Pablo Marí

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Pablo Marí
Personal information
Full name Pablo Marí Villar[1]
Date of birth (1993-08-31) 31 August 1993 (age 28)[2]
Place of birth Almussafes, Spain
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)[2]
Position(s) Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Arsenal
Number 22
Youth career
Mallorca
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Mallorca B 69 (3)
2011–2012 Mallorca 2 (0)
2013–2016 Gimnàstic 91 (6)
2016–2019 Manchester City 0 (0)
2016–2017Girona (loan) 8 (0)
2017–2018NAC Breda (loan) 21 (1)
2018–2019Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 38 (2)
2019–2020 Flamengo 22 (2)
2020Arsenal (loan) 2 (0)
2020– Arsenal 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:51, 22 August 2021 (UTC)

Pablo Marí Villar (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpaβlo maˈɾi biˈʎaɾ]; born 31 August 1993) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Premier League club Arsenal. Marí graduated from Mallorca's youth academy and played for various clubs throughout his career.

Club career[edit]

Mallorca[edit]

Born in Almussafes, Valencian Community,[3] Marí was a product of RCD Mallorca's youth system. He made his debut as a senior with the reserves at the age of just 17, going on to spend several seasons in the third division.[citation needed]

Marí made his first appearance with the first team on 7 December 2011, playing 30 minutes in a 2–2 draw against Granada CF after coming off the bench for fellow youth graduate Pedro Bigas.[4] On 5 May 2012 he played his second La Liga game, again acting as a substitute in a 1–0 home win over Levante UD.[5]

Marí continued to be almost exclusively associated with the B-side until the end of his spell in the Balearic Islands.[citation needed]

Gimnàstic[edit]

On 2 September 2013, Marí signed a contract with Gimnàstic de Tarragona also in the third level.[6] He made his debut for the Catalans on 12 October, starting and conceding a penalty in a 2–2 draw at CD Olímpic de Xàtiva.[7]

Marí scored his first goal for Nàstic on 1 December 2013, the winner in a 2–1 home victory against Levante UD B.[8] On 25 June 2015, after achieving promotion to Segunda División, he signed a new three-year deal with the club.[3]

Marí scored his first professional goal on 30 August 2015, netting his team's first in a 2–1 away defeat of CD Tenerife.[9]

Manchester City[edit]

On 15 August 2016, Marí was transferred to Premier League side Manchester City.[10] A day later, he was loaned to Girona FC in a season-long deal.[11]

In the following two campaigns, still owned by City, Marí played with NAC Breda (Dutch Eredivisie, where he was team captain)[12][13] and Deportivo de La Coruña (Spanish second tier).[14]

Flamengo[edit]

On 11 July 2019, Marí signed with Clube de Regatas do Flamengo on a contract through 2022,[15] for an approximate fee of €1.3 million (or R$5.5 million).[16] He became the third Spanish player for the Brazilian club, after goalkeeper Talladas in the late 30s and forward José Ufarte in the 60s.[17] He made his debut as a starter on 28 July in a Série A match against Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas at the Maracanã Stadium, a 3–2 win;[18] he quickly established himself in the first team, with manager Jorge Jesus pairing him with Rodrigo Caio.[19]

Marí scored his first goal for Mengão on 25 August 2019, with a volley inside the box in a 3–0 away victory over Ceará Sporting Club.[20] His second in the league came on 7 September, this time with a header against Avaí FC in a 3–0 win at Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha.[21] In November, he became the first Spaniard to win the Copa Libertadores, the major South American club competition.[22] Marí made headlines for wearing the number 24 in the Copa Libertadores, as the number is subject to a homophobic taboo in Brazil.[23][24][25]

Arsenal[edit]

On 29 January 2020, Marí joined English Premier League club Arsenal on loan until the end of the season, with an option for Arsenal to make the deal permanent in the summer.[26] Arsenal's technical director Edu said: “Pablo is an experienced player who will provide us with additional defensive quality. We have been monitoring Pablo’s career for a while and we are very pleased to have reached agreement with Flamengo for him to join us initially until the end of our season."[27] Marí made two appearances for Arsenal, a 2–0 FA Cup win at Portsmouth and a 1–0 Premier League win at home to West Ham, before the season was suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic.

On 17 June 2020, Marí was injured playing in a 3–0 defeat at Manchester City, in the first game of the league restart. Arsenal confirmed post-match he would miss the remainder of the season with a 'significant' ankle injury.[28] Despite this injury, Arsenal announced on 24 June that Marí would join the club permanently for an undisclosed fee on 1 July, upon the opening of the summer transfer window.[29]

On 3 December 2020, Marí scored his first goal for Arsenal in a 4–1 home win over Rapid Wien in the UEFA Europa League.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Marí is married to Veronica Chacon, and the couple had a son, named after his father, in 2018.[31]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 22 September 2021[32][33]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mallorca B 2010–11 Segunda División B 19 1 19 1
2011–12 22 1 22 1
2012–13 28 1 28 1
Total 69 3 69 3
Mallorca 2011–12 La Liga 2 0 0 0 2 0
Gimnàstic 2013–14 Segunda División B 29 2 3 0 32 2
2014–15 37 3 2 0 39 3
2015–16 Segunda División 25 1 0 0 25 1
Total 91 6 5 0 96 6
Manchester City 2016–17 Premier League 0 0
Girona (loan) 2016–17 Segunda División 8 0 1 0 9 0
NAC Breda (loan) 2017–18 Eredivisie 20 1 1 0 21 1
Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 2018–19 Segunda División 38 2 0 0 38 2
Flamengo 2019 Série A 22 2 6[a] 1 2[b] 0 30 3
Arsenal (loan) 2019–20 Premier League 2 0 1 0 3 0
Arsenal 2020–21 10 0 1 0 0 0 5[c] 1 0 0 16 1
2021–22 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
Total 14 0 2 0 1 0 5 1 0 0 22 1
Career total 264 14 9 0 1 0 11 2 2 0 287 16
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in Copa Libertadores
  2. ^ Appearance(s) in FIFA Club World Cup
  3. ^ Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Flamengo

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League publish retained lists". Premier League. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Pablo Marí: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Pablo Marí renova per tres temporades" [Pablo Marí renews for three seasons] (in Catalan). Gimnàstic Tarragona. 25 June 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Hemed penalty rescues restarted game". ESPN Soccernet. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Mallorca gain six appeal". ESPN Soccernet. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Pablo Marí fitxa pel Nàstic" [Pablo Marí signs for Nàstic] (in Catalan). Gimnàstic Tarragona. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Olímpic 2–2 Nàstic" (in Catalan). Gimnàstic Tarragona. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Nàstic 2–1 Llevant B" [Nàstic 2–1 Levante B] (in Catalan). Gimnàstic Tarragona. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Le vuelven a voltear un marcador" [They allow another comeback]. Marca (in Spanish). 30 August 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Pablo Marí fitxa pel Manchester City FC" [Pablo Marí signs for Manchester City FC] (in Catalan). Gimnàstic Tarragona. 15 August 2016. Archived from the original on 23 June 2018. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  11. ^ "El central Pablo Marí llega al Girona" [Stopper Pablo Marí arrives at Girona] (in Spanish). Girona FC. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  12. ^ López, Víctor (16 November 2017). "Pablo Marí brilla en el NAC Breda e interesa en la Premier" [Pablo Marí shines at NAC Breda and catches the Premier's eye]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Loan watch: Cup joy for Roberts' Celtic". Manchester City F.C. 27 November 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  14. ^ "Pablo Marí, nuevo jugador del Deportivo" [Pablo Marí, new Deportivo player] (in Spanish). Deportivo La Coruña. 1 July 2018. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  15. ^ @Flamengo (11 July 2019). "Tem novidade no Mengão. O zagueiro espanhol Pablo Marí, de 25 anos, é o nosso novo reforço. Ele foi comprado junto ao Manchester City e assinou contrato com o Mais Querido até dezembro de 2022. Seja bem-vindo! Muito sucesso com o Manto Sagrado! 🔴⚫️ #CRF" [News at Mengão. Spanish stopper Pablo Marí, aged 25, is our new addition. He was acquired from Manchester City and signed a contract with The Dearest until December 2022. Welcome! All the best at the Holy Cloak! 🔴⚫️ #CRF] (Tweet) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 11 July 2019 – via Twitter.
  16. ^ "Pablo Marí chega por R$5,5 milhões e após Jorge Jesus desaprovar Zapata" [Pablo Marí arrives for R$5,5 million and after Jorge Jesus says no to Zapata]. ESPN Brasil (in Portuguese). 11 July 2019. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Quem é Pablo Marí, terceiro espanhol da história do Flamengo; veja lances do zagueiro" [Who is Pablo Marí, third Spaniard in the history of Flamengo; see stopper in action] (in Portuguese). Jovem Pan. 11 July 2019. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  18. ^ "De virada, Flamengo vence clássico com o Botafogo pelo Brasileirão" [In comeback style, Flamengo win classic with Botafogo for the Brasileirão] (in Portuguese). Brazilian Football Confederation. 28 July 2019. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  19. ^ Mota, Cahê (18 October 2019). "Espanhol incansável: com mais de 24h de futebol, Pablo Marí puxa fila em maratona do Flamengo" [Tireless Spaniard: with more than 24h of football, Pablo Marí pulls rank in Flamengo marathon] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  20. ^ "Flamengo vence Ceará com gol de bicicleta de Arrascaeta e vira líder" [Flamengo beat Ceará with bicycle kick from Arrascaeta and are now leaders] (in Portuguese). Região Online. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  21. ^ "Com primeiro gol de Reinier e mais um de Gabriel, Flamengo vence o Avaí por 3 a 0 no Mané Garrincha" [With first goal from Reinier and another one from Gabriel, Flamengo beat Avaí 3 to 0 at the Mané Garrincha] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 7 September 2019. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  22. ^ Rowell, Dan (24 November 2019). "Pablo Mari becomes the first Spaniard to win the Copa Libertadores". Marca. Spain. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  23. ^ Monteiro, Mário André (19 September 2019). "Por que a camisa número 24 é "proibida" no futebol brasileiro?" [Why is the number 24 shirt "banned" in Brazilian football?] (in Portuguese). IG. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  24. ^ Melloni, Gabriel (10 January 2020). "Camisa 24 é usada no Brasil por obrigação e por goleiros que nem jogam" [Number 24 shirt is used in Brazil by obligation and for goalkeepers who don't play] (in Portuguese). ESPN. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  25. ^ Serrado, Bernardo; Juppa, Fabio (19 January 2020). "Número tabu: camisa 24 é rejeitada no futebol brasileiro" [Taboo number: number 24 shirt is rejected in Brazilian football] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  26. ^ Ames, Nick; Hytner, David (29 January 2020). "Arsenal sign Pablo Marí on loan from Flamengo and close on Cédric Soares". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  27. ^ "Pablo Mari to join the club on loan". Arsenal F.C. 29 January 2020. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  28. ^ "Pablo Mari: 'Significant' ankle injury adds to Arsenal's injury crisis in defence". Sky Sports. 24 June 2020. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  29. ^ "David Luiz signs new Arsenal contract, Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares join permanently". Sky Sports. 24 June 2020. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  30. ^ "Arsenal 4-1 Rapid Vienna: Gunners win in Europa League in front of 2,000 fans". BBC Sport. 3 December 2020. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  31. ^ "Pablo Mari wife - Veronica Chacon". ohmyfootball.com. 31 October 2020. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  32. ^ Pablo Marí at Soccerway
  33. ^ Pablo Marí at WorldFootball.net
  34. ^ Wagner, Roberto; Marchesini, Lucas (24 November 2019). "Flamengo campeão brasileiro 2019: confira o raio-x da campanha" [Flamengo 2019 Brazilian champions: check the campaign's x-ray] (in Portuguese). Metrópoles. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  35. ^ Unwin, Will (23 November 2019). "Flamengo 2–1 River Plate: Copa Libertadores final – as it happened". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  36. ^ "Prêmio Craque do Brasileirão 2019: veja a seleção e quem foi premiado" [Brasileirão Star Award 2019: see all-star team and awardees]. Goal.com (in Portuguese). 9 December 2019. Retrieved 10 December 2019.

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