Mario Suárez (footballer)
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)|
|2016–2017||→ Valencia (loan)||21||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 June 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 March 2015
Mario Suárez Mata (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmaɾjo ˈswaɾeθ ˈmata]; born 24 February 1987) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Chinese club Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng F.C. as a defensive midfielder.
He amassed La Liga totals of 206 games and 12 goals over the course of ten seasons, representing mainly in the competition Atlético Madrid and winning six major titles with the club, including the 2014 national championship and the 2012 Europa League.
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 Suárez 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. He netted his first official goal for the club on 10 April 2011, 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.
On 24 July 2015, Suárez signed for Serie A club ACF Fiorentina, with Stefan Savić moving in the opposite direction. 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); his sole goal for the Viola came on 1 November, in a 4–1 rout of Frosinone Calcio.
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. 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.
On 16 August 2016, Suárez signed for Valencia CF on a season-long loan deal, with an option of a subsequent purchase. He scored his first brace as a senior on 16 October, in a 2–1 success at Sporting de Gijón.
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||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|
|Valencia (loan)||2016–17||La Liga||21||3||0||0||—||0||0||21||3|
|Guizhou Zhicheng||2017||Chinese Super League||12||0||0||0||—||—||12||0|
- Atlético Madrid
- La Liga: 2013–14
- Copa del Rey: 2012–13
- Supercopa de España: 2014; Runner-up 2013
- UEFA Europa League: 2011–12
- UEFA Super Cup: 2010, 2012
- UEFA Champions League: Runner-up 2013–14
- Spain U19
- "Mario Suárez". Atlético Madrid. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
- "SuperMario cumple 150 en Primera" [SuperMario reaches 150 in Primera] (in Spanish). Atlético Madrid. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
- "El Sevilla y el Atlético se quedan sin gol" [Goal eludes both Sevilla and Atlético]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 6 November 2005. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
- "Mario Suárez, a Pucela" [Mario Suárez, to Pucela]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 30 August 2006. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
- "Los héroes del ascenso esperan su oportunidad" [Promotion heroes await their chance]. El Norte de Castilla (in Spanish). 26 April 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
- "Mario Suárez jugará cedido en el Celta esta temporada" [Mario Suárez will play on loan to Celta this season]. Marca (in Spanish). 22 August 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
- "Mario Suárez llega a Mallorca" [Mario Suárez arrives at Mallorca]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 3 July 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
- "Atlético re-sign Suárez from Mallorca". UEFA. 5 June 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2010.
- "Mario Suárez o Assunçao, la última duda de Quique" [Mario Suárez or Assunçao, Quique's last doubt]. Marca (in Spanish). 18 November 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
- "Luis, Suarez and Aguero on target for Atletico". ESPN Soccernet. 10 April 2011. Retrieved 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. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
- "Mario Suarez seals move to Fiorentina from Atletico Madrid". ESPN FC. 24 July 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
- "La Fiorentina stende il Milan: Alonso-Ilicic show e 2–0" [Fiorentina knock Milan out: Alonso-Ilicic show and 2–0]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 23 August 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
- "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.
- "Official: Suárez signs on". Watford F.C. 30 January 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
- 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.
- "Watford 0–0 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
- "VCF official statement | Mario Suárez". Valencia CF. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
- "Mario Suárez alegra el debut de Prandelli en el Valencia" [Mario Suárez sweetens Prandelli debut at Valencia]. El País (in Spanish). 16 October 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
- "贵州官宣西班牙中场正式加盟 曾随马竞登顶西甲" [Guizhou officially announced arrival of Spanish midfielder] (in Chinese). Sina. 11 July 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
- "España sufre pero gana ante Zambia" [Spain struggle but win against Zambia]. 20 minutos (in Spanish). 5 July 2007. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
- "Too little too late for Spain". UEFA. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
- "Campeón hasta en los simulacros" [Champion even in drills]. Marca (in Spanish). 6 February 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
- "Mario Suárez: Mario Suárez Mata". BDFutbol. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
- Mario Suárez at Soccerway. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
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