Miguel Ángel Angulo

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Miguel Ángel Angulo
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Personal information
Full name Miguel Ángel Angulo Valderrey
Date of birth (1977-06-23) 23 June 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Oviedo, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder / Forward
Youth career
1994–1995 Sporting Gijón
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Valencia B 15 (2)
1996–2009 Valencia 313 (43)
1996–1997 Villarreal (loan) 32 (9)
2009 Sporting CP 4 (0)
Total 364 (54)
National team
1994–1995 Spain U18 7 (4)
1997 Spain U20 7 (2)
1998–2000 Spain U21 14 (3)
2000 Spain U23 5 (1)
2004–2007 Spain 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Angulo and the second or maternal family name is Valderrey.

Miguel Ángel Angulo Valderrey (born 23 June 1977) is a Spanish retired footballer. Predominantly an attacking midfielder, he was also able to play as a right winger and even right back.

Basing his football in inexhaustible physical display, Angulo was much appreciated by trainers because of his versatility, and spent most of his career at Valencia CF where he won a total of seven major titles, namely two La Liga championships and the 2004 UEFA Cup.

Club career[edit]

Born in Oviedo, Asturias, Angulo began his football career with local Sporting de Gijón, joining Valencia CF in 1995 at the age of 18. After spending some time with the reserves he was loaned in the 1996–97 campaign to second division club Villarreal CF, before returning to Valencia in the following summer.

Never an undisputed starter, Angulo amassed more than 300 appearances in his first ten professional years at Valencia, being a very important element in the Che's La Liga conquest in 2002 and 2004 (scoring six goals in 48 games in the two seasons combined), while also starting in the 2004 UEFA Cup final which the club won over Olympique de Marseille; due to the ageing of the previous starter, French Jocelyn Angloma, he played several matches as an offensive right defender, as the team operated mainly in a 5–3–2 formation.[1]

In the summer of 2004, Angulo pulled out of a transfer to Arsenal after a last minute change of heart. His agent claimed this was due to the player's anxiety at moving to London – he had already completed part of his medical;[2] He continued to be heavily played in Valencia in the following three seasons combined, netting 15 times in 93 league contests.[3][4]

On 20 December 2007 Angulo, along with Santiago Cañizares and David Albelda, was axed from the squad by new coach Ronald Koeman.[5] In late April of the following year, however, with Koeman's sacking, all three were reinstated by new manager Voro in a squad seriously threatened with relegation, with five remaining games. On 27 April he returned to action, playing five minutes in a 3–0 home win against CA Osasuna after having come on as a substitute for David Villa;[6] two weeks later he started his first post-reinstatement match, scoring in a 5–1 away routing of already relegated Levante UD.[7]

In August 2009, after a mediocre campaign individually, Angulo was released by Valencia, thus ending a 14-year relationship. Late in the same month he agreed to a one-year contract with Sporting Clube de Portugal, but after just four months, he was released by the Lisbon club, grossly unsettled, and pondered his retirement,[8] which was confirmed the following week.[9]

International career[edit]

Angulo made his debut for Spain on 17 November 2004, in a 1–0 friendly win against England played in Madrid.[10] Going on to collect 11 caps, he never took part in any major competition's final stages, however.

Angulo also represented the nation at the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship (five appearances) and the 2000 Summer Olympics (five), helping to a runner-up finish in the latter competition.[11][12]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Valencia

Country[edit]

Spain U21
Spain U18
Spain U23

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Villarreal 1996–97 32 9 5 1 - - 37 10
Total 32 9 5 1 0 0 37 10
Valencia 1997–98 28 2 3 2 - - 31 4
1998–99 35 8 6 1 10 3 51 12
1999–00 29 5 3 0 16 3 48 8
2000–01 28 0 2 1 10 0 40 1
2001–02 26 4 0 0 5 2 31 6
2002–03 24 4 4 0 11 2 39 6
2003–04 22 2 5 1 9 2 36 5
2004–05 25 3 3 0 5 0 33 3
2005–06 32 6 3 0 1 0 36 6
2006–07 36 6 3 2 10 2 49 10
2007–08 16 2 0 0 4 0 20 2
2008–09 11 0 3 1 2 0 16 1
Total 312 42 35 8 83 14 430 64
Sporting 2009–10 4 0 2 0 3 0 9 0
Total 4 0 2 0 3 0 9 0
Career total 348 51 42 9 86 14 476 74

International[edit]

Spain
Year Apps Goals
2004 1 0
2005 0 0
2006 3 0
2007 7 0
Total 11 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Angulo, 12 años de éxitos y polivalencia" [Angulo, 12 years of successes and versatility] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Angulo in Arsenal U-turn; BBC Sport, 31 August 2004
  3. ^ "Angulo renace en primavera" [Angulo is reborn in Spring] (in Spanish). El País. 14 April 2004. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Angulo encuentra la paz" [Angulo finds peace] (in Spanish). El País. 10 December 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Koeman ratifica el despido de Albelda, Cañizares y Angulo (Koeman confirms Albelda, Cañizares and Angulo's sacking); La Vanguardia, 20 December 2007 (Spanish)
  6. ^ Valencia 3–0 Osasuna; ESPN Soccernet, 27 April 2008
  7. ^ Levante 1–5 Valencia; ESPN Soccernet, 11 May 2008
  8. ^ Miguel Angel Angulo terminates contract with Sporting Lisbon, hints at retirement; Goal.com, 6 December 2009
  9. ^ Angulo cuelga las botas (Angulo hangs boots); Super Deporte, 10 December 2009 (Spanish)
  10. ^ "La fiesta española acabó mal" [Spanish party ended badly] (in Spanish). UEFA.com. 18 November 2004. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Sidney 2000: Oro negro" [Sidney 2000: Black gold] (in Spanish). Recuerdos de Nigeria. 26 May 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  12. ^ Miguel Ángel AnguloFIFA competition record

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