Miguel de las Cuevas

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Miguel de las Cuevas
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De las Cuevas in action for Atlético Madrid
Personal information
Full name Miguel Ángel de las Cuevas Barberá
Date of birth (1986-06-19) 19 June 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Alicante, Spain
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 8
Youth career
1993–2000 Kelme
2000–2002 Valencia
2002–2003 Hércules
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Hércules B
2003–2006 Hércules 68 (3)
2006–2009 Atlético Madrid 24 (0)
2009–2013 Sporting Gijón 121 (18)
2013 Osasuna (loan) 16 (1)
2013– Osasuna 40 (2)
National team
2005 Spain U19 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 December 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is De las Cuevas and the second or maternal family name is Barberá.

Miguel Ángel de las Cuevas Barberá (born 19 June 1986) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for CA Osasuna. A versatile midfield element, he can play both in the wings and behind the forwards, but usually occupies the attacking midfielder position.

Club career[edit]

Born in Alicante, Valencian Community, de las Cuevas started his professional career with hometown's Hércules CF, in the third division. In the 2004–05 season, he was instrumental as the side achieved promotion to the second level after a six-year-absence.

For the 2006–07 campaign, de las Cuevas signed with Atlético de Madrid. During preseason, on 13 August, in the Teresa Herrera Trophy match against Nacional de Montevideo, he suffered a serious ankle injury that kept him out of action for more than one year.[1]

On 12 December 2007 de las Cuevas finally made his debut for the Colchoneros, playing the second half in a Copa del Rey away game against Granada 74 CF, in the round-of-32.[2] He appeared in 13 La Liga contests with the club in his first season after returning from injury, 12 as a substitute.

On 25 June 2009, after producing slightly the same numbers with Atlético, de las Cuevas moved to fellow top level outfit Sporting de Gijón on a four-year deal – however, Atlético retained an option to rebuy in the first three.[3] He had a breakthrough season in 2009–10, ranking second in goals in the team; highlights included braces against RCD Mallorca (4–1[4]), Athletic Bilbao (2–1, away[5]) and one against former side Atlético (1–1), the goal that certified Sporting's permanence in the top flight for a further year, on 8 May 2010.[6]

Still under manager Manuel Preciado, de las Cuevas was again an undisputed starter for Gijón in the 2010–11 season. On 2 April 2011 he scored the only goal of the match in a win against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, ending José Mourinho's record of nine years and 150 matches unbeaten at home;[7] he only missed one league match and added six goals, in another final escape from relegation.[8]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 16 May 2010[9]
Season Club Competition Apps Goals Assists
2006/07 Atlético Madrid Spain La Liga 0 0 0
2007/08 Atlético Madrid Spain La Liga 13 0 0
2008/09 Atlético Madrid Spain La Liga 11 0 1
2009/10 Sporting Gijón Spain La Liga 37 8 3
Total 61 8 4


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