Miguel Sabah

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Miguel Sabah
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Personal information
Full name Miguel Sabah Rodríguez
Date of birth (1979-11-14) November 14, 1979 (age 34)
Place of birth Cancún, Mexico
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
León
Number 9
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Guadalajara 86 (18)
2006–2008 Cruz Azul 104 (42)
2009–2012 Morelia 132 (64)
2013 Guadalajara 25 (3)
2014– León 15 (5)
National team
2009–2012 Mexico 17 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 November 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 February 2012

Miguel Sabah Rodríguez (born November 14, 1979) is a Mexican footballer. He currently plays for León and the Mexican national team. Previously Sabah played with Monarcas Morelia, Cruz Azul, and Guadalajara. Sabah made his debut in the Invierno 2000 with Guadalajara entering in the 46th minute.[1] Sabah played five years with Guadalajara until transferring to Cruz Azul in the Apertura 2006.[2] Sabah was transferred to Morelia in the Clausura 2009, where he was the best Mexican born goalscorer of the season.[3] Sabah has been playing for the Mexican national team since June 2009, having been called up for World Cup Qualifiers against El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago.[4] He is of Lebanese and Mexican descent.

Club career[edit]

Guadalajara[edit]

Sabah started his career with Club Deportivo Guadalajara, making his debut on August 12, 2000, coming in the 46th minute for Benjamin Galindo against his future team Cruz Azul.[1] Although making his debut in the third game of the season, Sabah did not appear in any games until the Verano 2002 season.[5][6] In the Verano 2002 season Sabah played in 16 games, including 11 starts, and scored three goals.[6] His second full season with Guadalajara did not go very well, Sabah appeared in only six games and did not score any goals.[7] The Clausura 2003 season was similar to the previous season, Sabah appeared in eight games, and scored no goals for the second consecutive season.[8] Sabah improved in the 2003 Apertura 2003 season, appearing in 18 games, and scoring eight goals.[9] Sabah appeared in 11 games the following season the season which Guadalajara reached the final. Sabah appeared in the first leg match against UNAM Pumas, coming in the 75th minute for Héctor Reynoso.[10] He did not appear in the second leg match, eventually Chivas lost the final 5–4 in penalty kicks.[11][12] In the Apertura 2004 season, Sabah would appear in 14 games, Sabah managed to score five goals, but got a red card against Atlante F.C. in the first game of the season.[13] Without Sabah, Guadalajara defeated Atlante 7–0.[14] Sabah appeared in 12 games combined in his last two seasons with Guadalajara.[15][16] Sabah appeared in 86 games (starting 36) and scored 18 goals in nine seasons with Guadalajara.[6]

Cruz Azul[edit]

Following the Apertura 2005 Sabah was transferred to Cruz Azul, which helped his career get going. His first season with Cruz Azul was solid, with Sabah scoring three goals and registering two assists.[17] Sabah had a very good Apertura 2006 season; he appeared in 18 games, starting 15, and he scored ten goals.[18] The Clausura 2007 season was not as good as the previous season for Sabah; he scored six goals in 17 games.[19] The Apertura 2007 season was statistically the best season for Sabah with Cruz Azul.[6][20] Sabah started all 17 games he played and scored 11 goals.[20] Although Sabah only scored 11 goals in 37 games, Cruz Azul reached the final in Sabah's last two seasons with that club.[21][22] Cruz Azul lost both of those finals, Clausura 2008 to Santos Laguna and Apertura 2008 to Deportivo Toluca.[23][24]

Morelia[edit]

On December 28, 2008, Miguel Sabah was transferred to Monarcas Morelia. He was presented on December 31.[25] Sabah scored his first goal with Morelia on January 31, 2009 against América.[26] The rest of the Clausura 2009 season for Sabah with Morelia has gone well. Sabah started out slow but has responded with 11 goals in 17 games, 15 in which he started.[27] In his second tournament with Morelia, Sabah only appeared in 16 matches due to national team duty but still managed to score eight goals, including two in the playoffs. The Torneo Bicentenario 2010 was a very good season for Sabah as he finished with seven goals in 13 matches before he left for Mexico national football team pre-World Cup training camp.

Return to Guadalajara[edit]

Miguel Sabah transferred to his first club, Chivas on December 14, 2012 and was presented on December 17, 2012. On January 6, 2013 in the Fecha 1 in the Clausura 2013, Miguel Sabah scored his first goal in a 1-1 against Toluca. Later in that match he was sent off with a red card.

Leon[edit]

On November 27, 2013, Miguel Sabah was traded to Leon. During the 2014 clausura season he managed to play key role in game against Santos Laguna, final score 4-2, where he had 3 assists and a goal. He then ended up becoming champions with Leon, giving him his first career Liga MX championship.

International career[edit]

Sabah was called up by Mexican national team coach Javier Aguirre on May 15, 2009 for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago.[4] Sabah earned his first international cap against Trinidad and Tobago, coming in for Nery Castillo in the 34th minute.[28] Aguirre included Sabah on the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster.[29] Sabah scored his first international goal on July 9, 2009 against Panama, that goal was the 500th goal in CONCACAF Gold Cup history.[30] On August 12, 2009, Sabah also scored a late winner against the United States in a CONCACAF World Cup qualifier. However he was not on the final list for the 2010 FIFA World Cup due to an injury.

Career statistics[edit]

As of August 19, 2012[6]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
200001 Guadalajara Primera División de México 1 0 1 0
200102 16 3 16 3
200203 14 0 14 0
200304 29 10 29 10
200405 18 5 0 0 18 5
200506 8 0 8 0
Cruz Azul 15 3 15 3
200607 35 16 35 16
200708 34 19 34 19
200809 20 4 8 2 28 6
Morelia 17 11 17 11
2009–10 29 15 2 0 31 15
2010–11 33 11 5 4 3 0 41 15
2011–12 36 18 6 3 42 21
Career total 305 115 7 4 17 5 329 124

International[edit]

As of 29 February 2012

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Mexico's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. July 9, 2009 Reliant Stadium, Houston, United States  Panama 1–0 1–1 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2. July 12, 2009 University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, United States  Guadeloupe 2–0 2–0 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup
3. July 19, 2009 Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, United States  Haiti 1–0 4–0 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup
4. July 19, 2009 Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, United States Haiti Haiti 3–0 4–0 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup
5. August 12, 2009 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico  United States 2–1 2–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Morelia
León

International[edit]

Mexico

Individual[edit]

  • CONCACAF Gold Cup Golden Boot (1): 2009

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Miguel Sabah stats". ESPN. Retrieved 1 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Tabla de Goleo Individual". femexfut.org. Retrieved 1 August 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Un regreso esperado". espndeportes. Retrieved 13 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Miguel Sabah – 2000 Invierno". mediotiempo.com. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Miguel Sabah". mediotiempo.com. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
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  8. ^ "Clausura 2003". mediotiempo.com. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  9. ^ "Apertura 2003". mediotiempo.com. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  10. ^ "Pumas - Chivas first leg recap". mediotiempo.com. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  11. ^ "Chivas - Pumas second leg recap". mediotiempo.com. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  12. ^ "CÓMO NO TE VOY A QUERER". mediotiempo.com. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  13. ^ "Apertura 2004". mediotiempo.com. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  14. ^ "CHIVAS 7 - 0 ATLANTE". Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  15. ^ "Clausura 2005". mediotiempo.com. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  16. ^ "Apertura 2005". mediotiempo.com. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  17. ^ "Clausura 2006". mediotiempo..com. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  18. ^ "Apertura 2006". mediotiempo.com. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  19. ^ "Clausura 2007". mediotiempo.com. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  20. ^ a b "Apertura 2007". mediotiempo.com. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  21. ^ "Clausura 2008". mediotiempo.com. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  22. ^ "Apertura 2008". mediotiempo.com. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  23. ^ "Santos Campeon". mediotiempo.com. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  24. ^ "Toluca Campeon". mediotiempo.com. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  25. ^ "Definió su situación". espndeportes.com. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  26. ^ "Morelia - América recap". mediotiempo.com. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  27. ^ "Clausura 2009". mediotiempo.com. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  28. ^ "México 2 - 1 Trinidad y Tobago". espndeportes. Retrieved 13 July 2009. 
  29. ^ "Lista la convocatoria del Tri para la Copa de Oro". mediotiempo.com. Retrieved 13 July 2009. 
  30. ^ "Mexico draws with Panama in wild Gold Cup match". MLSnet.com. Retrieved 13 July 2009. [dead link]

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