Miguel Ángel Angulo
|Full name||Miguel Ángel Angulo Valderrey|
|Date of birth||23 June 1977|
|Place of birth||Oviedo, Spain|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Midfielder / Forward|
|1996–1997||→ Villarreal (loan)||32||(9)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Miguel Ángel Angulo Valderrey (Spanish pronunciation: [miˈɣel ˈaŋxel aŋˈɡulo]; born 23 June 1977) is a Spanish retired footballer. Predominantly an attacking midfielder, he was also able to play as a right winger and even right back.
Basing his football in inexhaustible physical display, Angulo was much appreciated by trainers because of his versatility, and spent most of his career at Valencia CF where he won a total of seven major titles, including two La Liga championships and the 2004 UEFA Cup.
Born in Oviedo, Asturias, Angulo began his football career with local Sporting de Gijón, joining Valencia CF in 1995 at the age of 18. After spending some time with the reserves he was loaned in the 1996–97 campaign to second division club Villarreal CF, before returning to Valencia in the following summer.
Never an undisputed starter, Angulo amassed more than 300 appearances in his first ten professional years at Valencia, being a very important element in the Che's La Liga conquest in 2002 and 2004 (scoring six goals in 48 games in the two seasons combined), while also starting in the 2004 UEFA Cup final which the club won over Olympique de Marseille; due to the ageing of the previous starter, French Jocelyn Angloma, he played several matches as an attacking right back, as the team operated mainly in a 5–3–2 formation.
In the summer of 2004, Angulo pulled out of a transfer to Arsenal after a last minute change of heart. His agent claimed this was due to the player's anxiety at moving to London – he had already completed part of his medical. He continued to be heavily played in Valencia in the following three seasons combined, netting 15 times in 93 league contests; on 15 December 2004, he was handed a seven-match ban by UEFA after being sent off in a UEFA Cup tie against SV Werder Bremen where he kicked Nelson Valdez and subsequently spat on Tim Borowski.
On 20 December 2007 Angulo, along with Santiago Cañizares and David Albelda, was axed from the squad by new coach Ronald Koeman. In late April of the following year, however, with Koeman's sacking, all three were reinstated by new manager Voro in a squad seriously threatened with relegation, with five remaining games. On 27 April he returned to action, playing five minutes in a 3–0 home win against CA Osasuna after having come on as a substitute for David Villa; two weeks later he started his first post-reinstatement match, scoring in a 5–1 away routing of already relegated Levante UD.
In August 2009, after a mediocre campaign individually, Angulo was released by Valencia, thus ending a 14-year relationship. Late in the same month he agreed to a one-year contract with Sporting Clube de Portugal, but after just four months, he was released by the Lisbon club, grossly unsettled, and pondered his retirement, which was confirmed the following week.
Angulo made his debut for Spain on 17 November 2004, in a 1–0 friendly win against England played in Madrid. Going on to collect 11 caps, he never took part in any major competition's final stages, however.
- UEFA Cup: 2003–04
- UEFA Super Cup: 2004
- La Liga: 2001–02, 2003–04
- Copa del Rey: 1998–99, 2007–08
- Supercopa de España: 1999
- UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1998
- Spain U21
- Spain U18
- Spain U23
- "Valencia 2–0 Marseille". BBC Sport. 19 May 2004. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
- "Angulo, 12 años de éxitos y polivalencia" [Angulo, 12 years of successes and versatility] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
- Angulo in Arsenal U-turn; BBC Sport, 31 August 2004
- "Angulo renace en primavera" [Angulo is reborn in Spring] (in Spanish). El País. 14 April 2004. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
- "Angulo encuentra la paz" [Angulo finds peace] (in Spanish). El País. 10 December 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
- "La UEFA se ceba con Angulo: siete partidos de suspensión" [UEFA gets tough with Angulo: seven-match suspension] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 15 December 2004. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
- Koeman ratifica el despido de Albelda, Cañizares y Angulo (Koeman confirms Albelda, Cañizares and Angulo's sacking); La Vanguardia, 20 December 2007 (Spanish)
- Valencia 3–0 Osasuna; ESPN Soccernet, 27 April 2008
- Levante 1–5 Valencia; ESPN Soccernet, 11 May 2008
- Miguel Angel Angulo terminates contract with Sporting Lisbon, hints at retirement; Goal.com, 6 December 2009
- Angulo cuelga las botas (Angulo hangs boots); Super Deporte, 10 December 2009 (Spanish)
- "La fiesta española acabó mal" [Spanish party ended badly] (in Spanish). UEFA.com. 18 November 2004. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
- "Sidney 2000: Oro negro" [Sidney 2000: Black gold] (in Spanish). Recuerdos de Nigeria. 26 May 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
- Miguel Ángel Angulo – FIFA competition record
- "Miguel Angel Angulo". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
- "Miguel Ángel Angulo". European Football. Retrieved 27 June 2016.