Adrián in July 2015
|Full name||Adrián San Miguel del Castillo|
|Date of birth||3 January 1987|
|Place of birth||Seville, Spain|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|2008||→ Alcalá (loan)||5||(0)|
|2009||→ Utrera (loan)||13||(0)|
|2013–2019||West Ham United||125||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:16, 17 August 2019 (UTC)|
Adrián San Miguel del Castillo (Spanish pronunciation: [aˈðɾjan san miˈɣel del kasˈtiʎo]; born 3 January 1987), known simply as Adrián, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Liverpool.
Adrián began his career playing with Spanish side Real Betis, initially with the club's youth sides, before making his debut with the first team in 2012; he also had spells on loan with Alcalá and Utrera during this period. In 2013, he moved to England, initially joining West Ham United, and later signing with Liverpool in 2019.
Born in Seville, Andalusia, Adrián played as a striker and a winger for CD Altair until age ten, when the previous goalkeeper left and he changed position to that of goalkeeper. He later signed for Real Betis, where he finished his formation.
Adrián spent his first two seasons with the C-team and a further five with the reserves, with all five seasons with the reserves coming in the Segunda División B, successively backing up René and Brimah Razak. He was also loaned to Alcalá in 2008 and Utrera in 2009. He was promoted to the first team for 2011–12 as third-choice – still continuing to appear for the B's – but suffered a severe injury to his cruciate ligaments in November that kept him out of action for five-and-a-half months.
Adrián made his La Liga debut on 29 September 2012 in a 0–4 away loss against Málaga. After Casto was sent off in the early minutes, he replaced out-field player Salvador Agra and went on to be named Man of the Match. Still in the 2012–13 campaign, he became the starter, namely putting in a Man of the match performance in a 1–0 home win against Real Madrid on 24 November. Following his debut, he went on to start the next 31 matches, keeping 11 clean sheets as the club finished in seventh place and qualified for the UEFA Europa League.
West Ham United
Having been watched playing for Betis by West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce and goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson, Adrián was persuaded to join the club. On 5 June 2013, it was announced he would sign a three-year contract on 1 July, with the Premier League club having the option to extend this deal for a further two seasons.
Adrián made his Hammers debut on 27 August 2013 in a 2–1 home win against Cheltenham Town for the season's League Cup. During the match, he fouled Jermaine McGlashan to concede a penalty, which Matt Richards converted. His first league appearance came on 21 December, a 1–3 loss at Manchester United.
On 11 January 2014, Adrián kept his first Premier League clean sheet, in the 2–0 away win over Cardiff City. On 6 May, he attended the club's awards and won "Save of the Season" for a fingertip save from Oscar against Chelsea in January. He also won "Best Individual Performance" for the same match, in which he kept a clean sheet in a goalless draw, as well as "Signing of the Season". He was also named runner-up "Hammer of the Year" to Mark Noble. By the end of the 2013–14 season, he had become West Ham's first-choice goalkeeper, replacing previous incumbent Jussi Jääskeläinen.
In an FA Cup third-round replay penalty shootout against Everton on 13 January 2015, Adrián saved from Steven Naismith. The shootout went to sudden death, in which he scored the winner after his Everton counterpart, compatriot Joel Robles, struck the crossbar. Despite having never taken a competitive penalty before, he was so confident he would score and win the match that he removed his goalkeeping gloves before taking it – his team won it 9–8.
On 11 February 2015, Adrián was given a straight red card in a goalless draw at Southampton for handling the ball outside the penalty area while pressured by Sadio Mané. His suspension for this dismissal was rescinded by the FA, although West Ham were charged with failing to control their players following the incident, being fined £30,000. He played all 38 league matches and all four FA Cup matches during the campaign.
Adrián received a straight red card in added time at the end of West Ham's 1–2 home loss to Leicester City on 15 August 2015 for a high challenge on Jamie Vardy, after going up for a corner kick. As the team had already made all of their substitutions, Carl Jenkinson became the goalkeeper for the remainder of the match. In October 2015, he signed a new two-year contract with the option of a further two years, keeping him at the club until 2017. He was released by West Ham at the end of the 2018–19 season. Adrián's last game came on 26 January 2019 in a 4-2 away defeat to AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup. He had played 150 in all competitions for West Ham but only five in his final season, all cup games, as his place in their Premier League team was taken by Łukasz Fabiański.
On 5 August 2019, it was announced that Adrián had signed for Liverpool on a free transfer. He made his debut for the club on 9 August in a 4–1 win against Norwich City, coming on in the 39th minute, replacing the injured Alisson. On 14 August, Adrián started in the 2019 UEFA Super Cup; in extra-time, he conceded a penalty for a foul on Tammy Abraham, from which Jorginho was able to tie the match for Chelsea. Following a 2–2 draw, the match went to a penalty shoot-out, in which Adrián saved Abraham's final penalty, winning Liverpool their first trophy of the 2019–20 season with a 5–4 victory on penalties.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Real Betis C||2006–07||Regional Preferente||13||0||—||—||—||13||0|
|Real Betis B||2007–08||Segunda División B||3||0||—||—||—||3||0|
|Alcalá (loan)||2007–08||Tercera División||5||0||0||0||—||—||5||0|
|Utrera (loan)||2008–09||1ª Andaluza||13||0||0||0||—||—||13||0|
|Real Betis||2012–13||La Liga||32||0||0||0||—||—||32||0|
|West Ham United||2013–14||Premier League||20||0||1||0||5||0||—||26||0|
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