Miguel Ángel Benítez

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Miguel Ángel Benítez
Personal information
Full name Miguel Ángel Benítez Pavón
Date of birth (1970-05-19) 19 May 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth Santísima Trinidad, Paraguay
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1991 Villa Elisa
1992–1993 Calpe
1993–1995 Atlético Madrid 10 (0)
1994 Almería (loan)
1995 Mérida (loan) 23 (10)
1995–2001 Espanyol 147 (28)
2002–2003 Olimpia 41 (8)
2003–2004 Almería 9 (1)
2004–2005 Universitario 7 (0)
2006 Sportivo Luqueño 24 (2)
2006 Olimpia 9 (1)
2007 Guaraní
National team
1996–1999 Paraguay 30 (11)
Teams managed
2008–2009 Silvio Pettirossi
* 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 Benítez and the second or maternal family name is Pavón.

Miguel Ángel Benítez Pavón, also known as Peque Benítez (born 19 May 1970), is a Paraguayan retired footballer who played as a forward.

He is best known for his spell with Spain's Espanyol, where he played for seven years. Altogether he spent one full decade in that country, representing three other teams and appearing in more than 200 official games overall.

A Paraguayan international in the late 1990s, Benítez represented the nation at the 1998 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Benítez was born in Santísima Trinidad. After playing for modest teams in his country he arrived in Spain at the age of 23, purchased by Atlético Madrid, but appeared very rarely for the Colchoneros, being often demoted to its reserves and also being loaned twice, notably to CP Mérida which he helped promote from the second division by scoring a team-best ten goals in only five months.

Released by Atlético in the 1995 summer Benítez signed with fellow La Liga side RCD Espanyol, going on to experience his best years: alternating between the starting XI and the bench, he amassed nearly 200 official appearances for the Catalans, helping them to the 2000 conquest of the Copa del Rey.

Already in his 30's and dealing with some injuries, Benítez left Espanyol in January 2002, returning to his country and signing with Asunción's Club Olimpia. In the years until his retirement he appeared for several clubs, and also returned to Spain, playing with second-tier UD Almería.

In 2008 Benítez started his coaching career, taking charge of lowly Club Silvio Pettirossi as it was experiencing its first season in the top level – short-lived, as the club dropped down two divisions in as many years.

International career[edit]

Courtesy of his solid Espanyol performances, Benítez gained all of his 30 caps for the Paraguayan national team. He was selected for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, playing in all four matches as the national side reached the round-of-16 and netting in the 3–1 group stage win over Nigeria.[1]

Benítez was also selected for the 1999 Copa América, played on home soil, scoring three times: this included one in Paraguay's 1–1 quarter-final clash against Uruguay, where he also missed the decisive penalty shootout attempt.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 November 1996 Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay  Ecuador 1–0 1–0 1998 WCQ
2. 12 January 1997 Estadio Guillermo Soto Rosa, Mérida, Venezuela  Venezuela 0–1 0–2
3. 10 September 1997 Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay  Bolivia 1–0 2–1
4. 8 February 1998 Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay  Poland 1–0 4–0 Friendly
5. 18 March 1998 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico  Mexico 0–1 1–1
6. 29 March 1998 Yale Bowl, New Haven, United States  Colombia 1–1 1–1
7. 24 June 1998 Stade de Toulouse, Toulouse, France  Nigeria 1–2 1–3 1998 WCF
8. 2 July 1999 Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay  Japan 1–0 4–0 1999 CA
9. 3–0
10. 10 July 1999 Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay  Uruguay 0–1 1–1
11. 17 November 1999 Estadio Domingo Burgueño, Maldonado, Uruguay  Uruguay 0–1 0–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Espanyol
Olimpia

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nigeria – Paraguay 1–3 (1–1); Planet World Cup, 24 June 1998

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