Miguel Pardeza

Miguel Pardeza Pichardo (born 8 February 1965) is a Spanish retired professional footballer who played as a forward.

Miguel Pardeza
Personal information
Full name Miguel Pardeza Pichardo
Date of birth (1965-02-08) 8 February 1965 (age 58)
Place of birth La Palma del Condado, Spain
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
1979–1982 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1985 Castilla 69 (14)
1984–1987 Real Madrid 28 (5)
1985–1986Zaragoza (loan) 26 (5)
1987–1997 Zaragoza 271 (71)
1997–1999 Puebla 36 (6)
Total 430 (101)
International career
1980–1981 Spain U16 3 (1)
1982–1983 Spain U18 13 (1)
1986 Spain U21 3 (0)
1987–1988 Spain U23 2 (0)
1989–1990 Spain 5 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

He was part of Real Madrid's generation of footballers known as La Quinta del Buitre,[1] but spent the better part of his career at Real Zaragoza. After retiring as a player, he returned to his first club in directorial capacities.

Having appeared in 325 La Liga matches over 13 seasons (81 goals scored), Pardeza was part of the Spain squad at the 1990 World Cup.

Club careerEdit

Pardeza receiving an honorary award at the University of Zaragoza.

Born in La Palma del Condado, Province of Huelva, Pardeza was a youth system graduate at Real Madrid, making his first-team debut during the 1983–84 season. After a loan at Real Zaragoza he returned, helping with 25 games and five goals to the side's 1987 national league conquest.

With the 1987–88 campaign already underway, Pardeza signed a permanent five-year contract with Zaragoza,[2] going on to become one of the Aragonese team's most prominent members as an attacking player with skills, vision and netting ability (he scored in double figures in four seasons). In 1994–95 he netted 11 La Liga goals, while also helping them to that season's UEFA Cup Winners' Cup against Arsenal.[3]

After a quick spell with Mexico's Puebla FC, where he rejoined former Zaragoza teammate Francisco Higuera,[4] Pardeza retired in 1999 at age 34. In June 2002, he became technical director of former side Zaragoza[5] and, seven years later, he rejoined first club Real Madrid in the same capacity, following Florentino Pérez's return as president.[6]

International careerEdit

After playing at youth and Olympic level, Pardeza earned five caps for Spain. He made his debut on 11 October 1989 in a 2–2 draw against Hungary in Budapest for the 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, and his last appearance came in the finals in Italy on 21 June 1990, as he appeared two minutes in the 2–1 victory over Belgium.[7]

Outside footballEdit

After four years of law studies and Hispanic philology at the University of Zaragoza (1994–99), Pardeza prepared a thesis on César González-Ruano [es], a Spanish journalist/writer.[8] He also collaborated with newspapers and radios, and was a speaker for the Association of Spanish Footballers from 1990, acting as its secretary-general since 1996.[9]


Real Madrid



  1. ^ "La Quinta entra en los 50" [The Cohort hits 50] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 23 March 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  2. ^ "El Madrid traspasa a Pardeza al Zaragoza" [Madrid transfer Pardeza to Zaragoza] (in Spanish). El País. 14 October 1987. Retrieved 22 September 2022.
  3. ^ "¿Qué fue de 'los héroes de París'?" [What happened to the 'heroes of Paris'?] (in Spanish). Heraldo de Aragón. 4 May 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  4. ^ Pardeza e Higuera (Pardeza and Higuera); Mundo Deportivo, 8 January 1992 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Pardeza: 'Este Madrid es musculoso' (Pardeza: 'This Madrid is buffed'); El Mundo, 5 January 2008 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Pardeza, nuevo director deportivo del Real Madrid (Pardeza, new Real Madrid director of football); El País, 1 June 2009 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ "¡España, campeona de grupo!" [Spain, group champions!] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 22 June 1990. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  8. ^ Cuando Pardeza descubrió a Ruano (When Pardeza found Ruano); La Nueva España, 3 June 2009 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ "Raúl, vicepresidente primero de la nueva junta directiva" [Raúl, first vice president of new board of directors] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 6 May 2005. Retrieved 31 July 2022.

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