Mario Suárez Mata

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Mario Suárez
Mario Suárez - 01.jpg
Suárez with Atlético Madrid in 2013
Personal information
Full name Mario Suárez Mata
Date of birth (1987-02-24) 24 February 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth Alcobendas, Spain
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Atlético Madrid
Number 4
Youth career
1999–2004 Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Atlético Madrid B 38 (4)
2005–2008 Atlético Madrid 4 (0)
2006–2007 Valladolid (loan) 23 (3)
2007–2008 Celta (loan) 26 (2)
2008–2010 Mallorca 60 (5)
2010– Atlético Madrid 121 (4)
National team
2002–2003 Spain U16 8 (1)
2004–2005 Spain U17 11 (1)
2005–2006 Spain U19 10 (3)
2007 Spain U20 4 (1)
2007–2009 Spain U21 5 (0)
2013– Spain 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 March 2015
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Suárez and the second or maternal family name is Mata.

Mario Suárez Mata (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmaɾjo ˈswaɾeð ˈmata]; born 24 February 1987) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Atlético Madrid as a defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

A product of Atlético Madrid's youth system, Suárez was born in Alcobendas, Madrid. He first appeared with the first team on 6 November 2005, playing four minutes in a 0–0 draw at Sevilla FC and going on to make a further three La Liga appearances during the season, including two 90-minute games.

From 2006 to 2008 Suárez served two Segunda División loan stints, being an important element in Real Valladolid's 2007 top flight return and spending his second year at Celta de Vigo. In August 2008 he was purchased by RCD Mallorca, signing a four-year deal that left Atlético the possibility of reacquiring the player.

After two seasons appearing regularly (in the second, he scored five goals in 34 matches to help the Balearic Islands side qualify for the UEFA Europa League), the rebuy clause was activated, and he returned to the Colchoneros.[1] In his debut campaign in his second spell, he battled for first-choice status at holding midfielder with Brazilian Paulo Assunção. On 10 April 2011 he netted his first official goal for the club, in a 3–0 home win against Real Sociedad.[2]

On 10 August 2014, Suárez was knocked unconscious in a friendly against VfL Wolfsburg, after teammate Cristian Ansaldi's hip hit his head. He suffered a "traumatic brain injury" and stayed for treatment in Germany, while the rest of the team returned to Spain.[3] However, on 19 August, he played the entire first leg of the Supercopa de España, a 1–1 draw away to Real Madrid.[4]

Suárez scored his second competitive goal of 2014–15 on 17 March 2015, netting through a 27th minute deflected effort for the only goal against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the UEFA Champions League's round-of-16. He also converted his penalty shootout attempt, in an eventual 3–2 win.[5]

International career[edit]

Suárez played for Spain in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada. He scored a penalty in the match against Zambia, in a 2–1 win.[6] Subsequently, he appeared for the under-21s at the 2009 UEFA European Championship in Sweden, in an eventual group stage exit.

On 6 February 2013, Suárez gained his first cap with the full side, playing the last 20 minutes of the 3–1 friendly win over Uruguay in Doha, Qatar.[7] He played in a defeat 2-0 friendly against Holland and lasted only 68th minutes to be substituted with Ramos on 31 March 2015.[8]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Atlético Madrid

Country[edit]

Spain U19

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 18 April 2015[9][10]
Club Season League Cup[11] Continental[12] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Atlético Madrid 2005–06 La Liga 4 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
Total 4 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
Valladolid 2006–07 Segunda División 23 3 7 1 0 0 30 4
Total 23 3 7 1 0 0 30 4
Celta 2007–08 Segunda División 26 2 1 0 0 0 27 2
Total 26 2 1 0 0 0 27 2
Mallorca 2008–09 La Liga 26 0 6 0 0 0 32 0
2009–10 La Liga 34 5 4 1 0 0 38 6
Total 60 5 10 1 0 0 70 6
Atlético Madrid 2010–11 La Liga 27 2 4 0 4 0 35 2
2011–12 La Liga 28 0 0 0 14 0 42 0
2012–13 La Liga 29 1 8 0 6 0 43 1
2013–14 La Liga 17 0 2 0 5 0 24 0
2014–15 La Liga 19 1 7 0 8 1 34 2
Total 120 4 21 0 37 1 178 5
Career total 233 14 41 2 37 1 311 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ Atlético re-sign Suárez from Mallorca; UEFA.com, 5 June 2010
  2. ^ Luis, Suarez and Aguero on target for Atletico; ESPN Soccernet, 10 April 2011
  3. ^ Gaughan, Jack (11 August 2014). "Mario Suarez suffers distressing brain injury as Atletico Madrid beat Wolfsburg". Daily Mail. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Spanish Super Copa: Real Madrid and Atletico draw 1–1 in first leg". Sky Sports. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Atlético edge past Leverkusen on penalties". UEFA.com. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  6. ^ España sufre pero gana ante Zambia (Spain struggles but wins against Zambia); 20 Minutos, 5 July 2007 (Spanish)
  7. ^ Campeón hasta en los simulacros (Champion even in drills); Marca, 6 February 2013 (Spanish)
  8. ^ ; , 31 March 2015
  9. ^ "Mario Suárez: Mario Suárez Mata". BDFutbol. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Mario Suárez". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  11. ^ Includes Copa del Rey
  12. ^ Includes UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup

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