Quess East Bengal has officially announced the name of 32 years old Spanish stopper Marti Crespi Pascual as their fourth foreign player. While Costa Rican World Cupper Jhonny Acosta won the hearts of the Red and Gold faithful last season, experts were critical about his contribution in the first half of the campaign. Now it remains to be seen how Pascual does in his second stint in Indian football. Here are the 5 things you should know about him.
Crespi started his football career in the youth ranks of Mallorca. There he was nurtured as a player & upgraded himself in the senior team. There he made his debut in La liga & played 13 matches in 2 years. He was loaned to Segunda division clubs like Granada, Xerez, Elche FC where he nurtured himself as a player by playing about 97 matches in these 3 clubs. He scored his debut goal for Granada against CD Castellon where his team lost by 1-2. Crespi debuted for Mallorca against Barcelona where his team had withstood Barcelona & drew the match 1-1.
La Roja Years :
Crespi’s performance in Mallorca academy got much recognition for which he was selected for the U-19 & U-21 Spain team. He featured in 1 match for Spain U-19 team & 1 match for Spain U-20 team. His only for the under-20s came on 21 March 2007, in a 3–1 friendly win against the Czech Republic.
Friendship with Alejandro:
After a disappointing year in Ukranian club Charnomorets, Crespi joined Racing Santander where he found Alejandro Menendez as the coach and their friendly relationship started from 2013 which actually took him near East Bengal Club & Alejandro Menendez again. Crespi though only took part in 11 matches for Racing Santander in under gaffer Menendez. Later he joined Spanish side Sabadell FC where he successfully played for 2 years.
Life at China :
The best days of him were in China where he played for League 1 side Qingdao Huangdai FC. There he played for only 1 year. But he played 57 matches & scored 13 goals as a defender which is actually a huge number & definitely an inspiring number for the QEB fans.
Back to ISL :
After a successful year at Qingdao, he joined Nei Mongol Zhongyou F.C, another Chinese club but he didn’t get much playing time there. He only played 3 matches for the team. In 2018, he joined ISL side Delhi Dynamos, where he played 15 matches. Delhi Dynamos failed to qualify for the playoffs but Crespi’s performance got much recognition from the critics.