Melli (Spanish footballer)

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Melli
Personal information
Full name Juan Alberto Andreu Alvarado
Date of birth (1984-06-06) 6 June 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Barbate, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Reus
Number 15
Youth career
1988–2001 Betis
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Betis B 58 (1)
2002 Poli Ejido (loan) 2 (0)
2002–2010 Betis 177 (4)
2010–2011 Tenerife 25 (1)
2011–2013 Gent 59 (3)
2013–2014 Sheriff 23 (3)
2014–2015 Ergotelis 10 (1)
2015 Simurq 14 (0)
2015–2016 Neftchi Baku 26 (0)
2016– Reus 5 (0)
National team
2000–2001 Spain U16 6 (1)
2001 Spain U17 4 (1)
2002–2003 Spain U19 8 (0)
2003 Spain U20 9 (0)
2003–2006 Spain U21 20 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 December 2016.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Andreu and the second or maternal family name is Alvarado.

Juan Alberto Andreu Alvarado (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmeʎi]; born 6 June 1984), known as Melli, is a Spanish footballer who plays for CF Reus Deportiu. A versatile defender, he can appear as either a right back or a central defender.

He spent most of his professional career at Betis, for which he appeared in 215 official games and won one Copa del Rey.

Club career[edit]

Born in Barbate, Cádiz, Melli joined Real Betis as a 14-year-old, and made his way up through the ranks until he reached the reserve team in 2001. He served a small loan stint at Andalusia neighbours Polideportivo Ejido in the late stages of the 2001–02 season, with two appearances in the second division.

Melli scored his first career goal through a header from a Joaquín corner kick, against CA Osasuna on 18 September 2004 (2–3 away loss). He also appeared in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup during the 2005–06 campaign: in the latter, he netted an essential goal at AZ Alkmaar, which allowed Betis to progress to the next round[1] this came just one week after having scored two own goals against FC Barcelona in a La Liga match at the Camp Nou.[2]

Melli won his first medal for Betis during the 2005 final of the Copa del Rey against Osasuna at the Vicente Calderón Stadium, on 11 June 2005, playing the full 90 minutes plus extra time in an eventual 2–1 win.[3] He continued to be a defensive presence in the following seasons for the Verdiblancos, playing an average of 25 league games and suffering relegation in 2008–09.

In late August 2011, after another relegation, now with CD Tenerife (in the second level) whom he joined in the 2010 summer – a second consecutive for the Canary Islands club – Melli moved abroad for the first time and signed a two-year contract for K.A.A. Gent in Belgium, joining compatriot César Arzo. After leaving in the 2013 summer he represented, in quick succession, FC Sheriff Tiraspol, Ergotelis FC, Simurq PIK[4] and Neftchi PFK, the latter two sides competing in the Azerbaijan Premier League.[5]

Following his release from Neftchi on 20 June 2016,[6] 32-year-old Meli returned to Spain and signed a one-year contract with CF Reus Deportiu.[7]

International career[edit]

Melli represented the Spanish national team at under-16, under-17, under-19, under-20 and under-21 levels. He made his debut for the latter on 29 April 2003 when he was 18, playing 18 minutes in a 1–0 win over Australia in Lorca,[8] and scored his only goal in another friendly, a 3–1 defeat of Scotland on 2 September 2004.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Melli's nickname stems from the Spanish word mellizo (twin), as he himself is a twin. His brother Víctor was also a footballer, also being nicknamed Melli. A goalkeeper, he never played in higher than division three during his career.[10]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 25 August 2015
Club Season League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Betis 2002–03[11] La Liga 8 0 1 0 1[a] 0 10 0
2003–04[11] La Liga 4 0 0 0 4 0
2004–05[11] La Liga 29 1 7 0 36 1
2005–06[11] La Liga 31 0 5[b] 0 11[c] 1 47 1
2006–07[11] La Liga 27 0 6 0 33 0
2007–08[11] La Liga 26 0 2 0 28 0
2008–09[11] La Liga 26 1 4 0 30 1
2009–10[11] Segunda División 26 2 1 0 27 2
Total 177 4 26 0 12 1 215 5
Tenerife 2010–11[11] Segunda División 25 1 0 0 25 1
Gent 2011–12[12] Belgian Pro League 37 3 4 1 41 4
2012–13[12] Belgian Pro League 22 0 3 2 4[d] 1 29 3
Total 59 3 7 3 4 1 70 7
Sheriff 2013–14[12] Divizia Naţională 23 3 3 0 3[d] 0 29 3
Ergotelis 2014–15[12] Superleague Greece 10 1 0 0 10 1
Simurq 2014–15[12] Azerbaijan Premier League 14 0 4 0 18 0
Neftchi Baku 2015–16[12] Azerbaijan Premier League 2 0 0 0 2[d] 0 4 0
Career total 310 12 40 3 21 2 371 17
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Cup
  2. ^ Includes appearances in Supercopa de España
  3. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Betis
Sheriff

Country[edit]

Spain U16
Spain U19
Spain U20

References[edit]

  1. ^ Melli swoops to revive Betis
  2. ^ Blistering Barça back in the groove; UEFA.com, 18 February 2006
  3. ^ a b Dani delivers for Betis; UEFA.com, 12 June 2005
  4. ^ "Simurq daha bir futbolçu ilə müqavilə imzaladı" (in Azerbaijani). Simurq PFK. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Нефтчи подписал бывшего защитника Симурга [Neftchi signed former Simurg defender] (in Russian). Azeri Sport. 20 June 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Neftçi PFK-nın məlumatı" [Neftchi PFK information] (in Azerbaijani). Neftchi Baku. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Melli signa pel Reus" [Melli signs for Reus] (in Catalan). Reus Deportiu. 28 July 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "España logra un trabajado triunfo" [Spain works hard for the win] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 29 April 2003. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "Iniesta encarrila el triunfo" [Iniesta leads way to win] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 3 September 2004. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  10. ^ Mellizos en el fútbol mundial (III) (Twins in world football (III)); Diarios de Fútbol, 23 November 2007 (Spanish)
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Melli: Juan Alberto Andreu Alvarado". BDFutbol. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f "Melli". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 

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