Antonio NUNEZ

Antonio Nunez - Liverpool FC - Biography 2004/05

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 20 March 2005

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      Monday, 15 January 1979
      Madrid, Spain
  • Liverpool FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Sunday, 28th November 2004 as a sub in a 2-1 win at home to Arsenal (Aged: 25)
    • Club Career
      18 Premier League games.
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Antonio NUNEZ - Liverpool FC - Biography 2004/05

8 League apps (+10 as sub), 0 goals


Being a perennial reserve at Real Madrid is nothing to be ashamed of, especially when those blocking your route are Luis Figo and David Beckham. Yet when a twenty-four year old has barely reached double figures in as far as appearances are concerned, the chances are that he is going to struggle to make the grade at a club the size of Liverpool. Add to that the fact that not only was Antonio Nunez a make-weight in the heart wrenching (for Liverpool fans) sale of Michael Owen to Real Madrid, but he was also Rafael Benitez's fall back option after the Spanish giants had refused to let go Juanfran who had been initially targeted by Benitez.

Those were the circumstances surrounding Antonio Nunez's arrival at Anfield, yet the man who had taken him there insisted that he was a good player whom he had even tried to sign for Valencia. Unfortunately for Nunez, there was to be no reprieve and when he injured himself within minutes of starting his first training session, it was as if destiny was sending a message to both player and management. When he eventually regained fitness, Nunez slowly started being introduced in the first team and the impression was of a player who wasn't used to the big stage. There was certainly some talent there, but perhaps not enough of it or otherwise not used on a consistent enough basis. Yet it was difficult to be too harsh on Nunez. He tried hard enough and never gave up even, nullifying one of the cliches about foreign players.

In the League Cup final against Chelsea, he gave Liverpool hope by scoring their second goal in a 3-2 defeat and, perhaps tellingly, often worried defenders when thrown on by Benitez in European games. Still, it wasn't enough and Benitez soon made it known that Nunez was available for sale. Celta Vigo quickly came in for the likeable Spaniard who left with wishes of better luck than that which he endured at Anfield. (Paul Grech)


1998–1999    San Federico       
1999–2001    Las Rozas       
2001–2003    Real Madrid B    64    (12)
2003–2004    Real Madrid    11    (1)
2004–2005    Liverpool    18    (0)
2005–2008    Celta    96    (7)
2008–2009    Murcia    35    (1)
2009–2012    Apollon Limassol    60    (7)
2012–2013    Huesca    55    (6)
2013–2014    Deportivo La Coruña    22    (0)
2014–           Recreativo TO BE COMPLETED