|Full name||Manuel Rivero Almunia|
|Date of birth||May 19, 1977|
|Place of birth||Valencia, Spain|
|Height||1. Events 1535 - French explorer Jacques Cartier sets sail on his second voyage to North America with three ships 110 men and Also 1977 (album by Ash. Year 1977 ( MCMLXXVII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays Spain () or the Kingdom of Spain (Reino de España is a country located mostly in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. 91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
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Manuel Rivero Almunia (born May 19, 1977 in Pamplona) is a Spanish football player who currently plays for English Premier League club Arsenal as a goalkeeper. Events 1535 - French explorer Jacques Cartier sets sail on his second voyage to North America with three ships 110 men and Also 1977 (album by Ash. Year 1977 ( MCMLXXVII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays For other meanings see Pamplona (disambiguation. Pamplona ( Basque: Iruñea or Iruña) is the capital city of Navarre Spain () or the Kingdom of Spain (Reino de España is a country located mostly in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered The Premier League, colloquially referred to as the Premiership, is an English professional league for football clubs
Almunia made his professional debut with Spanish side Recreativo de Huelva. Real Club Recreativo de Huelva is a Spanish football team founded on December 23 1889. He then joined Celta Vigo, where he spent nearly a year without making a first team appearance, before moving to Albacete Balompié on a loan deal on November 1, 2003, forging his way quickly into the first team squad and making 24 league appearances. Real Club Celta de Vigo Sociedad Anonima Deportiva is a Spanish football team from Vigo in Galicia. Albacete Balompié is a Spanish football team formed on August 2 1940 and is based in Albacete. Events 996 - Emperor Otto III issues a deed to Gottschalk Bishop of Freising which is the oldest known document using the name Ostarrîchi Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar.
He signed for Arsenal for an undisclosed fee on July 14, 2004. Events 1223 - Louis VIII becomes King of France upon the death of his father Philip II of France. "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again "  He made his debut in a 2-1 League Cup win over Manchester City on October 27, 2004. The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition TalkManchester City FC before changing verbs to singular --> Manchester City Football Club is an English professional football club Events 312 - Constantine the Great is said to have received his famous Vision of the Cross. "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " He played in all the Gunners' League Cup matches that season, including the quarter-final against Manchester United on December 1, 2004; Almunia fumbled a save from David Bellion after 19 seconds, gifting him the only goal of the game. Events 800 - Charlemagne judges the accusations against Pope Leo III in the Vatican "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " David Bellion (born 27 November 1982 in Paris, France) is a French footballer of Senegalese origin who currently
Previously he was usually selected as Arsenal's goalkeeper for Cup matches, where he had been able to show his penalty-stopping abilities, including in a win over Sheffield United in the 2004-05 FA Cup, where Almunia made two saves in a penalty shootout after the game finished 0-0, to take the Gunners through to the quarter-finals. Sheffield United Football Club is a professional English football club based in the city of Sheffield, South Yorkshire. The Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup, is a knockout cup competition in English football, run by and named after Penalty shootouts, properly named kicks from the penalty mark, are a method sometimes used to decide which team progresses to the next stage of a tournament (or wins the tournament Another successful shootout win with Almunia in goal came at Doncaster Rovers in the League Cup in 2005-06. Doncaster Rovers Football Club (or informally Donny) are an English football club based at the Keepmoat Stadium in the town of Doncaster The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition
In the 2006 Champions League final against Barcelona, Almunia started on the bench but came on as a substitute after Jens Lehmann was sent off. See also List of European Cup and UEFA Champions League winners The UEFA Champions League, which evolved from the European Champion Clubs' Cup is a seasonal club Fútbol Club Barcelona ( Catalan fudˈbɔɫ ˌklup bəɾsəˈlonə Spanish ˈfutβol ˌkluβ baɾθeˈlona known familiarly as Barça (Spanish ˈbaɾsa Catalan Almunia made a crucial save early on, tipping Samuel Eto'o's shot onto a post. Samuel Eto'o Fils (born March 10, 1981 in Douala) is a Cameroonian football striker who plays for Spanish La Liga club However, Almunia could not keep Barcelona at bay; late in the second half, Eto'o was put clean through and beat Almunia at his near post with the equaliser, and with 10 minutes left Juliano Belletti poked the ball through Almunia's legs to score the winner. Juliano Haus Belletti (born June 20, 1976 in Cascavel, Brazil) often known as Belletti, is a Brazilian football However he got an extended run in the first team at the start of the 2007/08 season due to Lehmann making two high profile mistakes. Almunia's subsequent performances allowed him to maintain his spot in the first team, winning over the fans with some high level performances with a penalty save against Robbie Keane being the highlight. He is currently Arsenals first choice goalkeeper and Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Almunia will remain Arsenal's first choice for next season.
Almunia was a permanent fixture of Arsenal's 2006/7 FA Cup and League Cup runs, playing in the final of the latter. In his only league appearance that year, deputising for an ill Jens Lehmann at home to Liverpool, he kept a clean sheet. Overall, he seemed much improved from previous outings. After Jens Lehmann's multiple injuries at the start of the 2007/8 season, Almunia has once more found himself deputising for Lehmann in the league. However, he has abruptly become Arsene Wenger's first choice goalkeeper at the expense of the veteran shot stopper. On 23 October 2007, Lehmann publicly showed his anger by saying that he has to talk soon if his manager would not let him play as the first choice goal keeper. Events 4004 BC - Creation of the world begins according to the calculations of Archbishop James Ussher 42 BC - Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Despite Jens Lehmann confirming he wants to stay at the club, it is apparent Almunia has become Arsenal's permanent first choice goalkeeper. Jens Lehmann (German jɛns ˈleːman born November 10, 1969 in Essen) is a German football goalkeeper who currently He cemented the job when he saved a Robbie Keane penalty at the Emirates in a 2-1 win over Spurs on 22 December 2007. Robert David "Robbie" Keane ( Irish name: Roibéard Daithí Ó Catháin) (born 8 July 1980 in Tallaght, Dublin) is an Irish Events 1790 - The Turkish fortress of Izmail is stormed and captured by Suvorov and his Russian armies Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century.
Almunia has also been touted as a future first-choice England goalkeeper due to his solid form this season (07/08). Almunia has stated on more than one occasion about his wish to play for England, but only provided that he doesn't receive a call up from Spain first. However, he isn't eligible to play for England until he receives a British passport, which will be made available to him on 29th December 2008. On April 3rd, Almunia signed a long-term(unspecified) contract with Arsenal.
|NAME||Almunia, Manuel Rivero|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Almunia, Manuel|
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||Professional footballer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1977-05-19|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Pamplona, Spain|
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