Kevin Mirallas

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Kevin Mirallas
Kevin Mirallas v USA.jpg
Mirallas with Belgium before a match against the United States on 29 May 2013
Personal information
Full nameKevin Antonio Joel
Gislain Mirallas y Castillo[1]
Date of birth(1987-10-05) 5 October 1987 (age 27)[2]
Place of birthLiège, Belgium
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) [3]
Playing positionWinger
Club information
Current team
Everton
Number11
Youth career
1999–2004Standard Liège
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2004–2008Lille76(10)
2008–2010Saint-Étienne53(3)
2010–2012Olympiacos52(34)
2012–Everton71(18)
National team
2003Belgium U1610(8)
2003–2004Belgium U1713(7)
2005Belgium U184(0)
2005–2006Belgium U1916(4)
2006–2007Belgium U215(2)
2007–Belgium49(9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of match played 26 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of match played 4 September 2014
 
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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Mirallas and the second or maternal family name is Castillo.
Kevin Mirallas
Kevin Mirallas v USA.jpg
Mirallas with Belgium before a match against the United States on 29 May 2013
Personal information
Full nameKevin Antonio Joel
Gislain Mirallas y Castillo[1]
Date of birth(1987-10-05) 5 October 1987 (age 27)[2]
Place of birthLiège, Belgium
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) [3]
Playing positionWinger
Club information
Current team
Everton
Number11
Youth career
1999–2004Standard Liège
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2004–2008Lille76(10)
2008–2010Saint-Étienne53(3)
2010–2012Olympiacos52(34)
2012–Everton71(18)
National team
2003Belgium U1610(8)
2003–2004Belgium U1713(7)
2005Belgium U184(0)
2005–2006Belgium U1916(4)
2006–2007Belgium U215(2)
2007–Belgium49(9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of match played 26 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of match played 4 September 2014

Kevin Antonio Joel Gislain Mirallas y Castillo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkeβin miˈɾaʎas]; born 5 October 1987) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Everton and the Belgium national team. He has previously played for Lille, Saint-Étienne and Olympiacos.

Mirallas has earned over 45 caps for Belgium since his international debut in 2007, competing at the 2008 Olympics and helping the country to the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

He played for his home town club Standard Liège in his youth career.[4] He then left Belgium and began his first team career in France by signing for Lille OSC and played for them since the opening of the 2004–05 season.[5] Mirallas participated in the UEFA Cup in his first season at the club. Mirallas subsequently was transferred to AS Saint-Etienne for €4,000,000, and began to make a name for himself by scoring against Lyon on his debut in the Rhone-Loire derby.[6]

Olympiacos[edit]

Mirallas playing for Olympiacos in 2012

In June 2010 Mirallas joined Greek club Olympiacos on a one-year loan for a fee of €2.5 million.[7] Mirallas made his debut in a 5–0 win against KS Besa Kavaje in the Second Qualifying Round of the UEFA Europa League Qualifiers[8] and scored his first two goals for the club in a 3–1 home win against Olympiakos Volos.[9] Mirallas scored in a 2–1 away loss to their greatest rivals Panathinaikos in the Derby of the eternal enemies after which his contract was extended to four years.[10] Olympiacos won that season's Greek Super League and Mirallas finished as the club's top scorer with 14 goals, with only Panathinaikos's Djibril Cissé scoring more league goals than him. The following season Mirallas scored his first ever hat-trick for Olympiacos in a 4–0 away win against Levadiakos F.C.[11] and scored four in a 7–2 victory over Asteras Tripolis.[12] Olympiacos again won the league,[13] and Mirallas was the league's top scorer with 20 goals.[14]

Everton[edit]

In August 2012, Mirallas joined English Premier League club Everton for a fee of £6m.[15] He made his debut as a second-half substitute during a 3–1 league win over Aston Villa at Villa Park in which he had a headed goal disallowed due to it being ruled offside.[16] In his first start four days later, Mirallas scored twice and provided two assists as Everton won 5–0 against Leyton Orient in the second round of the League Cup.[17] He scored his first league goal on 22 September 2012, in a 3–0 away win against Swansea City after heading in his initial effort which rebounded off the underside of the bar.[18] Mirallas suffered a number of injuries which limited his number of appearances during the middle part of the season. He made a number of brief cameos, notably against Tottenham Hotspur in December. Mirallas' next goal came against Oldham Athletic in a 3–1 win on 26 February 2013 in the fifth round of the FA Cup. He then scored again, scoring his second league goal of the season against Reading in a 3–1 win on 2 March 2013. He scored his first brace in David Moyes' last home game in charge of Everton in a 2–0 win against West Ham United.[19]

Mirallas scored and assisted a goal during a 3–3 draw in the first Merseyside derby of the 2013–14 season on 23 November.[20] He also received a booking for a high challenge on Luis Suárez which opposing manager Brendan Rodgers described as reckless and insisted Mirallas was lucky to remain on the pitch.[21] In the 85th minute of the game on 1 February, he scored a 25-yard free kick against Aston Villa to win the game 2–1.[22] He went on to score eight goals in the season, before it was ended in April due to a groin injury.[23] Mirallas created 61 chances for his teammates during the season, the most of any Everton player.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 26 December 2014.[5][25]
ClubDivisionSeasonLeagueCupLeague CupEuropeTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
LilleLigue 12004–053100000031
2005–06151002020191
2006–07232002050302
2007–08356210000377
Total76102140708911
Saint-Étienne2008–09303200081404
2009–10230412000291
Total533612081695
OlympiacosSuperleague2010–1127143000303314
2011–1225203000603420
Total52346000906734
EvertonPremier League2012–132764122339
2013–143284010378
2014–15124000022146
Total71188132228423
Career total252652239226330973

International career[edit]

Mirallas in action against DaMarcus Beasley during an international friendly against the United States on 29 May 2013

Mirallas has represented Belgium at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level, and was one of the leading figures in guiding the under-21s to the semi-finals of the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

He scored twice in the 2008 Summer Olympics football tournament, once against China (2–0 victory) and once against Italy (3–2 victory).[26] He made his full international debut for the senior team in 2007 and scored his first ever international goal against Serbia in Brussels on 23 August of that year, as a Mousa Dembélé brace helped the Red Devils to a 3–2 home victory.[27]

Mirallas was part of the Belgian squad which reached the quarter-finals at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, making his tournament debut in the second group match, a 1–0 win over Russia in the Maracanã, as a 75th-minute substitute for Dries Mertens. In a game of few opportunities, Mirallas hit the post with Belgium's first shot on target, with another substitute Divock Origi scoring the only goal two minutes from full time.[28]

International goals[edit]

Score and Result lists Belgium's goals first.
GoalDateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
122 August 2007Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels Serbia2–03–2Euro 2008 Qualification
212 September 2007Almaty Central Stadium, Almaty Kazakhstan2–02–2Euro 2008 Qualification
319 November 2008Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City Luxembourg1–01–1Friendly
413 November 2009Jules Ottenstadion, Ghent Hungary3–0 (pen.)3–0Friendly
526 May 2012King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels Montenegro1–12–2Friendly
6.12 October 2012Stadium Crvena Zvezda, Belgrade Serbia3–03–02014 FIFA World Cup qualification
7.29 May 2013FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland United States1–04–2Friendly
8.6 September 2013Hampden Park, Glasgow Scotland2–02–02014 FIFA World Cup qualification
9.19 November 2013King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels Japan1–02–3Friendly

Personal life[edit]

Mirallas' father was born in Spain,[29] although Mirallas was born in Liège.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Olympiacos

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Clubs submit retained and released lists". Premier League. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kevin Mirallas". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Barclays Premier League Player Profile Kevin Mirallas". web page. Premier League. 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Blues Complete Mirallas Swoop". Everton F.C. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "K. Mirallas". Soccerway. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "O. Lyon 1-1 AS Saint-Etienne". Goal. 1 February 2009. 
  7. ^ FIFA.com – Mirallas joins Olympiakos on loan
  8. ^ "Μπέσα-Ολυμπιακός 0-5". Sport24. 15 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "Ολυμπιακός-Ολυμπιακός Βόλου 3-1". Sport24. 2 October 2010. 
  10. ^ "Η Σεντ Ετιέν ανακοίνωσε Μιραλάς!". Sport24. 1 February 2011. 
  11. ^ "Mirallas treble sends Olympiacos top". FIFA. 14 December 2011. 
  12. ^ "OLYMPIACOS F.C. - ASTERAS TRIPOLIS 7-2". Olympiacos.org. 25 March 2012. 
  13. ^ "Everton have signed forward Kevin Mirallas on a four-year deal from Olympiakos for a fee of about £6m". BBC Sport. 19 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Στατιστικά Παικτών". Super League Greece. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Everton sign Kevin Mirallas from Olympiakos for £6m". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Aston Villa 1–3 Everton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Everton 5–0 Leyton Orient". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "Swansea 0–3 Everton" BBC Sport. 22 September 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  19. ^ "Mirallas double downs Hammers". Whufc.com. 12 May 2013. 
  20. ^ "Everton 3–3 Liverpool". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  21. ^ "Everton 3-3 Liverpool: Brendan Rodgers angry with Kevin Mirallas". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  22. ^ "Premier League: Kevin Mirallas' free-kick helps Everton seal 2–1 win over Aston Villa". Sky Sports. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  23. ^ "Everton's Kevin Mirallas ruled out for rest of season with injury". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  24. ^ "Squawka Awards: A statistical review of Everton’s Premier League season". Squawka. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  25. ^ "Kevin Mirallas French stats". LFP. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  26. ^ "Kevin Mirallas Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  27. ^ "Dembélé double downs Serbia". UEFA. 23 August 2007. 
  28. ^ Chase, Graham (22 June 2014). "Belgium 1-0 Russia". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  29. ^ http://premierskills.britishcouncil.org/en/learn-english/kevin-mirallas-player-profile
  30. ^ rvh (4 May 2012). "Kevin Mirallas is speler van het jaar in Griekenland". Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). Retrieved 19 Aug 2014. 

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