Míchel (footballer, born 1985)
|Full name||Miguel Marcos Madera|
|Date of birth||8 November 1985|
|Place of birth||Lena, Spain|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2011||→ AEK Athens (loan)||15||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 December 2017|
Having been brought through the youth academy of Real Oviedo, he played with the first team of rivals Sporting de Gijón in both the Segunda División and La Liga, before eventually leaving for Premier League club Birmingham City in January 2010.
He spent the second half of 2010–11 on loan at AEK Athens, before returning to Spain for a three-year spell with Getafe. After a year with Maccabi Haifa, he signed for Qarabağ in 2015, with whom he won the Azerbaijan Premier League and Azerbaijan Cup in each of his first two seasons.
Born in Lena, Asturias, Míchel emerged through Real Oviedo's youth academy and transferred to Sporting de Gijón for the 2003–04 season. He helped Sporting's under-19 team win the Youth Champions Cup that year, and was named MVP of the final game.
Míchel started his senior career in 2004, with the club's reserves. Subsequently, he progressed to the first team, competing in the Segunda División; he played 24 matches in the 2005–06 campaign and scored one goal, in a 4–0 away win against Gimnàstic de Tarragona.
In 2007–08, Míchel helped the Asturian club return to La Liga after a ten-year absence. He was handed the vice-captaincy for the start of the following season, and made his debut in the top flight on 31 August 2008, playing 90 minutes in a 2–1 home defeat to Getafe. He went on to appear in 30 matches, 24 as a starter, as Sporting avoided relegation on the last matchday.
Speculation had linked Míchel with Birmingham City, newly promoted to the English Premier League, in the summer of 2009, but the transfer was not completed until 11 January 2010, for a fee of £3 million. The player signed a two-and-a-half-year deal, with an option to extend the contract for a further 12 months. Spanish journalist and Sky Sports pundit Guillem Balagué described him as a good passer of the ball, tactically aware and positionally disciplined, and "not scared of the physical side", comparing him in style to Javier Mascherano, but "with a better range of passing".
Míchel made his first appearance in the Premier League on 27 January, replacing James McFadden in the 73rd minute as Birmingham's 15-game unbeaten run came to an end as they lost 3–0 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and made his home debut three days later, again as a substitute. However, the fitness and what manager Alex McLeish described as "stunning" form of captain Barry Ferguson in central midfield meant that Míchel was restricted to just nine league appearances, and he was made available for loan in the January 2011 transfer window.
In January 2011, Míchel joined Superleague Greece club AEK Athens on loan for the remainder of the season. He made his debut in a 2–0 away win against Skoda Xanthi, and on his second appearance, scored a 40-metre (44 yd) free kick against Panathinaikos in the seventh minute of stoppage time to take his team through to the semi-finals of the 2010–11 Greek Cup, 4–3 on aggregate. AEK went on to win the competition, but Míchel was an unused substitute in the final.
In August 2011, Míchel played his first 45 minutes for Birmingham in over six months, in a 1–0 pre-season friendly defeat of Cork City. He then returned to La Liga with the Madrid-based Getafe for an undisclosed fee. On 6 November he scored his first goal for the club as, despite having only ten players, they came from behind to beat Atlético Madrid 3–2. He himself was sent off once in each of his three seasons: the first two were straight red cards in away defeats to local rivals Rayo Vallecano, and the third was for a second booking in a 4–1 defeat to another team from the capital, Real Madrid. Míchel appeared in 60 competitive games, scoring once, during his three years with Getafe, and was released on 22 August 2014.
Míchel signed a one-year contract with Israeli Premier League club Maccabi Haifa in September 2014. He made 25 appearances across the campaign, scoring his only goal on 14 December in a 4–0 Haifa derby win at rivals Hapoel.
Míchel signed a two-year contract with Qarabağ of the Azerbaijan Premier League just ahead of the summer 2015 transfer deadline, and in time to be included in their Europa League squad. He appeared regularly in his first year as Qarabağ won a third consecutive championship, and scored four times in five Azerbaijan Cup ties – including a goal in the last minute of extra time to decide the final against Neftchi Baku – as his team completed a double. He played in 40 matches in all competitions to help Qarabağ achieve another double in the 2016–17 season, at the end of which his contract was extended for a further two years.
- As of match played 11 December 2017
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Sporting de Gijón||2005–06||Segunda División||24||0||0||0||—||—||24||0|
|Birmingham City||2009–10||Premier League||9||0||0||0||3||0||—||12||0|
|AEK Athens (loan)||2010–11||Superleague Greece||15||0||3||1||—||—||18||1|
|Maccabi Haifa||2014–15||Israeli Premier League||25||1||1||0||2||0||—||28||1|
|Qarabağ||2015–16||Azerbaijan Premier League||24||4||5||4||—||2[a]||0||31||8|
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- Aldunate, Ramiro (12 February 2012). "Para Álvarez Izquierdo, el grande es el Rayo" [For Álvarez Izquierdo, Rayo are the great ones]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 December 2015.
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- "Real Madrid 4–1 Getafe: Ronaldo nets double in comeback victory". Goal.com. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
- "Míchel ya no es azulón" [Michel is not an azulón any more] (in Spanish). Getafe CF. 22 August 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
- Sinai, Allon (8 September 2014). "Benayoun sidelined with knee injury; Toto Cup heats up". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
- "'מהרגע הראשון שהגעתי נתנו לי להרגיש חלק מהקבוצה'" ['From the first moment I arrived they made me feel part of the team'] (in Hebrew). Maccabi Haifa. 4 September 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
- Sinai, Alon (15 December 2015). "Soccer: Benayoun strike leads Greens to big derby win in Haifa". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
- "Armenteros və Migel Markos Madera 'Qarabağ' da!" [Armenteros and Miguel Marcos Madera at Qarabağ] (in Azerbaijani). Qarabağ FK. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
- "UEFA Europa League: Qarabağ FK: Squad". UEFA.com. 4 September 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
- ""Qarabağ" Topaz Premyer Liqasının qalibi oldu!" [Qarabağ won the Topaz Premier League!] (in Azerbaijani). Peşəkar Futbol Liqası. 1 May 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
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- "Miçel daha iki il "Qarabağ"ımızda" [Míchel at Qarabağ for two more years] (in Azerbaijani). Qarabağ FK. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
- "Champions League round-up: Qarabag make history by qualifying for group stages". Sky Sports. 23 August 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
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