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Manuel Herrera Yagüe (born 29 September 1981), commonly known as Manu, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Atlético Baleares.

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Herrera in 2012
Personal information
Full name Manuel Herrera Yagüe
Date of birth (1981-09-29) 29 September 1981 (age 37)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Atlético Baleares
Number 1
Youth career
1995–2000 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Real Madrid C 18 (0)
2001–2002 Real Madrid B 0 (0)
2002–2003 Casetas
2003–2004 Palamós 31 (0)
2004–2007 Levante B 81 (0)
2007–2010 Levante 24 (0)
2007–2008Eibar (loan) 4 (0)
2010–2012 Alcorcón 80 (0)
2012–2015 Elche 76 (0)
2015–2016 Zaragoza 23 (0)
2016–2017 Betis 0 (0)
2017–2018 Osasuna 4 (0)
2019– Atlético Baleares 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 September 2019

Club careerEdit

Born in Madrid, Manu joined Real Madrid's youth setup in 1995, aged 13, and made his senior debuts with the C-team in 2000–01, in Tercera División. In the following year he was promoted to the reserves in Segunda División B, but failed to make an appearance during the season.

After a brief period with amateurs UD Casetas, Manu joined Palamós CF in the third level. In June 2004 he moved to fellow league club Levante UD B, and served as third-choice for the main squad in 2006–07, behind José Francisco Molina and Pablo Cavallero.

On 8 August 2007, Manu was loaned to Segunda División side SD Eibar.[1] His first game as a professional occurred on 10 October, in a 1–2 away loss against Elche CF for the campaign's Copa del Rey;[2] his maiden appearance in the league came late in the same month, a 2–2 home draw against UD Salamanca.[3]

In the 2008 summer, Manu returned to the Valencian side, now in division two. Initially a backup to Manolo Reina, he enjoyed a run in the starting XI from November 2009 until March of the following year, and also achieved promotion.

On 23 July 2010, Manu joined AD Alcorcón also in the second tier.[4] After two years as first-choice (playing all league matches in the second), he moved to Elche in June 2012.[5]

Manu won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy in his debut season with the Franjiverdes,[6] who won the league and returned to La Liga after 24 years. On 19 August 2013, one month shy of his 32nd birthday, he made his debut in the competition, starting in a 0–3 away loss against Rayo Vallecano.[7]

On 13 July 2015, Manu signed a two-year deal with Real Zaragoza after his contract with Elche expired.[8] On 1 August of the following year he cut ties with the former club,[9] and joined Real Betis the following day.[10]

On 3 August 2017, Manu signed a one-year contract with CA Osasuna.[11]


  1. ^ Manu Herrera jugará en el Eibar la próxima temporada (Manu Herrera will play in Eibar next season); Marca, 8 August 2007 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ El Elche elimina al Eibar en la prórroga (Elche oust Eibar in extra time); Marca, 10 October 2007 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Eibar y Salamanca se reparten los puntos en un duelo con alternativas (Eibar and Salamanca share points in duel of alternatives); Marca, 28 October 2007 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ El Alcorcón ficha a Manu Herrera para suplir la baja de Juanma (Alcorcón sign Manu Herrera to make up for loss of Juanma); Marca, 23 July 2010 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Manu Herrera blinda la portería del Elche (Manu Herrera shields Elche goal); Diario AS, 29 June 2012 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Manu Herrera Vs Dani Mallo; Duelo de Zamoras (Manu Herrera Vs Dani Mallo; Duel of Zamoras); Vamos Elche, 26 April 2013 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Rayo up and running Archived 28 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine; ESPN FC, 19 August 2013
  8. ^ Manu Herrera defenderá la portería del Real Zaragoza (Manu Herrera will defend Real Zaragoza's goal); Real Zaragoza, 13 July 2015 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Rescisión del contrato entre el Real Zaragoza y el futbolista Manu Herrera (Contract termination between Real Zaragoza and footballer Manu Herrera); Real Zaragoza, 1 August 2016 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Manu Herrera, nuevo portero del Real Betis (Manu Herrera, new goalkeeper of Real Betis); Real Betis, 2 August 2016 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Manu Herrera, nuevo portero de Osasuna (Manu Herrera, new goalkeeper of Osasuna); CA Osasuna, 3 August 2017 (in Spanish)

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