Miguel Ángel Ruiz (footballer)

Miguel Ángel Ruiz García (born 5 January 1955) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender.

Miguel Ángel Ruiz
Personal information
Full name Miguel Ángel Ruiz García
Date of birth (1955-01-05) 5 January 1955 (age 66)
Place of birth Toledo, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1977 Atlético Madrileño
1977–1987 Atlético Madrid 262 (17)
1987–1990 Málaga 93 (6)
1990–1991 Albacete 1 (0)
Total 356 (23)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Ruiz was born in Toledo, Castile-La Mancha. He made his professional debut with Atlético Madrid, in 1977. From the 1979–80 season onwards he was an essential defensive unit for the Spanish capital club, rarely missing a La Liga fixture when healthy and helping the side to two major titles; he was part of the team that reached the final of the 1986 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, appearing in the decisive match against FC Dynamo Kyiv (0–3 loss).[1]

In the summer of 1987, Ruiz joined CD Málaga of the second level alongside Atlético teammate Clemente, going on to experience both one promotion and relegation with the Andalusians. He retired in 1991 at the age of 36, after contributing with only one game to Albacete Balompié's first-ever promotion to the top flight.

Subsequently, Ruiz worked as general manager with Atlético Madrid, Valencia CF, CD Tenerife and Albacete. In late November 2009 he left his post at the latter club, who was facing severe economic difficulties.[2]


Atlético Madrid




  1. ^ Ross, James M. "European Competitions 1985–86". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 December 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Miguel Ángel Ruiz: "Con mi ausencia se paga el sueldo de diez empleados"" [Miguel Ángel Ruiz: "With my absence the club can pay ten employees"]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 23 November 2009. Retrieved 9 June 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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