Míchel (footballer, born 1975)

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Personal information
Full name Miguel Ángel Sánchez Muñoz
Date of birth (1975-10-30) 30 October 1975 (age 43)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Rayo Vallecano
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1996 Rayo Vallecano B
1993–2003 Rayo Vallecano 186 (31)
1997Almería (loan) 18 (1)
2003–2006 Murcia 39 (4)
2005Málaga (loan) 9 (0)
2006–2012 Rayo Vallecano 177 (22)
Total 429 (58)
National team
1991 Spain U16 10 (2)
1993–1994 Spain U18 17 (3)
1995 Spain U19 1 (1)
1995 Spain U20 6 (1)
Teams managed
2016–2017 Rayo Vallecano (youth)
2017–2019 Rayo Vallecano
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Miguel Ángel Sánchez Muñoz (born 30 October 1975), known as Míchel, is a Spanish former footballer who played as a left midfielder, and was the manager of Rayo Vallecano.

During his 20-year senior career, he amassed La Liga totals of 182 games and 25 goals, adding 169/18 in Segunda División and playing mostly with Rayo Vallecano (17 seasons, three spells).[1][2]

Club career[edit]

Míchel was born in Madrid. A product of Rayo Vallecano's youth system, he appeared once for the first team in the 1993–94 season, then alternated between the first and second sides two more years.

After one loan to UD Almería in the third division, Míchel returned to Rayo, being essential as the capital outskirts side finished ninth in the 1999–2000 campaign and qualified for the subsequent UEFA Cup through fair play, where Rayo bowed out in the quarter-finals to fellow La Liga club Deportivo Alavés. The following season he scored a career-best ten goals in 33 games (all starts), as his team ranked 14th.

Míchel moved in 2003 to Real Murcia, being relatively used in his first year, which ended in top flight relegation. He appeared very rarely, however, in his final two seasons, which included a six-month loan spell with Málaga CF in 2004–05, where he was also rarely used.

In July 2006, Míchel returned home and to Rayo, helping it return to the second level in the 2007–08 season. He continued to be team captain[3] and, during the 2010–11 campaign, still contributed with two goals in 20 matches as they returned to the top tier after eight years.

On 9 July 2012, after having appeared in only nine games as Rayo retained its league status – just 246 minutes of action – 36-year-old Míchel retired from football, being immediately appointed manager of his main club's youth ranks.[4]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 17 March 2019
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Rayo Vallecano Spain 21 February 2017 18 March 2019 89 34 23 32 116 118 −2 038.20 [5]
Total 89 34 23 32 116 118 −2 038.20



Rayo Vallecano


  1. ^ Michel: "Los plazos de pagos se están cumpliendo" (Michel: "The payment deadlines are being met"); Marca, 17 December 2010 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Míchel, la zurda de Vallecas, se retira después de veinte años en activo (Míchel, the Vallecas lefty, retires after twenty years as a professional); ABC, 9 July 2012 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ El capitán Míchel desmiente intentos de «motín» en el Rayo (Captain Míchel denies attempts at «mutiny» in Rayo); El Diario Vasco, 9 May 2012 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Míchel cuelga las botas (Míchel hangs boots); Marca, 9 July 2012 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ "Míchel: Miguel Ángel Sánchez Muñoz". BDFutbol. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
    "Míchel: Miguel Ángel Sánchez Muñoz". BDFutbol. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
    "Míchel: Miguel Ángel Sánchez Muñoz". BDFutbol. Retrieved 16 October 2018.

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