Hugo Mallo

Hugo Mallo Novegil (born 22 June 1991) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for and captains RC Celta de Vigo as a right back.

Hugo Mallo
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Mallo with Celta in 2018
Personal information
Full name Hugo Mallo Novegil
Date of birth (1991-06-22) 22 June 1991 (age 29)
Place of birth Marín, Spain
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Right back
Club information
Current team
Celta
Number 2
Youth career
Porvir
Pontevedra
1999–2009 Celta
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009– Celta 341 (8)
National team
2010 Spain U19 3 (0)
2011 Spain U20 6 (0)
2011–2012 Spain U21 3 (0)
2016 Galicia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 March 2021

He has spent his entire career with Celta, making over 350 competitive appearances.

Club careerEdit

Born in Marín, Pontevedra, Galicia, Mallo played youth football for three local clubs, finishing his development with RC Celta de Vigo.[1] He was immediately inserted in the first-team setup, appearing in 25 Segunda División games in his first season, starting with a 2–1 home loss against CD Numancia on 29 August 2009 in which he came on as a half-time substitute for Roberto Lago.[2] The following 3 April, again from the bench, he was sent off for conceding a penalty kick with a foul on Juan Domínguez which resulted in the only goal of Real Unión's visit to Balaídos.[3]

On 16 October 2010, Mallo scored his first career goal in a 2–2 draw at Villarreal CF B.[4] He started in all 34 matches he appeared in the 2011–12 campaign, as the side finished second and returned to La Liga after five years; he made his debut in the competition on 18 August 2012, in a 0–1 home defeat to Málaga CF.[5]

On 9 January 2013, during a 0–4 Copa del Rey loss at Real Madrid (2–5 on aggregate), Mallo – who was not being challenged – suffered an anterior cruciate ligament to his left knee, going on to be sidelined for the rest of the season.[6] He scored his first top-flight goal on 23 May 2015 in the last game of the season, opening the team's account in a 3–2 home win over RCD Espanyol.[7]

Mallo scored in the Galician derby on 23 October 2016, setting Celta up for a 4–1 victory against local rivals Deportivo de La Coruña.[8] He added 12 appearances in a run to the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League, his debut continental campaign; in the second leg of the last 16, he scored in a 2–0 away defeat of Russia's FC Krasnodar (4–1 aggregate).[9]

On 5 May 2018, Mallo made his 300th competitive appearance in another local derby, putting him sixth in their all-time veterans.[10] That August, he turned down a move to Premier League newcomers Fulham,[11] instead signing a new five-year contract with a buyout clause of €50 million.[12] On 24 November 2019 he moved joint-fourth on the list with a 350th appearance at Villarreal CF, and at 28 he became the youngest player to reach that figure for the club.[13]

International careerEdit

Mallo earned three caps for Spain at under-19 level in 2010. In their run to second place at the 2010 UEFA European Championship, he played in the suspended Martín Montoya's absence in the final group game, a 3–0 win against Italy in Flers, Orne.[14]

Julen Lopetegui named Mallo in the under-20 squad for the 2011 FIFA World Cup in Colombia. He played all five games of a quarter-final campaign.[15]

In September 2011, Mallo made his first under-21 appearances in home and away wins over Georgia in European qualification. He then lost his place to Montoya, missed the 2012 Olympics and was edged from even his substitute place under Luis Milla for a year until being recalled against Italy in November 2012, his final international.[16]

Mallo played for the unofficial Galicia team on 20 May 2016, in a 1–1 draw with Venezuela at Riazor.[17]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 7 March 2021[18]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup International Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Celta 2009–10 Segunda División 25 0 5 0 30 0
2010–11 28 1 0 0 2[a] 0 30 1
2011–12 34 0 3 0 37 0
2012–13 La Liga 17 0 4 0 21 0
2013–14 33 0 2 0 35 0
2014–15 28 1 1 0 29 1
2015–16 34 1 7 0 41 1
2016–17 23 2 6 0 12[b] 1 41 3
2017–18 34 0 4 0 38 0
2018–19 35 1 0 0 35 1
2019–20 27 0 2 0 29 0
2020–21 23 2 1 1 24 3
Career total 341 8 35 1 12 1 2 0 390 10
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in Promotion Playoffs
  2. ^ Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League

HonoursEdit

Spain U19

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Vecinos en Marín, laterales en Vigo" [Neighbours in Marín, full-backs in Vigo]. Faro de Vigo (in Spanish). 9 January 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
  2. ^ Bravo, Alberto (29 August 2018). "'El Capitán', nueve años en el primer equipo" ['The Captain', nine years in the first team] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  3. ^ "El Real Unión sigue soñando y pone al Celta en peligro de descenso" [Real Unión carry on dreaming and put Celta in danger of relegation]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 3 April 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Hugo Mallo marcaba su primer gol con el Celta hace nueve años" [Hugo Mallo scored his first goal for Celta nine years ago]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 16 October 2019. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Olinga makes history". ESPN FC. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Hugo Mallo, seis meses de baja" [Hugo Mallo, six months out]. Marca (in Spanish). 10 January 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Celta despide la temporada con un triunfo ante Espanyol" [Celta sign off for the season with a triumph against Espanyol] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 23 May 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  8. ^ Egea, Pablo (23 October 2016). "El derbi es de Aspas" [The derby belongs to Aspas]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  9. ^ Farrell, Dom (16 March 2017). "Krasnodar 0 Celta Vigo 2 (1–4 agg): Mallo and Aspas down Russians". Goal. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  10. ^ Bernardo, Julio (10 May 2018). "Tras los pasos del Gran Capitán" [In the footsteps of the Great Captain]. Faro de Vigo (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Celta Vigo's Hugo Mallo suggests he turned down Fulham move". Sky Sports. 15 August 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Hugo Mallo renueva hasta el 2023" [Hugo Mallo renews until 2023]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 10 August 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  13. ^ Bravo, Alberto (24 November 2019). "Hugo Mallo, el más joven en entrar en el Olimpo celeste" [Hugo Mallo, the youngest to enter the sky-blue Mount Olympus] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  14. ^ "Hugo Mallo debuta en la cómoda victoria ante Italia" [Hugo Mallo debuts in the comfortable victory against Italy]. Faro de Vigo (in Spanish). 25 July 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  15. ^ "El céltico Hugo Mallo se marchó a Colombia con la selección sub 20" [Celta's Hugo Mallo went to Colombia with the under-20 national team]. El Correo Gallego (in Spanish). 19 July 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  16. ^ "La selección sub-21 recupera a Mallo" [Under-21 national team recalls Mallo]. Atlántico Diario (in Spanish). 10 November 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  17. ^ Bouzas, Fabián (21 May 2016). "La selección gallega empata con Venezuela en su fiesta del fútbol" [Galicia national team draw with Venezuela in their football party]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  18. ^ "Hugo Mallo". Soccerway. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  19. ^ Haslam, Andrew (30 July 2010). "France fight back to claim U19 crown". UEFA. Retrieved 12 September 2020.

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