Pablo Marí

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Pablo Marí
PabloMari-Arsenal2020.jpg
Marí with Arsenal in 2020
Personal information
Full name Pablo Marí Villar[1]
Date of birth (1993-08-31) 31 August 1993 (age 27)[2]
Place of birth Almussafes, Spain
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)[2]
Playing 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 (loan) 21 (1)
2018–2019Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 38 (2)
2019–2020 Flamengo 22 (2)
2020Arsenal (loan) 2 (0)
2020– Arsenal 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:03, 18 July 2020 (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.

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 contact 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]

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.[23] 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."[24] 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 0–3 defeat at Man City, a club he was once on the books of, 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.[25] 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.[26]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 17 June 2020[27][28]
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
Mallorca B 2010–11 Segunda División B 19 1 19 1
2011–12 Segunda División B 22 1 22 1
2012–13 Segunda División B 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 Segunda División B 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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Girona (loan) 2016–17 Segunda División 8 0 1 0 9 0
NAC (loan) 2017–18 Eredivisie 20 1 1 0 21 1
Deportivo (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 0 0 3 0
Career total 252 14 8 0 6 1 2 0 268 15
  1. ^ Appearances in Copa Libertadores
  2. ^ Appearances in FIFA Club World Cup

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 [@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. ^ 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.
  24. ^ "Pablo Mari to join the club on loan". Arsenal F.C. 29 January 2020. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  25. ^ "Pablo Mari: 'Significant' ankle injury adds to Arsenal's injury crisis in defence". Sky Sports. 24 June 2020. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  26. ^ "David Luiz signs new Arsenal contract, Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares join permanently". Sky Sports. 24 June 2020. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  27. ^ Pablo Marí at Soccerway
  28. ^ Pablo Marí at WorldFootball.net
  29. ^ 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.
  30. ^ Unwin, Will (23 November 2019). "Flamengo 2–1 River Plate: Copa Libertadores final – as it happened". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  31. ^ "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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