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 25)
Place of birth Sant Jaume, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
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 54 (4)
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 6 (0)
2010– Catalonia 5 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 January 2016.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 December 2015
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 and the Spain national team as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Bartra (first one from the right) arriving in Glasgow with Barcelona

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.[2]

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 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]

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.[5] 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;[6][7][8] 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 an 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.[9]

On 18 March 2014, Bartra signed a new three-year contract.[10]

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.[11] This game was latter annulled by FIFA as they had not been notified early enough that the referee would be from Equatorial Guinea,[12] 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.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Bartra's fraternal twin brother, Èric, also came through La Masia.[14] 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.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 3 February 2016[16]
Club Season League Copa del Rey Europe Other 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[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 8 1 4 0 4[a] 0 2[b] 0 18 1
Total 54 4 19 1 22 0 2 0 97 5
Career totals 135 6 19 1 22 0 2 0 178 7
  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

International[edit]

As of 13 November 2015[17]
Spain
Year Apps Goals
2014 3 0
2015 3 0
Total 6 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Barcelona

International[edit]

Spain U21

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bartra". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Bartra y Muniesa: finura y carácter defensivo" [Bartra and Muniesa: finesse and defensive character] (in Spanish). FC Barcelona. 13 February 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Barça lose unbeaten record (2–1)". FC Barcelona. 14 February 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  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
  6. ^ "¿Debe jugar Bartra en Vallecas?" [Should Bartra play in Vallecas?] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 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"] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 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.com. 30 December 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Barca maintain perfect start". ESPN FC. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "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. 
  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. ^ "La FIFA anula el Guinea-España" [FIFA annul Guinea-Spain] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "EURO holders Spain brush FYROM aside". UEFA.com. 8 September 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  14. ^ "Marc Bartra y su mellizo 'celebran' su cumpleaños en Facebook" [Marc Bartra and his twin 'celebrate' birthday in Facebook] (in Spanish). Sport. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "El primer regalo de Marc Bartra a su hija" [The first gift of Marc Bartra to his daughter] (in Spanish). ¡Hola!. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  16. ^ "Bartra". Soccerway. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "Marc Bartra". European Football. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 

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