Ángel Pedraza

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Ángel Pedraza
Personal information
Full name Ángel Pedraza Lamilla
Date of birth (1962-10-04)4 October 1962
Place of birth La Rinconada, Spain
Date of death 8 January 2011(2011-01-08) (aged 48)
Place of death Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Playing position Full back / Midfielder
Youth career
Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1985 Barcelona B 67 (13)
1982–1983 Villarreal (loan)
1985–1988 Barcelona 45 (4)
1988–1995 Mallorca 229 (3)
1995–1997 Sóller
National team
1980–1981 Spain U18 9 (1)
Teams managed
2004–2005 Espanyol B
2005–2006 Benidorm
2006–2008 Villarreal B
2008–2009 Iraklis
2009 Panserraikos
2009–2010 Atlético Baleares
2010 Hospitalet
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ángel Pedraza Lamilla (4 October 1962 – 8 January 2011) was a Spanish professional footballer who played as a full back and a central midfielder.

Playing career[edit]

Born in La Rinconada, Seville, Andalusia, Pedraza joined FC Barcelona's youth ranks, and spent two seasons with the reserves in Segunda División. On 16 September 1980, László Kubala granted him the opportunity to play in one UEFA Cup match against Sliema Wanderers F.C. in Malta, and he became the first La Masia player ever to appear for the main squad.[1]

In January 1986, with Terry Venables as a coach, Pedraza made his La Liga debut with the first team, with which he would play a further three years, being mostly used as a backup. In the 1986 European Cup Final he was one of four Barça players – the others were José Ramón Alexanko, Pichi Alonso and Marcos – to have their penalty shootout attempts saved by FC Steaua Bucureşti goalkeeper Helmuth Duckadam, as the Catalans lost the decisive match in Seville (0–0 after 120 minutes).[2]

Pedraza signed with RCD Mallorca in the 1988 off-season, with the Balearic Islands outfit being coached by a young Lorenzo Serra Ferrer, who relocated the player from central midfielder to full back.[3] In his first season he was an essential defensive unit (3,241 minutes, one goal) as the club returned to La Liga, and also reached the Copa del Rey final in 1991; during six of his seven years with the team he did not appear in less than 30 league games, and retired from football in 1997 at the age of 35, after a two-year stint with amateurs CF Sóller, also in Majorca.

Coaching career[edit]

Immediately after retiring Pedraza started managing, spending five years with several youth sides at former club Barcelona. In 2002, he moved across the city and coached RCD Espanyol's juniors, joining the B-team afterwards.

Pedraza then spent three seasons in Segunda División B, first with Benidorm CF then Villarreal CF B. After one year in Greece, split between two teams,[4] he returned to his country and took charge of amateurs CD Atlético Baleares, helping it promote from Tercera División, as champions.[3]

In July 2010, despite being already suffering from cancer, Pedraza agreed to take over at CE L'Hospitalet in the third level. He was however removed from his managerial duties after only three months.[5] On 8 January 2011, aged only 48, he succumbed to the illness in Barcelona.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Pedraza's son, Marc, is also a professional footballer. A midfielder, he was brought up in Espanyol's youth system, being coached by his father at Hospitalet, with the manager being sacked precisely after the player's debut.[7][8]

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Barcelona
Mallorca

Manager[edit]

Atlético Baleares

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pedraza, el primero de La Masía que debutó con el Barça" [Pedraza, first from La Masia to make debuts with Barça]. El País (in Spanish). 9 January 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Duckadam inspires Steaua; UEFA.com, 18 April 2006
  3. ^ a b "Perfil completo de Ángel Pedraza, nuevo entrenador del Atlético Baleares" [Complete profile of Ángel Pedraza, new Atlético Baleares coach] (in Spanish). Balear Esport. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Iraklis, Jimenez pay tribute to Pedraza". Sport In Greece. 9 January 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Ángel Pedraza, destituït" [Ángel Pedraza, fired] (in Catalan). L'Hesport. 24 October 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Fallece Pedraza a los 48 años a consecuencia de un cáncer" [Pedraza dies at the age of 48 due to cancer]. El Periódico de Catalunya (in Spanish). 9 January 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Marc Pedraza, a l'Hospi" [Marc Pedraza, to L'Hospi] (in Catalan). L'Hesport. 20 October 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "CE L'Hospitalet 1 – CE Sabadell 1" (in Catalan). L'Hesport. 24 October 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 

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