Miguel Bernardo Bianquetti
Javier Urruticoechea, Jose Ramon Alexanko, Juan Manuel Asensi, Carles Rexach, Julio Alberto Moreno
Date of birth
(1951-12-19) 19 December 1951 (age 69)
Miguel Bernardo Bianquetti (born 19 December 1951), known as Migueli, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender.
A player with immense physical power – he was nicknamed Tarzan– he was best known for his Barcelona spell, which lasted almost 20 professional years.
Migueli was born in Ceuta. After playing with Cádiz CF from 1970 to 1973, competing in Segunda División, he transferred to La Liga giants FC Barcelona, where he became an undisputed starter after just one league appearance in his first year, going on to amass 391 games in the competition (549 overall, club's all-time best until 5 January 2011, when Xavi surpassed him in a Copa del Rey match against Athletic Bilbao); whilst he was performing his compulsory military service in Cádiz he made his official debut for the latter, and upon his return, not aware that he needed two special permits to leave the headquarters, he was jailed for one month.
In the final of the 1978–79 European Cup Winners' Cup against Fortuna Düsseldorf, Migueli played parts of the match, which went to extra time, with a broken collarbone, in an eventual 4–3 win. In the 1986–87 season, already well into his 30's, he still managed to appear in 41 contests – 38 complete – and retired at the end of the following campaign, in which he added another domestic cup.
Migueli earned 32 caps and scored one goal for Spain, his debut coming on 20 November 1974 in a 2–1 win in Scotland for the UEFA Euro 1976 qualifiers. He represented the nation at the 1978 FIFA World Cup and Euro 1980, for a total of four appearances.