Álex Grimaldo

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Álex Grimaldo
Alejandro Grimaldo (5) (cropped).jpg
Grimaldo with Spain U19 in 2012
Personal information
Full name Alejandro Grimaldo García
Date of birth (1995-09-20) 20 September 1995 (age 21)
Place of birth Valencia, Spain
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Benfica
Number 3
Youth career
2006–2008 Valencia
2008–2012 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2015 Barcelona B 92 (6)
2016– Benfica 16 (2)
National team
2011 Spain U16 2 (0)
2011–2012 Spain U17 8 (1)
2012–2014 Spain U19 9 (0)
2013– Spain U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 September 2016

Alejandro "Álex" Grimaldo García (born 20 September 1995) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club Benfica as a left back.

Club career[edit]

Barcelona[edit]

Grimaldo with Barcelona B in 2012

Born in Valencia, Valencian Community, Grimaldo joined Barcelona's youth system in 2008. He made his official debut for the B-team on 4 September 2011, starting in a 4–0 away win against Cartagena at the age of 15 years and 349 days and becoming the youngest player ever to appear in a Segunda División game.[1][2]

On 23 February 2013, Grimaldo suffered a serious knee injury, being ruled out for the remainder of the season.[3] He returned to action in January of the following year,[4] appearing in 14 matches to help his team finish in third position.

On 13 September 2014, Grimaldo scored his first professional goal, netting his side's last in a 3–2 success at Alavés.[5] In a campaign which saw the team relegated, he netted four times in 36 matches; he and Sergi Palencia were sent off on 25 April 2015, in a 2–1 win over Ponferradina at the Mini Estadi.[6]

Benfica[edit]

On 29 December 2015, as his contract was about to expire,[7] Grimaldo signed with Portuguese champions Benfica until 2021, for €1.5 million. Barcelona has the right to a percentage of a future sale.[8]

Grimaldo played his first game with his new team on 26 January 2016, coming in as a 62nd-minute substitute for Sílvio in a 6–1 away routing of Moreirense for the Taça da Liga.[9] He debuted in the Primeira Liga on 29 February, featuring the full 90 minutes in a 2–0 home win against União da Madeira;[10] he only appeared once more in the latter competition until the end of the season, filling in for suspended Eliseu[11] in a 4–1 success over Nacional also at the Estádio da Luz that sealed the club's third consecutive national championship.[12] He remained in the team for the league cup final on 20 May, the 6–2 defeat of Marítimo at the Estádio Cidade de Coimbra.[13]

Grimaldo's first full season began on 7 August 2016, as he started in a 3–0 win against Braga for the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira in Aveiro, assisting Franco Cervi for the opening goal.[14] On 2 October he scored his first goal for the club, a free kick to conclude a 4–0 home triumph over Feirense.[15]

International career[edit]

Grimaldo gained his first cap for the Spanish under-21 team on 5 February 2013 – before he had turned 18 – playing the second half of a 1–1 friendly draw in Belgium.[16]

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played 29 April 2017[17][18]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B
2011–12 1 0 1 0
2012–13 24 0 24 0
2013–14 14 0 14 0
2014–15 36 4 36 4
2015–16 17 2 17 2
Total 92 6 92 6
Benfica
2015–16 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2016–17 12 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 17 2
Total 14 2 0 0 3 0 4 0 1 0 22 2
Career total 106 8 0 0 3 0 4 0 1 0 114 8

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Benfica

Country[edit]

Spain

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vuelve el mejor Barça B con un festival goleador en Cartagonova (The best Barça B returns with a scoring festival in Cartagonova); Marca, 4 September 2011 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Alejandro Grimaldo, la seducción de un lateral de 15 años (Alejandro Grimaldo, the allure of a 15-year-old fullback); FC Barcelona, 5 September 2011 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Alejandro Grimaldo sufre una rotura del ligamento cruzado anterior y del ligamento lateral externo de la rodilla (Alejandro Grimaldo suffers an anterior cruciate ligament and a lateral collateral injury); FC Barcelona, 24 February 2013 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Grimaldo vuelve ante el Mirandés... y Masip se queda fuera (Grimaldo returns against Mirandés... and Masip stays out); Sport, 18 January 2014 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ El Barça B se lleva los tres puntos con susto final (Barça B takes the three points with a final scare); Marca, 13 September 2014 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ "Una genialidad de Munir da aire a un filial que acabó con nueve" [Genius from Munir gives air to a reserve team which finished with nine] (in Spanish). Marca. 25 April 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Grimaldo ruma à Luz por um milhão de euros" [Grimaldo heads to Luz for one million euros] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. 18 December 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  8. ^ ""Tenho muita ambição em crescer neste clube"" ["I have a lot of ambition of growing in this club"] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 29 December 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "Classe e magia no check-in para as "meias"" [Class and magic in "semis" check-in] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "Quem tem um Jonas, tem tudo" [He who has a Jonas, has everything] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 29 February 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "Gaitán volta com Talisca e Grimaldo no onze" [Gaitán returns with Talisca and Grimaldo in XI] (in Portuguese). Jornal de Notícias. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  12. ^ a b "Génio de Gaitán dá o ‘tri’ ao Benfica" [Gaitán genius gives ‘tri’ to Benfica] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 15 May 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  13. ^ "Benfica continua a ser o rei da Taça da Liga" [Benfica is still League Cup king] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  14. ^ "El Benfica campeón de la Supercopa gracias a Cervi y Pizzi" [Benfica is Supercup champion thanks to Cervi and Pizzi] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  15. ^ "Benfica goleia o Feirense" [Benfica thrash Feirense] (in Portuguese). Correio da Manhã. 2 October 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  16. ^ "España invierte en su futuro" [España invests in its future] (in Spanish). Marca. 5 February 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  17. ^ a b Álex Grimaldo at Soccerway Edit this at Wikidata
  18. ^ Álex Grimaldo at ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 5 January 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  19. ^ "Depois do "tri", o "hepta". Benfica goleia e vence Taça da Liga" [After "tri", "hepta". Benfica routs and wins League Cup] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  20. ^ "La sub´19, campeona de Europa" [The U19, European champions] (in Spanish). La Nueva España. 15 July 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2015. 

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