 1996 Argentina v Spain W 4-0 Olympics Quarter-final
30 Jul 1996 Argentina v Portugal W 2-0 Olympics Semi-final
03 Aug 1996 Nigeria v Argentina L 3-2 Olympics Final
28 Dec 1996 Argentina v Yugoslavia L 2-3 International Friendly
12 Jan 1997 Uruguay v Argentina D 0-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
12 Feb 1997 Colombia v Argentina W 0-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
30 Apr 1997 Argentina v Ecuador W 2-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
08 Jun 1997 Argentina v Peru W 2-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
06 Jul 1997 Paraguay v Argentina W 1-2 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
20 Jul 1997 Argentina v Venezuela W 2-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
10 Sep 1997 Chile v Argentina W 1-2 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
12 Oct 1997 Argentina v Uruguay D 0-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
16 Nov 1997 Argentina v Colombia D 1-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
19 Feb 1998 Argentina v Romania W 2-1 International Friendly
24 Feb 1998 Argentina v Yugoslavia W 3-1 International Friendly
30 Jun 1998 Argentina v England W 2-2 (4-3) FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round
31 Mar 1999 Netherlands v Argentina D 1-1 International Friendly
04 Sep 1999 Argentina v Brazil W 2-0 International Friendly
07 Sep 1999 Brazil v Argentina L 4-2 International Friendly
17 Nov 1999 Spain v Argentina W 0-2 International Friendly
23 Feb 2000 England v Argentina D 0-0 International Friendly
29 Mar 2000 Argentina v Chile W 4-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
26 Apr 2000 Venezuela v Argentina W 0-4 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
29 Jun 2000 Colombia v Argentina W 1-3 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
19 Jul 2000 Argentina v Ecuador W 2-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
26 Jul 2000 Brazil v Argentina L 3-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
16 Aug 2000 Argentina v Paraguay D 1-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
03 Sep 2000 Peru v Argentina W 1-2 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
28 Feb 2001 Italy v Argentina W 1-2 International Friendly
28 Mar 2001 Argentina v Venezuela W 5-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
25 Apr 2001 Bolivia v Argentina D 3-3 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
03 Jun 2001 Argentina v Colombia W 3-0 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
14 Aug 2001 Ecuador v Argentina W 0-2 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
05 Sep 2001 Argentina v Brazil W 2-1 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL South American qualifier
02 Jun 2002 Argentina v Nigeria W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group F
07 Jun 2002 Argentina v England L 0-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group F
12 Jun 2002 Sweden v Argentina D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group F
20 Nov 2002 Japan v Argentina W 0-2 International Friendly
20 Aug 2003 Uruguay v Argentina W 2-3 International Friendly
06 Sep 2003 Argentina v Chile D 2-2 FIFA World Cup South America
09 Sep 2003 Venezuela v Argentina W 0-3 FIFA World Cup South America
15 Nov 2003 Argentina v Bolivia W 3-0 FIFA World Cup South America
18 Nov 2003 Colombia v Argentina D 1-1 FIFA World Cup South America
30 Mar 2004 Argentina v Ecuador W 1-0 FIFA World Cup South America
28 Apr 2004 Morocco v Argentina W 0-1 International Friendly
02 Jun 2004 Brazil v Argentina L 3-1 FIFA World Cup South America
06 Jun 2004 Argentina v Paraguay D 0-0 FIFA World Cup South America
09 Feb 2005 Germany v Argentina D 2-2 International Friendly
30 Mar 2005 Argentina v Colombia W 1-0 FIFA World Cup South America
08 Jun 2005 Argentina v Brazil W 3-1 FIFA World Cup South America
17 Aug 2005 Hungary v Argentina W 1-2 International Friendly
09 Oct 2005 Argentina v Peru W 2-0 FIFA World Cup South America
12 Oct 2005 Uruguay v Argentina L 1-0 FIFA World Cup South America
12 Nov 2005 Argentina v England L 2-3 International Friendly
01 Mar 2006 Croatia v Argentina L 3-2 International Friendly
30 May 2006 Argentina v Angola W 2-0 International Friendly
10 Jun 2006 Argentina v Ivory Coast W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group C
16 Jun 2006 Argentina v Serbia and Montenegro W 6-0 FIFA World Cup Finals Group C
24 Jun 2006 Argentina v Mexico W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Finals - Round of 16
30 Jun 2006 Germany v Argentina L 1-1 (2-4) FIFA World Cup Quarter-final
07 Feb 2007 France v Argentina W 0-1 International Friendly
02 Jun 2007 Switzerland v Argentina D 1-1 International Friendly
05 Jun 2007 Argentina v Algeria W 4-3 International Friendly
28 Jun 2007 Argentina v USA W 4-1 Copa America Group C
02 Jul 2007 Argentina v Colombia W 4-2 Copa America Group C


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.