Enric Saborit

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Enric Saborit
Personal information
Full name Enric Saborit Teixidor
Date of birth (1992-04-27) 27 April 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Athletic Bilbao
Number 3
Youth career
Espanyol
2008–2010 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010 Basconia 4 (0)
2010–2016 Bilbao Athletic 115 (6)
2013– Athletic Bilbao 22 (0)
2014–2015 Mallorca (loan) 17 (0)
National team
2008–2009 Spain U17 6 (0)
2010 Spain U18 2 (1)
2010–2011 Spain U19 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 January 2018.

Enric Saborit Teixidor (born 27 April 1992) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao as a left back.

Club career[edit]

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia and raised in Mataró,[1][2] at the age of 16 Saborit left the youth ranks of local RCD Espanyol and moved to Vitoria-Gasteiz where his mother was living.[1][3] A short time later he joined Athletic Bilbao,[4] prompting debate over whether his signing met the criteria of the club's policy as he had no link to the Basque region other than the short period of residency in the territory.[3][2]

After graduating from Athletic's youth academy at Lezama, Saborit spent three full seasons with the reserves in Segunda División B. He played 36 games in 2012–13, playoffs included.

Saborit made his La Liga debut with the Lions on 25 August 2013, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–0 win against CA Osasuna at the Anoeta Stadium.[5] On 9 July 2014, after being sparingly used in his debut campaign, he was loaned to RCD Mallorca in Segunda División.[6]

Saborit returned to Bilbao Athletic in 2015–16, and featured regularly in their attempt to stay in the second level, which ultimately proved unsuccessful. He made one appearance for the first team against AZ Alkmaar, in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League, starting and assisting with his head to Kike Sola's goal to mark his European debut.[7]

Saborit was promoted once more to Athletic's main squad for the 2016–17 season, as understudy to Mikel Balenziaga.[8] He scored his first senior goal on 8 December 2016, in a 1–1 draw at SK Rapid Wien for the Europa League group phase.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "De Mataró a Bilbao" [From Mataró to Bilbao]. El Correo (in Spanish). 26 February 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Saborit, un catalán en el Athletic" [Saborit, a Catalan at Athletic]. La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 5 January 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Saborit abre el debate de la filosofía del club" [Saborit opens debate on club philosophy]. Marca (in Spanish). 27 February 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "El Athletic tras Enric Saborit, cadete del RCD Espanyol" [Athletic tracking Enric Saborit, RCD Espanyol cadet] (in Spanish). Join Futbol. 22 February 2008. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bilbao triumph in Basque derby". ESPN FC. 25 August 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "El defensa del Athletic Enric Saborit jugará cedido en el Mallorca" [Athletic defender Enric Saborit will play on loan in Mallorca]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 9 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "El Athletic tira la victoria por una jugada del tebeo" [Athletic throw win away with comics-like play]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 10 December 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Saborit y Elustondo entran en la convocatoria por Beñat y Balenziaga" [Saborit and Elustondo make squad for Beñat and Balenziaga] (in Spanish). Deia. 15 October 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  9. ^ "Rapid Vienna 1–1 A Bilbao". The Guardian. 8 December 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 

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