Munúa presented as a coach of LDU in 2017
|Full name||Gustavo Adolfo Munúa Vera|
|Date of birth||27 January 1978|
|Place of birth||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 1⁄2 in)|
|2003–2009||Deportivo La Coruña||27||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
After starting out at Nacional he spent most of his professional career in Spain, mainly at Deportivo de La Coruña where he could never be a starter in six seasons. He also played in the country for Málaga and Levante, being first choice and appearing in 151 La Liga matches over one full decade.
Born in Montevideo, Munúa started his career at local Club Nacional de Football, where he won four Uruguayan Primera División titles in a row. He held the record of being the first goalkeeper to score in Uruguayan football, when he netted from a free kick in a league win against Central Español.
Munúa left Nacional in 2003, joining La Liga side Deportivo de La Coruña on a six-year contract, where he struggled to gain first-choice status. From 2003 to 2006 he was topped by Spanish international José Francisco Molina and, subsequently, faced stiff competition from Israel's Dudu Aouate.
In January 2008, after regaining first-choice from Aouate, both goalkeepers were involved in a post-training punching session that resulted in both being suspended for the match against Villarreal CF, as well as subsequent league games. In February, due to B-team goalkeeper Fabri's inexperience, both players were reinstated in the squad, although the Israeli regained his lost spot.
After having started the following season, as Aouate, deemed surplus to requirements, Munúa eventually returned to back-up status, as Aouate was sold to RCD Mallorca and Fabri returned to the reserves. On 25 January 2009, due to the forced absence of new first-choice Dani Aranzubia (sent off the previous week against FC Barcelona), he returned to action for his only appearance of the campaign, a 0–1 loss at Real Madrid.
Málaga and Levante
On 28 June 2009, Munúa signed a one-year deal with Málaga CF. At his new club he was an instant first choice, appearing in all the league games in his first year as the Andalusians barely avoided relegation (17th position).
After only one season, Munúa rejected a new contract offer and was released by the club, on 26 May 2010. On 6 August he signed with Levante UD, returned to the top level after two years, and he made his official debut on 28 August, in a 1–4 home defeat to Sevilla FC.
Munúa was a starter for the Valencian Community side throughout the vast majority of his spell. However, late into his third season, he, alongside Sergio Ballesteros and Juanlu, was accused by teammate José Barkero of lack of commitment during a 4–0 home loss against Deportivo, which led to several match fixing allegations.
After winning the 2015 national championship with the latter, as team captain, Munúa was announced as Álvaro Gutiérrez's replacement as head coach. The following season, he resigned in June 2016 due to a poor showing in the Clausura tournament.
In December 2016, Munúa was named manager of Ecuador's L.D.U. Quito. He was dismissed at the end of July, having won one of 20 league matches, but also reached the knockout stages of the Copa Sudamericana with victories over Defensor Sporting and Club Bolívar.
On 7 November 2017, Munúa returned to his former club Deportivo as manager of the reserves in Segunda División B. In his one season in the dugout, the club reached the play-offs where they lost on away goals to Extremadura UD after a 3–3 aggregate draw.
On 22 December 2019, Munúa took advantage of a contract clause allowing him to leave for a top-flight or foreign team, and returned to Nacional for the upcoming season; he mentioned the necessity of being nearer his two teenage children. He was relieved of his job on 15 October 2020, after losing the Apertura final to C.A. Rentistas.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Uruguay||League||Cup||League Cup||South America||Total|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Supercopa de España||Europe||Total|
|Italy||League||Coppa Italia||Supercoppa Italiana||Europe||Total|
- As of 15 October 2020
|Nacional||29 June 2015||5 June 2016||44||20||14||10||67||50||+17||45.45|||
|LDU||13 December 2016||3 July 2017||22||2||11||9||23||35||−12||9.09|||
|Deportivo B||7 November 2017||28 May 2018||27||13||5||9||31||25||+6||48.15|||
|Cartagena||10 July 2018||22 December 2019||63||36||15||12||93||46||+47||57.14|||
|Nacional||22 December 2019||16 October 2020||22||11||7||4||36||24||+12||50.00|||
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- "Un gol de Raúl da otro triunfo al Real Madrid (1–0)" [Raúl goal gives another win to Real Madrid (1–0)]. 20 minutos (in Spanish). 25 January 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
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- Incendio en el vestuario del Levante por las acusaciones de amaño entre jugadores (Fire in Levante locker room for match-fixing accusations between players); Libertad Digital, 1 May 2013 (in Spanish)
- Levante thrown into doubt; Football España, 6 May 2013
- "Fiorentina, ufficiale la risoluzione del portiere Munua" [Fiorentina, goalkeeper Munua's termination official]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 21 January 2014. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
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- Gustavo Munúa se retira para ser el nuevo DT de Nacional (Gustavo Munúa retires to become the new HC of Nacional); ESPN FC, 30 June 2015 (in Spanish)
- "Gustavo Munúa sorprendió y renunció como entrenador de Nacional" [Gustavo Munúa surprised and resigned as manager of Nacional] (in Spanish). Fútbol Uruguay. 6 June 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
- "Munúa é nomeado técnico da LDU Quito" [Munúa is named manager of LDU Quito] (in Spanish). CONMEBOL. 15 December 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
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- Gustavo Munúa, nuevo entrenador del Fabril (Gustavo Munúa, new manager of Fabril); Deportivo La Coruña, 7 November 2017 (in Spanish)
- "El Extremadura, un poco más cerca" [Extremadura, a little bit closer]. Hoy (in Spanish). 26 May 2018. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
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- "El Toralín: fin del camino (1–0)" [El Toralín: end of the road (1–0)] (in Spanish). Sport Cartagena. 15 June 2019. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
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