Mario Gaspar Pérez

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Mario Gaspar
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Mario playing with Villarreal in 2018
Personal information
Full name Mario Gaspar Pérez Martínez
Date of birth (1990-11-24) 24 November 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Novelda, Spain
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[1]
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Villarreal
Number 2
Youth career
Villarreal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Villarreal C 15 (1)
2008–2011 Villarreal B 79 (0)
2009– Villarreal 279 (10)
National team
2008–2009 Spain U19 13 (2)
2009 Spain U20 1 (0)
2011 Spain U21 2 (0)
2015– Spain 3 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 September 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 March 2016

Mario Gaspar Pérez Martínez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmaɾjo ɣasˈpaɾ ˈpeɾeð maɾˈtineθ];[a] born 24 November 1990), known as Mario, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Villarreal CF as a right back.

He spent his entire career at Villarreal, making over 350 official appearances.

Club career[edit]

Born in Novelda, Alicante, Valencian Community, Mario played youth football for Villarreal CF. On 15 March 2009, aged just 18, he made his first-team – and La Liga – debut, in a game against Atlético Madrid: he replaced Giuseppe Rossi with roughly 25 minutes to play, with the score at 2–1, but the Yellow Submarine eventually lost 2–3 away.[2]

Mario spent the entire 2009–10 season with the reserves, starting in all 31 games he appeared in as the team easily retained its newly found Segunda División status. He was definitely promoted to the main squad midway through the following campaign, following Ángel López's severe knee injury, being also propelled to the starting XI.

On 16 January 2011, in his first start, Mario played the full 90 minutes in a 4–2 home win against CA Osasuna,[3] finishing the season with 22 appearances. On 1 May 2012 he scored his first goal for the team, opening a 3–2 win at Sporting de Gijón towards the end of a campaign which finished with relegation.[4]

Mario scored his first goal in European competition on 21 August 2014, concluding a 3–0 away victory over FC Astana in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League play-off (7–0 aggregate).[5]

International career[edit]

Mario earned 16 caps for Spain at youth level, including two for the under-21s. He received his first call up to the full side in October 2015,[6] making his debut on the 12th by scoring the game's only goal in Ukraine – the last round, the nation had already secured the first position in its group – for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers.[7] He repeated the feat the following match, playing the full 90 minutes and scoring an overhead kick to open a 2–0 friendly win against England in Alicante,[8] with the strike being nominated for the FIFA Puskás Award.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 12 May 2019[10]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Villarreal B 2007–08[11] Segunda División B 9 0 9 0
2008–09[11] Segunda División B 31 0 6[b] 0 37 0
2009–10[11] Segunda División 31 0 31 0
2010–11[11] Segunda División 8 0 8 0
Total 79 0 6 0 85 0
Villarreal 2008–09[11] La Liga 1 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11[11] La Liga 22 0 5 0 11[c] 0 38 0
2011–12[11] La Liga 23 1 1 0 5[d] 0 29 1
2012–13[11] Segunda División 28 0 0 0 28 0
2013–14[11] La Liga 36 1 1 0 37 1
2014–15[11] La Liga 34 3 6 0 11[c] 1 51 7
2015–16[11] La Liga 33 2 1 0 10[c] 0 44 2
2016–17[11] La Liga 36 0 3 0 2[d] 0 41 0
2017–18[11] La Liga 32 2 1 0 5[c] 0 38 2
2018–19[11] La Liga 31 1 1 0 8[c] 0 40 1
Total 276 10 19 0 54 1 349 11
Career total 390 10 19 0 54 1 6 0 469 11
  1. ^ In isolation, Gaspar is pronounced [ɡasˈpaɾ].
  2. ^ Appearances in Promotion Play-offs
  3. ^ a b c d e Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League

International goals[edit]

As of 13 November 2015 (Spain score listed first, score column indicates score after each Mario goal)
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 October 2015 Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine  Ukraine 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying[7]
2. 13 November 2015 José Rico Pérez, Alicante, Spain  England 1–0 2–0 Friendly[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mario Gaspar" (in Spanish). Villarreal CF. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  2. ^ Anaut, Juan José (15 March 2009). "El fútbol fue justo con el Atlético" [Football was fair to Atlético]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Cani inspires Villarreal". ESPN Soccernet. 15 January 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
  4. ^ Melero, Delfín (1 May 2012). "El Villarreal se declara inocente y condena al Sporting" [Villarreal plead not guilty and condemn Sporting]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Astana-Villarreal: Eliminatoria sentenciada (0–3)" [Astana-Villarreal: Tie decided (0–3)] (in Spanish). Eurosport. 21 August 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Del Bosque reinforces Spain after injury setbacks". Goal. 5 October 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Debutant Gaspar earns Spain victory in Ukraine". UEFA. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Spain 2–0 England". BBC Sport. 13 November 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Saúl, Neymar, Mario Gaspar and Messi up for Puskás Award". Diario AS. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  10. ^ Mario at Soccerway
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Mario Gaspar: Mario Gaspar Pérez Martínez". BDFutbol. Retrieved 25 December 2017.

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