Álvaro Medrán

Álvaro Medrán Just (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈalβaɾo meˈðɾan xust]; born 15 March 1994) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder.

Álvaro Medrán
Real Valladolid - Rayo Vallecano 2019-01-05 47 (cropped) Medran.jpg
Medrán with Rayo Vallecano in 2019
Personal information
Full name Álvaro Medrán Just
Date of birth (1994-03-15) 15 March 1994 (age 27)[1]
Place of birth Dos Torres, Spain[1]
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
2004–2005 Don Bosco
2005–2008 Córdoba
2008–2011 Séneca
2011–2013 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Real Madrid C 47 (13)
2014–2015 Real Madrid B 34 (8)
2014–2016 Real Madrid 2 (0)
2015–2016Getafe (loan) 20 (2)
2016–2019 Valencia 17 (2)
2017–2018Alavés (loan) 17 (2)
2018–2019Rayo Vallecano (loan) 21 (3)
2020–2021 Chicago Fire 55 (5)
National team
2013 Spain U19 3 (0)
2014 Spain U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 November 2021

He began his career with Real Madrid, going through the club's academy and later playing five matches with the first team; he was also loaned to Getafe before being released. He signed for Valencia in July 2016, serving loans at Alavés and Rayo Vallecano.

Medrán represented Spain at youth level.

Club careerEdit

Real MadridEdit

Born in Dos Torres, Province of Córdoba, Medrán joined Real Madrid's youth setup in 2011, aged 17. After being promoted to the C team the following year he played his first match as a senior on 23 February 2014, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 2–0 away win against Real Zaragoza for the reserves in the Segunda División.[2] He scored his first professional goals on 31 May, netting a brace in a 2–1 home victory over CE Sabadell FC.[3]

Medrán made his first-team – and La Liga – debut on 18 October 2014, replacing Luka Modrić in the 79th minute of a 5–0 away rout of Levante UD.[4] On 9 December, in his UEFA Champions League maiden appearance, he scored his first senior goal for the club after replacing Gareth Bale in the 83rd minute, netting the last in the 4–0 defeat of PFC Ludogorets Razgrad in the group stage five minutes later.[5] Later that month, he was part of the squad that won the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco, but did not take to the field.[6]

On 2 July 2015, Medrán was loaned to fellow league side Getafe CF in a season-long deal.[7] He scored his first goal in the Spanish top flight on 24 April 2016, his team's first in a 2–2 home draw against Valencia CF.[8] He added another on 15 May, but in a 2–1 loss at Real Betis which ensured relegation after a 12-year stay.[9]

ValenciaEdit

On 11 July 2016, Medrán signed a four-year deal with Valencia.[10] On 1 September of the following year, he was loaned to Deportivo Alavés for one season.[11]

Medrán scored his first goal for the latter club on 30 September 2017, helping the visitors defeat Levante 2–0.[12] After the appointment of new manager Abelardo Fernández in December, however, he was rarely played,[13] which led to the player bursting into tears in a post-match interview following a league fixture at UD Las Palmas in April 2018 where he featured 16 minutes and netted once (4–0).[14]

On 11 August 2018, Medrán was loaned to fellow top division club Rayo Vallecano for the campaign.[15][16]

Chicago FireEdit

On 10 October 2019, Medrán was announced as a new signing by Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire FC ahead of the upcoming season.[17] He made his debut the following 1 March, playing the full 90 minutes of a 2–1 loss at Seattle Sounders FC.[18]

Medrán left the Soldier Field in November 2021.[19]

International careerEdit

Medrán won the first and only cap for the Spanish under-21s on 12 November 2014, playing the second half of the 1–4 friendly loss to Belgium in Ferrol.[20]

Career statisticsEdit

As of 5 November 2021[21]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Real Madrid C 2012–13 Segunda División B 18 3 18 3
2013–14 29 10 29 10
Total 47 13 0 0 0 0 47 13
Real Madrid B 2013–14 Segunda División 9 2 9 2
2014–15 Segunda División B 25 6 25 6
Total 34 8 0 0 0 0 34 8
Real Madrid 2014–15 La Liga 2 0 2 0 1[a] 1 5 1
Getafe (loan) 2015–16 La Liga 20 2 0 0 20 2
Valencia 2016–17 La Liga 16 2 4 1 20 3
2017–18 1 0 1 0
Total 17 2 4 1 0 0 21 3
Alavés (loan) 2017–18 La Liga 17 2 4 0 21 2
Rayo Vallecano (loan) 2018–19 La Liga 21 3 1 0 22 3
Chicago Fire 2020 Major League Soccer 23 2 23 2
2021 31 3 0 0 0 0 31 3
Career total 214 35 11 1 1 1 225 37
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League

HonoursEdit

Real Madrid

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Álvaro Medrán". Eurosport. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  2. ^ "El filial madridista deja al Zaragoza fuera de la promoción" [Real Madrid reserves leave Zaragoza out of the promotion places]. Marca (in Spanish). 23 February 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Medrán saca al filial madridista de los puestos de descenso" [Medrán takes the reserves out of the relegation places]. Marca (in Spanish). 31 May 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid put five past Levante". ESPN FC. 18 October 2014. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Real Madrid set record in Champions League win over Ludogorets". The Guardian. 9 December 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  6. ^ a b Sanghera, Mandeep (20 December 2014). "Real Madrid 2–0 San Lorenzo". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  7. ^ Giménez, José Antonio (2 July 2015). "El Getafe cierra las cesiones de Medrán y Velázquez" [Getafe complete the loans of Medrán and Velázquez]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  8. ^ "2–2. El destino se ceba con el Getafe" [2–2. Fate mocks Getafe] (in Spanish). EFE. 24 April 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  9. ^ Vidal, José Manuel (15 May 2016). "El Getafe no cumple en el Villamarín y desciende tras doce temporadas" [Getafe do not get job done at the Villamarín and get relegated after twelve seasons]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  10. ^ "VCF official statement | Álvaro Medrán". Valencia CF. 11 July 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  11. ^ "El Deportivo Alavés incorpora a Álvaro Medrán" [Deportivo Alavés add Álvaro Medrán] (in Spanish). Deportivo Alavés. 1 September 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  12. ^ Folgado, Salva (30 September 2017). "De Biasi se estrena con victoria ante el Levante y el Alavés por fin puntúa" [De Biasi has winning debut against Levante and Alavés get points at last]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  13. ^ Pancorbo, R. O. (9 March 2018). "Medrán: "No hay que confiarse"" [Medrán: "No overconfidence"]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  14. ^ "La desolación de Medrán: de marcar gol a romper a llorar ante las cámaras" [Medrán's misery: from scoring a goal to bursting into tears in front of camera]. 20 minutos (in Spanish). 22 April 2018. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  15. ^ Valero, Adrián (11 August 2018). "Medrán llega cedido al Rayo" [Medrán arrives on loan at Rayo]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Club statement | Álvaro Medrán". Valencia CF. 11 August 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Chicago Fire Soccer Club acquire former Real Madrid midfielder Álvaro Medrán". Chicago Fire. 10 October 2019. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  18. ^ Mood, Abbie (1 March 2020). "Seattle Sounders FC 2, Chicago Fire FC 1 | 2020 MLS Match Recap". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  19. ^ Bogert, Tom (5 November 2021). "Source: Alvaro Medran not returning to Chicago Fire in 2022". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 6 November 2021.
  20. ^ Cudeiro, Juan Luis (12 November 2014). "Tsunami belga a la nueva ola española" [Belgian tsunami to the new Spanish wave]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  21. ^ Álvaro Medrán at Soccerway

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