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Kevin Mirallas - Player Profile

Kevin Mirallas - Player Profile

Kevin Mirallas - Player Profile

What do we know about Kevin Mirallas?

Kevin Mirallas in action for Everton.Kevin Mirallas’ father is from Spain, but he was born in Liège, Belgium, on 5 October 1987. Mirallas started playing football with local side Standard Liège, but he never played in the first team. His senior career began in France at Lille and then Saint-Étienne. In June 2010, he moved to Greek side Olympiakos. He helped Olympiakos to win two titles, scoring 14 goals in 27 appearances in 2010/11 and 20 in 25 in 2011/12. He was named the club’s player of the season in his second year with Olympiakos. In total, Mirallas has played for four clubs in three different countries:

  • Lille - France (10 goals)
  • Saint-Étienne - France (3 goals)
  • Olympiakos - Greece (34 goals)
  • Everton - England (11 goals - March 2014)

Why did Mirallas join Everton?

Mirallas joined Everton in August 2012 for a reported fee of £6m. "Everton have been following me for a while,” he said, “and after talking with the manager, I decided that coming to Everton was the best opportunity for me. I know this is a great club with great supporters and a club that has the ability to win a lot of games in the Premier League." In his first full game, he scored two goals and made two assists as Everton won 5-0 in the League Cup. Unfortunately, his first season at the Merseyside club was disrupted by injury. However, 2013/14 was a much better season and after Mirallas scored a fantastic late free-kick to win 2-1 against Aston Villa, Everton manager Roberto Martínez said, "Mirallas is developing into an incredible footballer."

What is Mirallas's style of play?

Mirallas is a fast, versatile, attacking player. David Moyes, his first manager at Everton, said: "He's got pace, ability and can play in two or three different positions. He's a really good finisher and has given us a different type of forward."

There is also a hard side to his game: in November 2013 he received a yellow card after a violent collision with Liverpool’s Luis Suárez. “When I made the tackle the first thing I thought was that it was going to be a red card,” Mirallas said. “I was going for the ball but I know I caught him on the knee and I said sorry straight away.” In the Merseyside Derby in October 2012, Suárez made a tackle on Mirallas that left the Belgian injured for 2 weeks.

How is Martínez different to Moyes? 

Mirallas in action for Belgium against USA and Everton teammate, Tim Howard.Mirallas had a promising first season with Everton: “I was very happy playing under David Moyes because he’s a good manager.” Then Moyes moved to Manchester United in the summer of 2013, replaced by the Spanish coach Roberto Martínez. “Roberto is different because the Spanish style of playing football is different – it’s my type of football,” says Mirallas. But he talks about a more important difference: “It’s easier because I speak Spanish with Roberto and I understand better. Every day I’ve spoken with him and it’s helped my confidence. I feel I’m more consistent now and I’m playing better and better.”

What country does Mirallas play for?

After playing for the Belgium national team at youth level, Mirallas made his full international debut in 2007 and has made over 40 appearances. He is one of a number of excellent Belgian players currently playing in the Premier League:

Belgium qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil without losing a match. They played Algeria (2-1), Russia (1-0) and South Korea (1-0) in group H. Many see Belgium as a dark horse to win the tournament.

Kevin MIrallas in action, for Belgium, against Everton teammate Tim Howard of the USA, Getty.

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Did you know...........?

  • Kevin Mirallas has the longest name in the Premier League. His official name is Kevin Antonio Joel Gislain Mirallas Y Castillo (40 letters!).
  • In 2011/12, Mirallas won the double (both league and cup) in Greece.
  • In May 2013, Mirallas scored the Premier League's goal of the month against West Ham Utd.
  • The Merseyside Derby between Everton and Liverpool is also called 'The Friendly Derby'. 

 

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Kevin Antonio Joel Gislain Mirallas Y Castillo has the longest name in the Premier League.

Kevin Mirallas celebrates an Everton goalAre there any players in your country with really long names?

How will Mirallas play for Everton this season?

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mishapipia
20/03/2014
0
points

No,there arn't.


mishapipia
20/03/2014 19:54


0

No,there arn't.

FBerndt89
22/04/2014
0
points

I am from Brazil. i am fluminense supporter.
I do not about all clubs but in my team the biggest name is Frederico Chaves Guedes.
He plays in Brazilian national team. Your nickname is Fred.


FBerndt89
22/04/2014 06:47


0

I am from Brazil. i am fluminense supporter.
I do not about all clubs but in my team the biggest name is Frederico Chaves Guedes.
He plays in Brazilian national team. Your nickname is Fred.

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Rema
01/12/2014
RS
538
points

Kevin Mirallas scored yesterday fantastic goal for Everton against Tottenham.
But that goal was'nt enough for victory, Spurs win with 2:1.


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Rema
01/12/2014 09:02
Serbia
West Ham United
538

Kevin Mirallas scored yesterday fantastic goal for Everton against Tottenham.
But that goal was'nt enough for victory, Spurs win with 2:1.

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almirpereira
26/10/2015
BR
1315
points

Yes, there are. This is normal.


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almirpereira
26/10/2015 20:53
Brazil
Chelsea
1315

Yes, there are. This is normal.

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aragorn1986
02/11/2015
ME
6922
points

Not really. He is a stunning player.


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aragorn1986
02/11/2015 09:32
Montenegro
Arsenal
6922

Not really. He is a stunning player.

nminhkien
10/11/2015
VN
456
points

I think that Kevin Mirallas is a real weapon. He scores many goals and made some great shots, so the defenders should keep an eye on him - anywhere on the field.


nminhkien
10/11/2015 22:24
Vietnam
Manchester United
456

I think that Kevin Mirallas is a real weapon. He scores many goals and made some great shots, so the defenders should keep an eye on him - anywhere on the field.

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Rich
12/11/2015
ES
2921
points

I think you're right, but he's having problems getting into the Everton team this season! Why do you think this is?


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Rich
12/11/2015 08:12
Spain
Liverpool
2921

I think you're right, but he's having problems getting into the Everton team this season! Why do you think this is?

nikosonris
17/11/2015
UA
2453
points

I think Kevin faces a pretty high competition in Everton midfielder line-up and Roberto Martinez got used to playing him in as a joker.


nikosonris
17/11/2015 12:39
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

I think Kevin faces a pretty high competition in Everton midfielder line-up and Roberto Martinez got used to playing him in as a joker.

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MUGEMANYI
17/11/2015
RW
2320
points

Having long names is normal


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MUGEMANYI
17/11/2015 12:49
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Having long names is normal

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aragorn1986
25/11/2015
ME
6922
points

I can't actually remember any player with long name from my country..


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aragorn1986
25/11/2015 21:32
Montenegro
Arsenal
6922

I can't actually remember any player with long name from my country..

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RafaelRC
12/02/2016
BR
7894
points

In my country, when a small team that can surprise other great teams and win we called "zebra" and not dark horse.
Kevin has played for many years at Everton.


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RafaelRC
12/02/2016 23:59
Brazil
Leicester City
7894

In my country, when a small team that can surprise other great teams and win we called "zebra" and not dark horse.
Kevin has played for many years at Everton.

assemjuve
01/03/2016
PS
3433
points

Mirallis is good and talented.


assemjuve
01/03/2016 13:07
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

Mirallis is good and talented.

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HakanUslu1881
19/03/2016
TR
1761
points

No,there aren't


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HakanUslu1881
19/03/2016 19:11
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

No,there aren't

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
19/03/2016
TR
1761
points

I believe he will play well.


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HakanUslu1881
19/03/2016 19:12
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

I believe he will play well.

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kwesimanifest
18/06/2016
GH
14277
points

Mirallas is a great player


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
18/06/2016 23:16
Ghana
Manchester United
14277

Mirallas is a great player

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
18/06/2016
GH
14277
points

He is always in space to convert chances


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
18/06/2016 23:17
Ghana
Manchester United
14277

He is always in space to convert chances

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
18/06/2016
GH
14277
points

Not really, player names are relatively short in my country


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
18/06/2016 23:19
Ghana
Manchester United
14277

Not really, player names are relatively short in my country

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