Oriol Romeu

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Oriol Romeu
Oriol romeu.jpg
Romeu with VfB Stuttgart in 2014
Personal information
Full name Oriol Romeu Vidal[1]
Date of birth (1991-09-24) 24 September 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth Ulldecona, Spain
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
VfB Stuttgart (on loan from Chelsea)
Number 13
Youth career
2001–2004 Espanyol
2004–2009 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Barcelona B 45 (1)
2010–2011 Barcelona 1 (0)
2011– Chelsea 22 (0)
2013–2014 Valencia (loan) 13 (0)
2014– VfB Stuttgart (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Spain U17 5 (0)
2009–2010 Spain U19 11 (1)
2009–2011 Spain U20 8 (0)
2011–2012 Spain U21 10 (0)
2012 Spain U23 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 November 2012
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Romeu and the second or maternal family name is Vidal.

Oriol Romeu Vidal (born 24 September 1991) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for German club VfB Stuttgart, on loan from Chelsea. Mainly a defensive midfielder, he can also operate as a central defender.[3]

Club career[edit]

Barcelona[edit]

Born in Ulldecona, Tarragona, Catalonia, Romeu arrived in FC Barcelona's youth academy in 2004, from neighbours RCD Espanyol, and progressed through the club's youth academy until breaking into the reserve team. Manager Pep Guardiola handed him his first appearance for the senior side in a friendly against Kuwaiti team Kazma Sporting Club, and subsequently included him in the squad for the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup which took place in Abu Dhabi.[4]

Romeu was included in the nineteen-man Barcelona squad on 13 August 2010, due to the need to rest some of Barça's Spanish internationals. He was to face Sevilla FC in the first leg of the season's Spanish Supercup. He made his official competitive debut in that game, playing the full ninety minutes in the 1–3 away loss.[5][6]

Romeu made his first La Liga appearance on 15 May 2011, playing the last ten minutes of a 0–0 home draw against Deportivo de La Coruña in the place of another club youth graduate, Jonathan dos Santos.[7]

Chelsea[edit]

Oriol Romeu with Chelsea against Arsenal in 2012.
Romeu playing for Chelsea in 2012

Reports began to link Romeu with a move to Chelsea on 22 July 2011.[8] The following day he agreed terms for his transfer, pending a medical or personal terms as he was away on international duty at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[3] On 4 August the English club announced the completion of the transfer, with the player signing a four-year contract[9] in a deal worth 5 million – the deal also gave Barcelona first refusal via a buy back option should Chelsea deem him surplus to requirements, seeing Barcelona pay €10 million in 2012 or €15 million in 2013 to bring him back to the Camp Nou;[10] he was given the number 6 shirt for the new campaign.[11]

Romeu made his official debut for Chelsea on 10 September 2011, being brought on as a substitute in the 79th minute of the 2–1 away win against Sunderland.[12] He received his first start on the 21st, in a 0–0 draw (penalty shootout win) against Fulham for the season's Football League Cup.[13]

Romeu's first UEFA Champions League appearance came on 19 October 2011, playing the full 90 minutes in a 5–0 group stage home win against K.R.C. Genk.[14] He also added 76 minutes in the second game between the two teams, a 1–1 draw in Belgium.

The opportunity for his first start for Chelsea in the Premier League was against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 26 November 2011, putting in a solid performance in a 3–0 home win.[15] He retained his position for the following league game, against Newcastle United at St James' Park, which finished with the same score.[16]

In December 2011, Chelsea issued a statement regarding the deal surrounding Romeu's buy back clause with Barcelona. The statement highlighted that the Blaugrana did not have an automatic buy back clause as first suggested, only having first refusal on any deal if the Blues wanted to sell him in the future.[17]

Interview with Romeu after his loan to Valencia (Spanish)

On 25 September 2012 Romeu scored his first goal for Chelsea, taking a penalty in a 6–0 win against Wolves at Stamford Bridge for the season's League Cup.[18] Manager Roberto Di Matteo stated that the departures of Yossi Benayoun, Michael Essien and Raul Meireles would mean more playing opportunities for the Spaniard; however, on 11 December, he suffered a knee injury in a game against Sunderland, being sidelined for the rest of the season.[19]

On 12 July 2013 Romeu returned to Spain and joined Valencia CF, in a season-long loan deal.[20] He made his debut for the club on 15 September, in a 1–3 defeat at Real Betis.[21]

On 17 July 2014 Romeu signed a new contract with Chelsea, keeping him at the club until 2017.[22]

On 4 August 2014, Chelsea announced that Romeu would be loaned to German club VfB Stuttgart for the 2014–15 season.[23]

International career[edit]

After making his professional début for Barça in 2009, Romeu became a mainstay in the under-19 and under-20 national teams, featuring heavily in the 2010 UEFA Under-19 Championship elite qualification round.[24]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Barcelona
Chelsea

Country[edit]

Spain U17

Club statistics[edit]

As of 24 April 2014[25]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2008–09 5 0 0 0 5 0
2009–10 22 0 0 0 4[a] 0 26 0
2010–11 18 1 0 0 18 1
Total 45 1 0 0 4 0 49 1
Barcelona 2010–11 1 0 0 0 0 0 1[b] 0 2 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Chelsea 2011–12 16 0 5 0 3 0 24 0
2012–13 6 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 9 1
Total 22 0 7 1 4 0 0 0 33 1
Valencia 2013–14 13 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 18 0
Total 13 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 18 0
VfB Stuttgart 2014–15 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career totals 82 1 9 1 8 0 5 0 104 2
  1. ^ Appearances in Segunda División B play-offs
  2. ^ Appearance in Supercopa de España

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 1 February 2013. p. 7. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Player profile: Oriol Romeu". Premier League. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Villas-Boas: Why i want Oriol; Chelsea's official website, 23 July 2011
  4. ^ Stoke City plot shock swoop for Barcelona starlet Oriol Romeu; Goal.com, 4 January 2010
  5. ^ "Nine B team players in squad for Seville". Barcelona's official website. 13 August 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Debutan Miño, Sergi Gómez, Romeu y Adriano" [Debut for Miño, Sergi Gómez, Romeu and Adriano] (in Spanish). Barcelona's official website. 14 August 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Barca back-ups draw blank". ESPN Soccernet. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Chelsea close in on Barcelona midfielder Oriol Romeu; The Daily Telegraph, 22 July 2011
  9. ^ "Oriol deal completed". Chelsea's official website. 4 August 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Chelsea sign midfielder Oriol Romeu from Barcelona; BBC Sport, 4 August 2011
  11. ^ "Squad numbers announced". Chelsea's official website. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Sunderland 1–2 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 10 September 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Chelsea 0–0 Fulham". BBC Sport. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Chelsea 5 v 0 Genk". Chelsea's official website. 19 October 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Blues cruise past Wolves to ease pressure on AVB". ESPN Soccernet. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Chelsea victorious in Toon cracker". ESPN Soccernet. 3 December 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "Villas-Boas: Our Oriol". Chelsea's official website. 11 December 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "Chelsea 6–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers". Chelsea's official website. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  19. ^ "Oriol Romeu: Chelsea midfielder out for six months". BBC Sport. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  20. ^ "Official VCF statement". Valencia's official website. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  21. ^ "Betis bag victory". Sky Sports. 15 September 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  22. ^ "Chelsea: Oriol Romeu signs new three-year deal at Stamford Bridge". BBC Sport. 17 July 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  23. ^ "Romeu loaned to Stuttgart". Chelsea F.C. 4 August 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  24. ^ "Thiago and Romeu to participate in the European U-19 Championship". FC Barcelona news. 20 July 2009. Archived from the original on 25 September 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  25. ^ "Oriol Romeu". Soccerway. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 

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