Martí Riverola

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Riverola and the second or maternal family name is Bataller.
Martí Riverola
Personal information
Full name Martí Riverola Bataller
Date of birth (1991-01-26) 26 January 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Reggiana
Number 10
Youth career
1999–2010 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Barcelona B 38 (5)
2011 Vitesse (loan) 15 (2)
2011 Barcelona 0 (0)
2012–2015 Bologna 1 (0)
2013–2014 Mallorca (loan) 15 (1)
2015 Rheindorf Altach (loan) 4 (0)
2015–2017 Foggia 43 (3)
2017– Reggiana 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 March 2017.

Martí Riverola Bataller (born 26 January 1991) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Italian club A.C. Reggiana 1919 as a central midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Barcelona[edit]

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Riverola joined FC Barcelona's youth academy in 1997 at the age of 6, and started his career as a forward, being reconverted into a midfielder for the 2004–05 season. In spite of this change he retained his goalscoring touch, being the under-19's second top scorer in 2010 with 13 goals.[1]

In late 2009, still registered with the juniors, Riverola made his debut for Barcelona's B-team, in a 2–0 away win against neighbours RCD Espanyol B.[2] The reserves eventually returned to the second division after 11 years, but the player only appeared once more in the league.[3]

In January 2011, Riverola joined Eredivisie club Vitesse Arnhem on a six-month-long loan, as the Dutch were managed by countryman Albert Ferrer, himself a former Barcelona player.[4] In July he returned to Barcelona and its reserves, alongside Isaac Cuenca,[5] and scored five goals in 32 games throughout the campaign[6][7][8][9][10] to help the B's finish eighth.

On 6 December 2011, Riverola made his first and only official appearance for the main squad, coming on as a substitute for Sergi Roberto in the dying minutes of a 4–0 home success over FC BATE Borisov for the UEFA Champions League.[11][12]

Bologna[edit]

On 7 June 2012, Riverola was presented as player of Bologna F.C. 1909,[13] having already agreed to a four-year contract in late January[14][15]– FIFA later ordered the Italian side to pay Barcelona €535,000 as training compensation, although he was a free agent.[16] In August of the following year, he was loaned to RCD Mallorca in his country's second level[17] and, in January 2015, in the same predicament, joined SC Rheindorf Altach in the Austrian Football Bundesliga;[18]

During his spell at the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Riverola only appeared in three competitive games, his Serie A input consisting of 50 minutes in a 1–2 loss at A.C. Milan on 20 January 2013.[19]

Foggia[edit]

On 17 July 2015, Riverola was signed by Foggia Calcio on a two-year contract.[20]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 10 June 2012[21]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other[22] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2009–10 2 0 2 0
2010–11 4 0 4 0
2011–12 32 5 32 5
Total 38 5 38 5
Vitesse Arnhem 2010–11 15 2 0 0 15 2
Total 15 2 0 0 15 2
Barcelona 2011–12 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Career totals 53 7 0 0 1 0 0 0 54 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Martí Riverola singled out by Guardiola". FC Barcelona. 5 August 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "El penúltimo obstáculo superado de Martí" [Martí overcomes penultimate hurdle] (in Spanish). FC Barcelona. 10 November 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "El Barça B frena la progresión celeste" [Barça B halts sky blue progression]. La Verdad (in Spanish). 3 December 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Official: Vitesse sign Barcelona youngster Marti Riverola on loan". Goal.com. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Martí Riverola e Isaac Cuenca vuelven al Barça B" [Martí Riverola and Isaac Cuenca return to Barça B] (in Spanish). FC Barcelona. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "Al Barcelona B se le atraganta el Mini Estadi" [Barcelona B chokes on the Mini Estadi]. Marca (in Spanish). 24 September 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "0–1: El Barça B gana al Huesca gracias a un solitario gol de Riverola" [0–1: Barça B beats Huesca thanks to lone Riverola goal]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 27 October 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Fiesta de goles en el Mini Estadi" [Goal party at the Mini Estadi]. Marca (in Spanish). 9 December 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "El Barça B gana su segundo partido consecutivo contra el SD Huesca (4–2)" [Barça B wins second match in a row against SD Huesca (4–2)] (in Spanish). FC Barcelona. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "2–0: El Barça B fulmina a un Córdoba espectral" [2–0: Barça B obliterates spectral Córdoba]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 8 April 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  11. ^ "El Barcelona exhibe su equipo del futuro ante el BATE Borisov (4–0)" [Barcelona displays future team against BATE Borisov (4–0)] (in Spanish). RTVE. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  12. ^ "Guardiola makes Riverola debut, his canterano number 22". Fútbol Blog Barcelona. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "Bologna, ecco Riverola "Ho voglia e ambizioni"" [Bologna, here's Riverola "I have the will and the ambition"] (in Italian). Il Resto del Carlino. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  14. ^ "Mercato Bologna, esclusivo: fatta per Riverola. Ecco i dettagli dell'affare" [Bologna market, exclusive: deal done for Riverola. Here are the details] (in Italian). Calcio Mercato. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  15. ^ "Bologna, per Riverola battuta la concorrenza del Napoli" [Bologna, Napoli competition for Riverola beaten] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato Web. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  16. ^ "Bulletin 2015/2" (PDF). Court of Arbitration for Sport. 21 December 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  17. ^ "Riverola al Mallorca" [Riverola to Mallorca] (in Italian). Bologna F.C. 26 August 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  18. ^ "Riverola all'Altach" [Riverola to Altach] (in Italian). Bologna F.C. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  19. ^ "Milan-Bologna 2–1 – Doppio Pazzini, i rossoneri ripartono" [Milan-Bologna 2–1 – Pazzini brace, the rossoneri get restarted]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 20 January 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  20. ^ "Marti Riverola è del Foggia" [Marti Riverola belongs to Foggia] (in Italian). Foggia Calcio. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  21. ^ "Riverola". Soccerway. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  22. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup.

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