Míchel (footballer, born 1988)

Miguel Alfonso Herrero Javaloyas (Spanish pronunciation: [miˈɣel alˈfonso eˈreɾo xaβaˈloʝas]; born 29 July 1988), commonly known as Míchel [ˈmitʃel], is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for CD Tenerife mainly as an attacking midfielder.

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Míchel with Valladolid in 2019
Personal information
Full name Miguel Alfonso Herrero Javaloyas
Date of birth (1988-07-29) 29 July 1988 (age 34)
Place of birth Burjassot, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 24
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Burjassot 38 (7)
2007–2010 Valencia B 75 (27)
2009–2012 Valencia 16 (0)
2010–2011Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 8 (0)
2011–2012Hércules (loan) 38 (13)
2012–2013 Levante 37 (5)
2013–2014 Valencia 13 (0)
2014Getafe (loan) 12 (1)
2015–2016 Guangzhou R&F 25 (4)
2016Oviedo (loan) 18 (0)
2016–2021 Valladolid 157 (12)
2021– Tenerife 29 (3)
National team
2009 Spain U21 4 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21:50, 20 April 2022 (UTC)

He achieved La Liga totals of over 172 games for Valencia, Deportivo, Levante, Getafe and Valladolid.

Club careerEdit


Born in Burjassot, Valencian Community, Míchel finished his football grooming at local Burjassot CF and started playing as a senior with Valencia CF's reserves. After a string of midfield injuries to the main squad (Rubén Baraja, Edu and Manuel Fernandes) he was called up by coach Unai Emery, making his La Liga debut against FC Barcelona, playing 20 minutes in a 4–0 away loss on 6 December 2008; previous to that, he had already appeared in a Copa del Rey game against Club Portugalete, where he also scored.[1]

Míchel's first start occurred on 3 March 2009 in a 2–1 loss at CD Numancia, as he began to be regularly summoned to the league's squad of 18 each week. He was delighted with his first year at Valencia, never having imagined he would be playing for the club's first team after being not much earlier in the fourth division.[2]

Loans and LevanteEdit

In early June 2010, deemed surplus to requirements by coach Emery – for instance, in the 2009–10 campaign he only collected 28 minutes in the league, all as a late substitute – Míchel was loaned for one season to fellow league club Deportivo de La Coruña.[3] He spent most of the campaign injured, and the Galicians were also relegated after 20 straight years in the top flight.[4]

At Hércules CF, where he spent the 2011–12 season, Míchel scored a career-best 13 goals, also being a key player as the team nearly returned to the main tier.[5] The club attempted to acquire the player permanently, but were eventually denied.[6]

Míchel rescinded his contract with Valencia in June 2012, and signed a three-year deal with neighbouring Levante UD shortly after.[5] He scored eight goals in 51 official games in his first and only season, including two in 11 in the campaign's UEFA Europa League.[7][8]

Return to ValenciaEdit

On 10 May 2013, Míchel agreed on a return to former club Valencia, penning a three-year link after his 420,000 buyout clause was paid.[9] He made his debut in his second spell on 17 August, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 home win against Málaga CF.[10]

Míchel was loaned out to fellow league club Getafe CF in late July 2014, for two years.[11]

Guangzhou R&FEdit

On 18 December 2014, Míchel was sold to Guangzhou R&F F.C. in the Chinese Super League.[12] He made his debut for his new team on 10 February of the following year, appearing in the second preliminary round of the AFC Champions League against Warriors FC.[13]

Míchel returned to Spain on loan in January 2016, to Real Oviedo of the Segunda División.[14]


In August 2016, Míchel negotiated an end to his contract in China and signed a three-year deal with Real Valladolid.[15] Having consolidated their place in the top division, he extended by a further year at its conclusion.[16]

Míchel's link with was automatically renewed due to an appearances clause in the summer of 2020, amidst interest from Göztepe S.K. of Turkey.[17] However he stayed put, and became the new captain in October after Javi Moyano left.[18]

Míchel left the Estadio José Zorrilla on 30 June 2021, as his contract expired.[19]


On 18 July 2021, free agent Míchel joined second-division CD Tenerife on a two-year deal.[20]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2019, Míchel married BeIN Sports reporter Celia Sanchís.[21]

Career statisticsEdit


As of 1 November 2015
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup[a] Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Valencia 2008–09[22] La Liga 13 0 3 1 16 1
2009–10[22] La Liga 3 0 2 0 5[b] 0 10 0
Total 16 0 5 1 5 0 26 1
Deportivo (loan) 2010–11[22] La Liga 10 0 0 0 10 0
Hércules (loan) 2011–12[22] Segunda División 38 13 1 1 2[c] 0 41 14
Levante 2012–13[22] La Liga 37 5 3 1 11[b] 2 51 8
Valencia 2013–14[22] La Liga 13 0 2 0 6[b] 0 21 0
Guangzhou R&F 2015[23] Chinese Super League 25 4 2 0 8[d] 0 35 4
Career total 123 18 11 3 42 2 176 23
  1. ^ Appearances in Copa del Rey
  2. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Appearances in Promotion to La Liga
  4. ^ Appearances in AFC Champions League


  1. ^ Vara, Miguel Á. (13 November 2008). "Míchel alegra el trámite" [Míchel lights up formality] (in Spanish). Diario AS. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  2. ^ Michel: "Éste ha sido el mejor año de mi vida y nunca lo voy a olvidar" (Michel: "This was the best year of my life and I will never forget it"); Diario AS, 3 June 2009 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ El Depor logra la cesión del valencianista Míchel (Depor get Valencia's Míchel on loan); Marca, 28 May 2010 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Míchel estará entre cuatro y seis meses de baja por una lesión en el menisco de la pierna derecha (Míchel will miss four to six months due to right leg meniscus injury); Marca, 24 September 2010 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ a b El Levante ficha a Míchel, como agente libre (Levante sign Míchel, as free agent); Goal, 26 June 2012 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ El Hércules quiere a Míchel en propiedad (Hércules want Míchel permanently); Diario Información, 27 February 2012 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Ten-man Hannover outlast Levante; UEFA, 4 October 2012
  8. ^ Clinical Levante make Twente pay; UEFA, 25 October 2012
  9. ^ Míchel regresa a Mestalla (Míchel returns to Mestalla); Super Deporte, 10 May 2013 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Valencia edge victory; ESPN FC, 17 August 2013
  11. ^ El Getafe hace oficial la cesión de Míchel por dos años (Getafe make two-year loan of Míchel official); Super Deporte, 24 July 2014 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ 关于新赛季广州富力主教练及外援的公告 (in Chinese). Guangzhou R&F. 18 December 2014. Archived from the original on 18 December 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  13. ^ 亚冠资格赛-姜至鹏世界波富力3-0 将战澳洲队 (in Chinese). Sina Sports. 10 February 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Michel deja el Guanghzhou chino y ficha por el Oviedo" [Míchel leaves China's Guangzhou and signs for Oviedo] (in Spanish). Super Deporte. 27 January 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  15. ^ "El Real Valladolid añade a sus filas a Míchel Herrero hasta 2019" [Real Valladolid adds Míchel Herrero to its ranks until 2019] (in Spanish). Marca. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  16. ^ "Míchel y Kiko Olivas amplian sus contratos con el Real Valladolid" [Míchel and Kiko Olivas extend their contracts with Real Valladolid] (in Spanish). El Norte de Castilla. 25 June 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  17. ^ Fernández, J. I. (25 July 2020). "Se abre la puerta a Míchel" [Door opened for Míchel] (in Spanish). Diario de Valladolid. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  18. ^ Posada, Arturo (15 October 2020). "Míchel Herrero se convierte en el nuevo primer capitán tras la marcha de Moyano" [Míchel Herrero becomes the new captain after Moyano's exit] (in Spanish). El Norte de Castilla. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  19. ^ "Míchel, un adiós cinco años después" [Míchel, a farewell five years later] (in Spanish). CD Tenerife. 30 June 2021. Retrieved 16 August 2021.
  20. ^ "Míchel Herrero, sexto refuerzo del CD Tenerife para la temporada 2021/22" [Míchel Herrero, sixth addition of CD Tenerife for the 2021/22 season] (in Spanish). CD Tenerife. 18 July 2021. Retrieved 16 August 2021.
  21. ^ Álvarez, Lorena (26 November 2018). "La Sara Carbonero vallisoletana que llevará al altar a Michel Herrero, capitán del Valladolid" [The Sara Carbonero of Valladolid who will take Míchel Herrero, captain of Valladolid, to the altar] (in Spanish). El Mundo. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  22. ^ a b c d e f "Míchel: Miguel Alfonso Herrero Javaloyas". BDFutbol. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  23. ^ "Míchel". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 February 2015.

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