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UCAM Murcia and Rayo - a new relationship? (13th April, 2017)

Given the upcoming game against UCAM Murcia CF, here's a list of players who've played for both clubs.

  1. Juan José Collantes
  2. Sergio Mora Sánchez
  3. Hugo Álvarez Quintas
  4. David González Plata
  5. Diego Torres Rodríguez
  6. Manuel López Escámez
  7. Javi Muñoz Arévalo
  1. I've talked about Collantes before (here).
  2. Central midfielder Mora was born in Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid. A product of hometown club Rayo Vallecano's youth ranks, he appeared in 21 games for its first team during 2002–03's La Liga, in an eventual relegation. His debut in the competition came on 6 October 2002, in a 2–2 home draw against Villarreal CF. Subsequently, competing mainly in Segunda División B, Mora went on to represent CF Gandía, Getafe CF (both on loan), Hércules CF, Benidorm CF, CD Alcoyano and AD Alcorcón, helping the latter promote to Segunda División for the first time ever, in 2010 and an amazing 4-0 win against Real Madrid, about which I've written before (here). He scored his first professional goal on 11 September of that year, netting the last in a 1–4 away loss to UD Las Palmas; he was a regular at the Estadio Municipal de Santo Domingo during the following five seasons, only appearing in less than 20 matches in 2014–15. On 4 July 2015, at the age of 35, Mora signed with fellow league team Deportivo Alavés. He was an undisputed starter during his tenure, as they returned to the top flight after ten years. On 13 July 2016, Mora joined UCAM Murcia CF also in the second level after agreeing to a one-year contract. On 22 December, after appearing rarely, he moved to fellow league team Getafe.
  3. Center back. Born in Vigo, Galicia, Álvarez made his senior debuts with Las Rozas CF, after playing youth football with Celta de Vigo and Real Madrid. He first arrived in Segunda División B in the 2006 summer by signing for Rayo Vallecano, and remained in the category for that and the following six seasons, representing in quick succession CD Leganés, AD Alcorcón, Zamora CF, UD Almería B, Real Unión and FC Cartagena. On 11 July 2013, Álvarez joined Real Jaén, freshly promoted to the second level. On 25 August he made his debut as a professional, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–4 away defeat against CD Numancia for the Segunda División championship; he scored his first goal on 8 September in a 3–1 home win against Girona FC, and appeared regularly for the Andalusians which were relegated at the end of the campaign. On 22 July 2014, Álvarez moved to fellow league club Real Murcia. However, after its administrative relegation, he terminated his contract and signed with CD Tenerife also in the second tier. After appearing regularly for the Canarians, Álvarez joined Elche CF in the same division on 10 August 2015. On 1 July of the following year, he moved to fellow league side UCAM Murcia CF.
  4. A winger like Collantes. Nono was born in Badajoz, Extremadura. After finishing his formation with Rayo Vallecano, he made his senior debuts with the B-team in the 2009–10 season, being promoted from Tercera División. On 16 June 2010, Nono appeared in his match as professional, playing the last 13 minutes in a 4–0 home win over Recreativo de Huelva for the Segunda División championship. He continued to be all but associated with the reserves during his spell, however. In August 2013, Nono signed with UD Almería B from Segunda División B. On 24 July of the following year he moved to UCAM Murcia CF, also in the third level.
  5. Striker. Diego Torres made his debut for Extremadura in 1998.  In the 1999-00 season he went to Levante, immediately loaned to Ontinyent CF. The season after he was loaned to Sabadell FC. In the 2002-03 season he left for Cuidad de Murcia in the Segunda. He would then play for Novelda, and then between 2003 and 2006 he played for Gimnàstic de Tarragona. In the 2006-07 season he was signed by Rayo Vallecano, playing until December of 2007. In January of 2008 he left for UD Salamanca, after which he left for Barakaldo. In the summer of 2010 he signed with Barakaldo until 2011. The season after he played for Badajoz, the season after for UCAM Murcia, and then after a season for Cultural Leonesa in the Second Division B. After a season, in 2014 he joined Palencia Balompié where he plays now even at the age of 38. 
  6. Central midfielder. Born in Bullas, Region of Murcia, Manolo graduated from Ciudad de Murcia's youth setup, and made his senior debuts with the reserves, playing several seasons in the regional leagues. In the 2006 summer he was promoted to the main squad, in Segunda División. On 2 September 2006 Manolo played his first professional match, coming on as a late substitute in a 0–2 away loss against Xerez CD. He scored his first goal on 5 May of the following year, netting his side's only in a 1–1 draw at Hércules CF. On 2 August 2007 Manolo moved to Rayo Vallecano in Segunda División B. After appearing rarely in his first campaign, which ended in promotion, he still managed to appear in 14 matches during his second (only two starts, however). On 1 September 2009 Manolo left the Madrid outfit and joined CD Toledo, in the third level. He subsequently resumed his career in the lower leagues, representing CD Roquetas, CD Bullense, UCAM Murcia CF and now FC Jumilla.
  7. Goalkeeper. Graduated with Sevilla Atlético, making his debut there in the 2003-04 season. Subsequently played for Málaga CF B (2004-06), Rayo (2006-07), UD Vecindario (2007-08), CD Lugo (2008-09), CF Atlético Ciudad (2009-10), Unión Deportiva Los Palacios (2010-11), Club de Fútbol Villanovense (2011-13) and UCAM Murcia Club de Fútbol (2013-14). Now plays for U.D. San Pedro, where he has been since 2014.


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