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Luis Rubiales

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Luis Rubiales
Personal information
Full name Luis Manuel Rubiales Béjar
Date of birth (1977-08-23) 23 August 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Motril, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1991–1993 Motril
1993–1995 Valencia
1995–1997 Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Guadix
1999–2000 Mallorca B 30 (1)
2000–2001 Lleida 35 (0)
2001–2003 Xerez 55 (0)
2003–2008 Levante 86 (0)
2008–2009 Alicante 15 (0)
2009 Hamilton Academical 3 (0)
Total 224 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Luis Manuel Rubiales Béjar (born 23 August 1977) is a Spanish retired professional footballer who played as a defender.

Known for not being a very skilled player but a tenacious one – he only appeared in 53 La Liga games over the course of three seasons – he received the nickname Pundonor (Courage).[1]

Football career

Rubiales was born in Motril, Province of Granada. During his Spanish career, spent mainly in Segunda División, he represented Guadix CF, RCD Mallorca B, UE Lleida, Xerez CD, Levante UD (gaining promotion to La Liga in 2004 and 2006) and Alicante CF.[2] He made his debut in the main category of Spanish football on 29 August 2004, coming on as a late substitute in a 1–1 away draw against Real Sociedad.[3]

On 4 August 2009, it was announced he had agreed a one-year deal at Scottish Premier League side Hamilton Academical.[4] However, after only three league appearances – four official – he left the club and returned to this country.

In March 2010, already retired, Rubiales was elected president of the Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE).[5][6][7]



  1. ^ "El obrero del fútbol" [The worker of football] (in Spanish). El Diario Vasco. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "El Alicante ficha a Rubiales" [Alicante signs Rubiales] (in Spanish). Fichajes. 6 August 2008. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Una Real incompleta" [Incomplete Real] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 30 August 2004. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Wright, Angus (4 August 2009). "Accies recruit Wesolowski and Rubiales". The Scotsman. Retrieved 4 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Luis Rubiales: "Hay que luchar por todos los jugadores, por humildes que sean"" [Luis Rubiales: "We must fight for every player, no matter how humble he is"] (in Spanish). Marca. 9 March 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Rubiales: "Hasta que no se solventen las diferencias no hay Liga"" [Rubiales: "No league until differences are worked out"] (in Spanish). Marca. 20 August 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Rubiales y sus directivos ganan al año 571.648 euros" [Rubiales and his staff make 571.648 euro per year] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 

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