Juan Manuel Asensi
Asensi in 1973
|Full name||Juan Manuel Asensi Ripoll|
|Date of birth||23 September 1949|
|Place of birth||Alicante, Spain|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
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 and scoring in the final held in Basel.
After only ten matches in the 1980–81 season, but 484 competitive appearances with 124 goals, 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.
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, as the country did not make it to the final stages.
Asensi 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.||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|
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1978–79
- La Liga: 1973–74
- Copa del Rey: 1970–71, 1977–78, 1980–81
- Inter-Cities Fairs Cup: 1971 Trophy Play-Off