Ex-Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina becomes first Spaniard to play in Europe's Top 4 leagues

Pepe Reina

Pepe Reina made his first official Bundesliga appearance for Bayern Munich on Saturday, becoming the first Spaniard to play in Europe's Top 4 leagues.

Pepe Reina made his first official Bundesliga appearance for Bayern Munich on Saturday, becoming the first Spaniard to play in Europe's Top 4 leagues; England, Germany, Spain and Italy.

Pep Guardiola granted his 32-year-old compatriot his first start of his Bayern Munich career with the Spanish international successfully manning the sticks in his side's 0-4 win over Werder Bremen.

Reina's German Bundesliga debut marks a feat that only eight other players in football history have been able to accomplish, playing in all four major European football leagues.

Reina joined Florin Raduciou, Gheorghe Popescu, Jon Dahl Tomasson, Abel Xavier, Pierre Wome, Maniche, Christian Poulsen and Obafemi Martins in the exclusive club, but is the only Spaniard to accomplish the feat.

Reina began his career with Barcelona before moving to La Liga side Villarreal, from then he went on to have tremendous success with English Premier League giants Liverpool, but after losing his place to Simon Mignolet, Reina joined Rafa Benitez on loan at Serie A side Napoli before joining Bayern Munich on a free transfer this past summer.

In addition, Reina also become the first Spanish goalkeeper to play in the German Bundesliga and the first foreign goalkeeper to play for Bayern Munich since Belgian Jean-Marie Pfaff in the 1980's.

 

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