Marc Bartra

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Marc Bartra
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Bartra with Barcelona in 2014
Personal information
Full name Marc Bartra Aregall
Date of birth (1991-01-15) 15 January 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Sant Jaume, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Barcelona
Number 15
Youth career
2001–2002 Espanyol
2002–2009 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Barcelona B 81 (2)
2010– Barcelona 33 (2)
National team
2009 Spain U18 3 (0)
2009–2010 Spain U19 11 (0)
2011 Spain U20 7 (0)
2011–2013 Spain U21 16 (2)
2013– Spain 2 (0)
2010– Catalonia 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 December 2013
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Bartra and the second or maternal family name is Aregall.

Marc Bartra Aregall (Catalan: [ˈmarɡ ˈbartɾə əɾəˈɣaʎ], Spanish: [ˈmarɣ ˈβartɾa aɾeˈɣal]; born 15 January 1991) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for FC Barcelona as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Marc Bartra arriving in Glasgow with Barcelona team

Born in Sant Jaume dels Domenys, Tarragona, Catalonia, Bartra moved to FC Barcelona's youth system, La Masia, at age 11, after starting his formative football years at neighbours RCD Espanyol. After progressing through its ranks, he was promoted to the B-team in 2009.[1]

On 14 February 2010, one month after his 19th birthday, Bartra made his official debut with the main squad, coming on as a substitute for Jeffrén Suárez for the final 30 minutes of the 1–2 loss against Atlético Madrid at the Vicente Calderón Stadium.[2] He started his first La Liga game one year and three months later, playing the full 90 minutes against Deportivo de La Coruña in a 0–0 home draw.[3]

On 21 May 2011 Bartra scored his first goal for Barcelona's first team, helping the side come from behind to win it 3–1 at Málaga CF, in the season's last round.[4] Definitely promoted to the main roster for the 2012–13 campaign, he found opportunities hard to come by, with manager Tito Vilanova even preferring to field defensive midfielders Javier Mascherano and Alex Song in case of injury or suspension, as well as full back Adriano, instead of him;[5][6][7] he finished the year with 16 appearances all competitions comprised, totalling just 902 minutes of action.

On 24 September 2013 Bartra scored his second goal for the Blaugrana, replacing injured Mascherano in the first half of an eventual 4–1 success over against Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou, and netting from close range after a Lionel Messi individual effort.[8]

On 18 March 2014, Bartra signed a new three-year contract with Barcelona.[9] On 16 April he started in the final of the Copa del Rey against Real Madrid, scoring the equaliser from a corner kick but being outrun by Gareth Bale as the latter scored the 2–1 winner after a run from his own half.[10]

International career[edit]

Marc Bartra playing for Catalonia.

Bartra won 37 caps for Spain at youth level all categories comprised, including 16 for the under-21s. He made his debut for the full side on 16 November 2013, playing the entire 2–1 friendly win in Equatorial Guinea.[11]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Barcelona

Country[edit]

Spain U21

Club statistics[edit]

As of 18 September 2014[12]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other[13] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2009–10 30 1 30 1
2010–11 28 1 28 1
2011–12 23 0 23 0
Total 81 2 81 2
Barcelona 2009–10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11 2 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 5 1
2011–12 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
2012–13 8 0 2 0 6 0 0 0 16 0
2013–14 20 1 6 1 4 0 0 0 30 2
2014–15 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Total 33 2 10 1 13 0 0 0 56 3
Career totals 114 4 10 1 13 0 0 0 137 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bartra y Muniesa: finura y carácter defensivo" [Bartra and Muniesa: finesse and defensive character] (in Spanish). Barcelona's official website. 13 February 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Barça lose unbeaten record (2–1)". Barcelona's official website. 14 February 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Barca back-ups draw blank". ESPN Soccernet. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Second XI ease to win; ESPN Soccernet, 21 May 2011
  5. ^ "¿Debe jugar Bartra en Vallecas?" [Should Bartra play in Vallecas?] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 24 October 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Bartra, un central que "le da 25.000 vueltas a Song"" [Bartra, stopper who is "25.000 times better than Song"] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Marc Bartra le pide más minutos a los Reyes Magos" [Marc Bartra asks Three Wise Men for more minutes] (in Spanish). Goal.com. 30 December 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Barca maintain perfect start". ESPN FC. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Marc Bartra, fins al 2017: "És un repte consolidar-se"" [Marc Bartra, until 2017: "It is a challenge to make room for oneself"] (in Catalan). Barcelona's official website. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Gareth Bale helps Real Madrid beat Barcelona in Copa del Rey". BBC Sport. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "De pasear la estrella a ver las estrellas" [From parading star to seeing stars] (in Spanish). Marca. 17 November 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Bartra". Soccerway. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  13. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup.

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