Miguel Linares

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Miguel Linares
Personal information
Full name Miguel Linares Cólera
Date of birth (1982-09-30) 30 September 1982 (age 36)
Place of birth Zaragoza, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 7
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Utebo 36 (30)
2004–2005 Zaragoza B 28 (2)
2005 Huesca 14 (0)
2006–2008 Barbastro 73 (46)
2008–2009 Alcoyano 35 (15)
2009–2010 Salamanca 39 (10)
2010–2013 Elche 48 (12)
2013–2014 Recreativo 38 (10)
2014–2018 Oviedo 134 (53)
2018–2019 Reus 18 (4)
2019– Zaragoza 13 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 June 2019

Miguel Linares Cólera (born 30 September 1982) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Zaragoza as a striker.

Football career[edit]

Born in Zaragoza, Aragon, Linares began his career at Utebo FC of Tercera División. He spent the 2004–05 season with Real Zaragoza B in Segunda División B and had a brief spell at SD Huesca before joining UD Barbastro in 2006, who were relegated from the third level in his first campaign.

In summer 2008, following a 34-goal haul, Linares moved outside his native region for the first time, joining CD Alcoyano. He contributed with 15 goals from 35 matches in his only season as the Valencians won their group, eventually falling short in the promotion play-offs to Segunda División.[1]

On 22 June 2009, Linares signed a two-year deal with UD Salamanca.[2] After one season at the Estadio Helmántico – making his professional debut on 30 August in a 1–0 away win against Cádiz CF at the age of 26 years and 11 months[3]– he transferred to fellow league team Elche CF.[4] The latter won the championship and promotion to La Liga in 2013, though he made only eight appearances – one start – and scored once;[5] during his tenure, he suffered two consecutive anterior cruciate ligament injuries to his right knee.[6][7]

Following this, Linares remained in the second tier with Recreativo de Huelva,[8] and in 2014 the 32-year-old moved to Real Oviedo one league down.[9] He was top scorer with 30 goals (31 across all competitions) in 39 games[10][11] as the Asturians won the title in 2014–15, including two in a 3–0 win over Gimnàstic de Tarragona in the second leg of the play-off final on 10 June 2015;[12] the previous October/November, he had scored hat-tricks in consecutive home defeats of Celta de Vigo B, CD Lealtad and Real Murcia.[13]

On 17 June 2018, Linares joined CF Reus Deportiu in the second division after agreeing to a one-year contract.[14] Halfway through the season, however, he left the club after it was expelled from the Liga de Fútbol Profesional due to unpaid wages,[15] joining Real Zaragoza shortly after.[16]






  1. ^ "El Cartagena asciende a Segunda y el Alcoyano se la jugará en la repesca (2–2)" [Cartagena promote to Segunda and Alcoyano to leave it all for play-offs (2–2)]. La Verdad (in Spanish). 25 May 2009. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  2. ^ "El delantero Miguel Linares firma por el Salamanca" [Forward Miguel Linares signs for Salamanca]. Diario Información (in Spanish). 22 June 2009. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  3. ^ "El Salamanca saca provecho de su efectividad ante un poco acertado Cádiz" [Salamanca profit from their efficiency against blank Cádiz]. Marca (in Spanish). 30 August 2009. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  4. ^ "El Elche ficha al delantero Linares" [Elche sign forward Linares]. Marca (in Spanish). 22 August 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Digno broche a un año histórico" [Competent icing on the cake to historical year]. Marca (in Spanish). 8 June 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Linares sufre la rotura del ligamento cruzado y será baja hasta enero de 2012" [Linares suffers cruciate ligament rupture and will be out until January 2012]. Diario Información (in Spanish). 22 February 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Linares, otra vez la misma lesión" [Linares, same injury again]. Las Provincias (in Spanish). 21 March 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  8. ^ "El Recreativo hace oficial el fichaje de Miguel Linares" [Recreativo make the signing of Miguel Linares official]. Marca (in Spanish). 8 July 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Linares se marcha al Oviedo" [Linares goes to Oviedo]. Marca. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Miguel Linares hace sombra a Cristiano" [Miguel Linares shadows Cristiano]. Sport (in Spanish). 16 November 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Linares, un peregrino de la Virgen del Pilar en la delantera del Oviedo" [Linares, a Virgen del Pilar pilgrim in Oviedo's forward line]. Heraldo de Aragón (in Spanish). 27 September 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Doblete de Linares para hacer campeón al Oviedo" [Linares brace to make Oviedo champions] (in Spanish). Huelva 24. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Nadie puede con Linares" [Nobody can handle Linares] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Miguel Linares, primer fitxatge del CF Reus" [Miguel Linares, first signing of CF Reus] (in Catalan). CF Reus Deportiu. 17 June 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Nota Informativa" [Informative note] (in Spanish). La Liga. 18 January 2019. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Casi todos los jugadores del Reus ya tienen equipo" [Nearly all Reus players already have a team]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 1 February 2019. Retrieved 5 February 2019.

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