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Monday, 23 March 2009

Whatever Happened To? - Antonio Nunez

Rafa Benitez has made some brilliant signings from Spain- Fernando Torres, Xavi Alonso and Luis Garcia to name three, But it wasn't all success and in the early days his 'Spanish Armada' shipped a bit of water.

Some players like centre back Mauricio Pellegrino had gone past their best, others like full back Josemi didn't seem up to it- and then there's the case of Antonio Nunez, who made almost no impression at all.

Nunez came from Real Madrid although the bulk of his experience was with Castilla, Real's reserve squad. Closer examination showed all his Real Madrid games were as a substitute.

It's difficult to shake the idea that he arrived as very much a makeweight in Michael Owen's move to the Bernabeu and his cause wasn't helped when he injured a knee in pre-season and missed the opening of the 2004/05 campaign.

When Nunez did make the team in November, Liverpool fans waited patiently to see the talent that persuaded Benitez to sign him- and they kept on waiting. The winger/cum midfielder played 27 times mainly as a sub and most of the time flitted around on the edges of the action.

He had the misfortune to be part of Benitez's shadow side that were dumped out of the FA Cup at Burnley whe he was red carded but also Cup football provided his best moments.

Nunez saved his one and only goal in a red shirt for the 2005 Carling Cup Final against Chelsea when Liverpool went down 3-2. He also picked up a Champions League medal for three appearances in the competition.

Twice he was a late second half sub but Nunez actually started the away leg against Juventus in Turin and stayed on for 58 minutes.

In summer 2005 a return to La Liga was quietly arranged and the winger joined Celta Vigo. Celta had just been promoted back to the top flight and they stayed two seasons before relegation. Nunez dropped with them and this season he has moved to Real Murcia who lie 13th in the Second Division.

He's a regular with Murcia this season playing in 21 of heir league games. His main claim to fame is that he's the only Liverpool player to have scored his one goal in a Cup Final.

COMMENTS

Spaz Tunnel

This kid was sh it.

And i am certain he still is sh it.

a sh it for every occasion, if you like.

The Lepers Handshake

ill bet he's currently earning the minimum wage somewhere.

check your local lidl, assuming they trust him on the shop floor

Silad

Although he never set the world alight at Liverpool, he didn't let them down either. He wasn't prone to accidents, kept possesion well enough and he had a lot of heart.
And its Xabi Alonso, not Xavi!!!

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