Muniesa with the Spain U21s in 2010
|Full name||Marc Muniesa Martínez|
|Date of birth||27 March 1992|
|Place of birth||Lloret de Mar, Spain|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:07, 21 May 2017 (UTC).
Muniesa began his career with Barcelona, making his debut at the end of the 2008–09 season at the age of 17. Muniesa then played for Barcelona B, helping them to win promotion to the Segunda División in 2009–10. He was on the verge of breaking into the first team in 2012–13 but suffered a torn knee ligament in pre-season and missed most of the season. In July 2013 he joined English side Stoke City on a free transfer.
Born in Lloret de Mar, Girona, Catalonia, when Muniesa was only 15 years old there were already transfer rumours that Chelsea wanted to sign him. At the La Masia youth academy he developed quickly, and was ready to appear for FC Barcelona's first team at the age of 17. Muniesa made his debut for Barça's first team aged 17 years and 57 days on 23 May 2009, as a substitute in a 1–0 La Liga home loss against Osasuna for the already crowned league champions. This appearance made him the second youngest player ever to feature for Barcelona, but he only played a few minutes, being sent off after a challenge on Antonio Hidalgo; the following Wednesday, he was named amongst the substitutes for the 2009 Champions League Final against Manchester United.
Muniesa and four other FC Barcelona B players were promoted to the first team for the 2009–10 pre-season, but he appeared almost exclusively for the B's in Segunda División B, contributing with 19 games and one goal as the team returned to Segunda División after 11 years. In 2010–11 Muniesa played 25 times for Barcelona B as they finished in 3rd position in Spain's second tier. In 2011–12 he made three substitute appearances for the first team, one in the league against Getafe and two in the UEFA Champions League, against BATE Borisov and Bayer Leverkusen; he added 24 matches with the reserves, helping them to the eighth position in the table.
On 15 February 2011 Muniesa signed a new contract with Barcelona, extending his link with the club by another year and raising his buyout clause to €30 million. On 4 April of the following year Barcelona announced that the player had signed an extension to his contract, also being promoted to the main squad for the 2012–13 season. On 24 July 2012, in Barcelona's first pre-season friendly, against Hamburger SV, Muniesa suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, going on to miss six months. Prior to suffering his injury Muniesa was wanted on loan by Dutch club Ajax.
On 2 July 2013 Muniesa joined Premier League club Stoke City on a free transfer, signing a four-year contract. Following his move to England he stated — “I never imagined I would get the chance to play in the Premier League, but when Stoke called me I decided to come here with my family to speak to them. All the people I’ve spoken have shown a lot of confidence in me and I’m really happy that everything has been sorted. It wasn't a big decision for me to make. I came to England yesterday to meet the people at the club and look around the training ground, which is very impressive". He made his debut for Stoke in a 3–1 victory over Walsall in the League Cup on 31 August 2013. He made his first start in the Premier League on 30 November 2013 against Everton at Goodison Park. Muniesa played 17 times for the club in 2013–14 as Stoke finished the season in 9th position. Throughout the campaign manager Mark Hughes mainly used Muniesa as back-up to Erik Pieters.
Muniesa scored his first goals in English football on 23 September 2014, scoring both goals in a 2–1 League Cup third round victory over Sunderland. In December 2014 Munisea began playing alongside Ryan Shawcross at centre-back due to injury to Marc Wilson. He helped Stoke keep back-to-back clean sheets in victories over Everton and West Bromwich Albion. Muniesa remained a regular in Mark Hughes' team before he suffered a hamstring injury in February 2015 which ruled him out for six weeks. Muniesa recovered to play in the final few matches of the season, in total he played 22 times for Stoke in 2014–15 as the Potters finished in 9th position for a second season running and they ended the campaign with a 6–1 victory against Liverpool.
On 7 August 2015 Muniesa signed a new contract with Stoke keeping him at the club until the summer of 2019. He had his attempt saved by Simon Mignolet as Stoke lost in a penalty shootout to Liverpool, missing out on the 2016 Football League Cup Final. His 2015–16 season was disrupted by injury, playing in 17 matches as Stoke again finished in 9th position.
After being a peripheral figure in 2016–17 Muniesa admitted that he might have to leave Stoke in order to gain regular football. He made his first start against Watford on 27 November where he helped Stoke earn a 1–0 victory. A week later against Burnley, Muniesa scored his first Premier League goal in a 2–0 win. Muniesa remained a peripheral figure at Stoke until the end of the 2016–17, making 11 appearances as Stoke finished in 13th position.
Muniesa played in all of Spain's youth teams from under-16s to under 21s. During that time he has been members of the squads which won the 2013 European Under-21 Championship and achieved a third-place finish at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Style of play
Muniesa is a defender and has played at centre back and left back and can also play as a defensive midfielder but states that his preferred position is at centre back. "My favourite position is central defender. I can also play at left back or in midfield but I feel better when I play centre back".
|Barcelona B||2009–10||Segunda División B||19||1||—||—||2[a]||0||21||1|
|Stoke City||2013–14||Premier League||13||0||1||0||3||0||—||17||0|
|Stoke City U23||2016–17||—||—||—||—||3[c]||0||3||0|
- La Liga: 2008–09
- Copa del Rey: 2008–09
- Supercopa de España: 2009, 2010
- UEFA Champions League: 2008–09
- UEFA Super Cup: 2009
- Barcelona B
- Spain U21
- Spain U17
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