Munir Mohand Mohamedi

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Munir
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Munir with Morocco at the 2018 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Munir Mohand Mohamedi El Kajoui
Date of birth (1989-05-10) 10 May 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth Melilla, Spain
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Málaga
Number 1
Youth career
Goyu Ryu
2008 Ceuta
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Ceuta B
2009 Almería B 4 (0)
2009–2010 Melilla B
2010–2014 Melilla 74 (0)
2014–2018 Numancia 74 (0)
2018– Málaga 36 (0)
National team
2015– Morocco 34 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 June 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:05, 12 July 2019 (UTC)

Munir Mohand Mohamedi El Kajoui (born 10 May 1989), known simply as Munir, is a Moroccan professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Málaga CF as a goalkeeper.

Club career[edit]

Born in Melilla, Munir graduated from lowly CG Goyu Ryu's youth setup, and made his debuts as a senior with AD Ceuta's reserves in 2008, in the regional leagues.[2] On 29 January of the following year he moved to another reserve team, UD Almería B from Tercera División,[3] but appeared sparingly and was subsequently released.[4]

Munir joined UD Melilla in summer 2009, initially being assigned to the reserves and being definitely promoted to the main squad in Segunda División B the following year. He acted mainly as a backup to Pedro Dorronsoro during his first two seasons at the club, becoming a starter afterwards.

On 17 June 2014, Munir signed a two-year with Segunda División side CD Numancia.[5] On 11 September he made his professional debut, starting in a 1–1 away draw against CD Leganés for the campaign's Copa del Rey and also saving two penalties during the shootout.[6]

Munir made his debut in the second tier on 19 October 2014, playing the full 90 minutes in a 0–2 loss at UD Las Palmas. He subsequently acted as first-choice for the remainder of the season, overtaking Biel Ribas.[7]

Munir left the Soria team at the end of 2017–18, after losing his starting spot to Aitor Fernández.[8] On 19 July 2018, he joined Málaga CF also in the second division.[9]

International career[edit]

Having Moroccan heritage, Munir switched his allegiance to its national team in 2014. On 9 March 2015 he was called up by manager Ezzaki Badou for a friendly against Uruguay to be held late in the month,[10] and made his debut by starting in the 0–1 loss.[11]

On 29 December 2016, Munir was included in Hervé Renard's 23-man squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations,[12] and started the whole tournament ahead of Yassine Bounou. He was also selected to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia,[13] making his first appearance in the competition on 15 June in the 0–1 group stage defeat to Iran.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

International[edit]

As of 12 July 2019[15]
Morocco
Year Apps Goals
2015 6 0
2016 6 0
2017 11 0
2018 9 0
2019 2 0
Total 34 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Munir Mohand Mohamedi" (in Spanish). CD Numancia. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Munir rescinde su contrato con el Ceuta" [Munir terminates his contract with Ceuta] (in Spanish). AD Ceuta. 28 January 2009. Archived from the original on 2 January 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Almería "B": se incorpora Munir (Ceuta)" [Almería "B": Munir (Ceuta) added] (in Spanish). esFutbol. 29 January 2009. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  4. ^ "El Almería B, con Constantin Galca al frente, comienza la pretemporada" [Almería B, with Constantin Galca at the helm, start the pre-season] (in Spanish). Join Futbol. 16 July 2009. Archived from the original on 13 September 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Munir, portero del Melilla, primer fichaje numantino para la temporada 2014–15" [Munir, Melilla's goalkeeper, first numantino signing for the 2014–15 season] (in Spanish). CD Numancia. 17 June 2014. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Munir frena el sueño copero del Leganés" [Munir halts Leganés' cup dream]. Marca (in Spanish). 11 September 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Munir le quita a Biel Ribas la titularidad en la portería del Numancia" [Munir takes starting spot in Numancia's goal from Biel Ribas] (in Spanish). Vavel. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  8. ^ Hernández Casado, Luis (12 June 2018). "Aitor, un portero que suma puntos" [Aitor, a goalkeeper who keeps adding points]. Heraldo de Soria (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Una portería más internacional con Munir" [A more international goal with Munir] (in Spanish). Málaga CF. 19 July 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Munir, convocado con Marruecos" [Munir, called up with Morocco]. Diario de Soria (in Spanish). 9 March 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Edinson Cavani scores penalty to give Uruguay win in Morocco". ESPN FC. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Morocco name AFCON 2017 squad". African Football. 29 December 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  13. ^ "World Cup 2018: Sofiane Boufal left out of Morocco squad". BBC Sport. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  14. ^ Mather, Victor (15 June 2018). "Morocco own goal gives Iran a World Cup victory". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  15. ^ Munir at National-Football-Teams.com

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