Víctor Muñoz

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Full nameVíctor Muñoz Manrique
Date of birth (1957-03-15) 15 March 1957 (age 61)
Place of birth Zaragoza, Spain
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Zaragoza
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1976–1981 Zaragoza 127 (12)
1981–1988 Barcelona 224 (14)
1988–1990 Sampdoria 48 (2)
1990 Zaragoza 4 (0)
1991 St Mirren 18 (1)
National team
1979–1980 Spain U23 7 (2)
1979–1983 Spain amateur 11 (1)
1980–1981 Spain B 3 (0)
1981–1988 Spain 60 (3)
Teams managed
1995–1997 Mallorca
1997–1998 Logroñés
1998–2000 Lleida
2000–2003 Villarreal
2004–2006 Zaragoza
2006–2007 Panathinaikos
2007–2008 Recreativo
2008–2009 Getafe
2010–2011 Terek Grozny
2011–2012 Neuchâtel Xamax
2012–2013 Sion
2014 Zaragoza
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Víctor Muñoz Manrique (born 15 March 1957), known simply as Víctor in his playing days, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a midfielder, and is a current manager.

Association football Team field sport

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An all-around midfield unit, he was best known for his great physical strength that helped him tire his opponents in the early stages of the match. He spent most of his professional career with Barcelona, winning a total of eight major titles and amassing La Liga totals of 332 games and 25 goals, also represented in the competition Zaragoza. [1]

FC Barcelona association football club in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Real Zaragoza Spanish association football team based in Zaragoza, Spain

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A Spain international during the 80s, Víctor represented the country in one World Cup and two European Championships.

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Club career

Víctor was born in Zaragoza, Aragon. After starting off with hometown's Real Zaragoza and being relegated in his first professional season, he was purchased by La Liga powerhouse FC Barcelona, being a very important element for the Catalans during his seven-year stay; on 4 June 1983, he scored his team's first in a 2–1 win against Real Madrid in the final of the Copa del Rey. [2]

Zaragoza Place in Aragon, Spain

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Aragon Autonomous community of Spain

Aragon is an autonomous community in Spain, coextensive with the medieval Kingdom of Aragon. Located in northeastern Spain, the Aragonese autonomous community comprises three provinces : Huesca, Zaragoza, and Teruel. Its capital is Zaragoza. The current Statute of Autonomy declares Aragon a historic nationality of Spain.

The 1976–77 La Liga was the 46th season since its establishment. It started on September 4, 1976, and finished on May 22, 1977.

Víctor was also one of the first Spaniards to ever play in Serie A, with two seasons with U.C. Sampdoria. After a quick return to Zaragoza he (also known by his first name during his playing days) finished his career at 34, teaming up with former Barça teammate Steve Archibald at St Mirren.

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U.C. Sampdoria association football club from Italy

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Steven Archibald is a Scottish former football player and manager. He played prominently as a forward for Aberdeen, winning the Scottish league in 1980, Tottenham Hotspur, winning two FA Cups and a UEFA Cup, and Barcelona, winning the Spanish league in 1985. He also played for several other clubs in Scotland, England, Spain and Ireland.

Since the mid-1990s, Muñoz started working as a manager, and successively coached RCD Mallorca, CD Logroñés, UE Lleida, Villarreal CF and Zaragoza, [3] winning the 2004 domestic cup with the latter. [4] On 8 October 2006 he signed a two-year contract with Greece's Panathinaikos FC, becoming the 18th coach in ten years for The Greens; [5] however, he returned to Spain in June 2007 to take over at Recreativo de Huelva, [6] from where he was sacked the following February. [7]

RCD Mallorca Spanish association football team

Real Club Deportivo Mallorca, S.A.D. is a Spanish football team based in Palma, in the Balearic Islands. Founded on 5 March 1916 it currently plays in Segunda División, holding home games at the Estadi de Son Moix.

Club Deportivo Logroñés, S.A.D. was a Spanish football team based in Logroño, in the autonomous community of La Rioja. Founded in 1940, it last played in Regional Preferente de La Rioja.

UE Lleida association football team in Spain

Unió Esportiva Lleida was a Spanish football team based in Lleida, in the autonomous community of Catalonia. It was founded as Lérida Balompié-AEM on 30 October 1939, and became Unión Deportiva Lérida in 1947, after a merger with CD Leridano. It held home matches at Camp d´Esports, with a 13,500-seat capacity. It was dissolved in 2011. The soul of the club was reformed as Lleida Esportiu.

For the 2008–09 campaign, Muñoz was appointed coach at Getafe CF, on 18 June 2008. Following a poor string of results he was sacked in April of the following year, making way to former Real Madrid player Míchel.

In late December 2010, after more than one year out of football, Muñoz was appointed head coach at Russian Premier League side FC Terek Grozny. He left his post after less than one month, being replaced by Ruud Gullit.

Muñoz returned to active in early September 2011, when he became Neuchâtel Xamax's third coach of the season, replacing countryman Joaquín Caparrós at the helm of the Swiss club. [8] He continued his career in the country, with a brief stint at FC Sion from December 2012 until February of the following year. [9]

International career

Muñoz was a regular player for Spain for most of the 1980s, receiving his first opportunity on 25 March 1981 in a 2–1 friendly win with England and going on to earn a further 59 caps, with three goals. [10] He played for the nation at the 1986 FIFA World Cup as well as the UEFA Euro 1984 (in a final runner-up position, to hosts France) and 1988 tournaments, retiring from international duty immediately after that group stage exit.

International goals

GoalDateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.24 February 1982 Luis Casanova, Valencia, Spain Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 1–03–0 Friendly
2.17 November 1982 Lansdowne Road, Dublin, Republic of Ireland Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland 1–33–3 Euro 1984 qualifying
3.24 September 1986 El Molinón, Gijón, SpainFlag of Greece.svg  Greece 3–03–1Friendly

Managerial statistics

As of 22 November 2014
TeamNatYearRecord
PWDLWin %
Mallorca [11] [12] Flag of Spain.svg 1996–975432148059.26
Logroñés [13] Flag of Spain.svg 1997–98212811009.52
Lleida [14] [15] Flag of Spain.svg 1999–0063241623038.10
Villarreal [16] [17] [18] Flag of Spain.svg 2000–0294332536035.11
Zaragoza [19] [20] [21] Flag of Spain.svg 2004–06121443740036.36
Panathinaikos Flag of Greece.svg 2006–073114710045.16
Recreativo [22] Flag of Spain.svg 2007–08267811026.92
Getafe [23] Flag of Spain.svg 2008–093581116022.86
Terek Grozny Flag of Russia.svg 2010–110000!
Neuchâtel Xamax Flag of Switzerland.svg 2011–1213724053.85
Sion Flag of Switzerland.svg 2012–134202050.00
Zaragoza [24] [25] Flag of Spain.svg 2014278109029.63
Career Total489181138170037.01

Honours

Player

Barcelona
Sampdoria

Manager

Zaragoza

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