Joan Oriol

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Joan Oriol
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Personal information
Full name Joan Oriol Garcia
Date of birth (1986-11-05) 5 November 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Cambrils, Spain
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Number 3
Youth career
2004–2005 Cambrils
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Pobla Mafumet
2006–2007 Reus (loan) 33 (0)
2007–2008 Gavà 34 (2)
2008–2010 Villarreal B 71 (3)
2010–2013 Villarreal 50 (0)
2013–2014 Osasuna 11 (0)
2014–2015 Blackpool 11 (0)
2015 Rapid București 13 (0)
2015– Mallorca 53 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 December 2016.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Oriol and the second or maternal family name is Gràcia.

Joan Oriol Gràcia (Catalan pronunciation: [ʒuˈan uɾiˈɔɫ]; born 5 November 1986) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for RCD Mallorca as a left back.

Football career[edit]

Born in Cambrils, Tarragona, Catalonia, Oriol played lower league or amateur football in his first four years as a senior. In the 2008–09 season he helped Villarreal CF's B-team promote to Segunda División for the first time ever, scoring two goals in 32 games.

Oriol made his debut for the main squad on 6 January 2010, playing the full 90 minutes and being booked in a 1–1 away draw against Celta de Vigo for the campaign's Copa del Rey.[1] On 27 November of that year he made his first appearance in La Liga, starting in a 3–0 success at Real Zaragoza.[2]

From 2011 to 2013, Oriol was both relegated and promoted with the Yellow Submarine, featuring in an average of 22 matches in the process. On 2 July 2013 the free agent signed a three-year contract with CA Osasuna, with a 5 million clause.[3]

In early August 2014, following Osasuna's relegation, Oriol agreed to a one-year deal with the option of a further year with Football League Championship side Blackpool, linking up with his twin brother Eduard.[4] On 12 January 2015, his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

On 4 July 2015, after a short spell at FC Rapid București in Romania, Oriol signed a two-year contract with RCD Mallorca.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Oriol's twin brother, Eduard, is also a footballer. A winger, he shared teams with his sibling on several occasions.[6]


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