Manu del Moral


Manu in action for Sevilla in 2011
Personal information
Full name Manuel del Moral Fernández
Date of birth (1984-02-25) 25 February 1984
Place of birth Jaén, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 7
Youth career
2001–2002 Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2006 Atlético Madrid B 71 (11)
2004–2006 Atlético Madrid 5 (0)
2004–2005Recreativo (loan) 33 (4)
2006–2011 Getafe 159 (37)
2011–2015 Sevilla 56 (11)
2013–2014Elche (loan) 24 (2)
2014–2015Eibar (loan) 28 (3)
2015–2016 Valladolid 25 (3)
2016– Numancia 10 (5)
National team
2002–2003 Spain U19 4 (3)
2002–2003 Spain U20 9 (0)
2005 Spain U23 5 (2)
2011 Spain 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 November 2016.

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Del Moral and the second or maternal family name is Fernández.

Manuel del Moral Fernández (born 25 February 1984), commonly known as Manu, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for CD Numancia as either a forward or winger.

Club career


Manu was born in Jaén, Andalusia. After starting his formation with local Real Jaén[1] he finished it with Atlético de Madrid, where he played alongside Braulio, and served a one 1/2-season loan in the second division at Recreativo de Huelva, only appearing in five matches with one goal during his first year.

While mainly registered with the capital side's B-team, Manu did appear in five La Liga matches in the 2005–06 campaign, mainly as a late substitute.


Manu joined Madrid neighbours Getafe CF for 2006–07, scoring his first top flight goal on 22 October 2006 in a 2–1 success at precisely Recre and finishing the season with eight (squad's second-best, behind Daniel Güiza). The following campaign he teamed up again with Braulio, and netted seven times – joint-top scorer alongside Juan Ángel Albín – while also helping the Madrid outskirts team to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Cup.

The arrival of Roberto Soldado relegated del Moral to a more secondary role in 2008–09, but he still appeared in 29 league contests, operating mostly on the wings. On 24 January 2010, he scored the game's only goal as Getafe defeated former side Atlético Madrid for the first time at home in its history;[2] on 7 November, after netting in a 1–3 home loss against FC Barcelona, he became the club's best-ever scorer in the top division for the second time, surpassing precisely Soldado.[3]

On 14 March 2011, Manu scored three goals against Athletic Bilbao in only 25 minutes, one in his own net, in an eventual 2–2 home draw.[4] He finished the season with a career-best nine goals, as Getafe narrowly avoided relegation.


On 23 May 2011, del Moral signed a four-year contract with Sevilla FC for 4 million.[5] Following the departure of winger Diego Capel and the ageing of striker Frédéric Kanouté, he was immediately cast into his new team's starting XI. On 25 October, he hit an injury-time header to earn his side one point at home against Racing de Santander (2–2) – he had also opened the score late into the first half.[6]

In late March 2012, Manu scored braces in two consecutive 3–0 away wins, first against Santander then in a local derby at Granada CF.[7][8]

International career

On 7 June 2011, after his best season at Getafe, del Moral made his debut for Spain, replacing David Villa during half-time of a 3–0 friendly win with Venezuela.[9][10]

Club statistics

As of 23 May 2015[11]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Atlético B 2002–03 363363
2003–04 141141
Total 504504
Recreativo 2003–04 5151
2004–05 28340323
Total 3344000374
Atlético Madrid 2005–06 500050
Total 500050
Getafe 2006–07 29860358
2007–08 3475170468
2008–09 29510398
2009–10 36881449
2010–11 3092050379
Total 1563722212019039
Sevilla 2011–12 341040204010
2012–13 22152273
Total 561192206713
Elche 2013–14 24200242
Total 24200242
Eibar 2014–15 28300283
Total 28300283
Career totals 3496135414039865





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