Manu del Moral

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Manu
Manu del Moral.jpg
Manu in action for Sevilla in 2011
Personal information
Full name Manuel del Moral Fernández
Date of birth (1984-02-25) 25 February 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Jaén, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Eibar (on loan from Sevilla)
Number 20
Youth career
Jaén
2001–2002 Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2006 Atlético Madrid B 71 (11)
2004–2006 Atlético Madrid 5 (0)
2004–2005 Recreativo (loan) 33 (4)
2006–2011 Getafe 159 (37)
2011– Sevilla 56 (11)
2013–2014 Elche (loan) 24 (2)
2014– Eibar (loan) 6 (1)
National team
2002–2003 Spain U19 4 (3)
2002–2003 Spain U20 9 (0)
2005 Spain U23 5 (2)
2011– Spain 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 June 2011
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Del Moral and the second or maternal family name is Fernández.

Manuel del Moral Fernández, commonly known as Manu (born 25 February 1984), is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for SD Eibar on loan from Sevilla FC as either a forward or winger.

Club career[edit]

Atlético[edit]

Manu was born in Jaén, Andalusia. After starting his formation with local Real Jaén[1] he finished it with Atlético de Madrid, where he played alongside Braulio, and served a one 1/2-season loan in the second division at Recreativo de Huelva, only appearing in five matches with one goal during his first year.

While mainly registered with the capital side's B-team, Manu did appear in five La Liga matches in the 2005–06 campaign, mainly as a late substitute.

Getafe[edit]

Manu joined Madrid neighbours Getafe CF for the 2006–07 season, scoring his first top flight goal on 22 October 2006 in a 2–1 success at precisely Recre, finishing the season with eight (squad's second-best, behind Daniel Güiza). The following campaign he teamed up again with Braulio, and scored seven during the league campaign – joint-top scorer alongside Juan Albín – while also helping the Madrid outskirts team to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Cup.

The arrival of Roberto Soldado relegated del Moral to a more secondary role in 2008–09, but he still appeared in 29 league contests, operating mostly on the wings. On 24 January 2010, he scored the game's only goal as Getafe defeated former side Atlético Madrid for the first time at home in its history;[2] on 7 November, after netting in a 1–3 home loss against FC Barcelona, he became the club's best-ever scorer in the top division for the second time, surpassing precisely Soldado.[3]

On 14 March 2011 Manu scored three goals against Athletic Bilbao in only 25 minutes, one in his own net, in an eventual 2–2 home draw.[4] He finished the season with a career-best nine goals, as Getafe narrowly avoided relegation.

Sevilla[edit]

On 23 May 2011 del Moral signed a four-year contract with Sevilla FC, for 4 million.[5] Following the departure of winger Diego Capel and the ageing of striker Frédéric Kanouté, he was immediately cast into his new team's starting XI. On 25 October, he hit an injury-time header to earn his side one point at home against Racing de Santander (2–2) – he had also opened the score late into the first half.[6]

In late March 2012 Manu scored braces in two consecutive 3–0 away wins, first against Santander then in a local derby at Granada CF.[7][8]

International career[edit]

On 7 June 2011, after his best season at Getafe, del Moral made his debut for Spain, replacing David Villa during half-time of a 3–0 friendly win with Venezuela.[9]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Getafe

Country[edit]

Spain U20
Spain U23

Club statistics[edit]

As of 30 August 2014[10]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Atlético B 2002–03 36 3 36 3
2003–04 14 1 14 1
Total 50 4 50 4
Recreativo 2003–04 5 1 5 1
2004–05 28 3 4 0 32 3
Total 33 4 4 0 0 0 37 4
Atlético Madrid 2005–06 5 0 0 0 5 0
Total 5 0 0 0 5 0
Getafe 2006–07 29 8 6 0 35 8
2007–08 34 7 5 1 7 0 46 8
2008–09 29 5 1 0 39 8
2009–10 36 8 8 1 44 9
2010–11 30 9 2 0 5 0 37 9
Total 156 37 22 2 12 0 190 39
Sevilla 2011–12 34 10 4 0 2 0 40 10
2012–13 22 1 5 2 27 3
Total 56 11 9 2 2 0 67 13
Elche 2013–14 24 2 0 0 24 2
Total 24 2 0 0 24 2
Eibar 2014–15 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 2 0
Career totals 328 58 35 4 14 0 377 62

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cómo se 'fabrica' un Manu del Moral (How to 'make' a Manu del Moral); Ideal, 21 January 2008 (Spanish)
  2. ^ Manu haunts old club; ESPN Soccernet, 24 January 2010
  3. ^ Manu, máximo goleador en la historia del Getafe (Manu, top goal scorer in Getafe history); Diario AS, 7 November 2010 (Spanish)
  4. ^ Vera rescues point for Bilbao; ESPN Soccernet, 14 March 2011
  5. ^ Official: Sevilla sign Manu del Moral and Piotr Trochowski; Goal.com, 23 May 2011
  6. ^ Manu salvages point for Sevilla; ESPN Soccernet, 25 October 2011
  7. ^ Manu double downs Racing; ESPN Soccernet, 22 March 2012
  8. ^ Sevilla cruise to victory; ESPN Soccernet, 26 March 2012
  9. ^ Manu wins first Spain call-up; ESPN Soccernet, 25 May 2011
  10. ^ "Manu del Moral". Soccerway. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 

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