Rafa Mir

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Rafa Mir
Personal information
Full name Rafael Mir Vicente[1]
Date of birth (1997-06-18) 18 June 1997 (age 22)
Place of birth Murcia, Spain
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Huesca
(on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Youth career
Javalí Nuevo
2006–2007 ElPozo Murcia
2007–2009 Ranero
2009–2011 Barcelona
2011–2012 Murcia
2012–2015 Valencia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2018 Valencia B 60 (25)
2015–2018 Valencia 2 (0)
2018– Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 (0)
2018–2019Las Palmas (loan) 30 (7)
2019–2020Nottingham Forest (loan) 11 (0)
2020 –Huesca (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2018–2019 Spain U21 10 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 December 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 June 2019

Rafael "Rafa" Mir Vicente (born 18 June 1997) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a forward for Huesca on loan from English club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Club career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Born in Murcia, Mir began his career playing futsal with CD Javalí Nuevo. After a 120-goal spell at ElPozo Murcia FS he began playing full football with Ranero CF, scoring 57 and 84 goals in his respective seasons before joining FC Barcelona.[2]

Mir's 32 goals at La Masia earned him a return to his native region and Real Murcia, where a 45-goal haul led to the attention of Valencia CF.[2] He made his senior debut for the reserves on 1 March 2015, as an 88th-minute substitute for Wilfried Zahibo in a 2–1 Segunda División B loss at CE L'Hospitalet.

Valencia[edit]

Mir scored his first senior goal on 7 March 2015, netting the last in a 2–0 win over CF Badalona at the Ciudad Deportiva de Paterna.[3] He finished the campaign with four appearances, as his side narrowly avoided relegation.

The following season, Mir excelled in the UEFA Youth League, scoring consecutive braces in victories over K.A.A. Gent.[4][5] On 14 November 2015, he was given his first start for the B-side, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–4 loss at another reserve team, Villarreal CF B.[6]

On 24 November 2015, Mir was called up to the main squad by manager Nuno Espírito Santo for a La Liga game against UD Las Palmas;[7] he was an unused substitute in the 1–1 draw at the Mestalla Stadium.[8] He made his professional debut on 25 November, starting in a UEFA Champions League group stage match away to FC Zenit Saint Petersburg,[9] being substituted for Santi Mina in the 56th minute of an eventual 2–0 defeat.[10]

He made his top-flight debut against Las Palmas on 28 August, replacing Enzo Pérez for the final four minutes of a 2–4 home loss.[11]

Mir began the first half of the 2017–18 season for Valencia B in good form, scoring 15 goals in 19 games, attracting interest from Real Madrid and Wolverhampton Wanderers.[12]

Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

On 3 January 2018, Mir joined Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers for an undisclosed fee, signing a four-and-a-half-year contract with the club and taking the number 9 shirt.[13] He links up with former Valencia boss Nuno Espírito Santo, who gave him his first team debut at the club.

Las Palmas (loan)[edit]

On 23 July 2018, Mir joined Segunda División side UD Las Palmas on loan for one season.[14]

Nottingham Forest (loan)[edit]

In July 2019 he signed on loan for Nottingham Forest.[15] After struggling for both minutes and goals with Forest, Mir and Forest agreed for him to return to his parent club on 14 January 2020.[16]

SD Huesca (loan)[edit]

Immediately following his departure from Nottingham, Mir was loaned to Segunda División side SD Huesca on a one-and-a-half year loan.[17][18]

Personal life[edit]

Mir, who idolised German forward Mario Gómez, is the son of former defender Magín Mir, whose clubs included RCD Mallorca and Murcia.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 6 January 2018[19]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season Division League National Cup EFL Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Valencia B 2014–15 Segunda División B 4 1 4 1
2015–16 Segunda División B 2 0 2 0
2016–17 Segunda División B 35 9 35 9
2017–18 Segunda División B 19 15 19 15
Total 60 25 0 0 0 0 60 25
Valencia 2015–16 La Liga 0 0 1 0 1 0
2016–17 La Liga 2 0 3 0 5 0
Total 2 0 4 0 0 0 6 0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2017–18 Championship 2 0 2 0 4 0
2018-19 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 0
Nottingham Forest 2019-20 Championship 9 0 0 0 2 0 11 0
Career Total 73 25 6 0 2 0 81 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notification of shirt numbers: Nottingham Forest" (PDF). English Football League. p. 49. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Rafa Mir, el ´gigante´ de los mil goles del Valencia CF" [Rafa Mir, Valencia CF's 1000-goal 'giant'] (in Spanish). Superdeporte. 11 November 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  3. ^ "El Mestalla sufre pero se impone" [Mestalla suffer but impose themselves] (in Spanish). Levante EMV. 9 March 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Perfect Arsenal forge on in Youth League". UEFA. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Holders Chelsea assured of top-two finish". UEFA. 4 November 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  6. ^ "El Valencia Mestalla naufraga ante el Villarreal B" [Valencia Mestalla sink against Villarreal B] (in Spanish). Super Deporte. 14 November 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  7. ^ Gimeno, Manu (20 November 2015). "Nuno se lleva a Rafa Mir y recupera a pesos pesados" [Nuno brings in Rafa Mir and regains heavyweights] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Viera gets the point for Las Palmas as Valencia are left frustrated". ESPN. 21 November 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  9. ^ Rocha Rodrigues, Luís; Sousa, Vasco (24 November 2015). "Para sacudir a crise, Nuno estreia Rafa Mir, de 18 anos" [To end the crisis, Nuno chooses, Rafa Mir, 18] (in Portuguese). ZeroZero. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Zenit stay perfect at Valencia's expense". UEFA. 24 November 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  11. ^ "El Las Palmas desnuda al Valencia" [Las Palmas expose Valencia] (in Spanish). El Periódico. 23 August 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Wolves close to signing Rafa Mir from Valencia". Sky Sports. 3 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Welcome Rafa". Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club. 3 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Mir Departs Molineux On Loan". Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. 23 July 2018. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Rafa Mir: Nottingham Forest sign Wolves striker on season-long loan". BBC. 30 July 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  16. ^ https://www.nottinghamforest.co.uk/news/2020/january/rafa-mir-departs/
  17. ^ https://www.sdhuesca.es/noticia/rafa-mir-refuerzo-de-altura-para-la-delantera-de-la-sd-huesca
  18. ^ https://www.wolves.co.uk/news/first-team/20200114-mir-makes-loan-switch-to-huesca/
  19. ^ "Rafa Mir Statistics". soccerway. Retrieved 3 January 2018.

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