Mista (footballer)

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Mista
Personal information
Full name Miguel Ángel Ferrer Martínez
Date of birth (1978-11-12) 12 November 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Caravaca de la Cruz, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1990–1994 Peña Madridista Caravaca Cruz
1994–1995 Caravaca Promesas
1995–1996 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Real Madrid C 28 (9)
1997–1998 Real Madrid B 43 (19)
1999–2001 Tenerife 71 (19)
2001–2006 Valencia 144 (40)
2006–2008 Atlético Madrid 35 (3)
2008–2010 Deportivo La Coruña 26 (2)
2010 Toronto FC 9 (0)
Total 356 (92)
National team
1995 Spain U17 3 (1)
1996–1997 Spain U18 10 (1)
1999 Spain U21 1 (0)
2005 Spain 2 (0)
* 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 Ferrer and the second or maternal family name is Martínez.

Miguel Ángel Ferrer Martínez, commonly known as Mista (born 12 November 1978), is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker.[1]

An unsuccessful Real Madrid youth graduate, he would make a name for himself with Valencia, helping the club win a total of four major titles during a five-year spell and scoring a total of 48 goals in 218 La Liga games in ten seasons, in representation of four teams.

Club career[edit]

Spain[edit]

Born in Caravaca de la Cruz, Region of Murcia, Mista was a protégé of Rafael Benítez, who first coached him at Real Madrid Castilla. He also worked with the player at CD Tenerife and then Valencia CF.

At Tenerife, Mista – along with Curro Torres and Luis García – was a key member of the team that won promotion to La Liga in 2001. He subsequently signed for Valencia, and was a prominent member[2] of the successful teams that won two league titles and the 2004 UEFA Cup, where he scored the second goal in the 2–0 win against Olympique de Marseille.[3] On 21 March 2004 he netted a hat-trick for the eventual champions in a 5–1 home win over RCD Mallorca,[4] but his goal rate decreased drastically after 2004–05.

In the 2006 summer Mista joined Atlético Madrid,[5] playing 29 games in his first season but almost absolutely no part in the following. In July 2008 he moved to fellow league club Deportivo de La Coruña, on a three-year contract, scoring in his official debut by netting the first in a 2–1 triumph against Real Madrid on 31 August;[6] constantly troubled by injuries and a loss of form, his second league goal came more than a year later (7 November 2009), in a 2–0 win at Getafe CF.[7]

Toronto[edit]

After only two league goals for Depor in two seasons, Mista signed with Toronto FC of Major League Soccer on 6 July 2010, in a deal running until the end of the campaign.[8] He made his unofficial debut for the team in a friendly against Bolton Wanderers at BMO Field on the 21st, and first appeared in the league in a home match against FC Dallas on 24 July; his first and only goal came on 17 August, in a 2–1 home success over Cruz Azul in the CONCACAF Champions League.[9]

On 24 November 2010, in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft, 32-year-old Mista was waived following a poor season with Toronto.[10] He announced his retirement on 14 August of the following year.

International career[edit]

Mista made his debut with Spain on 26 March 2005, in a 3–0 friendly win against China, in Salamanca.[11] He added another cap seven months later, in a 6–0 away thrashing of San Marino for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Honours[edit]

Valencia
Atlético Madrid
Deportivo
Toronto FC

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sirera, Christian (8 July 2010). "Law of one Spaniard in MLS at a time: Miguel Angel Mista to Toronto FC". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Valencia reclaim pole position; UEFA.com, 19 April 2004
  3. ^ Valencia 2–0 Marseille; BBC Sport, 19 May 2004
  4. ^ Mista magic dazzles Mallorca; UEFA.com, 21 March 2004
  5. ^ Mista to start again at Atlético; UEFA.com, 27 July 2006
  6. ^ Deportivo La Coruña 2–1 Real Madrid; ESPN Soccernet, 31 August 2008
  7. ^ Depor ease past Getafe; ESPN Soccernet, 7 November 2009
  8. ^ Toronto FC signs Spanish forward Mista; Toronto FC, 6 July 2010
  9. ^ Mista's first goal in Champions League; Toronto FC, 18 August 2010
  10. ^ Toronto waives five players; Toronto FC, 24 November 2010
  11. ^ "Aperitivo oriental" [Oriental hors d'oeuvre] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 27 March 2005. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 

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