Bartra with Barcelona in 2014
|Full name||Marc Bartra Aregall|
|Date of birth||15 January 1991|
|Place of birth||Sant Jaume, Spain|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 November 2016.
Marc Bartra Aregall (Catalan: [ˈmarɡ ˈbartɾə əɾəˈɣaʎ], Spanish: [ˈmarɣ ˈβartɾa aɾeˈɣal]; born 15 January 1991) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for German club Borussia Dortmund and the Spain national team.
He was formed at Barcelona, where he played 103 professional games and scored six goals across seven seasons, winning 13 honours including five La Liga titles. In 2016, he joined Borussia Dortmund for €8 million.
Born in Sant Jaume dels Domenys, Tarragona, Catalonia, Bartra joined RCD Espanyol as a child before moving to FC Barcelona's youth system, La Masia, at age 11. After progressing through its ranks, he was promoted to the B-side in 2009.
Bartra made his first-team debut on 14 February 2010, coming on as a substitute for Jeffrén Suárez for the final 30 minutes of a 1–2 loss to Atlético Madrid at the Vicente Calderón Stadium. He started his first La Liga game one year and three months later, playing the entire 0–0 home draw against Deportivo de La Coruña, and scored his first goal on 21 May 2011 to help them come from behind to win it 3–1 at Málaga CF in the season's last round.
In the 2012–13 campaign, Bartra joined the first team squad permanently, but manager Tito Vilanova tended to field Javier Mascherano, Alex Song and Adriano ahead of him, and played in only 16 games in all competitions. He signed a new three-year contract in March 2014, but remained a third or fourth-choice under new manager Luis Enrique, making 25 appearances and scoring once as the team won the treble in 2014–15.
On 3 June 2016, Bartra was sold to German club Borussia Dortmund for an estimated fee of €8 million, signing a four-year deal. He made his competitive debut on 14 August, playing the entire 0–2 loss against FC Bayern Munich for the DFL-Supercup.
Bartra won 37 caps for Spain at youth level all categories comprised, including 16 for the under-21s. He made his debut for the full side on 16 November 2013, playing the entire 2–1 friendly win in Equatorial Guinea. This game was latter annulled by FIFA as they had not been notified early enough that the referee would be from Equatorial Guinea, and his first valid appearance took place on 8 September 2014 as he came on as a 68th-minute substitute for Sergio Ramos in a 5–1 home triumph against Macedonia for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers.
On 17 May 2016, Bartra was named in Vicente del Bosque's provisional squad of 25 for the finals in France, and he also made it to the final list of 23.
Style of play
Bartra is known for his decent pace, passing, heading, and aerial ability. He is also able to play as a right-back, running up and down his flank and contributing to the attacking players.
Bartra's fraternal twin brother, Èric, also came through La Masia. He started a relationship with Grand Prix motorcycle racing journalist Melissa Jiménez in February 2014, and welcomed daughter Gala on 18 August of the following year.
|Club||Season||League||Copa del Rey||Europe||Other||Total|
- La Liga: 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16
- Copa del Rey: 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16
- Supercopa de España: 2013
- UEFA Champions League: 2010–11, 2014–15
- UEFA Super Cup: 2015
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2015
- Spain U21
- "Bartra". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
- "Bartra y Muniesa: finura y carácter defensivo" [Bartra and Muniesa: finesse and defensive character] (in Spanish). FC Barcelona. 13 February 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2010.
- "Barça lose unbeaten record (2–1)". FC Barcelona. 14 February 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2010.
- "Barca back-ups draw blank". ESPN Soccernet. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
- Second XI ease to win; ESPN Soccernet, 21 May 2011
- "¿Debe jugar Bartra en Vallecas?" [Should Bartra play in Vallecas?]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 24 October 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
- "Bartra, un central que "le da 25.000 vueltas a Song"" [Bartra, stopper who is "25.000 times better than Song"]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 25 October 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
- "Marc Bartra le pide más minutos a los Reyes Magos" [Marc Bartra asks Three Wise Men for more minutes] (in Spanish). Goal.com. 30 December 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
- "Marc Bartra, fins al 2017: "És un repte consolidar-se"" [Marc Bartra, until 2017: "It is a challenge to make room for oneself"] (in Catalan). FC Barcelona. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
- "Bartra se ofrece para el lateral: "Me atrae mucho esa posición"" [Bartra makes fullback offer: "I am very attracted to that position"]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 5 December 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
- "Ter Stegen y Bartra quedan señalados por Luis Enrique" [Luis Enrique points fingers to Ter Stegen and Bartra]. Sport (in Spanish). 21 December 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
- ""Si sigue así, lo normal es que Bartra se vaya del Barça"" [“If this continues, it will be normal for Bartra to leave Barça”]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
- "Barcelona – Almería: El líder narcotiza la Liga" [Barcelona – Almería: Leader turns League into yawn]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 8 April 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
- "Marc Bartra: Borussia Dortmund's new defensive ace". Bundesliga. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
- Pearson, Matt (3 June 2016). "Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund sign Barcelona defender Marc Bartra". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
- "Second-half goals earn Bayern Munich Super Cup glory vs. Dortmund". ESPN FC. 14 August 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
- "De pasear la estrella a ver las estrellas" [From parading star to seeing stars]. Marca (in Spanish). 17 November 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
- "La FIFA anula el Guinea-España" [FIFA annul Guinea-Spain]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 31 December 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
- "EURO holders Spain brush FYROM aside". UEFA.com. 8 September 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
- "Euro 2016: Diego Costa, Juan Mata & Fernando Torres not in Spain squad". BBC Sport. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
- "Isco y Saúl fuera de la lista de Del Bosque para la Eurocopa 2016" [Isco and Saúl out of Del Bosque's list for 2016 European Championship]. El País (in Spanish). 31 May 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
- "FC Barcelona: The future is bright. The future is Bartra.". The Hard Tackle. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
- "Marc Bartra y su mellizo 'celebran' su cumpleaños en Facebook" [Marc Bartra and his twin 'celebrate' birthday in Facebook]. Sport (in Spanish). 15 January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
- "El primer regalo de Marc Bartra a su hija" [The first gift of Marc Bartra to his daughter]. ¡Hola! (in Spanish). 9 April 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
- "Bartra". Soccerway. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
- "Marc Bartra". European Football. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
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- FC Barcelona official profile
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- National team data
- Marc Bartra at National-Football-Teams.com
- Marc Bartra – FIFA competition record
- Marc Bartra – UEFA competition record