Iker Muniain Goñi is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao in La Liga, mainly as a left winger. A product of Muniain made his first team debut on 30 July 2009, in a UEFA Europa League qualifying match against BSC Young Boys. One week later, Muniain scored his first goal for the club, in the return match in Switzerland. Athletic won 2–1, and qualified for the playoff rounds. On 30 August 2009, another record, as Muniain appeared (and started) in the 1–0 home win against RCD Espanyol (2009–10's opener), becoming the youngest player to have donned the club's shirt in La Liga. Muniain became the youngest player to score in a first division match, as he netted in a 2–2 draw at Real Valladolid on 4 October 2009, aged only 16 years and 289 days. On 1 December 2009, Muniain signed his first professional contract with Athletic, running until June 2015. He set up both goals in Athletic's next game, a 2–1 away win at Real Zaragoza, and finished his first senior season with 35 official appearances, netting six goals. On 17 April 2011, he scored a last-minute goal in a 2–1 away win against hometown club CA Osasuna. On 8 February 2011, Muniain made his debut with the under-21 team in a match against Denmark, replacing Adrián López. He was part of the squad that appeared in the 2011 UEFA European Football Championship and won its third title in the category and qualified to the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Analysing the rapid decline in Iker Muniain's form for Athletic Bilbao
Three years ago, Iker Muniain found himself being lauded as a major part of a talented Athletic Bilbao side who wowed worldwide audiences as they ripped through Manchester United on the way to the Europa League final. Playing as part of a front three alongside Fernando Llorente and Markel Susaeta, Muniain flourished and was heralded […]
Liverpool want the ‘Spanish Messi’, Iker Muniain, according to reports in Spain. The Reds look set to sell superstar striker Luis Suarez to Spanish giants Barcelona and are also targeting Alexis Sanchez in return but are keeping their options open with Juventus and Arsenal also thought to be interested in Sanchez. Muniain is another name [...]The post
Brave & Tenacious: Why this rising La Liga star could solve Manchester United's winger woes
Back in 2012, Manchester United had dropped into the Europa League after failing to make the Champions League knockout stages in the 2011/12 tournament. They were knocked out in the quarter finals of Europe’s secondary competition by Athletic Bilbao who featured an exciting youngster, Iker Muniain, a player integral to that victory over two legs. [...]The post
Team Focus: The Valverde effect at Athletic Bilbao
If anything, this was meant to be a year of recovery for Athletic Bilbao. The emotional and physical strains of the Marcelo Bielsa era were deeply felt after all, and the appointment of Ernesto Valverde was seen as a perfect tonic.Instead, ho...
Iker Muniain arrived just on time to turn home Markel Susaeta’s wicked delivery and Barcelona’s unbeaten record was gone. Athletic Bilbao hadn’t lost at the new San Mames before this weekend and Gerardo Martino’s side were unable to change that. Instead it was Barca’s unbeaten league record which fell, leaving just three points separating La [...]The post
It’s crept up upon us quickly, but it is just seven weeks until the transfer re-opens again and the rumour mill is just beginning to begin it’s cycle with the Premier League wide open. Each team up the top end of the table will know that the right acquisition in January could prove the difference [...]The post
Two seasons ago Iker Muniain was one of the hottest prospects around. At the time Athletic Bilbao were everyone’s favourite team to watch as they brushed aside Manchester United in the Europa League on their way to the final. The teenage Muniain was instrumental in the Basque club’s road to the final and was often the [...]The post