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Angel Rangel Zaragoza was born in Sant Carles de la Rapita (Tarragona) on the 28th of November 1982. At the age of 3 he was already playing tennis and at 7 he started football in a team with a group of friends called Penya Barcelonista but at 8 he started a proper football career signing for U.E. Rapitenca, the team of his hometown.

Combining the school with football and tennis until the age of 14 was not an easy task so he was forced to give up one sport for the lack of time and Angel obviously decided to keep playing football as he did love it.

At 15 the U.E. Rapitenca youth care taker Miguel Carles, offered Angel a trial with Gimnastic de Tarragona, biggest club in the province and team of the capital Tarragona, and he quickly was selected to play for them in a division where there were the best catalan teams, FC Barcelona, RCD Espanyol, etc. That season he arrived to the capital as a striker which always had been his natural position but one day they were playing Barcelona at home against very talented players such as Pepe Reina, Mikel Arteta, etc. and he had to play as a right back because of injuries. it might be one of those coincidences in life but Angel played an outstanding game overall and he stayed as a fullback until the end of the season.

He played a second season with gimnastic before signing for CD Tortosa as a right back where he showed great talent as an attacking fullback under Guillermo Camarero before jumping into the first team in 1a Catalana (5th Division) where he achieved his first promotion to the 4th division under Jordi Fabregat as a coach, although the following season they went back down to the 5th division. Angel played a total of 60 games those two seasons as a senior player.

With 20 years of age  in 2003 Angel signed for CF Reus Esportiu that was playing 4th division football. He signed for one year in a club with a clear project of getting promoted to 2nd Division B, he played again around 30 games under Josep Maria Gonzalvo, they even got into the play offs but they did not achieve the promotion.

In 2004 he got his chance to play in a 2nd Division B team, this time with Girona FC with another big spending project to go up to Segunda Division. It was overall a difficult year, the team started losing so many games and they ended up getting relegated to the 4th division, considering that season a huge failure because they had 3 different chairmans and coaches. The coaches were Agustin "Tato" Abadia, Josep Maria Nogues i Domenech Torrent. Again Angel played nearly 30 games and 1 of Copa del Rey on his debut day with a historic victory against Villareal which that season they made history in the Champions League.

In summer 2005 he was out of contract and had only offers from 4th division teams but angel wanted to stay in 2nd division B as he had worked so hard to get his chance. Fortunately, U.E. Sant Andreu coached by Chechu Soldevila had just got promoted to 2nd Division B, and Chechu (a good friend of Angel from his times as coach of U.E. Rapitenca) called Angel to sign him. He did not even think twice to put pen on the paper, and 2005-2006 will always be remembered  because he had an amazing season, playing 30 games, scoring 5 goals as a right back and putting this humble club very high in the table.  Angel quickly got the eye of so many scouts  and in 2006 he signed for Terrassa FC team that got relegated from Segunda Division and they wanted to get back up to the second tier in spain. The sportive director Tito Vilanova was who held talks with angel and convinced him to sign for two years and play under Miguel Alvarez. Once more with one of the biggest budgets in the division, Angel played 30 games, scoring 2 goals. They were top of the league for the majority of the season but an unbelievable bad streak of results in the last 10 games of the season made them finish 7th on the table and sealing another failure season.

In 2007 Angel still had one year left on his contract, his semi professional contract. But that summer he received a phone call from a catalan manager called Roberto Martinez offering him the possibility to play for Swansea City, a welsh team in the english League One (same as 2nd Division B in Spain). It seemed like a very important moment in Angel's life and career because he had to move to a different country, another language, culture and a very different type of football. But Angel as a man of challenges he did not fear anything and he accepted  it with so much excitement, even though he paid his own transfer fee of 15000 to Terrassa.

He signed a two year contract but this time it was a professional contract. That season Swansea city made history, finishing champions of  League One getting promoted to the Championship, and he played 52 games between league and cups and he also was named best right back of the division while he was picking his golden medal for winning the championship.

After a great first season, he signed a new 3 year contract until 2010-2011 where the team stablished in the Championship and Angel was always a regular player in the starting XI. The manager Roberto Martinez left the club in 2009-2010 but Paulo Sousa replaced him putting the team in 7th place in the CocaCola Championship just one point below the play offs spot. He got sacked.

But the 2010-2011 will always be remembered for being such a special one. Swansea City got a historic promotion to the Premier League under a great and young manager Brendan Rodgers in a remarkable and unforgettable play off final at Wembley beating Reading 4-2 in front of 90000 spectators.

After that amazing day, Angel started receiving so many offers from other clubs as he was out of contract that summer, but he finally and quickly decided to sign a 3 year contract with the Swans because he is very settled in Swansea and his wife is welsh, they have also build a family of two boys Bailey and Angel Noah and one little girl Isabella Rose.

Currently angel has played more than 200 games for Swansea and it seems like he still has a lot to offer with Swansea City.

SPANISH PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN AT SWANSEA

Roberto Martnez (Balagu) manager
Iaki Bergara (Basc Country)
scar Brau (Manresa) physiotherapist
Andrea Orlandi (Barcelona) Alaves
Guillem Bauza (Mallorca) Espanyol B
Fede Bessone (Artesa de Segre) Espanyol
Albert Serran (Barcelona) Espanyol
Gorka Pintado (Sant Sebasti) Granada
Jordi Gmez (Barcelona) Espanyol
Jordi Lpez (Barcelona) QPR

COACHES AND MANAGERS THAT HAVE PLAYED AN IMPORTANT PART IN ANGEL'S CAREER

Jordi Fabregat: Coach from his province that really helped him to improve as a player when he jumped into Tortosa's first team.
Chechu Soldevila: He will always be grateful to Chechu for giving him the chance to stay in 2nd Division B.
Miguel lvarez: One of the best coaches Angel has ever had.
Roberto Martnez: the person who give him the opportunity to become a professional footballer and get the best out of his boots.
Brendan Rodgers: The best manager, he helped Angel to find the balance in his game, offensively and defensively. Brendan also was one of the keys that Angel signed a new contract at Swansea after de promotion to the Premier League.