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Kevin Mirallas
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Mirallas playing for Olympiacos in 2012
Personal information
Full name Kevin Antonio Joel Gislain Mirallas y Castillo
Date of birth 5 October 1987 (1987-10-05) (age 33)
Place of birth Liège, Belgium
Height 1.82 m
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current club Omonoia Nicosia
Number 10
Youth career
1999–2004 Standard Liège
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Lille 76 (10)
2008–2010 Saint-Étienne 53 (3)
2010–2012 Olympiacos 52 (34)
2012–2019 Everton 151 (29)
2018 Olympiacos (loan) 13 (2)
2018–2019 Fiorentina (loan) 27 (2)
2019–2020 Royal Antwerp 18 (2)
2020– Gaziantep FK 18 (5)
National team
2003

[[Belgium national youth football

team|Belgium U16]]
10 (8)
2003–2004 Belgium U17 13 (7)
2005 Belgium U18 4 (0)
2005–2006 Belgium U19 16 (4)
2006–2007 Belgium U21 5 (2)
2007– Belgium 60 (10)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 February 2021.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2018

Kevin Antonio Joel Gislain Mirallas y Castillo (born 5 October 1987), known as Kevin Mirallas, is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Turkish club Gaziantep and the Belgium national team.

Mirallas started his professional career in France with Lille and Saint-Étienne before moving to Greece with Olympiacos in 2010. Mirallas enjoyed success during his time at Olympiacos, scoring 34 goals in 52 league games. He was top scorer in his second season with Olympiacos with 20 goals in 25 games. His impressive performances attracted the attention of Everton F.C., who signed him in the summer of 2012 for £6 million.

Mirallas has 60 caps for Belgium since his senior debut in 2007. He has represented Belgium at various youth levels and has featured for them at senior level at the 2008 Olympics as well as the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career

Early career

Mirallas spent his youth career playing for his hometown club, Standard Liège. He then left Belgium and began his first team career in France with Lille OSC in the 2004–05 season. Mirallas participated in the UEFA Cup in his first season at Lille. Mirallas was transferred to AS Saint-Étienne for €4 million, and made a name for himself by scoring against Lyon on his debut in the Rhone-Loire derby.

Olympiacos

In June 2010, Mirallas joined Greek club Olympiacos on a one-year loan for a fee of €2.5 million. Mirallas made his debut in a 5–0 win against KS Besa Kavaje in the Second Qualifying Round of the UEFA Europa League Qualifiers and scored his first two goals for the club in a 3–1 home win against Olympiakos Volos. Mirallas scored in a 2–1 away loss to their greatest rivals Panathinaikos in the Derby of the eternal enemies, after which his contract was extended to four years. Olympiacos won that season's Greek Super League and Mirallas finished as the club's top scorer with 14 goals, with only Panathinaikos's Djibril Cissé scoring more league goals. The following season Mirallas scored his first ever hat-trick for Olympiacos in a 4–0 away win against Levadiakos F.C. and scored four in a 7–2 victory over Asteras Tripolis. Olympiacos again won the league, and Mirallas was the league's top scorer with 20 goals.

Everton

In August 2012, Mirallas joined Premier League club Everton for a reported fee of £6 million. He made his debut as a second-half substitute during a 3–1 league win over Aston Villa at Villa Park in which he had a headed goal disallowed after he was ruled offside. In his first start four days later, Mirallas scored twice and provided two assists as Everton won 5–0 against Leyton Orient in the second round of the League Cup. He scored his first league goal on 22 September 2012, in a 3–0 away win against Swansea City after heading in his initial effort which rebounded off the underside of the bar. Mirallas suffered a number of injuries that limited his playing time during the middle part of the season. He made a number of brief cameos, notably against Tottenham Hotspur in December. Mirallas' next goal came against Oldham Athletic in a 3–1 win on 26 February 2013 in the fifth round of the FA Cup. He then scored his second league goal of the season against Reading in a 3–1 win on 2 March 2013. He scored his first league brace in David Moyes' last home game in charge of Everton, a 2–0 win against West Ham United.

Kevin Mirallas 2015
Mirallas warming-up for Everton in 2015

Mirallas scored and assisted a goal during a 3–3 draw in the first Merseyside derby of the 2013–14 season on 23 November. He also received a booking for a high challenge on Luis Suárez, which opposing manager Brendan Rodgers described as reckless and insisted Mirallas was lucky to remain on the pitch. He went on to score eight goals before suffering a season-ending groin injury in April. Mirallas created 61 chances for his teammates during the season, the most of any Everton player.

On 18 September 2014, Mirallas scored his first European goal for Everton in a 4–1 win over Wolfsburg in the first match of their Europa League campaign. He signed a new three-year contract with the club in August 2015.

Mirallas scored his 29th Premier League goal for Everton on 11 March 2017 as Everton cruised to victory over West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park in a 3–0 win. On 12 May 2017, Mirallas signed a new three-year contract deal with Everton until the end of June 2020.

Loans

On 7 January 2018, Mirallas agreed to return to former club Olympiacos on loan until the end of the 2017–18 season. The club did not have an option to purchase Mirallas as part of the contract. On 16 April, Mirallas scored a stunning strike from the edge of the penalty area on the stroke of half-time in a 5–1 home win against Kerkyra. On 4 May, his loan spell was terminated by mutual consent due to Everton's high asking price to purchase Mirallas outright, as well as Mirallas' overall subpar performances with Olympiacos.

On 4 August 2018, Mirallas signed for Fiorentina on a season-long loan deal with the option to make the transfer permanent.

Mirallas joined Royal Antwerp on a free transfer in August 2019.

On 5 October 2020, Mirallas joined Turkish Süper Lig club Gaziantep.

International career

Kevin Mirallas vs DaMarcus Beasley USA vs. Belgium
Mirallas in action against DaMarcus Beasley during an international friendly against the United States on 29 May 2013

Mirallas has represented Belgium at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level, and was one of the leading figures in guiding the under-21s to the semi-finals of the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

He scored twice in the 2008 Summer Olympics football tournament, once against China (2–0 victory) and once against Italy (3–2 victory). He made his full international debut for the senior team in 2007 and scored his first ever international goal against Serbia in Brussels on 23 August of that year, as a Mousa Dembélé brace helped the Red Devils to a 3–2 home victory.

Mirallas was part of the Belgian squad which reached the quarter-finals at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He made his tournament debut in the second group match, a 1–0 win over Russia at the Maracanã, as a 75th-minute substitute for Dries Mertens. In a game of few opportunities, Mirallas hit the post with Belgium's first shot on target. Another substitute, Divock Origi, scored the game's only goal two minutes from full-time.

In May 2018, Mirallas was left out of Belgium's preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Style of play

Mirallas was deployed as a centre forward for Olympiacos, but after his move to Everton he has been deployed mainly as a winger or a free-roaming forward. He is known for his pace, close ball control, passing ability and proficiency in one-on-one situations.

Personal life

Mirallas' father was born in Spain.

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lille 2004–05 Ligue 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
2005–06 Ligue 1 15 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 19 1
2006–07 Ligue 1 23 2 0 0 2 0 5 0 30 2
2007–08 Ligue 1 35 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 37 7
Total 76 10 2 1 4 0 7 0 89 11
Saint-Étienne 2008–09 Ligue 1 30 3 2 0 0 0 8 1 40 4
2009–10 Ligue 1 23 0 4 1 2 0 0 0 29 1
Total 53 3 6 1 2 0 8 1 69 5
Olympiacos 2010–11 Super League Greece 27 14 3 0 3 0 33 14
2011–12 Super League Greece 25 20 3 0 6 0 34 20
Total 52 34 6 0 9 0 67 34
Everton 2012–13 Premier League 27 6 4 1 2 2 33 9
2013–14 Premier League 32 8 4 0 1 0 37 8
2014–15 Premier League 29 7 2 1 0 0 5 3 36 11
2015–16 Premier League 23 4 3 1 4 1 30 6
2016–17 Premier League 35 4 1 0 1 0 37 4
2017–18 Premier League 5 0 0 0 1 0 7 0 13 0
Total 151 29 14 3 9 3 12 3 186 38
Olympiacos (loan) 2017–18 Super League Greece 13 2 3 0 16 2
Fiorentina (loan) 2018–19 Serie A 27 2 3 0 30 2
Royal Antwerp 2019–20 Belgian First Division A 16 2 3 0 19 2
Career total 386 82 37 5 15 3 36 4 474 94

International

Belgium
Year Apps Goals
2007 6 2
2008 4 1
2009 9 1
2010 2 0
2011 3 0
2012 8 2
2013 10 3
2014 8 0
2015 1 0
2016 4 0
2017 4 1
2018 1 0
Total 60 10
Scores and results list Belgium's goal tally first.
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 August 2007 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium  Serbia 2–0 3–2 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
2. 12 September 2007 Almaty Central Stadium, Almaty, Kazakhstan  Kazakhstan 2–1 2–2 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
3. 19 November 2008 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 1–0 1–1 Friendly
4. 14 November 2009 Jules Ottenstadion, Ghent, Belgium  Hungary 3–0 3–0 Friendly
5. 25 May 2012 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium  Montenegro 1–1 2–2 Friendly
6. 12 October 2012 Stadium Crvena Zvezda, Belgrade, Serbia  Serbia 3–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
7. 29 May 2013 FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, United States  United States 1–0 4–2 Friendly
8. 6 September 2013 Hampden Park, Glasgow, United Kingdom  Scotland 2–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
9. 19 November 2013 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium  Japan 1–0 2–3 Friendly
10. 28 March 2017 Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia  Russia 1–1 3–3 Friendly

Honours

Club

Olympiacos

Royal Antwerp

  • Belgian Cup: 2019–20

Individual

  • Super League Greece top scorer: 2011–12 (20 goals)
  • Super League Greece Player of the Season: 2011–12
  • BBC Goal of the Month: May 2013
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