Mario Suárez (footballer)

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Mario Suárez
Mario Suárez - 01.jpg
Suárez with Atlético Madrid in 2013
Personal information
Full name Mario Suárez Mata
Date of birth (1987-02-24) 24 February 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Alcobendas, Spain
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Watford
Number 4
Youth career
1999–2004 Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Atlético Madrid B 38 (4)
2005–2008 Atlético Madrid 4 (0)
2006–2007 Valladolid (loan) 23 (3)
2007–2008 Celta (loan) 26 (2)
2008–2010 Mallorca 60 (5)
2010–2015 Atlético Madrid 121 (4)
2015–2016 Fiorentina 9 (1)
2016– Watford 15 (0)
National team
2002–2003 Spain U16 8 (1)
2004–2005 Spain U17 11 (1)
2005–2006 Spain U19 10 (3)
2007 Spain U20 4 (1)
2007–2009 Spain U21 5 (0)
2013– Spain 3 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2016.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 March 2015
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Suárez and the second or maternal family name is Mata.

Mario Suárez Mata (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmaɾjo ˈswaɾeð ˈmata]; born 24 February 1987) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for English club Watford as a defensive midfielder.

He amassed La Liga totals of 185 games and nine goals over the course of eight seasons, representing mainly in the competition Atlético Madrid[2] and winning six major titles with the club, including the 2014 national championship and the 2012 Europa League.

Suarez played 38 times for Spain at youth level, making his debut for the full side in 2013.

Club career[edit]

Atlético Madrid[edit]

A product of Atlético Madrid's youth system, Suárez was born in Alcobendas, Madrid. He first appeared with the first team on 6 November 2005, playing four minutes in a 0–0 draw at Sevilla FC[3] and going on to make a further three La Liga appearances during the season, including two 90-minute games.

From 2006 to 2008, Suárez served two Segunda División loan stints, being an important element in Real Valladolid's 2007 top flight return[4][5] and spending his second year at Celta de Vigo.[6] In August 2008 he was purchased by RCD Mallorca, signing a four-year deal that left Atlético the possibility of reacquiring the player.[7]

After two seasons appearing regularly (in the second, he scored five goals in 34 matches to help the Balearic Islands side qualify for the UEFA Europa League), the rebuy clause was activated, and Suárez returned to the Colchoneros.[8] In his debut campaign in his second spell, he battled for first-choice status at holding midfielder with Brazilian Paulo Assunção.[9] He netted his first official goal for the club on 10 April 2011, in a 3–0 home win against Real Sociedad.[10]

On 10 August 2014, Suárez was knocked unconscious in a friendly against VfL Wolfsburg, after teammate Cristian Ansaldi's hip hit his head. He suffered a "traumatic brain injury" and stayed for treatment in Germany, while the rest of the team returned to Spain.[11] However, on 19 August, he played the entire first leg of the Supercopa de España, a 1–1 draw away to Real Madrid.[12]

Suárez scored his second competitive goal of 2014–15 on 17 March 2015, netting through a 27th minute deflected effort for the only goal against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the UEFA Champions League's round-of-16. He also converted his penalty shootout attempt, in an eventual 3–2 win.[13]

Fiorentina[edit]

On 24 July 2015, Suárez signed for Serie A club ACF Fiorentina, with Stefan Savić moving in the opposite direction.[14] He appeared in only 13 competitive games during his six-month tenure, his maiden league appearance occurring on 23 August in a 2–0 home win over A.C. Milan (23 minutes played);[15] his sole goal for the Viola came on 1 November, in a 4–1 rout of Frosinone Calcio.[16]

Watford[edit]

On 30 January 2016, after weeks of negotiations, Watford announced the signing of Suárez on a four-and-a-half year contract, for €4 million transfer fee.[17][18] His first Premier League appearance occurred four days later, as he came on as an 87th-minute substitute for Étienne Capoue in a 0–0 home draw against Chelsea.[19]

International career[edit]

Suárez played for Spain in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada. He scored a penalty in the match against Zambia, in a 2–1 win.[20] Subsequently, he appeared for the under-21s at the 2009 UEFA European Championship in Sweden, in an eventual group stage exit.

On 6 February 2013, Suárez gained his first cap with the full side, playing the last 20 minutes of the 3–1 friendly win over Uruguay in Doha, Qatar.[21]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 18 May 2015[22][23]
Club Season League Cup[24] Continental[25] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Atlético Madrid 2005–06 La Liga 4 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
Total 4 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
Valladolid 2006–07 Segunda División 23 3 7 1 0 0 30 4
Total 23 3 7 1 0 0 30 4
Celta 2007–08 Segunda División 26 2 1 0 0 0 27 2
Total 26 2 1 0 0 0 27 2
Mallorca 2008–09 La Liga 26 0 6 0 0 0 32 0
2009–10 La Liga 34 5 4 1 0 0 38 6
Total 60 5 10 1 0 0 70 6
Atlético Madrid 2010–11 La Liga 27 2 4 0 4 0 35 2
2011–12 La Liga 28 0 0 0 14 0 42 0
2012–13 La Liga 29 1 8 0 6 0 43 1
2013–14 La Liga 17 0 2 0 5 0 24 0
2014–15 La Liga 20 1 7 0 8 1 35 2
Total 121 4 21 0 37 1 179 5
Career total 234 14 41 2 37 1 312 17

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Atlético Madrid

Country[edit]

Spain U19

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mario Suárez". Atlético Madrid. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "SuperMario cumple 150 en Primera" [SuperMario reaches 150 in Primera] (in Spanish). Atlético Madrid. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "El Sevilla y el Atlético se quedan sin gol" [Goal eludes both Sevilla and Atlético] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 6 November 2005. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Mario Suárez, a Pucela" [Mario Suárez, to Pucela] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "Los héroes del ascenso esperan su oportunidad" [Promotion heroes await their chance] (in Spanish). El Norte de Castilla. 26 April 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Mario Suárez jugará cedido en el Celta esta temporada" [Mario Suárez will play on loan to Celta this season] (in Spanish). Marca. 22 August 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Mario Suárez llega a Mallorca" [Mario Suárez arrives at Mallorca] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 3 July 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  8. ^ Atlético re-sign Suárez from Mallorca; UEFA.com, 5 June 2010
  9. ^ "Mario Suárez o Assunçao, la última duda de Quique" [Mario Suárez or Assunçao, Quique's last doubt] (in Spanish). Marca. 18 November 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  10. ^ Luis, Suarez and Aguero on target for Atletico; ESPN Soccernet, 10 April 2011
  11. ^ Gaughan, Jack (11 August 2014). "Mario Suarez suffers distressing brain injury as Atletico Madrid beat Wolfsburg". Daily Mail. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Spanish Super Copa: Real Madrid and Atletico draw 1–1 in first leg". Sky Sports. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Atlético edge past Leverkusen on penalties". UEFA.com. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Mario Suarez seals move to Fiorentina from Atletico Madrid". ESPN FC. 24 July 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "La Fiorentina stende il Milan: Alonso-Ilicic show e 2–0" [Fiorentina knocks Milan out: Alonso-Ilicic show and 2–0] (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport. 23 August 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  16. ^ "Fiorentina 4–1 Frosinone: Khouma Babacar and Gonzalo Rodriguez on target as Paulo Sousa's side join Inter at the top of Serie A". Daily Mail. 1 November 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  17. ^ "Official: Suárez signs on". Watford F.C. 30 January 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  18. ^ ACF Fiorentina S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 31 December 2015 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
  19. ^ "Watford 0–0 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  20. ^ España sufre pero gana ante Zambia (Spain struggles but wins against Zambia); 20 Minutos, 5 July 2007 (Spanish)
  21. ^ Campeón hasta en los simulacros (Champion even in drills); Marca, 6 February 2013 (Spanish)
  22. ^ "Mario Suárez: Mario Suárez Mata". BDFutbol. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  23. ^ "Mario Suárez". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  24. ^ Includes Copa del Rey
  25. ^ Includes UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup

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