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Miguel Bernardine Bianquetti

Seasons at the Club: 1973-1989
Games Played: 664.
Goals Scored: 27
Shirt Number: 3.

Miguel Bernardine Bianquetti, known as “Migueli" was born in Ceuta, December 19, 1951.He was nicknamed "Tarzan" and is one of the most excellent players of in the history of Spanish football and of FC Barcelona. He started off his career playing in Cadiz and then joined Barcelona where he played 15 consecutive seasons in the first team from 1973 to 1989 as their central defender. Migueli is Barcelona’s most capped player, with 664 appearances and is considered one of the club’s best ever central defenders. His personality and character revealed him to be a leader respected by his fellow players and rivals. Throughout his 16 years in Barcelona, he won 12 titles with the club.

Recommended by Domènec Balmanya, Migueli, arrived at the club in the season of 1973-74 after Barcelona paid Cadiz 12 million pesetas. However, Migueli only played one game that season due to him carrying out his military service. That game was the encounter against Zaragoza in November of 1973. The following season however, he began to establish himself in the team. Migueli became a regular in the team for all the coaches with the exception of Udo Lattek, who incomprehensively left him on the bench in the season of 1981-82.

He represented Spain 32 times between 1974 and 1980, playing in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina and the 1980 Euro Cup in Italy. His debut was against Scotland at Hampden Park in Glasgow on November 20, 1974. His final game was against Hungary in September 1980.

Migueli was a player with great pride; he played one final of the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1979 with a broken collar bone. A brave, technical, relentless player and a leader who defended and attacked. A true legend.

After he retired, he became dedicated to art. He became an art merchant and has his own galary displaying other artists’ art work.

2 Leagues (1973/74,84/85)
4 Cups (1977/78, 80/81, 82/83, 87/88)
3 UEFA Cup Winner’s Cups (1978/79, 81/82, 88/89)
2 League cups (1982/83, 85/86)
1 Spanish Supercup (1983)

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