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Antonio Pinilla Miranda (born 25 February 1971) is a Spanish retired footballer who played mainly as a forward.

Antonio Pinilla
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Personal information
Full name Antonio Pinilla Miranda
Date of birth (1971-02-25) 25 February 1971 (age 48)
Place of birth Badalona, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Sant Gabriel
Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988 Barcelona C 1 (1)
1988–1991 Barcelona B 90 (34)
1990–1993 Barcelona 8 (1)
1991–1992Mallorca (loan) 21 (4)
1992–1993Albacete (loan) 36 (8)
1993–2000 Tenerife 184 (30)
2000–2001 Salamanca 34 (4)
2001–2008 Gimnàstic 196 (33)
Total 570 (115)
National team
1987 Spain U16 5 (5)
1987 Spain U17 1 (0)
1987–1988 Spain U18 8 (2)
1988–1989 Spain U19 3 (0)
1989–1990 Spain U20 5 (2)
1990–1991 Spain U21 5 (1)
1991–1992 Spain U23 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Olympic medal record
Representing  Spain
Men's Football
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona Team Competition

Best known for his stints with Tenerife and Gimnàstic – he began playing professionally for Barcelona, but had virtually no impact for its first team – he also served as general manager at the latter club, playing in more than 500 official matches for seven different clubs in exactly 20 years, 242 of those in La Liga over the course of 11 seasons (40 goals scored).

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Club careerEdit

BarcelonaEdit

Born in Badalona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Pinilla was formed in the youth ranks of FC Barcelona. During the 1989–90 season, a week before turning 19, Johan Cruyff gave him the chance to make his La Liga debut, on 18 February 1990 in a match against Rayo Vallecano: he appeared 25 minutes in the 4–1 away win, having come on as a substitute for Julio Salinas.[1]

The following campaign, Barcelona won the league and Pinilla appeared in seven matches, scoring a decisive goal against Valencia CF. He also played in the final of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, subbing in for veteran José Ramón Alexanko in a 1–2 loss against Manchester United.[2]

However, strong competition in the emerging Dream Team meant Pinilla had to leave Barça on loan, and he joined RCD Mallorca, scoring four goals in a season which ended in top flight relegation. The following campaign he signed with top level newcomer Albacete Balompié, only missing two games as the Castile-La Mancha club retained its league status.

Tenerife / NàsticEdit

Pinilla was finally released in the summer of 1993, signing for CD Tenerife where he remained seven seasons, helping the Canary Islands team to the semi-finals of the 1996–97 UEFA Cup.[3][4] He previously entered the club's history books when scoring its first goal ever in European competition, against AJ Auxerre on 15 September 1993; 1998–99 brought with it relegation, and the player followed the side into the second division.

After one season with UD Salamanca, also in the second level, Pinilla joined Catalonia's Gimnàstic de Tarragona, freshly promoted into that tier. His seven goals, however, proved insufficient to prevent the team from being immediately relegated; in addition, a serious knee injury in the final months of the campaign forced him into the operating room which led two a six-month period of inactivity, in turn prompting his release.[5]

After recovering on his own, Pinilla was re-taken by Gimnàstic in the 2003 winter transfer window. Although he barely managed to make the team while they were in division three, he became a basic element in their return to the second level, adding five goals in the last ten days of 2005–06 in an historic return to the top flight.

Pinilla served as captain during Gimnàstic's short-lived spell in the top division, netting twice from 28 appearances for the last-ranked team, against RCD Espanyol (4–0 at home) and against Athletic Bilbao (2–0, away). On 11 September 2007, the club was proclaimed champion of the Catalonia Cup for the first time after a 2–1 defeat of Barcelona – the player, who started the final, netted one of the Grana.

At the end of the 2007–08 season, after helping Nàstic retain its second tier status, Pinilla announced his retirement after having competed in 200 games overall with the club,[6] promptly being named its general manager[7] and leaving the post in early February 2010.[8]

International careerEdit

Pinilla never earned one full cap for Spain, but did represent the nation in various youth levels. Additionally, he was a member of the squad that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics, appearing in two of six games.[9]

Pinilla also played seven matches with the unofficial Catalonia national team.

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pinilla: debut feliz (Pinilla: happy debut); Mundo Deportivo, 19 February 1990 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ "Barcelona and United seek fresh Wembley glory". UEFA. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  3. ^ "El día que el 'EuroTete' goleó a la Lazio" [The day 'EuroTete' routed Lazio] (in Spanish). Marca. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  4. ^ "¿Qué fue del CD Tenerife semifinalista de la UEFA?" [What happened to UEFA semi-finalists CD Tenerife?] (in Spanish). Sphera Sports. 18 January 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  5. ^ Pinilla: "En Tenerife viví cosas grandes, pero el Nástic me ha marcado más" (Pinilla: "In Tenerife i experienced great things, but Nàstic touched me more"); Marca, 4 June 2008 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Pinilla anuncia su retirada (Pinilla announces retirement); Mundo Deportivo, 13 June 2008 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Antonio Pinilla, nuevo director general del Nastic (Antonio Pinilla, new Nastic general manager); Marca, 17 June 2008 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Pinilla medita marcharse del Nàstic cuanto antes (Pinilla considers leaving Nàstic as soon as possible); Sport, 19 December 2009 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ "La Roja de 1992, nuestra medalla de oro Olímpica" [1992's La Roja, our Olympic gold medal] (in Spanish). Antena 3. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Supervivientes de oro" [Golden survivors] (in Spanish). El País. 25 February 2007. Retrieved 24 May 2018.

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