Antonio Núñez

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Antonio Núñez
Personal information
Full name Antonio Núñez Tena
Date of birth (1979-01-15) 15 January 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Wide midfielder
Club information
Current team
Free agent
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 San Federico
1999–2001 Las Rozas
2001–2003 Real Madrid B 64 (12)
2003–2004 Real Madrid 11 (1)
2004–2005 Liverpool 18 (0)
2005–2008 Celta 96 (7)
2008–2009 Murcia 35 (1)
2009–2012 Apollon Limassol 60 (7)
2012–2013 Huesca 55 (6)
2013–2014 Deportivo La Coruña 22 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 9 June 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Núñez and the second or maternal family name is Tena.

Antonio Núñez Tena (born 15 January 1979) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a right midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Real Madrid[edit]

Born in Madrid, Núñez started his career with CD San Federico, before joining Tercera División side CD Las Rozas. In 2001 he moved to Real Madrid, his favourite club growing up.

Courtesy of manager Carlos Queiroz, Núñez was promoted to the first team for the 2003–04 season. On 2 September 2003, in his La Liga debut, he came on as a substitute for Javier Portillo 15 minutes from time in an away game against Villarreal CF and scored the 1–1 equalizer after just seven minutes;[1] during the remainder of the campaign, however, in which the Merengues came up totally empty, he only amassed a further ten league appearances, all from the bench.

Liverpool[edit]

In August 2004 Núñez was transferred to Liverpool, becoming Rafael Benítez's second signing as club manager – after compatriot Josemi – as part of an exchange deal that saw Michael Owen go in the opposite direction for £8 million.[2] He injured his knee in his first day of training for his new club, and was out of action for three months; he made his Reds debut as a starter in a Premier League match against Portsmouth, a 1–1 home draw on 14 December.

Núñez scored his first and only goal for Liverpool in the 2–3 loss against Chelsea for the season's Football League Cup final,[3] therefore becoming the only player in the club's history to score his only goal for the team in a major cup final. In his only season, he also won a UEFA Champions League medal, as he was one of the substitutes in the final against A.C. Milan (although he did not play), appearing in five matches during the campaign, four as a reserve.

Celta / Later years[edit]

Following a disappointing season Núñez transferred back to Spain, joining newly promoted Celta de Vigo on 26 July 2005. During his three-year spell with the Galicians, where he would be heavily played, he also lived one top flight relegation, and joined Real Murcia in the summer of 2008.[4]

In August 2009 Núñez bought out the remainder of his Murcia contract and was released, joining Cyprus' Apollon Limassol shortly after. After three seasons he returned to his country and its Segunda División, signing a one 1/2-year contract with SD Huesca.[5]

Honours[edit]

Real Madrid
Liverpool
Apollon

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 7 June 2014[6]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
2003–04 Real Madrid La Liga 11 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 13 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2004–05 Liverpool Premier League 18 0 1 0 3 1 5 0 27 1
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
2005–06 Celta La Liga 32 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 33 2
2006–07 24 0 2 0 0 0 7 1 33 1
2007–08 Segunda División 40 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 40 5
2008–09 Murcia Segunda División 35 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 37 1
2008–09 Apollon Limassol Cypriot First Division 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 1
2009–10 26 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 27 3
2010–11 17 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 20 3
2011–12 Huesca Segunda División 16 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 17 4
2012–13 39 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 40 2
2013–14 Deportivo Segunda División 22 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 23 0
Total Spain 219 15
England 18 0
Cyprus 60 7
Career total 297 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ "La cantera le da al Madrid un punto ante el Villarreal" [Cantera gives Madrid one point against Villarreal] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 3 September 2003. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Owen spreads his wings; UEFA.com, 17 August 2004
  3. ^ "Liverpool 2–3 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 27 February 2005. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "El Murcia ficha a Lillo, Montoro, Núñez y Sikora" [Murcia signs Lillo, Montoro, Núñez and Sikora] (in Spanish). Marca. 17 June 2008. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "El Huesca ficha a Mario Rosas, Jorge Larena y Antonio Nuñez" [Huesca signs Mario Rosas, Jorge Larena and Antonio Nuñez] (in Spanish). Marca. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Antonio Núñez". Soccerway. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 

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