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Miguel Ángel Nadal
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Personal information
Full name Miguel Ángel Nadal Homar
Date of birth July 28, 1966 (1966-07-28) (age 43)
Place of birth Manacor, Spain
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Youth career
1980–1986 Manacor
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1991 Mallorca 130 (22)
1991–1999 Barcelona 208 (12)
1999–2005 Mallorca 149 (6)
1986–2005 Total 487 (40)
National team
1991–2002 Spain 62 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Miguel Ángel Nadal Homar (born July 28, 1966) is a former Spanish footballer.

Nicknamed the The Beast, Nadal based his game in a tremendous physical display, also being adaptable to various defender and midfielder positions.

He began and ended his career with RCD Mallorca, but his greatest achievements came whilst at FC Barcelona.

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Club career

Born in Manacor, Majorca, Balearic Islands, Nadal made his debuts in the first division with local RCD Mallorca, first appearing on April 19, 1987, at the Camp Nou, against FC Barcelona. In his final two seasons, after helping in a 1989 promotion, he scored 12 goals from 72 league appearances, thus being snapped up by the Catalonia outfit for 1991–92.

With Barça, Nadal was a very important part in the conquest of five leagues, two cups and the 1992 European Cup, playing in over 300 overall games, and occupying several defensive positions in both the back-four and in midfield. In his last season, however, ostracized by coach Louis van Gaal, he only appeared in two matches.

Subsequently, Nadal returned to Mallorca, starting strong, and only missing 11 matches in his first three years combined, while also being important in the 2003 Copa conquest. He retired from the game at almost 39,[1] having appeared in nearly 700 official matches.

International career

Nadal earned 62 caps representing Spain, his debut coming on November 13, 1991, in a meaningless Euro 1992 qualifier against Czechoslovakia; he went on to appear in three FIFA World Cups for the national side.

Additionally, Nadal had the misfortune of missing a penalty at Wembley Stadium against England, in a UEFA Euro 1996 shootout loss. After appearing in four complete matches at the 2002 World Cup, at almost 36, he retired from the international scene.

Honors

Personal life

Nadal is the uncle of tennis champion Rafael Nadal, whilst his brother, Toni, acts as Rafael's coach.[2]

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