Alejandro Pozuelo

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Pozuelo and the second or maternal family name is Melero.
Alejandro Pozuelo
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Pozuelo playing for Swansea City in 2013
Personal information
Full name Alejandro Pozuelo Melero[1]
Date of birth (1991-09-20) 20 September 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Seville, Spain
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Rayo Vallecano
Number 24
Youth career
Betis
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Betis B 42 (16)
2011–2013 Betis 29 (3)
2013–2014 Swansea City 22 (0)
2014– Rayo Vallecano 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 September 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alejandro Pozuelo Melero (born 20 September 1991) is a Spanish footballer who plays for Rayo Vallecano as an attacking midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Betis[edit]

Born in Seville, Andalusia, Pozuelo spent his youth career at his local club, Real Betis. He made his senior debuts with the B-team, spending a couple of seasons in Segunda División B.

Pozuelo made his official debut with the main squad on 2 October 2011, playing the second half of a 0–1 La Liga home loss against Levante UD.[2] On 18 December he scored his first league goal for the Verdiblancos, as well as being sent off in the 2–0 win at Atlético Madrid.[3]

Pozuelo was promoted to Betis' first team for the 2012–13 campaign.[4] He appeared in a total of 13 games in all competitions, netting his only goal in a 5–3 away success over Athletic Bilbao.[5]

Swansea City[edit]

On 2 July 2013, Pozuelo joined Swansea City on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee, signing alongside teammate José Cañas and becoming the seventh Spaniard in the squad.[6]

He scored on his debut for the club, rounding off the scoring in a 4–0 home victory over Malmö FF in the first leg of the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League;[7] he netted his second in the same competition and also at the Liberty Stadium on 22 August 2013 in a 5–1 play-off round win against Romania's FC Petrolul Ploiești.[8]

Rayo Vallecano[edit]

On 24 July 2014 Pozuelo returned to his country's top division, joining Rayo Vallecano for an undisclosed fee.[9]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 8 April 2014[10]
Club Season League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Real Betis 2011–12 La Liga 18 2 2 0 20 2
2012–13 La Liga 11 1 2 0 13 1
Total 29 3 4 0 33 3
Swansea City 2013–14 Premier League 22 0 3 0 11[a] 2 36 2
Total 22 0 3 0 11 2 36 2
Career total 51 3 7 0 11 2 69 5
  1. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Europa League

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League squad numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "That`s Juanlu for you". ESPN Soccernet. 2 October 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "No hay paz para el Atlético" [No peace for Atlético] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 18 December 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Álex Martínez y Pozuelo, con dorsal del primer equipo" [Álex Martínez and Pozuelo, with first team jersey] (in Spanish). Diario de Sevilla. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Betis fire five in eight-goal thriller". ESPN FC. 19 August 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Swansea City sign Alejandro Pozuelo from Real Betis". BBC Sport. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Swansea 4 Malmo 0: New boy Bony nets twice as £12m striker gives Laudrup big first leg lead in Europa League qualifying". Daily Mail. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Swansea 5–1 Petrolul Ploiesti". BBC Sport. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Pozuelo completes Rayo Vallecano switch". Swansea City. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Pozuelo". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 

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