The best Spaniards to wear the colours of Swansea City

Swansea's Angel Rangel celebrates at full time

Swansea City announced the signing of Fernando Llorente last week, while a £15 million-deal for Borja Baston looks set to be confirmed later today.

Juventus' Fernando Llorente (L) celebrates with his team mate Giorgio Chiellini

The two attackers are the latest in a long line of Spanish players who have donned the white of Swansea City so we thought we would take a look at five of the best Spanish imports to make the journey to South Wales.

Roberto Martínez

Born in Catalonia, the new Belgium manager joined Swansea in 2003 initially on a short-term contract. Playing in the old Third Division, the Swans entered the final day of the 2002/3 season needing to win to avoid dropping out of the Football League, but a James Thomas hat-trick saw Swansea to a 4-2 win over Hull City.

Martínez stayed in South Wales until 2006 helping the side gain promotion to League 1, and after a year at Chester City he returned to Swansea as the club's new manager.

In his first season as manager, Swansea won the League One title and Martínez was chosen as League One Manager of the Year.

Everton manager Roberto MartinezRoberto Martínez turned to management after his playing career ended

After leading the Swans to 8th place in the 2008/9 Championship, he left to take up the managerial role at Wigan Athletic, but his legacy at the Liberty Stadium will never be forgotten.

Guillem Bauzà

The Palma-born attacker was signed by Martinez in 2007. In three seasons at the club, he made 19 starts with 30 further league appearances off the bench, scoring nine goals.

Though he only averaged three goals per season, it was his brace that sealed Swansea's victory over Gillingham - a victory that guaranteed the Swans promotion to the Championship. 

Bauzà left for Hereford United in 2010 and returned to Wales to play for Merthyr Town last year, alongside graduating with a First-Class Honours degree in Medical Genetics from Swansea University.

Chico Flores

Having played under Michael Laudrup on loan at Mallorca, Cadiz-born defender Chico Flores was signed by Swansea when Laudrup took over in 2012.

Chico spent two seasons at the club, making 57 league appearances though not without controversy. Towards the end of the 2013/14 season, he was sent off twice in the space of six games, whilst two months prior to that Sam Allardyce claimed Chico had dived to get Andy Carroll sent off.

In 2014, Chico signed for Qatari club Lekhwiya, where he plays his football to this day. 


The attacker from Oviedo was signed by Swansea for £2 million in 2012. He spent three years with the club, scoring 20 goals in 52 league appearances.

Swansea City's Michu looks dejectedMichu during his time at the Liberty

During his time at the Liberty, he was rewarded for his form with a call-up to the Spain squad, making a solitary appearance in a World Cup Qualifier against Belarus.

Sadly, an ankle injury and a lack of form conspired to hinder Michu's progress, and he finally left Swansea in November 2015 having not played for the club in almost 20 months.

Michu has been playing for Spanish fourth tier side UP Langreo since January 2016.

Angel Rangel

The right-back signed for Swansea alongside Bauza when his countryman Martinez was at the helm in 2007. Rangel has been with the club ever since, playing a pivotal role in their rise from League 1 to mid-table of the Premier League and making over 300 league appearances.

Swansea's Angel Rangel celebrates at full timeRangel celebrates another Swansea victory

At the Football League Awards in 2015, he was named in the Football Manager Team of the Decade alongside Ashley Williams, Wes Morgan and Gareth Bale.

Earlier this week, Rangel signed a one-year contract extension at the Liberty.

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