Mikel Merino

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Mikel Merino
Mikel Merino 2017.jpg
Merino playing for Newcastle United in 2017
Personal information
Full name Mikel Merino Zazón[1]
Date of birth (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 22)
Place of birth Pamplona, Spain
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Real Sociedad
Number 8
Youth career
CD Amigó
Osasuna
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014 Osasuna B 5 (0)
2014–2016 Osasuna 63 (5)
2016–2017 Borussia Dortmund 8 (0)
2017Newcastle United (loan) 7 (0)
2017–2018 Newcastle United 17 (1)
2018– Real Sociedad 4 (1)
National team
2014–2015 Spain U19 12 (1)
2016– Spain U21 13 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:46, 21 September 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 September 2018

Mikel Merino Zazón (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmikel meˈɾino]; born 22 June 1996) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Real Sociedad.

Club career[edit]

Osasuna[edit]

Born in Pamplona, Navarre, Merino began his career with CD Amigó, and later moved to CA Osasuna.[2] He made his senior debuts with the reserves in the 2013–14 season, in Tercera División.[2]

On 23 August 2014, Merino made his first competitive appearance with the first team, starting in a 2–0 home win against FC Barcelona B for the Segunda División championship.[3] He scored his first professional goal on 21 December, netting the winner in a 2–1 away success over UD Las Palmas.[4]

On 31 January 2015, Merino was definitely promoted to the main squad, being awarded the number 8 jersey.[5] He was a regular starter in his first year, helping them narrowly avoid relegation.

In the 2015–16 campaign, Merino scored four goals from 34 appearances to help Osasuna finish sixth and reach the promotion play-offs.[6] In that stage's first round, he netted a brace in a 3–1 home win against Gimnàstic de Tarragona,[7] and added another goal in the second leg (3–2 triumph).[8]

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

On 15 February 2016, Merino signed a five-year deal with Borussia Dortmund, which was made effective on 1 July.[9] His first appearance in the Bundesliga occurred on 14 October, when he played the full 90 minutes in a 1–1 home draw to Hertha BSC.[10]

Newcastle United[edit]

In July 2017, Merino joined Newcastle United on a season-long loan – the Premier League club agreed to a clause obligating them to sign the player permanently, based on a number of appearances.[11][12] On 13 October this was invoked, and he agreed to a five-year contract.[13]

Real Sociedad[edit]

Merino returned to Spain on 12 July 2018, signing a five-year contract with Real Sociedad for an undisclosed fee[14] reported to be €12 million.[15] His first match in La Liga took place on 18 August, when he played 59 minutes in a 2–1 win against hosts Villarreal CF.[16]

International career[edit]

Merino was part of the Spain under-19 team which won the 2015 UEFA European Championship in Greece. He scored their first goal of the tournament, opening a 3–0 win over holders Germany at the AEL FC Arena in Larissa.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Merino's father, Ángel, was also a footballer. His career was also associated with Osasuna, as both a player and manager.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 5 May 2018[19]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Osasuna B 2013–14 Tercera División 5 0 5 0
Total 5 0 5 0
Osasuna 2014–15 Segunda División 29 1 0 0 29 1
2015–16 Segunda División 34 4 0 0 4[a] 3 38 7
Total 63 5 0 0 67 8
Borussia Dortmund 2016–17 Bundesliga 8 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
Newcastle United (loan) 2017–18 Premier League 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Newcastle United 2017–18 Premier League 17 1 1 0 0 0 18 1
Real Sociedad 2018–19 La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 104 9 2 0 0 0 4 3 106 9
  1. ^ Appearances in the 2016 Segunda División play-offs

Honours[edit]

Country[edit]

Spain U19

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Updated squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b Mikel Merino, noveno juvenil en debutar (Mikel Merino, ninth youth player to debut); Diario de Navarra, 17 March 2014 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ El equipo también responde (The team also answer); CA Osasuna, 23 August 2014 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Osasuna asalta el Gran Canaria (Osasuna take Gran Canaria); Marca, 21 December 2014 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Mikel Merino llevará el dorsal 8 y Kenan Kodro, el 9 (Mikel Merino will have the number 8 jersey and Kenan Kodro, the 9); Diario de Navarra, 31 January 2015 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Merino: "No sé si le saldré barato o caro al Borussia, me centro en jugar" (Merino: "I don't know if Borussia will get me for a lot of money or not, I just play"); Diario de Navarra, 22 May 2016 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Osasuna toma ventaja, pero no sentencia (Osasuna get the upper hand, but do not get job done); Marca, 8 June 2016 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ "Y el primer finalista es... Osasuna" [And the first finalist is... Osasuna] (in Spanish). Marca. 11 June 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  9. ^ Borussia Dortmund verpflichtet Mikel Merino (Borussia Dortmund acquire Mikel Merino); Borussia Dortmund, 15 February 2016 (in German)
  10. ^ "Merino überzeugt als Ballmagnet" [Merino gets job done as ball magnet] (in German). Sport1. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Newcastle land Mikel Merino on loan from Borussia Dortmund". Goal. 28 July 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Fix! Dortmunds Merino wechselt zu Newcastle" [Done! Dortmund's Merino moves to Newcastle] (in German). kicker. 28 July 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Mikel Merino signs for Newcastle from Borussia Dortmund in permanent deal". BBC Sport. 13 October 2017. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  14. ^ "Latest news: Mikel Merino joins Real Sociedad". Newcastle United F.C. 12 July 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Mikel Merino: "Si Urrutia ha dicho que no hubo interés, no soy nadie para decir lo contrario"" [Mikel Merino: "If Urrutia has said that there was no interest, I am not one to say the opposite"] (in Spanish). El Correo. 16 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  16. ^ "La Real Sociedad comienza la campaña venciendo en el Estadio de la Cerámica" [Real Sociedad start the campaign winning at the Estadio de la Cerámica] (in Spanish). La Liga. 18 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Slick Spain too strong for holders Germany". UEFA. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  18. ^ "Merino, la nueva joya de Tajonar" [Merino, Tajonar's new gem] (in Spanish). Marca. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  19. ^ Mikel Merino at Soccerway. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  20. ^ "Spain see off Russia for seventh Under-19 crown". UEFA. 19 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  21. ^ "Mikel Merino named Liga Adelante Player of the Month for June". La Liga. 28 June 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016.

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