Mario Suárez Mata
Suárez with Atlético Madrid in 2013
|Full name||Mario Suárez Mata|
|Date of birth||24 February 1987|
|Place of birth||Alcobendas, Spain|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|2004–2006||Atlético Madrid B||38||(4)|
|2006–2007||→ Valladolid (loan)||23||(3)|
|2007–2008||→ Celta (loan)||26||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2015.
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 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 and spending his second year at Celta de Vigo. In August 2008 he was purchased by RCD Mallorca, signing a four-year deal that left Atlético the possibility of reacquiring the player.
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 he returned to the Colchoneros. In his debut campaign in his second spell, he battled for first-choice status at holding midfielder with Brazilian Paulo Assunção. On 10 April 2011 he netted his first official goal for the club, in a 3–0 home win against Real Sociedad.
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. However, on 19 August, he played the entire first leg of the Supercopa de España, a 1–1 draw away to Real Madrid.
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.
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. Subsequently, he appeared for the under-21s at the 2009 UEFA European Championship in Sweden, in an eventual group stage exit.
- Atlético Madrid
- UEFA Europa League: 2011–12
- La Liga: 2013–14
- UEFA Super Cup: 2010, 2012
- Copa del Rey: 2012–13
- Supercopa de España: 2014; Runner-up 2013
- UEFA Champions League: Runner-up 2013–14
- Spain U19
|Atlético Madrid||2005–06||La Liga||4||0||2||0||0||0||6||0|
|Atlético Madrid||2010–11||La Liga||27||2||4||0||4||0||35||2|
- Atlético re-sign Suárez from Mallorca; UEFA.com, 5 June 2010
- Luis, Suarez and Aguero on target for Atletico; ESPN Soccernet, 10 April 2011
- Gaughan, Jack (11 August 2014). "Mario Suarez suffers distressing brain injury as Atletico Madrid beat Wolfsburg". Daily Mail. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
- "Spanish Super Copa: Real Madrid and Atletico draw 1–1 in first leg". Sky Sports. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
- "Atlético edge past Leverkusen on penalties". UEFA.com. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
- España sufre pero gana ante Zambia (Spain struggles but wins against Zambia); 20 Minutos, 5 July 2007 (Spanish)
- Campeón hasta en los simulacros (Champion even in drills); Marca, 6 February 2013 (Spanish)
- "Mario Suárez: Mario Suárez Mata". BDFutbol. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
- "Mario Suárez". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
- Includes Copa del Rey
- Includes UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup
- Atlético Madrid official profile
- BDFutbol profile
- Mario Suárez at National-Football-Teams.com
- Mario Suárez – FIFA competition record