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Miguel Flaño Bezunartea (born 19 August 1984) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central defender.

Miguel Flaño
Personal information
Full name Miguel Flaño Bezunartea
Date of birth (1984-08-19) 19 August 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth Pamplona, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Osasuna
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Osasuna B 70 (2)
2004–2019 Osasuna 309 (12)
2019 Córdoba 9 (0)
National team
2001 Spain U16 7 (1)
2001 Spain U17 4 (0)
2002 Spain U19 1 (0)
2005 Spain U23 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 June 2019

He represented Spain up to under-23 level, and spent the better part of his career with Osasuna, totalling 336 official appearances for the club over 15 years.

Club careerEdit

OsasunaEdit

Flaño was born in Pamplona. A product of hometown CA Osasuna's youth ranks, he made his first-team debut on 18 September 2004 in a 3–2 La Liga home win against Real Betis,[1] finishing his debut season with eight games. Aged only 17, he began playing regularly with the B-side in the third division.

Flaño scored his first goal for the Navarrese on 9 June 2007, in a 5–0 success at Betis.[2] He added three appearances in the club's semi-final run in the UEFA Cup.

From then on, Flaño became an essential defensive fixture with the side as twin brother Javier, who had been a starter from 2005 to 2007, gradually lost his importance, leaving after the 2008–09 campaign,[3][4] where Miguel netted four times in 33 matches in an eventual narrow escape from relegation. He eventually renewed his link in August 2009, running until 2013.[5]

On 7 June 2012, Flaño again extended his contract with Osasuna, now until 2017.[6] In 2015–16, he started in all his 34 league appearances to help the club return to the top flight after a two-year absence.

In the early stages of the following season, both siblings suffered a complete rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament on their left knee, being sidelined for several months.[7] In the following years he was only a backup option, featuring rarely.

CórdobaEdit

On 28 January 2019, the 34-year-old Flaño agreed to a short-term deal with Segunda División side Córdoba CF after terminating his contract with Osasuna.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Flaño's twin brother, Javier, was also a footballer and a defender. Both were groomed at Osasuna.[9]

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Savo Milosevic vuelve a decidir para Osasuna (Savo Milosevic decides again for Osasuna); Mundo Deportivo, 19 September 2004 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Real Betis 0–5 Osasuna; ESPN Soccernet, 9 June 2007
  3. ^ "Javier Flaño: "Estoy muy agradecido a Osasuna"" [Javier Flaño: "I am most thankful to Osasuna"] (in Spanish). Navarra Sport. 10 June 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  4. ^ "¡Vaya par de gemelos!" [What a set of twins!] (in Spanish). Marca. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  5. ^ Miguel Flaño renueva con Osasuna tres años más (Miguel Flaño renews with Osasuna for three further years); Marca, 6 August 2009 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Miguel Flaño renueva con el Osasuna hasta junio del 2017 (Miguel Flaño renews with Osasuna until June 2017); Diario AS, 7 June 2012 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ "Miguel Flaño, baja toda la temporada" [Miguel Flaño, out for the entire season] (in Spanish). Marca. 12 December 2016. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Miguel Flaño, nuevo jugador del Córdoba Club de Fútbol" [Miguel Flaño, new player of Córdoba Club de Fútbol] (in Spanish). Córdoba CF. 28 January 2019. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  9. ^ De Zúñiga, Uxue M. (25 August 2005). "Los Flaño, una defensa de gemelos para Osasuna" [The Flaños, twin defenders for Osasuna] (in Spanish). Diario AS. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Arrasate: "Le dábamos mucha importancia a ser campeones"" [Arrasate: “We were quite focused on being champions”] (in Spanish). Onda Cero. 31 May 2019. Retrieved 20 June 2019.

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