Miguel Albiol

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Miguel Albiol
Personal information
Full name Miguel Albiol Tortajada
Date of birth (1981-09-02) 2 September 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Vilamarxant, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 Valencia B 81 (8)
2002–2003 Valencia 1 (0)
2003 Murcia (loan) 19 (0)
2003–2004 Recreativo 37 (0)
2004–2009 Rayo Vallecano 190 (18)
2009–2015 Murcia 135 (6)
Total 463 (32)
National team
1999 Spain U17 3 (0)
2001 Spain U20 1 (0)
2002 Spain U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Albiol and the second or maternal family name is Tortajada.

Miguel Albiol Tortajada (born 2 September 1981) is a Spanish retired footballer who played mainly as a right midfielder.

During a 16-year professional career, he amassed Segunda División totals of 178 games and two goals over the course of seven seasons, in representation of three clubs. In La Liga, he appeared for Valencia.

Club career[edit]

Born in Vilamarxant, Valencian Community, Albiol was a product of hometown Valencia CF's youth ranks, as younger brother Raúl after him, and played once with its first team, during 2002–03's La Liga.[1] He finished that season in the second division with Real Murcia, featuring regularly en route to the club's promotion.

Released by the Che, Albiol spent a further year with Recreativo de Huelva (also second level), then had a steady period with Rayo Vallecano. He was instrumental in the latter side's 2008 promotion to division two, after four consecutive playoff failures.

In July 2009, apparently after having everything arranged with Hércules CF,[2] Albiol agreed on a return move to Murcia, signing for three years.[3] He appeared in 30 games in his first season – 22 starts, 2,200 minutes of play – in a relegation-ending second division campaign.

Personal life[edit]

Albiol's younger brother, Raúl, was also a footballer. He represented with success Valencia, Real Madrid and the Spanish national team.[4][5]


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