Marc Bartra

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Marc Bartra
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Bartra with Barcelona in 2014
Personal information
Full name Marc Bartra Aregall[1]
Date of birth (1991-01-15) 15 January 1991 (age 27)
Place of birth Sant Jaume, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)[1]
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Betis
Number 5
Youth career
2001–2002 Espanyol
2002–2009 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Barcelona B 81 (2)
2010–2016 Barcelona 59 (5)
2016–2018 Borussia Dortmund 31 (2)
2018– Betis 16 (1)
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 13 (0)
2010– Catalonia 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 November 2017

Marc Bartra Aregall (Catalan: [ˈmarɡ ˈbartɾə əɾəˈɣaʎ], Spanish: [ˈmaɾɣ ˈβaɾtɾa aɾeˈɣal]; born 15 January 1991) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Real Betis and the Spain national team.

He started his career at Barcelona, where he played 103 professional games and scored six goals across seven seasons, winning 13 honours including five La Liga titles. In 2016, he joined Borussia Dortmund for €8 million.

Bartra won the 2013 European Championships with Spain's under-21 team. He made his senior debut in 2013, and was selected for Euro 2016.

Club career[edit]

Bartra training for Barcelona in 2014

Barcelona[edit]

Born in Sant Jaume dels Domenys, Tarragona, Catalonia, Bartra joined RCD Espanyol as a child before moving to FC Barcelona's youth system, La Masia, at age 11. After progressing through its ranks, he was promoted to the B-side in 2009.[2]

Bartra made his first-team debut on 14 February 2010, coming on as a substitute for Jeffrén Suárez for the final 30 minutes of a 1–2 loss to Atlético Madrid at the Vicente Calderón Stadium.[3] He started his first La Liga game one year and three months later, playing the entire 0–0 home draw against Deportivo de La Coruña,[4] and scored his first goal on 21 May 2011 to help them come from behind to win it 3–1 at Málaga CF in the season's last round.[5]

In the 2012–13 campaign, Bartra joined the first team squad permanently, but manager Tito Vilanova tended to field Javier Mascherano, Alex Song and Adriano ahead of him,[6][7][8] and played in only 16 games in all competitions. He signed a new three-year contract in March 2014.[9]

On 16 April 2014, in the final of the Copa del Rey against Real Madrid, with five minutes remaining, Gareth Bale outsprinted Bartra from the halfway line – with the former running off the field at one point – before scoring the 2–1 winner. He himself had levelled the score midway into the second half, from a Xavi corner kick.[10] He remained a third or fourth choice under new manager Luis Enrique,[11][12][13] making 25 appearances and scoring once as the team won the treble in 2014–15.[14]

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

On 3 June 2016, Bartra was sold to German club Borussia Dortmund for an estimated fee of €8 million, signing a four-year deal.[15][16] He made his competitive debut on 14 August, playing the entire 0–2 loss against FC Bayern Munich for the DFL-Supercup,[17] and a month later scored his first goal in a 6–0 win at Legia Warsaw for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.[18]

On 11 April 2017, when Dortmund was heading to Westfalenstadion for their Champions League quarter-final tie against AS Monaco FC, the team bus was hit by three explosions.[19][20] Bartra, who broke the radial bone in his arm and had debris lodged in his hand in the bombing, underwent an operation the following day,[21][22] when the Germans played the rescheduled game and lost 2–3;[23] he later described the event as the "longest and hardest 15 minutes of my life",[24] and returned to training 29 days after his surgery.[25]

Bartra's first match after returning took place on 20 May 2017, and he played the entire 4–3 home win over SV Werder Bremen[26]– he had also been an unused substitute in the previous fixture against FC Augsburg.[27] One week later, he helped to the conquest of the DFB-Pokal after starting in the 2–1 defeat of Eintracht Frankfurt in Berlin.[28]

Betis[edit]

On 30 January 2018, Bartra completed his transfer to Real Betis on a five-and-a-half-year contract.[29] He scored his first goal for his new team on 12 May, putting the hosts ahead in an eventual 2–2 derby home draw against Sevilla FC.[30]

International career[edit]

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.[31] This game was latter annulled by FIFA as they had not been notified early enough that the referee would be from Equatorial Guinea,[32] and his first valid appearance took place on 8 September 2014 as he came on as a 68th-minute substitute for Sergio Ramos in a 5–1 home triumph against Macedonia for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers.[33]

On 17 May 2016, Bartra was named in Vicente del Bosque's provisional squad of 25 for the finals in France,[34] and he also made it to the final list of 23.[35]

Style of play[edit]

Bartra is known for his decent pace and passing. He is good mentally, possesses good aerial ability and can also play as a right-back, where he can cut in and assist.[36]

Personal life[edit]

Bartra's fraternal twin brother, Èric, also came through La Masia.[37] He started a relationship with Grand Prix motorcycle racing journalist Melissa Jiménez in February 2014, and welcomed daughter Gala on 18 August of the following year.[38]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 30 January 2018[39]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2009–10 Segunda División B 30 1 30 1
2010–11 Segunda División 28 1 28 1
2011–12 23 0 23 0
Total 81 2 81 2
Barcelona 2009–10 La Liga 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11 2 1 2 0 1[a] 0 0 0 5 1
2011–12 1 0 0 0 1[a] 0 0 0 2 0
2012–13 8 0 2 0 6[a] 0 0 0 16 0
2013–14 20 1 6 1 4[a] 0 0 0 30 2
2014–15 14 1 5 0 6[a] 0 25 1
2015–16 13 2 5 0 4[a] 0 2[b] 0 24 2
Total 59 5 20 1 22 0 2 0 103 6
Borussia Dortmund 2016–17 Bundesliga 19 0 4 0 7 1 1[c] 0 31 1
2017–18 12 2 3 2 4 0 1[c] 0 20 4
Total 31 2 7 1 11 1 2 0 51 5
Career totals 171 9 27 2 33 1 4 0 235 13
  1. ^ a b c d e f All appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ One appearance in UEFA Super Cup, one appearance in Supercopa de España
  3. ^ a b Appearances in DFL-Supercup

International[edit]

As of 11 November 2017[40]
Spain
Year Apps Goals
2013 1 0
2014 3 0
2015 3 0
2016 5 0
2017 1 0
Total 13 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Barcelona
Borussia Dortmund

International[edit]

Spain U21

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Marc Bartra" (in German). Borussia Dortmund. Retrieved 24 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Bartra y Muniesa: finura y carácter defensivo" [Bartra and Muniesa: finesse and defensive character] (in Spanish). FC Barcelona. 13 February 2010. Archived from the original on 9 December 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Barça lose unbeaten record (2–1)". FC Barcelona. 14 February 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2010. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Barca back-ups draw blank". ESPN Soccernet. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Second XI ease to win". ESPN Soccernet. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "¿Debe jugar Bartra en Vallecas?" [Should Bartra play in Vallecas?]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 24 October 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Bartra, un central que "le da 25.000 vueltas a Song"" [Bartra, stopper who is "25.000 times better than Song"]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 25 October 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Marc Bartra le pide más minutos a los Reyes Magos" [Marc Bartra asks Three Wise Men for more minutes] (in Spanish). Goal. 30 December 2012. 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). FC Barcelona. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Gareth Bale's goal hailed as 'incredible' after Real Madrid win Copa del Rey final against Barcelona". The Daily Telegraph. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2017. 
  11. ^ "Bartra se ofrece para el lateral: "Me atrae mucho esa posición"" [Bartra makes fullback offer: "I am very attracted to that position"]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 5 December 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  12. ^ "Ter Stegen y Bartra quedan señalados por Luis Enrique" [Luis Enrique points fingers to Ter Stegen and Bartra]. Sport (in Spanish). 21 December 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  13. ^ ""Si sigue así, lo normal es que Bartra se vaya del Barça"" ["If this continues, it will be normal for Bartra to leave Barça"]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  14. ^ "Barcelona – Almería: El líder narcotiza la Liga" [Barcelona – Almería: Leaders turn League into yawn]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 8 April 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  15. ^ "Marc Bartra: Borussia Dortmund's new defensive ace". Bundesliga. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  16. ^ Pearson, Matt (3 June 2016). "Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund sign Barcelona defender Marc Bartra". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  17. ^ "Second-half goals earn Bayern Munich Super Cup glory vs. Dortmund". ESPN FC. 14 August 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  18. ^ "Dortmund six-shooters wreck Legia's comeback". UEFA. 15 September 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  19. ^ "Marc Bartra injured after explosion near Borussia Dortmund's team bus ahead of Champions League tie". The Daily Telegraph. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  20. ^ "Blasts hit German football team bus". BBC News. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  21. ^ "Marc Bartra: Borussia Dortmund defender injured in bus attack 'doing much better'". BBC Sport. 12 April 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  22. ^ "Marc Bartra undergoes operation on arm and hand". Borussia Dortmund. 12 April 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  23. ^ "Monaco hold off Borussia fightback to run out 3–2 winners". Borussia Dortmund. 12 April 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  24. ^ "Marc Bartra opens up about being at the centre of the Borussia Dortmund bomb attack". The Independent. 14 April 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  25. ^ "Marc Bartra back in team training". Borussia Dortmund. 10 May 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  26. ^ "Marc Bartra makes first Borussia Dortmund appearance since bomb blast in final day thriller with Werder Bremen". Daily Mirror. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2018. 
  27. ^ "Bartra in squad, Kagawa in for suspended Castro". Borussia Dortmund. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  28. ^ "Teams & goals". Borussia Dortmund. 27 May 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  29. ^ "Real Betis signs Spanish international Marc Bartra". Real Betis. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  30. ^ "Atletico clinch second spot, Bale leads Real rout". The New York Times. 12 May 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2018. 
  31. ^ "De pasear la estrella a ver las estrellas" [From parading star to seeing stars]. Marca (in Spanish). 17 November 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  32. ^ "La FIFA anula el Guinea-España" [FIFA annul Guinea-Spain]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 31 December 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  33. ^ "EURO holders Spain brush FYROM aside". UEFA. 8 September 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  34. ^ "Euro 2016: Diego Costa, Juan Mata & Fernando Torres not in Spain squad". BBC Sport. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  35. ^ "Isco y Saúl fuera de la lista de Del Bosque para la Eurocopa 2016" [Isco and Saúl out of Del Bosque's list for 2016 European Championship]. El País (in Spanish). 31 May 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  36. ^ "FC Barcelona: The future is bright. The future is Bartra". The Hard Tackle. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  37. ^ "Marc Bartra y su mellizo 'celebran' su cumpleaños en Facebook" [Marc Bartra and his twin 'celebrate' birthday in Facebook]. Sport (in Spanish). 15 January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  38. ^ "El primer regalo de Marc Bartra a su hija" [The first gift of Marc Bartra to his daughter]. ¡Hola! (in Spanish). 9 April 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  39. ^ "Bartra". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  40. ^ "Marc Bartra". European Football. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 

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