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Very bad news for Oguchi Onyewu’s Spanish team

Dec 21, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

Onyewu Malaga

Just when it seemed longtime U.S. center back Oguchi Onyewu, having now lost his footing in the national team rotation, had found a road to career recovery, this bit of sour news:

Spain’s financially troubled Malaga, Onyewu’s team, has been fined and suspended from European competition for next year for failing to meet all of its payroll and tax obligations in a timely manner.

Onyewu has played very little first-team soccer since his second stint with Standard Liege back in 2009. Since then, injuries have prevented the two-time U.S. World Cup veteran from catching a solid, starting foothold at five club addresses, including Malaga.

Lately, he has gotten into a few games with the club, making his first appearance in a Champions League contest against A.C. Milan, one of his former clubs. Unable to break into the starting lineup, Onyewu’s best chance to play is attached to his club’s ability to get more games.

That’s not an option for next year, apparently.

  1. tylerbetts - Dec 21, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Onyewu is just on loan at Malaga, right? So, this won’t be directly impacting to Onyewu, since i would guess he’ll be back from that loan when these sanctions hit. Right?

    • Steve Davis - Dec 21, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      Yes, only on loan (still property of Sporting). But his best route back to prominence was getting more games on the biggest stage possible … being La Liga and Champions League and some combo thereof. Malaga has an option to buy, I believe, but lacking cash coming in from Champions League could complicate that, as well. Essentially, bad news for the club is just not going to be good news for Onyewu.

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