Cuéllar announces his retirement with a very special shirt

On october 2019

Cuéllar announces his retirement with a very special shirt

Carlos Cuéllar says goodbye to professional football. The centreback from Madrid says goodbye after a successful and large trajectory that has taken him to play several competitions in many countries and clubs. After more than 500 matches since his debut, Carlos ends a stage and begins another. His next aim according to his own words are: “I'm going to pass the Coach training exam, learn as much as possible and enjoy football from another perspective. I want to transmit everything I've learned from great coaches and make those things real applying them on the pitch.”

Since his arrival to Numancia on the year 2000 (the team that signed him during his last youth year from the San Federico club of Madrid) until this last season (in which he played for Bnei Yehuda), nearly two decades have past. Two decades in which he has had time to play for Calahorra (on loan from Numancia), Numancia, Osasuna, Rangers, Aston Villa, Sunderland, Norwich City, UD Almería, Maccabi Petah Tikva, Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona, Beitar Jerusalem and Bnei Yehuda.

During all this time Cuéllar reached several achievements with his teams. With Osasuna he has finalist of the Copa del Rey, he qualified for the Champions League (scoring a goal against Hamburg on the preliminary stage) and he reached the UEFA Cup semifinals. At Rangers, in only one season, he conquered two titles (League Cup and Scottish Cup), he played the UEFA Cup final and was distinguished with the ‘Scottish Premier League Player of the Year’ and the ‘Scottish Football Writers Association’s Player of the Year’.

Arrival to the Premier League

In 2008, Carlos landed in the Premier League thanks to Aston Villa and Martin O'Neill, a key coach in his career (he also was under his orders at Sunderland). In England, he played two League Cup finals (with Villa against Manchester United in 2010 and with Sunderland against Manchester City in 2014) and achieved a promotion to the Premier League (with Norwich in 2015).

His last success was the perfect end to an exemplary football career. In May 2019, he was proclaimed champion of the Israel State Cup. Bnei Yehuda beat Maccabi Netanya.

Such a career deserved a very special leaving do organize by ImagoSport: a shirt made especially for him with the colours of some of the teams Carlos has defended. Designed by the prestigious Dutch studio Wesseling, it was Carlos's friends and family - including his longtime agent, Pedro Bravo - who handed Carlos the shirt in Tetuán, the Madrid neighbourhood where he grew up and began to dream of being a footballer. 

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