Ezequiel Muñoz

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Ezequiel Muñoz
Personal information
Full name Ezequiel Matías Muñoz
Date of birth (1990-10-08) 8 October 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Pergamino, Argentina
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Leganés
Number 19
Youth career
2004–2007 Boca Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Boca Juniors 17 (0)
2010–2015 Palermo 131 (5)
2015Sampdoria (loan) 4 (0)
2015–2017 Genoa 49 (0)
2017– Leganés 19 (0)
National team
2007 Argentina U17
2009 Argentina U20
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:12, 13 June 2018 (UTC)

Ezequiel Matías Muñoz (born 8 October 1990) is an Argentine footballer who plays as a centre back for Spanish club CD Leganés. His nickname is Il niño di Pergamino or El Chiquito.[1]

Club career[edit]

At 18 years of age, Muñoz made his league debut with Boca Juniors during a 0–1 defeat to Estudiantes de La Plata during the 2009 Clausura tournament.[2] He had, however, previously played with the team during the 2008 Copa Sudamericana. Subsequently, he suffered a cruciate ligament injury to his knee, which stalled his progression in the team.[3] He returned to the field during the 2010 Clausura, during a 2–2 draw with Argentinos Juniors.[4]

In August 2010, Serie A club Palermo announced the signing of Ezequiel Muñoz from Boca Juniors.[5] He made his debut with the Sicilian club on 26 August 2010, when he was picked as a starter in the return leg of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League play-off round against NK Maribor.[6][7] He debuted in Serie A on 29 August 2010 against Cagliari.

On 2 February 2015, Sampdoria confirmed that they had taken Muñoz on loan.[8] After only four matches, on 18 July 2015 he signed a 4-year contract as a free agent for Genoa.[9]

On 8 August 2017, Muñoz switched teams and countries again, signing a three-year deal with La Liga side CD Leganés, for a rumoured fee of 2 million.[10] Ten days later he made his debut for the club, starting in a 1–0 home win against Deportivo Alavés.[11]

International career[edit]

In 2009, Muñoz was called by Argentine national team coach Diego Maradona for a friendly match against Panama in a squad exclusively formed with footballers based on the Argentine league. Nonetheless, he had to be left out after suffering the cruciate ligament injury to his knee.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 13 June 2018[13][14]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Boca Juniors 2008–09 Primera División 2 0 0 0 5 0 7 0
2009–10 15 0 0 0 1 0 16 0
Total 17 0 0 0 6 0 23 0
Palermo 2010–11 Serie A 34 0 4 1 4 1 42 2
2011–12 19 1 0 0 2 0 21 1
2012–13 32 0 0 0 0 0 32 0
2013–14 Serie B 33 3 0 0 0 0 33 3
2014–15 Serie A 13 1 1 0 0 0 14 1
Total 131 5 5 1 6 1 142 7
Sampdoria 2014–15 Serie A 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Genoa 2015–16 Serie A 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
2016–17 31 0 1 0 0 0 32 0
Total 49 0 1 0 0 0 50 0
Leganés 2017–18 La Liga 19 0 2 0 0 0 21 0
Career total 220 5 8 1 12 1 240 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ezequiel Munoz à Palerme" (in French). L'Equipe. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Clausura '09 statistics" (in Spanish). Fútbol Pasión. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Ezequiel Muñoz se rompió los ligamentos cruzados". Infobae (in Spanish). 27 April 2009. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Clausura '10 statistics" (in Spanish). Fútbol Pasión. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  5. ^ "PRESO EZEQUIEL MUÑOZ" (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 4 August 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
  6. ^ "Europa League round-up M-U". SKY Sports. 26 August 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2010.
  7. ^ "Hernandez trascina il Palermo in Europa" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 26 August 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2010.
  8. ^ "Munoz blucerchiato: il difensore argentino arriva dal Palermo" (in Italian). U.C. Sampdoria. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  9. ^ "UFFICIALE: MUNOZ E' DEL GENOA" (in Italian). Genoa C.F.C. 18 July 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  10. ^ "El central argentino Ezequiel Muñoz apuntala la defensa" [The Argentine stopper Ezequiel Muñoz bolsters the defence] (in Spanish). CD Leganés. 8 August 2017. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Como un pepino" [As a cucumber] (in Spanish). Marca. 18 August 2017. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Ezequiel Muñoz sufrió una grave lesión". La Capital MdP (in Spanish). 28 April 2009. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  13. ^ "E. Muñoz". Soccerway. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Ezequiel Muñoz » Club matches". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 13 June 2018.

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