Martí Riverola

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Martí Riverola
Personal information
Full name Martí Riverola Bataller
Date of birth (1991-01-26) 26 January 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Mallorca (on loan from Bologna)
Number 24
Youth career
1997–2010 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Barcelona B 38 (5)
2011 Vitesse (loan) 15 (2)
2012– Bologna 1 (0)
2013–2014 Mallorca (loan) 15 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Riverola and the second or maternal family name is Bataller.

Martí Riverola Bataller (born 26 January 1991) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for RCD Mallorca on loan from Bologna F.C. 1909, as a central midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Barcelona[edit]

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Riverola joined FC Barcelona's youth academy in 1997, aged just six, and started his career as a forward, being reconverted into a midfielder for the 2004–05 season. In spite of this change he retained his goalscoring touch, being the under-19's second top scorer in 2010 with 13 goals.[1]

In late 2009, still registered with the junior side, Riverola made his debut for Barcelona's B-team, in a 2–0 away win against neighbours RCD Espanyol B.[2] The reserves eventually returned to the second division after 11 years, but the player only appeared once more in the league.

In January 2011, Riverola joined Eredivisie club Vitesse on a six-month long loan, as the Dutch were managed by countryman Albert Ferrer, himself a former Barcelona player.[3] In June he returned to Barcelona and its reserves, alongside Isaac Cuenca,[4] and scored five goals in 32 games throughout the campaign to help the B's finish eighth.

On 7 December Riverola made his first official appearance for the main squad, coming on as a substitute for Sergi Roberto in the dying minutes of a 4–0 home success against FC BATE Borisov for the campaign's UEFA Champions League.[5][6]

Bologna[edit]

On 7 June 2012, Riverola was presented as player of Italian side Bologna F.C. 1909,[7] having already agreed to a four-year contract in late January.[8]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 10 June 2012[9]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other[10] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2009–10 2 0 2 0
2010–11 4 0 4 0
2011–12 32 5 32 5
Total 38 5 38 5
Vitesse 2010–11 15 2 0 0 15 2
Total 15 2 0 0 15 2
Barcelona 2011–12 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Career totals 53 7 0 0 1 0 0 0 54 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martí Riverola singled out by Guardiola; Barcelona's official website, 5 August 2010
  2. ^ El penúltimo obstáculo superado de Martí (Martí overcomes penultimate hurdle); Barcelona's official website, 10 November 2009 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Official: Vitesse sign Barcelona youngster Marti Riverola on loan; Goal.com, 7 January 2011
  4. ^ Riverola and Cuenca return to Barça B; Total Barça, 4 June 2011
  5. ^ "Guardiola makes Riverola debut, his canterano number 22". Fútbol Blog Barcelona. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "'Baby Barça', the jewel of Pep". The Delta World. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  7. ^ Bologna sign Marti Riverola from Barcelona; Sportsmole, 6 June 2012
  8. ^ Bologna sign Barcelona midfielder Marti Riverola; Tribal Football, 19 January 2012
  9. ^ "Riverola". Soccerway. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup.

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