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Manuel Almunia
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Personal information
Full name Manuel Almunia Rivero
Date of birth 19 May 1977 (1977-05-19) (age 32)
Place of birth Pamplona, Spain
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Arsenal
Number 1
Senior career*
Years Team Apps† (Gls)†
1997‚Äď1999 Osasuna B 44 (0)
1999‚Äď2000 Osasuna 0 (0)
1999‚Äď2000 ‚Üí FC Cartagena (loan) 3 (0)
2000‚Äď2001 Sabadell 25 (0)
2001‚Äď2004 Celta Vigo 0 (0)
2001‚Äď2002 ‚Üí SD Eibar (loan) 35 (0)
2002‚Äď2003 ‚Üí Recreativo Huelva (loan) 2 (0)
2003‚Äď2004 ‚Üí Albacete Balompi√© (loan) 24 (0)
2004‚Äď Arsenal 97 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:50, 8 March 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Manuel Almunia Rivero (born 19 May 1977) is a Spanish-English footballer, who currently plays as a goalkeeper and vice-captain for Arsenal.

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Club career

Early career

Born in Pamplona, Navarre, Almunia started his senior career with Osasuna's reserve team in 1997, playing two seasons with the team in Segunda Divisi√≥n B. He went on to spend two more seasons in the category, with Cartagena and Sabadell, joining the top flight in 2001‚Äď02, with Real Club Celta de Vigo.

However, shortly after joining Celta, Almunia was loaned out to Segunda Divisi√≥n side Eibar, where he spent 2001‚Äď02 as first-choice goalkeeper. During the 2002‚Äď03 season, Celta loaned him out to first-division club Recreativo de Huelva, where he played understudy to Jos√© Antonio Luque and C√©sar, only making two league appearances. Almunia's debut in the first division came on 17 November 2002, following a red card to the latter, in a 0‚Äď3 defeat at Deportivo Alav√©s.[2]

He then returned to Celta, being loaned for the third and final time, now to Albacete Balompi√© on 1 November 2003. He made his club debut the following week, in a 1‚Äď0 loss at M√°laga. Almunia achieved first-choice status, making a total of 24 league appearances until the end of the season, while helping Albacete finish 14th.[3]

Arsenal

Almunia signed for Arsenal for an undisclosed fee on 14 July 2004. He was given the number one after Jens Lehmann left for Stuttgart at the beginning of the 2008‚Äď09 season.[4] In 2008, Almunia signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal.[5]

International career

Almunia has not played in any international matches, and stated on more than one occasion about his wish to play for England, but only provided that he didn't receive a call-up from the Euro 2008 winning Spain first.[6]

Honours

Club

Arsenal

Winner

Runner-up

Individual

SD Eibar

References

External links


Simple English

Manuel Almunia
File:Manuel
Personal information
Full name Manuel Almunia Rivero
Date of birth 19 May 1977 (1977-05-19) (age 33)
Place of birth    Pamplona, Spain
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Arsenal
Number 1
Senior clubs
Years Club
1997-2000
1999-2000
2000-2001
2001-2004
2001-2002
2002-2003
2003-2004
2004-
Osasuna
‚ÜíCartagena (loan)
Sabadell
Celta Vigo
‚ÜíEibar (loan)
‚ÜíRecreativo Huelva (loan)
→Albacete Balompié (loan)
Arsenal

Manuel Almunia (born 19 May 1977) is a Spanish football player. He plays for Arsenal.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
SpainLeague Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga EuropeTotal
1997/98OsasunaSegunda División0000
1998/990000
1999/00CartagenaSegunda División B3030
2000/01SabadellSegunda División B250250
2001/02Celta VigoLa Liga0000
2001/02EibarSegunda División350350
2002/03Recreativo HuelvaLa Liga2020
2003/04Albacete BalompiéLa Liga240240
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2004/05ArsenalPremier League100203010160
2005/0600205060130
2006/0710506020140
2007/08290000090380
2008/093200000120440
2009/10
CountrySpain 890890
England 720901403001250
Total 1610901403002140

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