|Full name||Santiago Muñez|
|Place of birth||Mexico|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder|
|Current club||Tottenham Hotspur|
|-2003||Los Americanos Jovenes|
|2003-2005||Newcastle United F.C.|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.|
† Appearances (Goals).
Newcastle United (2003–2005)
Prior to his debut whilst playing for Newcastle United reserves against Manchester United reserves, Santiago's inhaler was stepped on and crushed by a fellow Newcastle player. Without his inhaler, he struggled through the match due to lack of oxygen. With the poor performance in the match and in training, Santiago was sacked by the club and intended to return to Los Angeles.
The following day, fellow Newcastle player Gavin Harris was late for training due to his car being vandalised by the wheels being removed. Harris calling for a taxi, and later shared it with Santiago, who had been planning to head to the airport. After informing him of the situation, Harris spoke to Dornhelm and asked that Santiago was given another chance, while also informing Dornhelm of Santiago's asthma.
After being given a second chance with Newcastle, Santiago was placed back into the reserves lineup. In the following game, he scored his first goal for the club, which, along with training, prompted Dornhelm to place him on the bench for the first team's next match. Santiago made his debut in a Premier League game versus Fulham, coming on as a substitute and becoming Newcastle's youngest ever player (according to Martin Tyler). After some time in the game, Santiago was fouled in the penalty area, giving Newcastle a penalty kick, which Harris scored. In the following game against Liverpool at St James' Park, he assisted in a goal, while scoring from a direct free kick shortly before the end of the game. His late goal gave Newcastle a 3–2 win, which pushed the club to fourth place in the standings and earned Newcastle a place in the Champions League for the following season.
Real Madrid (2005-2006)
In August 2005, Santiago received the news from his agent that Real Madrid were keen on his services. A £15 million fee was agreed with Michael Owen heading to Newcastle as part of the deal. Santiago is presented to the Santiago Bernabeu faithful the day he signs. Over 40,000 arrived to greet him. Huge expectation arrived with Santiago to the Spanish capital, with pundits going as far as claiming he was the next best player in the world. Santiago was going to make his debut on the opening day of the 2006 La Liga season after being named in the starting line-up against Vallodolid but a knee injury sustained in the training session before the match went his long awaited debut would have to be postponed for 3 weeks. Santiago eventually made his debut on September 14 in a Champions League match against Olympiacos. Having started on the bench and with a team of world-class players playing in front of him, Santiago could have been forgiven for thinking that this might not be his day. But a series of shocking misses by good friend and former Newcastle teammate Gavin Harris paved the way for his debut in front of a roaring and frustrated Bernabeu. With time running out, Santiago scores a wonderful 25 yard blast to steal the 3 points for Real Madrid. He eventually makes his La Liga debut against Valencia but gets shamefully sent off for a terrible lunge on Joaquin. His blushes are somewhat spared, however, as Real Madrid win the match thanks to a goal from Gavin Harris, his first goal for the club. Santiago eventually forces his way into the side, mainly thanks to some awful form from Gavin Harris and some dazzling goals in the Champions League against Rosenborg and Olympiacos. He gradually begins to find his feet in Spain, getting some league matches under his belt and scoring his first La Liga goal at home to Osasuna. He follows this match up by producing a man-of-the-match performance against city rivals Atletico de Madrid. After opening the scoring with a 30 yard rocket, he assists three more goals as Real cruise to a 4–1 win. Santiago seems to be finding his feet and fulfilling his potential when all of a sudden he is involved in a car accident. He is ruled out for 4 months. He makes his comeback against Mallorca in early March but struggles and is replaced 18 minutes after coming off the bench. Personal problems overshadow most of his season as Santiago is simply unable to focus solely on his football and put in good performances on a consistent basis. He is dropped from the side but an injury to Ronaldo leads to him being recalled for a tough match against Villareal. Villareal take the game to Madrid and open the scoring through Riquelme but Beckham levels the match with a trademark free kick. With twelve minutes to go, Santiago makes his mark. He collects the ball at the halfway line and charges past three opponents. He then exchanges passes with Zidane before firing the ball into the roof of the net from 18 yards. That goal leads to the Real Madrid manager saying that Santiago is on his way to becoming one of the best players in the world. Munez's performance against Villareal grants him a place on the bench for the Champions League semi-final first leg against Lyon in France. However, Santiago falls ill and misses the match. Instead he is placed on the bench for the return leg and comes on for Gavin Harris with 5 minutes left to play and Real Madrid leading 1–0 thanks to a goal from Harris. Santiago leaves his mark on the match thanks to a fantastic goal in injury time. Real Madrid win 2–0 on the night and 2–0 on aggregate. Santiago forces his way back into the Real Madrid side and is placed on the bench for the Champions League Final against Arsenal. Having watched Arsenal take a 1–0 halftime lead at the Bernabeu, he is introduced at the break to partner Gavin Harris. This is the first time this season that they were put up front together. That tactic looks to have backfired when Arsenal score again through Thierry Henry. And Real look buried after Arsenal win a penalty and look to make it 3–0. However, they miss the spot kick and Santiago finds Harris who scores a goal to make it 2–1. Santiago then equalizes with two minutes to go before Beckham wins it in injury time with a free kick. Real Madrid win their 10th Champions League title and set a new record in competition wins.
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