Miguel Llera

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Miguel Llera
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Llera playing for Sheffield Wednesday in 2012
Personal information
Full nameMiguel Ángel Llera Garzón
Date of birth (1979-08-07) 7 August 1979 (age 39)
Place of birth Castilleja de la Cuesta, Spain
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Senior career*
1998–2001 Recreativo B
2000–2001San Fernando (loan) 19 (0)
2001–2005 Alicante 102 (4)
2005–2007 Gimnàstic 39 (5)
2007–2008 Hércules 11 (1)
2008–2009 Milton Keynes Dons 36 (2)
2009–2011 Charlton Athletic 41 (6)
2011–2012 Blackpool 0 (0)
2011Brentford (loan) 11 (0)
2011–2012Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 4 (0)
2012–2014 Sheffield Wednesday 79 (10)
2014–2015 Scunthorpe United 15 (1)
Teams managed
2015–2016 Sheffield FC (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Miguel Ángel Llera Garzón (born 7 August 1979) is a Spanish former professional footballer who played as a central defender. He is currently a football coach and runs his own football academy.

Association football Team field sport

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He played mostly in the lower leagues of his country, appearing in only 12 La Liga games with Gimnàstic. He moved to England in 2008 after signing with Milton Keynes Dons, going on to remain in the country until his retirement and represent a host of clubs, mainly Sheffield Wednesday (three years) and Charlton Athletic (two).

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Gimnàstic de Tarragona sports club in Asturias

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Football career


Llera was born in Castilleja de la Cuesta, Province of Seville. After unsuccessfully emerging through local Recreativo de Huelva's youth ranks, he represented several modest clubs until 2005–06, when he contributed with 27 games (scoring three times) to Gimnàstic de Tarragona's [1] return to La Liga after a 56-year absence; however, midway through the following season, he was released from contract, after appearing in 12 matches (all starts) for the Catalans and scoring in defeats against Real Sociedad (2–3, away [2] ) and Getafe CF (1–3, home [3] ) as Nàstic was eventually immediately relegated back.

Castilleja de la Cuesta municipality of Spain

Castilleja de la Cuesta is a town and municipality in the province of Seville, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain.

Province of Seville Province of Spain

The Province of Seville is a province of southern Spain, in the western part of the autonomous community of Andalusia. It is bordered by the provinces of Málaga, Cádiz in the south, Huelva in the west, Badajoz in the north and Córdoba in the east. Seville is the province's as well as the Andalusian autonomous community's capital.

Recreativo de Huelva Spanish football club

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In 2007–08 Llera continued in Segunda División, but also failed to impress at Hércules CF, playing in only 11 games out of 42.

2007–08 Segunda División sports season

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Hércules CF Spanish association football team

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Milton Keynes Dons

Subsequently, Llera took his game to England, joining League One side Milton Keynes Dons in September 2008. [4]

He scored twice during his spell with the Dons, against Carlisle United [5] and Brighton & Hove Albion. [6]

Carlisle United F.C. association football club

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Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. Association football club from East Sussex

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After a successful season, with a third-place finish straight out of Football League Two, albeit without eventual promotion, Llera signed for Charlton Athletic on 2 July 2009, [7] after turning down a new contract offer – he became the first Spanish footballer to play for the club. [8] [9]

Llera quickly established himself as a fans' favourite after just four games, scoring on his debut against Wycombe Wanderers [10] but also picking up a head injury which led him to wear a helmet for the next few games, similar to that of Chelsea's Petr Čech; he scored his first goal for the Addicks on 22 August 2009, in a 2–0 home win against Walsall. [11]


After leaving Charlton at the end of the 2010–11 season, Llera spent some time training with Blackpool and joined them on trial, making his debut against Rangers on 19 July 2011. On 2 August, he scored from a free kick against Lancaster City in a 1–3 defeat, and, two days later, he signed a one-year contract with the option of a further year. [12]

Brentford / Sheffield

On 7 September 2011, Llera transferred to Brentford on a three-month loan deal. [13] On 22 November he moved to Sheffield Wednesday, in a loan agreement lasting until January 2012. [14]

On 10 January 2012, Llera was signed on a permanent deal by Wednesday, having been released by Blackpool. [15] [16] On 11 February, in a game against Exeter City, he suffered a head injury in an eventual 1–2 away loss, [17] going on to miss approximately one month of action.


After impressing on trial, on 21 July 2014 Llera was offered a contract by Oldham Athletic, which was later withdrawn. [18] He eventually moved to League One's Scunthorpe United late in the month, agreeing to a one-year deal also after a trial period.

Llera made his competitive debut on 9 August 2014, in a 1–3 defeat at Swindon Town. [19] His first appearance at Glanford Park took place the following weekend, and he scored a 39th minute own goal in 0–4 loss to Preston North End. [20]

Llera netted his first and only goal for the Iron on 13 December 2014, contributing to a 2–1 home win over Crewe Alexandra. [21] On 5 May of the following year, it was announced he would not be offered a new contract and was free to leave the club. [22]

Llera was appointed Professional Development Phase coach at Chesterfield in August 2017, after three years as youth manager at Sheffield Wednesday. [23] [24]

Coaching career

Sheffield Wednesday

In July 2014, Llera began coaching the U14 squad of Sheffield Wednesday. [25] He was the U14 manager for three years, before Llera in August 2017 was named as the academy's new Professional Development Phase lead coach. [25]

In the summer 2015, Llera also begang as a first team scout. [26] In January 2016, Llera launched his own academy called Miguel Llera International Football Academy where he sent some of the young players from the academy on trials at Sheffield Wednesday. [27]

On 11 January 2019, Llera left the club by mutual consent. [28]

Sheffield FC & Hallam University

From July 2015 until July 2016, Llera was a part of the staff at Sheffield F.C., where he functioned as a assistant manager and responsible for several things regarding the clubs academy. [29] [26]

In September 2015, he also got the role as Scholarship Football Coach at the club and second & third team manager for Sheffield Hallam University. [30] Alongside this, he had the same role coaching role at Meadowhead School Academy Trust. [26]

He left all these roles in September 2016. [26]

Club statistics

As of 25 March 2015
San Fernando (loan) 2000–01 [31] Segunda División B 190190
Alicante 2001–02 [31] Segunda División B27210282
2002–03 [31] Segunda División B33160391
2003–04 [31] Segunda División B27110281
2004–05 [31] Segunda División B150101 [lower-alpha 1] 1171
Gimnàstic 2005–06 [31] Segunda División 27330303
2006–07 [31] La Liga 12200122
Hércules 2007–08 [31] Segunda División11141152
Milton Keynes Dons 2008–09 [32] League One 362101 [lower-alpha 2] 0382
Charlton Athletic 2009–10 [32] League One264001 [lower-alpha 2] 0274
2010–11 [32] League One152201 [lower-alpha 2] 0182
Blackpool 2011–12 [32] Championship 001010
Brentford (loan) 2011–12 [32] League One111102 [lower-alpha 2] 0141
Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 2011–12 [32] League One40000040
Sheffield Wednesday 2011–12 [32] League One1640000164
2012–13 [32] Championship41650466
2013–14 [32] Championship22031251
Scunthorpe United 2014–15 [32] League One151602 [lower-alpha 2] 0231
Career total321283528136431
  1. Appearance in Promotion Play-offs
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy




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