Aleix Vidal

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Vidal and the second or maternal family name is Parreu.
Aleix Vidal
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Vidal with Sevilla in 2015
Personal information
Full name Aleix Vidal Parreu
Date of birth (1989-08-21) 21 August 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Valls, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Right-back
Club information
Current team
Barcelona
Number 22
Youth career
2000–2001 Valls
2001–2002 Barcelona
2002–2003 Cambrils
2003–2006 Real Madrid
2003–2004 Gimnàstic (loan)
2006–2007 Reus
2007–2008 Espanyol
2007–2008 Damm (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 Reus 1 (0)
2008–2009 Espanyol B 2 (0)
2009 Panthrakikos (loan) 8 (0)
2009–2010 Pobla Mafumet 31 (7)
2009 Gimnàstic 1 (0)
2010–2011 Mallorca B 35 (6)
2011 Almería B 1 (2)
2011–2014 Almería 120 (17)
2014–2015 Sevilla 31 (4)
2015– Barcelona 15 (2)
National team
2015– Spain 1 (0)
2013– Catalonia 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 February 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 December 2015

Aleix Vidal Parreu (born 21 August 1989) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for FC Barcelona. Mainly a right-back and a player of great speed, he can also operate as a right winger.[1][2]

Having spent his early career at a string of lower-league and reserve teams, he became a regular at Almería, helping them to promotion to La Liga, and also won the Europa League with Sevilla before signing for Barcelona in 2015 for €17 million.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Valls, Tarragona, Catalonia, and raised in neighbouring Puigpelat,[3] Vidal started his career as a forward. He signed for RCD Espanyol in 2007 to complete his formation[4][5] after having already made his senior debuts with CF Reus Deportiu,[6] but never appeared for the former's first team, finishing his only senior season with the club on loan to Panthrakikos F.C. from Greece.

On 31 August 2009, Vidal moved to Segunda División side Gimnàstic de Tarragona,[7] but spent the vast majority of the season with CF Pobla de Mafumet, the farm team. He joined RCD Mallorca in the 2010 summer, being assigned to the reserves in Segunda División B.

Almería[edit]

In mid-June 2011, after suffering relegation, Vidal joined another reserve team also in the category, UD Almería B.[8] He made his debut for the Andalusians' main squad on 27 August 2011, against Córdoba CF.[9] Shortly after he was promoted to the first team and received the No. 8 jersey, following the departure of Albert Crusat to Wigan Athletic.[10]

In his second season Vidal scored four goals in 37 games – 30 starts, nearly 2,600 minutes of action – helping to a return to La Liga after two years. On 6 August 2013, he renewed his link with Almería, until 2017,[11] making his top flight debut on 19 August by starting in a 2–3 home loss to Villarreal CF,[12] and scored his first goal roughly a month later, in a 2–4 defeat at Atlético Madrid.[13]

Sevilla[edit]

Vidal playing for Sevilla in 2015

On 16 June 2014, Vidal signed with Sevilla FC for a 3 million fee, penning a four-year contract.[14] He made his competitive debut on 12 August in the 2014 UEFA Super Cup at the Cardiff City Stadium, playing 66 minutes before being substituted for fellow debutant Iago Aspas in a 0–2 defeat to Real Madrid;[15] he found the net on his league debut 11 days later, opening the scoring in a 1–1 home draw against Valencia CF.[16]

On 7 May 2015, in a game in which he featured as right back until Coke entered the field in the 58th minute – he was often used by manager Unai Emery in that position during the campaign[17][18]– Vidal scored twice and also provided an assist to Kévin Gameiro, in a 3–0 home win over ACF Fiorentina for the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League.[19] He started in the final 20 days later, a 3–2 victory over FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in Warsaw.[20]

Barcelona[edit]

On 7 June 2015, Vidal signed a five-year contract with FC Barcelona, for an 18 million fee plus four in add-ons.[21][22] He underwent a medical on the following day, being also officially presented.[23] Due to an embargo placed on the club by FIFA for breaking rules on signing under-age foreign players, he was not permitted to appear in competitive games until January 2016.[24]

Vidal made his official debut for the Blaugrana on 6 January 2016, replacing Dani Alves midway through the second half of a 4–1 home win over former club Espanyol for the season's Copa del Rey.[25] Subsequently, he was completely ostracized by manager Luis Enrique.[26][27][28]

On 14 January 2017, profitting from the absence of habitual starting right-back Sergi Roberto, Vidal opened his league account for Barcelona, contributing to a 5–0 success over UD Las Palmas at the Camp Nou.[29] On 11 February, in the last minutes of a 6–0 away win against Deportivo Alavés, he dislocated his ankle following a challenge by Theo Hernández, being ruled out for the rest of the campaign.[30]

International career[edit]

Vidal during his debut match for Catalonia

Vidal made his debut for Catalonia on 30 December 2013, playing the second half of a 4–1 win over Cape Verde at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys.[31] On 26 May 2015, he and Sevilla teammate Sergio Rico were the two players called up to the Spanish national team for the first time, ahead of a friendly against Costa Rica and a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Belarus.[32] He made his debut in the 2–1 victory against the former at the Estadio Reino de León, playing the entire first half before being substituted for his former Sevilla partner Vitolo.[33]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 11 February 2017
Club Season League Copa del Rey Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Reus 2006–07 Tercera División 1 0 1 0
Espanyol B 2008–09[34] Tercera División 2 0 2 0
Panthrakikos 2008–09[35] Superleague Greece 8 0 8 0
Pobla Mafumet 2009–10[34] Tercera División 31 7 31 7
Gimnàstic 2009–10[36] Segunda División 1 0 0 0 1 0
Mallorca B 2010–11[36] Segunda División B 35 6 35 6
Almería B 2011–12[36] Segunda División B 1 2 1 2
Almería 2011–12[36] Segunda División 41 5 2 0 43 5
2012–13[36] Segunda División 37 4 4 1 4[a] 2 45 7
2013–14[36] La Liga 38 6 4 1 42 7
Total 116 15 10 2 4 2 130 19
Sevilla 2014–15[37] La Liga 31 4 4 0 12[b] 2 47 6
Barcelona 2015–16 La Liga 9 0 5 0 0 0 14 0
2016–17 La Liga 6 2 3 0 1 0 1 0 11 2
Total 15 2 8 0 1 0 1 0 25 2
Career total 241 36 22 2 13 2 5 2 281 42
  1. ^ All appearances in 2012–13 promotion play-offs
  2. ^ 11 appearances and two goals in UEFA Champions League, one appearance in UEFA Super Cup

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Sevilla
Barcelona

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official: Barcelona sign Aleix Vidal from Sevilla". Barca Blaugranes. 7 June 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Breaking down what Aleix Vidal will bring to Barcelona next season". Bleacher Report. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Puigpelat: El municipio sin campo de fútbol" [Puigpelat: The municipality without a football field]. Diari de Tarragona (in Spanish). 8 June 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Aleix Vidal se planteó dejar el fútbol en el club perico" [Aleix Vidal thought about quitting football in the perico club]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 6 January 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "La increíble historia de Aleix Vidal" [The incredible story of Aleix Vidal]. Sport (in Spanish). 22 June 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "Las claves de la evolución de Aleix Vidal" [The keys to Aleix Vidal's evolution]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 10 June 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Gimnastic: se incorpora Aleix Vidal" [Gimnastic: Aleix Vidal added] (in Spanish). esFutbol. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  8. ^ El Almería B ficha a Aleix Vidal, del Mallorca, y a Javi Manzano, del Poli Ejido (Almería B signs Aleix Vidal, from Mallorca, and Javi Manzano, from Poli Ejido); UD Almería, 15 June 2011 (Spanish)
  9. ^ "Córdoba y Almería empiezan con un punto" [Córdoba and Almería start with one point]. Marca (in Spanish). 27 August 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  10. ^ El Almería ficha a Omar, del Tenerife, y sube a Aleix Vidal al primer equipo (Almería signs Omar from Tenerife, and promotes Aleix Vidal to first team); UD Almería, 31 August (Spanish)
  11. ^ Aleix Vidal seguirá vistiendo de rojiblanco hasta junio de 2017 (Aleix Vidal will wear the red-and-white shirt until June 2017); UD Almería, 6 August 2013 (Spanish)
  12. ^ Valiant Villarreal open with win; ESPN FC, 19 August 2013
  13. ^ Atleti maintain perfect start; ESPN FC, 14 September 2013
  14. ^ "Aleix Vidal pasa reconocimiento médico con el Sevilla" [Aleix Vidal passes medical with Sevilla]. Marca (in Spanish). 16 June 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  15. ^ Phillips, Rob (12 August 2014). "Super Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice in Real Madrid win". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  16. ^ Kemp, Jamie (23 August 2014). "Sevilla 1–1 Valencia: Vidal's goal cancelled out by Orbán". Inside Spanish Football. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "Chico para todo" [Factotum]. Marca (in Spanish). Spain. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  18. ^ "Aleix Vidal acepta su papel de lateral" [Aleix Vidal accepts fullback role] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  19. ^ "Sevilla's Vidal typhoon flattens Fiorentina". UEFA.com. 7 May 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  20. ^ a b Keegan, Mike (27 May 2015). "Dnipro 2–3 Sevilla: Carlos Bacca scores twice as La Liga side survive scare to retain Europa League crown and earn Champions League spot with dramatic win in Warsaw". Daily Mail. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  21. ^ "Aleix Vidal signs up till 2020". FC Barcelona. 7 June 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  22. ^ "Mestre: "El Barcelona ha pagado 18 millones fijos más cuatro de variables por Aleix Vidal"" [Mestre: "Barcelona paid 18 million plus four variable fixed for Aleix Vidal"]. Sport (in Spanish). 7 June 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  23. ^ "Aleix Vidal pasa la revisión médica y firma por el Barça" [Aleix Vidal pass medical review and signed by the club]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 8 June 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  24. ^ "Aleix Vidal: Barcelona sign £16m Sevilla defender despite ban". BBC Sport. 8 June 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  25. ^ "FC Barcelona v RCD Espanyol: Messi delivers first-leg victory (4–1)". FC Barcelona. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  26. ^ "Why Barcelona full-back Aleix Vidal has fallen out of favour with Luis Enrique". ESPN FC. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  27. ^ "Is Aleix Vidal plotting his Sevilla return?". Marca. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  28. ^ "André Gomes, Aleix Vidal y Masip se caen del derbi" [André Gomes, Aleix Vidal and Masip ousted for derby]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 18 December 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  29. ^ "El banquillo celebró a lo grande el gol de Aleix Vidal en el Barça – UD Las Palmas" [Bench had a blast with Aleix Vidal's goal in Barça – UD Las Palmas]. Sport (in Spanish). 14 January 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  30. ^ "Aleix Vidal out five months". FC Barcelona. 11 February 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  31. ^ "Catalonia – Cape Verde: Catalonia claim victory with eight FC Barcelona players (4–1)". FC Barcelona. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  32. ^ "Sevilla duo Sergio Rico and Aleix Vidal handed Spain calls". Be In Sports. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  33. ^ "Spain 2–1 Costa Rica: Alcacer and Fabregas clinch comeback win". Goal.com. 11 June 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  34. ^ a b "Getting to Know: Aleix Vidal". Barça Blaugranes. 17 June 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2015. 
  35. ^ "Aleix Vidal". Superleague Greece. Retrieved 30 December 2015. 
  36. ^ a b c d e f "Aleix Vidal: Aleix Vidal Parreu". BDFutbol. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  37. ^ "Aleix Vidal". Soccerway. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  38. ^ "UEFA Europa League squad of the season". UEFA.com. 3 June 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 

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