Juan Manuel Asensi

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Juan Manuel Asensi
Personal information
Full name Juan Manuel Asensi Ripoll
Date of birth (1949-09-23) 23 September 1949 (age 64)
Place of birth Alicante, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Elche
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1967 Ilicitano
1967–1970 Elche 80 (23)
1970–1980 Barcelona 300 (73)
1980–1982 Puebla 69 (19)
1982–1983 Oaxtepec 29 (0)
1967–1983 Total 477 (115)
National team
1967–1968 Spain U18 4 (2)
1969–1971 Spain U23 8 (1)
1967–1971 Spain amateur 9 (2)
1969–1980 Spain 41 (7)
Teams managed
1992–1995 Barcelona (youth)
2002 Orihuela
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Juan Manuel Asensi Ripoll (born 23 September 1949) is a retired Spanish footballer who played as an attacking/central midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Alicante, Valencian Community, Asensi began his career at local Elche CF – at the time in La Liga – before joining FC Barcelona in 1970, for 80 million pesetas. During his time at the club, he was instrumental in helping the Catalans win the league in 1974 (34 matches, 11 goals, third-best in squad), also adding the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1979, scoring in the final held in Basel.

After only 10 matches in 1980–81, but nearly 400 official with Barcelona, 32-year old Asensi moved to Mexico, where he would play until his retirement in 1983. He had two brief spells at coaching, with Barça's youth sides and lowly Orihuela CF.

International career[edit]

Asensi represented Spain 41 times, scoring seven goals. His debut came on 23 February 1969, in a 1–2 loss against Belgium for the 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification – Spain did not make it to the final stages.

He was picked for the squads at the 1978 World Cup and UEFA Euro 1980 – his last international was played in the latter competition, also against Belgium (and also 1–2 defeat) – and also competed at the 1968 Summer Olympics.[1]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 23 February 1969 Sclessin, Liège, Belgium  Belgium 2–1 2–1 1970 World Cup qualification
2. 11 October 1972 Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain  Argentina 1–0 1–0 Friendly
3. 19 October 1972 Insular, Las Palmas, Spain  Yugoslavia 2–2 2–2 1974 World Cup qualification
4. 23 February 1974 Sarrià, Barcelona, Spain  West Germany 1–0 1–0 Friendly
5. 11 June 1978 José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Sweden 1–0 1–0 1978 FIFA World Cup
6. 15 November 1978 Luis Casanova, Valencia, Spain  Romania 1–0 1–0 Euro 1980 qualifying
7. 13 December 1978 Helmántico, Salamanca, Spain  Cyprus 1–0 5–0 Euro 1980 qualifying

Honours[edit]

Barcelona

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Asensi Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 29 October 2009. 

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