Miguel Ángel Nadal

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Miguel Ángel Nadal
Miguel Ángel Nadal.jpg
Nadal in training with Spain
Personal information
Full name Miguel Ángel Nadal Homar
Date of birth (1966-07-28) 28 July 1966 (age 48)
Place of birth Manacor, Spain
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Youth career
1980–1983 Manacor
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1986 Manacor
1986–1987 Mallorca B
1987–1991 Mallorca 130 (22)
1991–1999 Barcelona 208 (12)
1999–2005 Mallorca 149 (6)
Total 487 (40)
National team
1991–2002 Spain 62 (3)
Teams managed
2010–2011 Mallorca (assistant)
2011 Mallorca (caretaker)
* 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 Nadal and the second or maternal family name is Homar.

Miguel Ángel Nadal Homar (Spanish pronunciation: [miˈɣel ˈaŋxel naˈðal oˈmar]; born 28 July 1966) is a Spanish retired footballer. Nicknamed The Beast,[1] he based his game in a tremendous physical display, also being adaptable to various defender and midfielder positions.

He began and ended his career with Mallorca, but his greatest achievements came whilst at Barcelona during the so-called Dream Team era. During 19 professional seasons, he played in 492 matches (462 of those in La Liga).

A very important part of Spain's setup during the 1990s, Nadal represented the nation in three World Cups and at Euro 1996.

Club career[edit]

Born in Manacor, Majorca, Balearic Islands, Nadal made his debuts in the La Liga with local RCD Mallorca, first appearing on 19 April 1987 against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou. In his final two seasons, after helping in a 1989 promotion from Segunda División, he scored 12 goals from 72 league appearances, thus being acquired by the Catalonia club for the 1991–92 campaign.[2]

With Barça, under Johan Cruyff, Nadal was a very important part in the conquest of five leagues, two Copa del Rey and the 1992 European Cup, playing in over 300 overall games and occupying several defensive positions in both the back-four and in midfield. In his last year, however, ostracized by another Dutch coach, Louis van Gaal, he only appeared in two matches; in 1996 and 1997 he was linked with a transfer to Manchester United, but the move to the Premier League never materialized.[1]

Subsequently Nadal returned to Mallorca, starting strong and only missing 11 contests in his first three seasons combined, while also being important in the 2003 domestic cup conquest. He retired from the game at almost 39, having appeared in nearly 700 official matches.[3]

In July 2010, five years after his retirement, Nadal returned to Mallorca, joining the coaching staff under Michael Laudrup, his Barcelona teammate during three seasons. As the Dane left the club in late September 2011 following a run-in with director Lorenzo Serra Ferrer, Nadal was in charge for one game, a 2–2 away draw against CA Osasuna, but he too left the following week.[4]

International career[edit]

Nadal earned 62 caps representing Spain, his debut coming on 13 November 1991 in a meaningless UEFA Euro 1992 qualifier against Czechoslovakia (the national team had virtually no chances of reaching the finals in Sweden).[5] He went on to appear with the country in three FIFA World Cups.

Additionally, Nadal had the misfortune of missing a penalty at Wembley Stadium against England, in a Euro 1996 shootout loss.[6] After appearing in four complete matches at the 2002 World Cup, at almost 36, he retired from the international scene.

Personal[edit]

Nadal is the uncle of professional tennis player Rafael Nadal, who ranked #1 for several years, whilst his brother Toni is Rafael's coach.[7][8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The beauty of the beast; The Guardian, 11 September 2001
  2. ^ "Jugadores de ayer y de hoy: Miguel Ángel Nadal" [Players from tomorrow and today: Miguel Ángel Nadal] (in Spanish). RCDM. 18 February 2009. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Miguel Angel Nadal anunció este viernes su retirada" [Miguel Angel Nadal announced retirement this Friday] (in Spanish). Cadena SER. 4 March 2005. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Miguel Ángel Nadal hace oficial su marcha del Mallorca" [Miguel Ángel Nadal makes departure from Mallorca official] (in Spanish). Marca. 10 October 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "España, de penalty y regalado" [Spain, from a gifted penalty] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 14 November 1991. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Hosts England first team into last four". UEFA.com. 6 October 2003. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Rafa Nadal también golea" [Rafa Nadal also scores] (in Spanish). El País. 17 July 2005. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Miquel Ángel Nadal dice que la derrota "ha dignificado a Rafa"" [Miquel Ángel Nadal says defeat "has dignified Rafa"] (in Spanish). Diario Sur. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Rafael Nadal". ESPN. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 

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