Aymeric Laporte

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Aymeric Laporte
Aymeric Laporte and Leo Messi.jpg
Laporte (left) playing for Athletic Bilbao in 2014.
Personal information
Full name Aymeric Laporte
Date of birth (1994-05-27) 27 May 1994 (age 22)
Place of birth Agen, France
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Athletic Bilbao
Number 4
Youth career
2000–2009 SU Agen
2009–2010 Bayonne
2010–2011 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Basconia 33 (2)
2012 Bilbao Athletic 8 (0)
2012– Athletic Bilbao 121 (6)
National team
2011 France U17 11 (1)
2011–2012 France U18 9 (0)
2012–2013 France U19 12 (1)
2013–2016 France U21 19 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 November 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:16, 25 March 2016 (UTC)

Aymeric Laporte (born 27 May 1994) is a French professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Athletic Bilbao mainly as a central defender.

He is only the second French player – after Bixente Lizarazu – to play for Athletic Bilbao,[1] since signing in 2010 at the age of 16.

Club career[edit]

Born in Agen, Aquitaine, Laporte had Basque great-grandparents and began playing football and rugby at the age of five.[2] He started his formation with SU Agen Football,[3] joining Athletic Bilbao's youth system in 2010 from Aviron Bayonnais and going on to play for both its farm and reserve teams.[4] On 28 November 2012, he made his debut with the main squad, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–0 away win against Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona F.C. for the season's UEFA Europa League.[5]

Laporte made his first La Liga appearance on 9 December 2012, appearing one minute in a 1–0 home win over Celta de Vigo.[6] The following week he was inserted in the starting XI by manager Marcelo Bielsa, helping the Lions to the same result at RCD Mallorca,[7] and was definitely promoted to the first-team shortly after, signing a new contract until 2015;[8] on 14 January 2013, he was given the number 4 jersey previously worn by Ustaritz,[9] and late in the month he renewed his contract, running until 2016 and with a 27.5 million release clause.[10]

Laporte became an undisputed starter under new coach Ernesto Valverde, also being deployed as left back on occasion.[11][12][13] He scored his first goal as a professional on 28 October 2013, netting the game's only at Getafe CF.[14] At the end of the campaign, he was voted into the La Liga Team of the Year by the reporters of the Liga de Fútbol Profesional.[15][16]

In June 2015, Laporte extended his link until 2019 with a release clause of €50 million.[17] After losing the final of the Copa del Rey to FC Barcelona, he played both legs of the year's Supercopa de España triumph against the same opposition, Athletic's first silverware for 31 years.[18][19]

On 13 June 2016, Laporte renewed his contract until 2020, with his buyout clause rising to an initial €65 million.[20]

International career[edit]

Laporte represented France at under-17, under-18, under-19 and under-21 levels,[21] captaining each side.[22] He was part of the under-19 team that came runners-up to Serbia in the 2013 UEFA European Championship in Lithuania, and was selected in the Team of the Tournament.[23]

On 24 March 2016, in a 2017 European Under-21 Championship qualifier against Scotland in Angers, Laporte was stretchered off with a fracture and dislocation to his right fibula and ankle, concluding his season prematurely.[24] Previously, in October 2015, he stated that he would consider representing Spain if rejected by France for UEFA Euro 2016.[22]

In August 2016, at the behest of new national manager Julen Lopetegui, Laporte began the process of making himself eligible for Spain.[25] A month later, he was called up to the senior France squad for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and the Netherlands in October,[26] but did not play in either match.

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 24 September 2016[27]
Club Season League Cup[a] Europe[b] Other[c] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Athletic Bilbao 2012–13 La Liga 15 0 0 0 2 0 17 0
2013–14 35 2 3 0 38 2
2014–15 33 0 7 0 9 0 49 0
2015–16 26 3 5 2 12 0 2 0 45 5
2016–17 6 1 0 0 1 0 7 1
Total 115 6 15 2 24 0 2 0 156 8
Career total 115 6 15 2 24 0 2 0 156 8

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Athletic Bilbao

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Athletic Bilbao makes easy work of Hapoel IKS; Fox Sports, 29 November 2012
  2. ^ "Laporte: "Tengo sangre vasca por parte de mis bisabuelos"" [Laporte: "I have Basque blood through my great-grandparents"] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Entretien avec... Aymeric Laporte (Interview with... Aymeric Laporte); Footmercato, 4 November 2012 (French)
  4. ^ Aymeric Laporte, el cachorro más valioso (Aymeric Laporte, most valuable pup); La Vanguardia, 28 April 2012 (Spanish)
  5. ^ Athletic post comfortable Kiryat Shmona win; UEFA.com, 28 November 2012
  6. ^ El Athletic tiene suficiente con Aduriz (Aduriz enough for Athletic); Marca, 9 December 2012 (Spanish)
  7. ^ Aduriz wins it for Bilbao; ESPN FC, 15 December 2012
  8. ^ Laporte, jugador de la primera plantilla (Laporte, first-team player); Athletic Bilbao, 17 December 2012 (Spanish)
  9. ^ Dorsal de Aymeric Laporte (Aymeric Laporte's number); Athletic Bilbao, 14 January 2013 (Spanish)
  10. ^ Laporte renueva hasta 2016 (Laporte renews until 2016); Marca, 28 January 2013 (Spanish)
  11. ^ Valverde prueba a Laporte de lateral y Saborit de interior (Valverde tries Laporte as fullback and Saborit as winger) Archived 2 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine.; Liga BBVA, 6 August 2013 (Spanish)
  12. ^ Charla de Valverde con Laporte (Valverde lectures Laporte); Marca, 3 October 2013 (Spanish)
  13. ^ Un descanso para Laporte y entran Aduriz, Morán y Etxeita (Rest for Laporte, in with Aduriz, Morán and Etxeita); Mundo Deportivo, 7 December 2013 (Spanish)
  14. ^ Laporte earns win for Bilbao Archived 7 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine.; ESPN FC, 28 October 2013
  15. ^ a b "The Liga BBVA team of the season". La Liga. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  16. ^ a b Chesters, Heath (19 May 2014). "LFP reporters choose their La Liga 'Ideal Eleven' for 2013–14". Inside Spanish Football. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  17. ^ "Aymeric Laporte signs four-year deal to remain at Athletic Bilbao". ESPN FC. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  18. ^ "Barcelona stunned 4–0 by Athletic Bilbao in first leg of Super Cup". ESPN FC. 14 August 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  19. ^ "Athletic Bilbao manage draw at Barcelona to win Spanish Super Cup". ESPN FC. 17 August 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  20. ^ "Aymeric Laporte signs new Athletic Bilbao contract until 2020". ESPN FC. 13 June 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016. 
  21. ^ Laporte, convocado para la sub 21 por Francia (Laporte, called up to France under-21); Mundo Deportivo, 27 February 2014 (Spanish)
  22. ^ a b "Athletic Bilbao's Aymeric Laporte would consider Spain call". ESPN FC. 7 October 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  23. ^ a b "Technical report" (PDF). UEFA.com. pp. 18–19. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  24. ^ de Menezes, Jack (25 March 2016). "Aymeric Laporte injury: Manchester City transfer plans dealt a blow as top target suffers fractured ankle". The Independent. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  25. ^ "Lopetegui 'ficha' a Laporte" [Lopetegui 'signs' Laporte] (in Spanish). Marca. 30 August 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016. 
  26. ^ "Équipe de France: Laporte arrive, Fekir revient" [France team: Laporte arrives, Fekir returns] (in French). Le Figaro. 29 September 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  27. ^ "A. Laporte". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 

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