Orlandi in action for Swansea
|Full name||Andrea Orlandi Stabilin|
|Date of birth||3 August 1984|
|Place of birth||Barcelona, Spain|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Winger / Attacking midfielder|
|Current club||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|2005–2007||→ Barcelona B (loan)||67||(5)|
|2006||→ Barcelona (loan)||1||(0)|
|2012–||Brighton & Hove Albion||36||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:24, 10 August 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Orlandi started his senior career with Deportivo Alavés, only managing two appearances for the first team during his two-year spell, with the Basque in Segunda División. In the 2005 summer he was loaned to hometown side FC Barcelona, also being almost exclusively associated with the reserves.
On 20 May 2006, as Barça was already crowned La Liga champions, Orlandi made his first – and only – league appearance for the Catalans' first team, pitching in at left back in a 1–3 away loss against Athletic Bilbao. He also made an appearance in the club's Copa Catalunya win against RCD Espanyol in August 2003, courtesy of manager Frank Rijkaard.
In late September 2007, after an unsuccessful trial with Greek club Aris Thessaloniki FC, free agent Orlandi signed for Swansea City, moving to the Liberty Stadium on a one-year deal as the club was managed by countryman Roberto Martínez. In July 2010 he was linked to fellow Football League Championship side Leicester City, who had just appointed former Swans boss Paulo Sousa as their new manager, but nothing came of it, and the player renewed his link for a further two years, having done the same the year before.
On 4 July 2011, after having helped Swansea to its first-ever promotion to the Premier League, contributing with 20 games, Orlandi penned a new one-year contract extension with the club. After signing, however, he found opportunities limited in Brendan Rodgers' first-team and, on 2 January 2012, he was offered to ADO Den Haag on a temporary basis, alongside Thomas Butler and David Cotterill; both Butler and Cotterill were subsequently released from their contracts, with Orlandi opting to remain with the Welsh club until the end of the season.
On 28 April 2012, Orlandi scored the fastest Premier League goal for five seasons, after 25 seconds, with a diving header from a Scott Sinclair cross. Swansea drew the game 4–4 against Wolverhampton Wanderers, who had already been relegated.
Brighton & Hove Albion
On 31 August 2012 Orlandi transferred to Brighton & Hove Albion, signing a two-year contract. He scored his first goal for his new club on 27 November, helping to a 2–0 home league win against Bristol City; his second came on 5 January 2013, in an eventual elimination of Newcastle United from the FA Cup (same result).
- As of 10 August 2013
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Total|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Supercopa de España||Total|
|2003–04||Alavés B||Segunda División B||-||-||-||-|
|2005–06||Barcelona B||Segunda División B||-||-||-||-|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Total|
|2007–08||Swansea City||League One||8||0||4||0||-||12||0|
|2012–13||Brighton & Hove Albion||Championship||35||6||1||1||-||36||7|
- "Athletic Bilbao 3–1 Barcelona". ESPN Soccernet. 20 May 2006. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
- "Swansea sign Feeney and Orlandi". BBC Sport. 1 September 2007. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
- "Free agent pair set for Foxes switch?". Leicester City Football Blog. 21 July 2010. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
- "Andrea Orlandi signs new Swansea City contract". BBC Sport. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
- "Orlandi extends Swans stay". Sky Sports. 23 July 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
- "Swansea offer trio on loan to ADO Den Haag". Sky Sports. 2 January 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
- "Swansea City 4–4 Wolves". The Guardian. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
- "Albion complete Orlandi signing". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
- "Brighton 2–0 Bristol City". BBC Sport. 27 November 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
- "Brighton 2–0 Newcastle". BBC Sport. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2013.