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Munir El Haddadi Mohamed (born 1 September 1995) known simply as Munir (Spanish pronunciation: [muˈniɾ]) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a forward for Sevilla FC.

Munir El Haddadi
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Munir playing for Barcelona in 2014
Personal information
Full name Munir El Haddadi Mohamed[1]
Date of birth (1995-09-01) 1 September 1995 (age 24)
Place of birth El Escorial, Spain
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Sevilla
Number 11
Youth career
2007–2009 Galapagar
2009–2010 Santa Ana
2010–2011 Atlético Madrid
2010–2011Rayo Majadahonda (loan)
2011–2014 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Barcelona B 28 (8)
2014–2019 Barcelona 33 (5)
2016–2017Valencia (loan) 33 (6)
2017–2018Alavés (loan) 33 (10)
2019– Sevilla 18 (5)
National team
2014 Spain U19 4 (6)
2014–2016 Spain U21 16 (10)
2014– Spain 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:18, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:18, 16 June 2019 (UTC)

Munir began his career in the youth ranks of Atlético Madrid before transferring to Barcelona in 2011,[3] where he won the 2013–14 UEFA Youth League. He made his debut for the B-team in March 2014, and scored in his first match for the senior team in August of that year, at the start of a season in which they won the treble. The following year, he was one of five top scorers in the Copa del Rey, which his team won.

Munir earned his first cap for the Spain national team against Macedonia on 8 September 2014. He unsuccessfully appealed to FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport to switch allegiance to Morocco for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Early lifeEdit

Munir was born in San Lorenzo de El Escorial,[4] Madrid, and grew up in nearby Galapagar on a street likened to a "Little Morocco" by El Mundo.[5] His Moroccan father,[4] Mohamed El Haddadi Arbrqui, came to Spain in a fishing boat at age 18 and is now a chef. His mother, Zaida, hails from the Spanish autonomous city of Melilla on the north coast of Africa; she is a former kitchen hand who now looks after Munir's three siblings.[5] Up to the age of 14, Munir was a fan of Real Madrid.[5]

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

After starting at Galapagar and DAV Santa Ana, Munir scored 32 goals in 29 matches playing for CF Rayo Majadahonda's Cadete A team, on loan from Atlético Madrid, after impressing during a trial in 2010. However, both Atlético and Real Madrid turned down the opportunity to bring him into their ranks.[6] As a result, he attracted interest from a number of sides such as Manchester City, but signed for Barcelona's youth academy the following summer.[7]

BarcelonaEdit

Munir made his UEFA Youth League debut with the Juvenil side against Ajax U19, where he scored two goals.[8] He scored braces against Milan U19 and Copenhagen U19, finishing the tournament scoring 11 goals in 10 matches. He scored a brace in the final against Benfica U19.[9] On 3 March 2014, he extended his Barça contract until June 2017.[10]

After being an unused substitute against Tenerife and Deportivo de La Coruña, Munir made his professional debut for Barcelona B on 2 March 2014 in a 1–2 away win against Mallorca in the second division, coming as a 72nd-minute substitute for Sandro.[11] He scored his first goal as a senior player in a 2–1 home win against Girona on 19 April.[12]

 
Rafinha, Gerard Piqué and Munir (right) warming up for Barcelona in August 2014 before the fixture against Napoli.

On 24 August 2014, Munir made his official debut for the first team in La Liga, against Elche at Camp Nou. He started the match and scored the second goal of an eventual 3–0 win before being substituted after 67 minutes for Pedro.[13] Eight days short of his 19th birthday, he became Barcelona's third-youngest goalscorer after Bojan and Lionel Messi.[6] Munir was a nominee for the 2014 Golden Boy Award.[14]

On 22 February 2015, Munir was sent off for two bookings in Barcelona B's 0–1 defeat at Llagostera,[15] as the season ended with relegation to Segunda División B.[16] He played three matches apiece in Barcelona's successful runs in the Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League, but was not included in the matchday squads for either final.

Munir was an unused substitute for their 5–4 win over Sevilla in the 2015 UEFA Super Cup on 11 August.[17] On 2 December, he scored his first Barcelona goals since his debut, scoring two in a 6–1 win over Villanovense as Barcelona advanced by the same score on aggregate in the domestic cup.[18] On 17 December, starting due to Messi and Neymar's injuries in the semi-finals of the year's FIFA Club World Cup in Yokohama, Munir won a penalty kick when fouled by Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao's Huang Bowen, from which Luis Suárez finished his hat-trick to send Barcelona into the final, 3–0.[19] The South American duo returned for the final, which Barcelona won 3–0 against River Plate with Munir unused.[20]

On 13 January 2016, profiting from Suárez's suspension, Munir scored both goals in a cup win at city rivals Espanyol, putting Barcelona into the quarter-finals 6–1 on aggregate.[21] He was unused for the final, a 2–0 extra-time win over Sevilla on 22 May, but with five goals was one of as many players to finish as the tournament's top scorer, among them Messi and Suárez.[22]

On 14 August 2016, Munir came on as substitute on the 76th-minute and scored to double Barcelona's lead over Sevilla in the 2016 Supercopa de España first leg to give Barcelona a lead of two goals in the second leg.[23]

Loan to ValenciaEdit

On 30 August 2016, Munir moved to fellow La Liga club Valencia on a season-long loan.[24] He was handed the number 9 previously worn by Paco Alcácer, who had moved in the opposite direction.[25] Munir made his debut on 11 September, replacing Santi Mina after 63 minutes of a home game against Real Betis, and his rebounded header was scored by Ezequiel Garay in a 2–3 defeat.[26] On 22 October, he scored his first goal for Los Che, coming on at half-time for Martín Montoya and equalising at the Mestalla against his parent club in a loss by the same score.[27]

Loan to AlavésEdit

On 1 September 2017, Munir joined Deportivo Alavés on a season-long loan deal.[28] He made his debut nine days later in a 1–0 loss at Celta de Vigo, replacing Enzo for the final 33 minutes.[29] On 30 September he scored his first goal for the Basques, opening a 2–1 win at UD Levante.[30] In the reverse fixture the following 1 March, he was sent off for diving in a 1–0 win at the Mendizorrotza Stadium.[31]

SevillaEdit

Munir was offered the chance to renew his contract with Barcelona before its expiration in the summer, but refused to do so. Barcelona assured him that he would not play for the club again and has been favored to be sold by Coach Ernesto Valverde, saying "it would be for the best". Several clubs from England and Italy were interested in the forward, but, in January 2019, Sevilla was able to claim him for a fee of around €1 million. The transfer was able to be completed before the transfer windows closed in January, rather than during the summer.[32][33]

On 13 January, Munir made his Sevilla debut in a 2–0 loss at Athletic Bilbao, replacing Roque Mesa for the final 12 minutes.[34] He scored his first goals in March, one in each leg of a Europa League last-16 tie against SK Slavia Prague, who nonetheless won 6–5 on aggregate,[35] and finished the league season with five goals in 16 games including in a 2–0 win against Athletic on the final day to qualify for the continental tournament again.[36]

International careerEdit

Munir was born and raised in Spain, the son of a Moroccan father, and was eligible to represent either nation internationally. It was rumoured Qatar had offered Munir a financial deal to take that country's nationality and represent the nation, which is set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[5]

On 29 August 2014, Munir was called up for the first time as one of 21 players for Albert Celades' Spain under-21 team to face Hungary and Austria in September.[37] However, after an injury to Diego Costa, Vicente del Bosque called Munir up to the senior squad for the first time ahead of a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier against Macedonia on 8 September.[38] He made his debut in that match, replacing Koke for the final 13 minutes of a 5–1 victory at the Estadi Ciutat de València.[39] He said after the match he never considered playing for Morocco.[40]

In June 2017, it was reported Munir and the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) had contacted FIFA to change his allegiance to the Atlas Lions. However, a FIFA spokesman denied any contact and said the player was ineligible for a switch.[41] On Munir and the FRMF's request, the Court of Arbitration for Sport began debating FIFA's rules on switching allegiances in April 2018.[42] His appeal to represent Morocco was denied on 14 May.[43]

Style of playEdit

As a child, Munir idolised Messi and Moroccan international Adel Taarabt.[44] A report from FourFourTwo magazine noted his composure on the ball, tricks, speed and highlighted his finishing ability and set-pieces; his ability with his weaker right foot was criticised.[44]

After his goalscoring debut, Barcelona manager Luis Enrique praised Munir as a player whose effort in training matches that on the pitch, but warned against getting carried away with his performance.[44]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 16 June 2019.[45]
Club Season League Copa del Rey Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2013–14 Segunda División 11 4 11 4
2014–15 17 4 17 4
Total 28 8 28 8
Barcelona 2014–15 La Liga 10 1 3 0 3[a] 0 16 1
2015–16 15 3 5 5 4[a] 0 2[b] 0 26 8
2016–17 1 0 0 0 0 0 2[c] 1 3 1
2018–19 7 1 2 1 2 0 0[c] 0 11 2
Total 33 5 10 6 9 0 4 1 56 12
Valencia (loan) 2016–17 La Liga 33 6 3 1 36 7
Alavés (loan) 2017–18 33 10 4 4 37 14
Sevilla 2018–19 16 5 1 0 3[d] 2 - 20 7
2019–20 2 0 0 0 1[d] 1 - 3 1
Total 18 5 1 0 4 3 0 0 23 8
Career total 145 34 18 11 13 3 4 1 181 48
  1. ^ a b All appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ One appearance in Supercopa de España and one appearance in FIFA Club World Cup
  3. ^ a b All appearances in Supercopa de España
  4. ^ a b All appearances in UEFA Europa League

InternationalEdit

As of match played 16 June 2019[46]
Spain
Year Apps Goals
2014 1 0
Total 1 0

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

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