Alberto Bueno

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Alberto Bueno
Personal information
Full name Alberto Bueno Calvo
Date of birth (1988-03-20) 20 March 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker / Winger
Club information
Current team
Rayo Vallecano
Number 23
Youth career
EF Concepción
2001–2006 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Real Madrid B 97 (22)
2008–2009 Real Madrid 3 (0)
2009–2013 Valladolid 85 (13)
2010–2011 Derby County (loan) 29 (5)
2013– Rayo Vallecano 48 (17)
National team
2004 Spain U16 4 (4)
2004–2005 Spain U17 6 (3)
2006–2007 Spain U19 13 (11)
2007 Spain U20 4 (1)
2008 Spain U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 November 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Bueno and the second or maternal family name is Calvo.

Alberto Bueno Calvo (born 20 March 1988) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Rayo Vallecano. He mainly operates as a second striker, but can also appear as a left winger.

Club career[edit]

Real Madrid[edit]

Born in Madrid, Bueno was a product of Real Madrid's youth system, and he started playing for the Juvenil team, scoring 37 goals in 37 matches.[1] The following season he progressed to Real Madrid Castilla, playing 31 games in the second division.[2]

In August 2007, Real Madrid signed Bueno on a professional contract with the first team. He was called up to the pre-season training under coach Bernd Schuster, teaming up in a friendly with FC Lokomotiv Moscow where he was substituted at half-time by another cantera player, Javier Balboa.

On 11 November 2008, due to many injuries to the main squad, Bueno was given his official debut, in a Copa del Rey home contest against Real Unión (third level): within minutes of his entry, fifteen minutes into the second half, he scored in a 4–3 final win, but Real Madrid suffered a shock exit from the competition (6–6 aggregate).[3] Eleven days later he made his La Liga debut, as a late substitute (for Raúl) in a 1–0 home win against Recreativo de Huelva.

Valladolid[edit]

On 15 July 2009 Real Valladolid purchased Bueno on a five-year deal, with Real Madrid having an option to rebuy in the first two.[4] During his first season he was used intermittently, as the Castile and León side also suffered top flight relegation.

On 30 August 2010, English club Derby County announced that Bueno was a guest at the Rams' 2–2 draw against Queens Park Rangers, and that a loan deal was very close to being completed in time for the close of the transfer window.[5][6] It was revealed the following day that the player signed on a season-long loan.[7]

After making his debut as a substitute in a 0–1 home loss against Sheffield United, and his first start in a 0–2 defeat at Hull City, Bueno helped spark a run of six unbeaten matches, as Derby earned 14 points from a possible 18 – after just one win in the first four games – earning praise from first-team coach Gary Crosby, who said: "Alberto is a natural footballer – his awareness, his touch and his ability are outstanding at times."[8]

Playing as one of three support strikers in Derby's 4–2–3–1 formation, Bueno grabbed his first goals for the club with a brace against Crystal Palace, and followed it up with the second in a 3–0 win over Preston North End, earning the Man of the match award in both games.[8] His form was such he was linked with a move to Premier League side Wigan Athletic,[9] but Derby dismissed the link, stating "There is no clause in the loan agreement which allows (Bueno) to leave during the January transfer window."[10]

After a promising start, Bueno, and the team as a whole, faded throughout the rest of the campaign, winning just four of twenty-six league games and dropping from fourth in the table to 19th. He contributed with just two goals in the final seven months of the campaign, in defeats against Ipswich Town and Norwich City, and at the end of the season Clough stated himself "unsure" over the player's future, saying his signature was "not a priority".[11]

Bueno subsequently returned to Valladolid, scoring seven goals in 32 games to help it return to the top flight after two years.[12][13][14]

International career[edit]

Bueno was part of the under-19 national team which won the 2006 UEFA European Championship. He was the top scorer of the competition with five goals, with another Castilla product, Juan Mata, adding four.[15]

Subsequently, he represented the nation at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada.

Honours[edit]

Spain U19

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rafa eyes Negredo and Bueno bids". Four Four Two. 10 June 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Alberto Bueno Calvo" (in Spanish). Real Madrid. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "El Real Unión de Irún elimina al Real Madrid de la Copa del Rey pese a Raúl (4–3)" [Real Unión of Irún ousts Real Madrid from the Spanish Cup in spite of Raúl (4–3)] (in Spanish). 20 Minutos. 11 November 2008. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Mendilibar ya tiene el delantero que quería: Alberto Bueno (Mendilibar already has striker he wanted: Alberto Bueno); Marca, 15 July 2009 (Spanish)
  5. ^ "Rams make loan bid for Spanish forward Bueno". Derby Telegraph. 28 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Rams closing in on season-long deal for Spanish forward Alberto Bueno". Derby Telegraph. 30 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Derby tie up Bueno loan". Derby County FC. 31 August 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Little Alberto's made a big impact, says Rams coach". Derby Telegraph. 18 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "Wigan scouting Derby striker Alberto Bueno". Tribal Football. 20 October 2010. 
  10. ^ "Rams clarify Bueno situation". Derby County FC. 21 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "Nigel Clough unsure on Alberto Bueno's Derby future". BBC Sport. 27 April 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "El Valladolid, más 'bueno' que nunca" [Valladolid, more 'bueno' ("good" in English) than ever] (in Spanish). Marca. 29 August 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Dos goles de Bueno matan al Córdoba" [Two Bueno goals kill Córdoba] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 4 September 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "El Valladolid y Bueno están de dulce (3–0)" [Valladolid and Bueno are to die for (3–0)] (in Spanish). Noticias Castilla y León. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  15. ^ Bueno basks in dream come true; UEFA.com, 30 July 2006
  16. ^ Bueno double gives Spain glory; UEFA.com, 29 July 2006

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