Eduard Oriol

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Edu Oriol
Personal information
Full name Eduard Oriol Gràcia
Date of birth (1986-11-05) 5 November 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Cambrils, Spain
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Blackpool
Number 23
Youth career
2004–2005 FC Cambrils
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Pobla Mafumet
2006–2007 Reus (loan) 25 (1)
2008–2009 Sant Andreu 34 (5)
2009–2011 Barcelona B 60 (9)
2011–2013 Zaragoza 39 (2)
2013–2014 Khazar 7 (0)
2014 AEL Limassol 18 (5)
2014– Blackpool 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:16, 31 August 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Oriol and the second or maternal family name is Gràcia.

Eduard "Edu" Oriol Gràcia (born 5 November 1986) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Blackpool, as a winger.

Football career[edit]

Born in Cambrils, Tarragona, Catalonia, Oriol started playing with amateurs Pobla de Mafumet CF, having a loan spell with CF Reus Deportiu whilst on contract with the former. In the 2008–09 season, still in his native region, he competed in the third division with UE Sant Andreu.

In the summer of 2009 Oriol moved to FC Barcelona, helping the reserve side return to the second level by appearing in 29 games and scoring three goals. After once again featuring heavily for Barça B in the 2010–11 campaign, as the club finished in third position – being however ineligible for playoff promotion – he signed for La Liga outfit Real Zaragoza, for three years.[1]

Oriol made his debut in the top flight on 28 August 2011, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 0–6 home loss against Real Madrid.[2] He joined Azerbaijan Premier League side Khazar Lankaran FK in late August 2013 on a two-year contract,[3] following the Aragonese club's relegation,[4] and won his first piece of silverware on 23 October after helping his new team to victory over Neftchi Baku PFC, in that year's Azerbaijan Supercup.[5]

On 13 January 2014 Oriol's contract with Khazar was cancelled by mutual consent, after he failed to settle in Azerbaijan.[6] The following day, he penned a two-year deal with AEL Limassol in the Cypriot First Division.[7]

On 18 August 2014, he agreed a one-year deal with the option of a further year with Championship side Blackpool, linking up with his twin brother Joan.[8]

Honours[edit]

Khazar

Personal[edit]

Oriol's twin brother, Joan, is also a footballer. A defender, he shared teams with his sibling in Mafumet and Reus, going on to appear in the top division with Villarreal CF and CA Osasuna.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El Real Zaragoza ficha a dos jugadores de la cantera del F.C. Barcelona" [Real Zaragoza signs two players from F.C. Barcelona youth system] (in Spanish). Heraldo. 2 July 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ronaldo gets Madrid show underway". ESPN Soccernet. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Edu Oriol "Xəzər Lənkəran"da!" [Edu Oriol signed for Khazar Lankaran!] (in Azeri). Khazar's official website. August 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Barcelonanın sabiq üzvü rəsmən Xəzər Lənkəranda! (foto)" [Khazar Lankaran signs former Barcelona player! (photo)] (in Azeri). Azeri Sport. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Khazar Lankaran 2–1 Neftchi Baku". Soccerway. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Испанец расторг контракт с Хазаром" (in Russian). Azeri Football. 13 January 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "EL AEL Limassol le da la bienvenida al jugador Edu Oriol" [AEL Limassol welcomes player Edu Oriol] (in Spanish). Planeta Fichajes. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.blackpoolfc.co.uk/news/article/another-oriol-arrives-1836151.aspx
  9. ^ "Edu y Joan Oriol: tú al Barça, yo al Villarreal" [Edu and Joan Oriol: you go to Barça, i go to Villarreal] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 29 December 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 

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