Miguel Tendillo

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Miguel Tendillo
Personal information
Full name Miguel Tendillo Belenguer
Date of birth (1961-02-01) 1 February 1961 (age 60)
Place of birth Moncada, Spain
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Position(s) Centre back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1979 Mestalla
1979–1986 Valencia 208 (17)
1986–1987 Murcia 41 (2)
1987–1992 Real Madrid 98 (8)
1992–1993 Burgos 23 (1)
Total 370 (28)
National team
1977–1979 Spain U18 17 (1)
1979 Spain U19 3 (0)
1979 Spain U20 4 (0)
1979 Spain U21 2 (0)
1980–1988 Spain 27 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Miguel Tendillo Belenguer (born 1 February 1961) is a Spanish former footballer who played as a central defender.

Over 15 seasons, he amassed La Liga totals of 370 matches and 28 goals, appearing most notably for Valencia (eight years) and Real Madrid (five) and winning ten major titles.[1]

Tendillo played nearly 30 times with Spain, representing the nation in one World Cup and one European Championship.

Club career[edit]

Born in Moncada, Valencia, Tendillo started his professional career with local Valencia CF, being first choice since the age of 18 (29 La Liga games in his first full season, which culminated with the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup conquest – he started in the final against Arsenal).[2][3]

After nearly 300 official appearances with Valencia, Tendillo moved to Real Murcia upon the Che's 1986 relegation, and produced another solid season, which earned him the interest of league powerhouse Real Madrid as a replacement to longtime injuree Antonio Maceda. A starter in three of his five years, he helped the club to three leagues and as many domestic supercups.[2]

Tendillo signed with lowly Real Burgos CF for 1992–93, not being able to help it prevent relegation from the top division and retiring at the end of the campaign, aged 32.[2] Subsequently, he returned to the Mestalla Stadium as youth system coordinator.[4]

International career[edit]

Tendillo earned his first cap for Spain on 21 May 1980, at not yet 20, appearing in a 2–2 friendly with Denmark in Copenhagen. Subsequently, he was called for that year's UEFA European Championship and the 1982 FIFA World Cup, appearing in a total of 27 matches and being deployed at right back in the former competition.[2]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 28 April 1982 Luis Casanova, Valencia, Spain   Switzerland 1–0 2–0 Friendly

Personal life[edit]

Both Tendillo's father Miguel (born 1937) and son Alberto (1995) were footballers and defenders. The latter was also developed at Valencia.[5][6][7]



Real Madrid


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