Jorge Meré

Jorge Meré Pérez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxoɾxe meˈɾe ˈpeɾeθ]; born 17 April 1997) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Bundesliga club 1. FC Köln.

Jorge Meré
2018-08-19 BFC Dynamo vs. 1. FC Köln (DFB-Pokal) by Sandro Halank–024.jpg
Meré playing with Köln in 2018
Personal information
Full name Jorge Meré Pérez
Date of birth (1997-04-17) 17 April 1997 (age 24)[1]
Place of birth Oviedo, Spain[1]
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Position(s) Centre back
Club information
Current team
1. FC Köln
Number 22
Youth career
2005–2010 Oviedo
2010–2014 Sporting Gijón
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Sporting Gijón B 47 (3)
2015–2017 Sporting Gijón 61 (0)
2017– 1. FC Köln 82 (2)
National team
2013–2014 Spain U17 10 (2)
2014 Spain U18 2 (0)
2014–2016 Spain U19 16 (0)
2015–2019 Spain U21 31 (3)
Honours
Representing  Spain
Winner European U19 Championship 2015
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:23, 15 October 2021 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

Sporting GijónEdit

Born in Oviedo, Asturias, Meré joined Sporting de Gijón's youth setup in 2010 after starting out at neighbours Real Oviedo,[3] and he made his senior debut with the reserves in the 2013–14 season (aged only 16), in Segunda División B. On 24 July 2014, he signed a new five-year deal with the club, with a 25 million release clause.[4]

In January 2015, Meré was linked to Newcastle United,[5] but nothing came of it. On 11 April, he played his first game as a professional, starting in a 1–1 away draw against Real Zaragoza for the Segunda División.[6]

Meré appeared in five matches for the first team during the campaign, as they returned to La Liga after a three-year absence. He made his debut in the competition on 23 September 2015, starting in a 1–2 away loss to Rayo Vallecano.[7]

Meré contributed 25 appearances during 2015–16, overcoming Bernardo Espinosa (who was sidelined due to an injury), Igor Lichnovsky and Ognjen Vranješ as his side avoided relegation in the last matchday.[8] He was named Sporting's player of the season, with his father accepting the award on his behalf.[9]

1. FC KölnEdit

On 20 July 2017, Meré joined 1. FC Köln on a five-year contract for a fee believed to be between €8.5 million and €9 million,[10] becoming the highest transfer ever received by Sporting.[11] His first game in the Bundesliga took place on 9 September, when he played the second half of a 0–3 away loss against FC Augsburg.[12]

Meré scored his first goal as a professional on 2 February 2018, but in a 2–3 home defeat to Borussia Dortmund.[13]

International careerEdit

Meré represented Spain at every age group level, from the under-15 to the under-21s. In 2012 he appeared for the former at the Mexico Cup of Nations,[14] and was part of the under-19 squad who won the UEFA European Championship in 2015;[15] earlier in that year, aged only 18, he earned his first cap for the under-21 team, in a 4–0 win over Belarus.[16]

In May 2016, 19-year-old Meré was called up to the full squad for the first time, for a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina.[17]

Career statisticsEdit

As of 29 May 2020[18]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sporting de Gijón B 2013–14 Segunda División B 19 0 19 0
2014–15 28 3 28 3
Total 47 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 47 3
Sporting Gijón 2014–15 Segunda División 5 0 0 0 5 0
2015–16 La Liga 25 0 1 0 26 0
2016–17 31 0 1 0 32 0
Total 61 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 63 0
1. FC Köln 2017–18 Bundesliga 22 1 1 0 3[a] 0 26 1
2018–19 2. Bundesliga 26 0 2 0 28 0
2019–20 Bundesliga 10 1 2 0 12 1
Total 58 2 5 0 3 0 66 2
Career total 166 5 7 0 3 0 0 0 176 5
  1. ^ All appearances in UEFA Europe League

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

FC Köln

InternationalEdit

Spain U19

Spain U21

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Jorge Meré". Eurosport. Retrieved 4 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Jorge Meré" (in German). FC Köln. Retrieved 4 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Julio y Meré, dos joyas en la zaga ante el Oviedo" [Julio and Meré, two pearls in the defence against Oviedo] (in Spanish). Gol Average. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  4. ^ Guisasola, Pablo (24 July 2014). "El Sporting 'ata' a Jorge Meré: la nueva perla de Mareo" [Sporting 'tie up' Jorge Meré: the new pearl of Mareo] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  5. ^ Verrall, John (27 January 2015). "Report: Newcastle target move for Jorge Mere before window closes". Here Is The City. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Ni Zaragoza ni Sporting abandonan sus malas rachas" [Neither Zaragoza nor Sporting leave their poor runs]. Marca (in Spanish). 11 April 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  7. ^ Ballesteros, Cristian (23 September 2015). "El Rayo sabe contemporizar ante un valiente Sporting" [Rayo know how to use time against a valiant Sporting]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  8. ^ Blanco Taladriz, Diego (26 May 2016). "Jorge Meré: "Estar aquí ya es un tremendo orgullo, debute o no"" [Jorge Meré: "Being here is a tremendous pride already, debuting or not"] (in Spanish). Vavel. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  9. ^ ""Meré llevará siempre al Sporting en su corazón", dice su padre al recoger el "Molinón de plata"" ["Meré will always carry Sporting in his heart", says his father as he picks up the "Molinón de plata"]. La Nueva España (in Spanish). 30 July 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Köln schnappt sich Abwehr-Talent" [Köln acquire defensive talent] (in German). Sport1. 20 July 2017. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  11. ^ García, José Ángel (20 July 2017). "Meré, al Colonia por 9 millones" [Meré, to Cologne for 9 million]. El Comercio (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Köln holt sich die nächste Schlappe ab und ist Letzter" [Köln get another defeat and are last]. Rheinische Post (in German). 9 September 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Borussia Dortmund victorious in Cologne thanks debut brace from Michy Batshuayi". Bundesliga. 3 February 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Jorge Meré y Álvaro Fidalgo, a México" [Jorge Meré and Álvaro Fidalgo, to Mexico]. El Comercio (in Spanish). 9 June 2012. Archived from the original on 14 April 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  15. ^ a b Haslam, Andrew (19 July 2015). "Spain see off Russia for seventh Under-19 crown". UEFA. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  16. ^ "Jorge Meré, un internacional Sub 21 de 17 años" [Jorge Meré, a 17-year-old Under-21 international] (in Spanish). Sporting Gijón. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  17. ^ Rivera, Víctor (24 May 2016). "Jorge Meré vive su primer gran día con la selección" [Jorge Meré lives his first great day with the national team]. La Nueva España (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  18. ^ "Jorge Meré". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  19. ^ "Zweitliga-Meister 2019" [Second Division champions 2019] (in German). FC Köln. 12 May 2019. Retrieved 4 November 2020.
  20. ^ Begley, Emlyn (30 June 2019). "Spain U21 2–1 Germany U21". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  21. ^ "Germany U21 1–0 Spain U21". BBC Sport. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2019.

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