Ildefons Lima

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Ildefons Lima
Ildefons Lima 2011.jpg
Lima playing with Andorra in 2011
Personal information
Full name Ildefons Lima Solà
Date of birth (1979-12-10) 10 December 1979 (age 34)
Place of birth Andorra la Vella, Andorra
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
FC Santa Coloma
Number 6
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 FC Andorra 64 (2)
1999–2000 Espanyol B 1 (0)
2000–2001 Sant Andreu 25 (2)
2001–2002 Ionikos 0 (0)
2002 Pachuca 3 (1)
2002–2003 Las Palmas 25 (2)
2004 Poli Ejido 2 (0)
2004–2005 Rayo Vallecano 34 (1)
2005–2009 Triestina 89 (1)
2009–2011 Bellinzona 43 (4)
2011–2012 Triestina 18 (2)
2012–2014 FC Andorra 45 (15)
2014– Santa Coloma 0 (0)
National team
1997– Andorra 87 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 September 2014
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Lima and the second or maternal family name is Solà.

Ildefons Lima Solà (born 10 December 1979 in Andorra la Vella) is an Andorran footballer who plays for FC Santa Coloma as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Lima's first senior seasons were spent with FC Andorra, playing one season each in the Spanish third and fourth divisions. Subsequently, he played in both levels with RCD Espanyol B and UE Sant Andreu, splitting the following season abroad between Ionikos F.C. of Greece and C.F. Pachuca in Mexico.

In the 2002 summer, Lima returned to Spain, playing one 1/2 seasons with UD Las Palmas in the second division, moving in January 2004 to another club in the category, Polideportivo Ejido and playing the following campaign with Rayo Vallecano, in the third level.

Lima then played four years with U.S. Triestina Calcio in Italy. With the Trieste side, he was occasionally used as a forward. In 2009, aged nearly 30, he switched countries again, signing for AC Bellinzona in the Swiss Super League.

International career[edit]

Lima made his debut for Andorra aged 17, in the country's second ever match on 22 June 1997, scoring in a 4–1 defeat to Estonia.[1] He went on to lead the national team's scoring charts, with eight goals, amassing more than 85 caps.

In June 2009, near the end of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign, he scored his first competitive goal for over eight years, and six years overall, the last goal of a 5-1 defeat to Belarus. On 9 September 2014 in Andorra's first match of UEFA Euro 2016 qualification, he scored a sixth-minute penalty to give the side a 1–0 lead over Wales, but eventually lost 2–1.[2]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list. Andorra's goal tally first. As of match played 9 September 2014.[3]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 June 1997 Kuressaare Linnastaadion, Kuressaare  Estonia 1–3 1–4 Friendly
2. 2 September 2000 Communal d'Aixovall, Andorra La Vella  Cyprus 2–1 2–3 2002 World Cup qualification
3 25 April 2001 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Republic of Ireland 1–0 1–3 2002 World Cup qualification
4. 27 March 2002 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali  Malta 1–0 1–1 Friendly
5. 4 June 2008 Estadi Comunal d'Aixovall, Andorra la Vella  Azerbaijan 1–1 1–2 Friendly
6. 11 February 2009 S. Darius and S. Girėnas Stadium, Kaunas  Lithuania 1–2 1–3 Friendly
7. 6 June 2009 Neman Stadium, Grodno  Belarus 1–5 1–5 2010 World Cup qualification
8. 9 September 2014 Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella  Wales 1–0 1–2 Euro 2016 qualifying

Personal life[edit]

Lima's older brother, Toni, is also a footballer and a defender. He too spent most of his career in the lower leagues of Spain, and the pair shared teams at Ionikos.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Estonia 4-1 Andorra". European Football. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Gareth Bale double rescues feeble Wales from embarrassment in Andorra". The Guardian. Press Association. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ildefons Lima Solá - Goals in International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 

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