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Mario Gaspar

Mario Gaspar
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Mario Gaspar playing with Villarreal in 2018
Personal information
Full name Mario Gaspar Pérez Martínez
Date of birth (1990-11-24) 24 November 1990 (age 31)
Place of birth Novelda, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Right-back
Club information
Current team
Watford
Number 3
Youth career
Villarreal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Villarreal C 15 (1)
2008–2011 Villarreal B 79 (0)
2009–2022 Villarreal 337 (10)
2022– Watford 15 (0)
National team
2008–2009 Spain U19 13 (2)
2009 Spain U20 1 (0)
2011 Spain U21 2 (0)
2015–2016 Spain 3 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 12 November 2022 (UTC)

Mario Gaspar Pérez Martínez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmaɾjo ɣasˈpaɾ ˈpeɾeð maɾˈtineθ]; born 24 November 1990) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for EFL Championship club Watford as a right-back.

He spent the vast majority career at Villarreal between 2009 and 2022, making 424 official appearances and winning the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League. In July 2022, he signed with Watford.

Mario Gaspar played his first match with Spain in 2015, scoring in that game.

Club career

Villarreal

Born in Novelda, Alicante, Valencian Community, Mario Gaspar played youth football for Villarreal CF. On 15 March 2009, aged just 18, he made his first-team – and La Liga – debut, in a game against Atlético Madrid: he replaced Giuseppe Rossi with roughly 25 minutes to play, with the score at 2–1, but the Yellow Submarine eventually lost 3–2 away.

Mario Gaspar spent the entire 2009–10 season with the reserves, starting in all 31 games he appeared in as they easily retained their newly-found Segunda División status. He was definitely promoted to the main squad midway through the following campaign following Ángel López's severe knee injury, being also propelled to the starting XI.

On 16 January 2011, in his first start, Mario Gaspar played the full 90 minutes in a 4–2 home win over CA Osasuna, finishing the season with 22 appearances. He scored his first competitive goal on 1 May 2012, opening a 3–2 victory at Sporting de Gijón towards the end of a campaign which finished with relegation. In May 2014, with a year remaining on his contract, it was extended for a further four.

Mario Gaspar scored his first goal in European competition on 21 August 2014, concluding a 3–0 away defeat of FC Astana in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League play-off (7–0 aggregate). In January 2017, he signed a new deal to last until 2023.

On 18 March 2018, Mario Gaspar played his 300th official match for Villarreal, in a 2–1 win at Atlético; only Cani, Marcos Senna and teammate Bruno Soriano had reached that figure before for the club. He filled in as captain during the lengthy injuries of the last of those players, and on 21 April 2021 with a 2–1 away loss to Deportivo Alavés he joined him at 400 matches.

In 2021–22, still under manager Unai Emery, Mario Gaspar was kept out of the team by both Serge Aurier and Juan Foyth.

Watford

On 29 July 2022, Mario Gaspar signed for EFL Championship club Watford. He made his league debut on 8 August, a 77th-minute substitute for Hassane Kamara in the 1–1 draw at West Bromwich Albion.

International career

Mario Gaspar earned 16 caps for Spain at youth level, including two for the under-21s. He received his first call up to the full side in October 2015, making his debut on the 12th by scoring the game's only goal in Ukraine – the last round, the nation had already secured the first position in its group – for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers. He repeated the feat the following match, scoring an overhead kick to open a 2–0 friendly win against England in Alicante, with the strike being nominated for the FIFA Puskás Award.

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 12 November 2022
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup League cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Villarreal B 2007–08 Segunda División B 9 0 9 0
2008–09 31 0 6 0 37 0
2009–10 Segunda División 31 0 31 0
2010–11 8 0 8 0
Total 79 0 6 0 85 0
Villarreal 2008–09 La Liga 1 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11 22 0 5 0 11 0 38 0
2011–12 23 1 1 0 5 0 29 1
2012–13 Segunda División 28 0 0 0 28 0
2013–14 La Liga 36 1 1 0 37 1
2014–15 34 3 6 0 11 1 51 4
2015–16 33 2 1 0 10 0 44 2
2016–17 36 0 3 0 4 0 43 0
2017–18 32 2 1 0 5 0 38 2
2018–19 31 1 1 0 8 0 40 1
2019–20 25 0 3 0 28 0
2020–21 24 0 1 0 4 0 29 0
2021–22 12 0 3 0 2 0 1 0 18 0
Total 337 10 26 0 62 1 1 0 424 11
Watford 2022–23 Championship 15 0 0 0 1 0 16 0
Career total 431 10 26 0 1 0 62 1 7 0 525 11
  1. ^ In isolation, Gaspar is pronounced [ɡasˈpaɾ].
  2. ^ Appearance(s) in Segunda División B promotion play-offs
  3. ^ a b c d e f Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ a b Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  5. ^ Two appearances in UEFA Champions League, two appearances in UEFA Europa League
  6. ^ Appearance in UEFA Super Cup

International goals

Scores and results list Spain's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Mario Gaspar goal.
List of international goals scored by Mario Gaspar
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 12 October 2015 Olympic Stadium, Kyiv, Ukraine  Ukraine 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
2 13 November 2015 José Rico Pérez, Alicante, Spain  England 1–0 2–0 Friendly

Honours

Villarreal


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