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Michu
Michu 2013.jpg
Michu training with Swansea City in 2013
Personal information
Full name Miguel Pérez Cuesta[1]
Date of birth (1986-03-21) 21 March 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Oviedo, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Playing position Striker / Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Napoli (on loan from Swansea City)
Number 21
Youth career
Oviedo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Oviedo 100 (13)
2007–2008 Celta B 28 (10)
2008–2011 Celta 101 (14)
2011–2012 Rayo Vallecano 37 (15)
2012– Swansea City 52 (20)
2014– Napoli (loan) 3 (0)
National team
2013– Spain 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 October 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2013

Miguel Pérez Cuesta (born 21 March 1986), commonly known as Michu (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmitʃu]), is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Italian club S.S.C. Napoli on loan from Swansea City as either a striker or an attacking midfielder.

He started playing for Real Oviedo, subsequently representing Celta de Vigo and Rayo Vallecano, making his La Liga debut with the latter in 2011–12. In 2012 he signed with Swansea City, scoring 22 goals across all competitions in his first season and winning the League Cup.

Club career[edit]

Oviedo / Celta[edit]

Michu with Celta in 2009.

Michu was born in Oviedo, Asturias. After beginning with local Real Oviedo in the lower leagues, he moved to Celta de Vigo B in Segunda División B in the 2007 summer; midway through his first season he received his maiden first-team callup, finishing the season in the starting XI of the Segunda División side.

In mid-January 2010, a transfer to La Liga with Sporting de Gijón in order to replace Birmingham City-bound Míchel was almost arranged, but it eventually fell through and Michu stayed at Celta.[3] In his last two second level campaigns combined, he scored 12 goals for the Galicians.

On 8 June 2011, after helping the club to sixth position in the regular season, Michu netted the game's only goal in the first leg of the promotion play-offs against Granada, at home;[4] in the second leg, however, he missed his penalty shootout attempt and his team was eliminated (4–5).

Rayo Vallecano[edit]

On 27 July 2011, after his contract with Celta expired, Michu signed a two-year deal with Rayo Vallecano, newly promoted to the top division.[5] He made his debut in the competition on 28 August, in a 1–1 away draw against Athletic Bilbao.[6]

In his first season Michu was one of the best national scorers (joint-ninth overall, best in the midfielder position), notably scoring braces against Real Sociedad (4–0 home win),[7] Racing de Santander (4–2, home),[8] Osasuna (6–0, home)[9] and Real Madrid, the latter albeit in a 2–6 away loss.[10]

Swansea City[edit]

Michu in 2013
Michu celebrating a goal with Swansea in 2013.

On 20 July 2012 Michu signed a three-year contract with Premier League side Swansea City, for a fee of £2 million.[11] Following the departure of Gylfi Sigurðsson, the club was looking for someone to fill the gap behind the striker in their 4–2–3–1 formation.[12] He was given the number 9 shirt upon his transfer, and subsequently began featuring as a striker.[13]

On his league debut on 18 August, Michu scored twice and provided an assist for Scott Sinclair in a 5–0 away win against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road. The first of his goals was also the first scored in the new top flight season,[14][15] and he later described his debut as "incredible".[16]

Michu stayed atop the goalscoring charts by netting the second in a 3–0 home win against West Ham United on 25 August,[17] and the second in the 2–2 draw against Sunderland the following matchday.[18]

On 6 January 2013 Michu scored his first FA Cup goal, coming off the bench in an eventual 2–2 home draw against Arsenal in the third round and finding the net a mere 73 seconds after entering the pitch.[19] He followed this with another in his team's 2–0 win at Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Football League Cup.[20]

On 23 January 2013, Michu signed a new four-year contract with Swansea.[21] On 24 February he scored the second in a 5–0 win over Bradford City to help his team win the League Cup for the first time in its history,[22] in what was his 19th official goal of the campaign.[23] he was subsequently named the team's Player of the Year, as well as the supporters Player of the Year.[24]

Michu scored Swansea's first goal of the new season on 1 August 2013, in the club's 4–0 home win against Malmö FF for the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.[25] In the club's play-off tie against Petrolul Ploiești late in the same month, he netted the second in a 5–1 victory, also at home.[26]

On 17 July 2014, Michu moved on loan to Napoli of Serie A, with the option of a permanent move.[27] He made his debut for his new team on 31 August, coming on as an 85th minute substitute for Lorenzo Insigne in a 2–1 win at Genoa.[28]

International career[edit]

Michu and Iker Casillas training with the Spanish national team in 2013

On 22 December 2012, courtesy of his performances with Swansea, Vicente del Bosque said that Michu would play for Spain for the first time in a friendly with Uruguay on 6 February of the following year.[29] However, he did not make the final squad for that match.[30]

On 6 October 2013 Michu was finally called up to the national team, as a replacement for the injured David Villa.[31] He made his debut five days later, starting in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Belarus in Palma, Majorca (2–1 win).[32]

Honours[edit]

Swansea City

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 17 December 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Oviedo 2003–04[33] Tercera División 19 3 0 0 19 3
2004–05[34] Tercera División 19 4 0 0 19 4
2005–06[35] Segunda División B 31 3 3 0 34 3
2006–07[36] Segunda División B 31 3 0 0 31 3
Total 100 13 3 0 103 13
Celta B 2007–08[37] Segunda División B 28 10 0 0 28 10
Celta 2007–08[37] Segunda División 14 1 0 0 14 1
2008–09[38] Segunda División 26 1 2 0 28 1
2009–10[39] Segunda División 30 6 6 2 36 8
2010–11[40] Segunda División 31 6 1 0 2[a] 1 34 7
Total 101 14 9 2 2 1 112 17
Rayo Vallecano 2011–12[41] La Liga 37 15 2 2 39 17
Total 37 15 2 2 39 17
Swansea City 2012–13[42] Premier League 35 18 2 1 6 3 43 22
2013–14[43] Premier League 17 2 0 0 0 0 7[b] 4 24 6
Total 52 20 2 1 6 3 7 4 67 28
Napoli 2014–15[44] Serie A 3 0 2 0 5 0
Total 3 0 2 0 5 0
Career total 321 72 16 5 6 3 9 4 2 1 354 85
  1. ^ Appearances in Segunda División play-offs
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of match played 11 October 2013.[45]
International statistics
National team Year Apps Goals
Spain 2013 1 0
Total 1 0

Personal life[edit]

In November 2012, along with fellow Premier League stars Santi Cazorla and Juan Mata, Michu bought shares in former club Oviedo as they struggled to raise €2 million to stay afloat in the third level.[46] He spoke to the official Swansea website about his love for his former club and the decision saying, "It's my local club, a club I love, so I hope it will be enough."[47]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Michu salió del banquillo para poner al Celta en el buen camino" [Michu came from the bench to lead the way for Celta]. Marca (in Spanish). 8 June 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
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  13. ^ "Swansea striker Michu will play against Chelsea despite booking threat". The Independent. 4 November 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
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  43. ^ "Games played by Michu in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
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