Mario Suárez Mata
Suárez with Spain in 2013
|Full name||Mario Suárez Mata|
|Date of birth||24 February 1987|
|Place of birth||Alcobendas, Spain|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|Current club||Atlético Madrid|
|2006–2007||→ Valladolid (loan)||23||(3)|
|2007–2008||→ Celta (loan)||26||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 04:53, 18 November 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Mario Suárez Mata (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmaɾjo ˈswaɾeð ˈmata]; born 24 February 1987 in Alcobendas, Madrid) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Atlético Madrid as a defensive midfielder.
A product of Atlético de Madrid's youth system, Suárez first appeared with the first team on 6 November 2005, playing four minutes in a 0–0 draw at Sevilla FC. He went on to make a further three La Liga appearances during the season (including two 90-minute games).
From 2006–08 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 club qualify for the UEFA Europa League), the rebuy clause was activated, and he returned to the Colchoneros.
In the first season in his second spell with Atlético, Suárez 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.
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. Subsequently, he appeared for the under-21s at the 2009 UEFA European Championship in Sweden, in an eventual group stage exit.
|Atlético Madrid||2005–06||La Liga||4||0||2||0||0||0||6||0|
|Valladolid (loan)||2006–07||Segunda División||23||3||7||1||0||0||30||4|
|Celta Vigo (loan)||2007–08||Segunda División||26||2||1||0||0||0||27||2|
|Atlético Madrid||2010-11||La Liga||27||2||4||0||4||0||35||2|
- Atlético Madrid
- UEFA Europa League: 2011–12
- UEFA Super Cup: 2010, 2012
- Copa del Rey: 2012–13
- Supercopa de España: Runner-up 2013
- Spain U19
- Atlético re-sign Suárez from Mallorca; UEFA.com, 5 June 2010
- Luis, Suarez and Aguero on target for Atletico; ESPN Soccernet, 10 April 2011
- España sufre pero gana ante Zambia (Spain struggles but wins against Zambia); 20 Minutos, 5 July 2007 (Spanish)
- Campeón hasta en los simulacros (Champion even in drills); Marca, 6 February 2013 (Spanish)
- "Mario Suarez stats". BDFutbol. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
- "Mario Suarez statistics". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
- Includes Copa del Rey
- Includes UEFA Europa League and European Supercup
- Atlético Madrid official profile
- BDFutbol profile
- Futbolme profile (Spanish)
- Mario Suárez – FIFA competition record
- Transfermarkt profile