Oriol Riera

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Oriol Riera
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Riera playing for Western Sydney Wanderers in 2017
Personal information
Full name Oriol Riera Magem
Date of birth (1986-07-03) 3 July 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth Vic, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position(s) Striker
Youth career
Osona
Vic
1998–2000 Espanyol
2000–2004 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Barcelona C 36 (12)
2004–2006 Barcelona B 31 (4)
2006–2008 Cultural Leonesa 66 (14)
2008–2010 Celta B 64 (22)
2010 Celta 5 (0)
2010–2011 Córdoba 37 (6)
2011–2013 Alcorcón 79 (24)
2013–2014 Osasuna 37 (13)
2014–2015 Wigan Athletic 13 (1)
2015Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 21 (4)
2015–2017 Deportivo La Coruña 22 (2)
2016–2017Osasuna (loan) 22 (4)
2017–2019 Western Sydney Wanderers 49 (25)
2019–2020 Fuenlabrada 33 (1)
Total 509 (132)
National team
2013–2016 Catalonia 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Oriol Riera Magem (Catalan pronunciation: [uˈɾjɔl ˈrjeɾə]; born 3 July 1986) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker.

After starting out at Barcelona, he went on to amass La Liga totals of 102 matches and 23 goals over four seasons, with Osasuna and Deportivo. He added 115 games and 30 goals in Segunda División for three clubs, and also competed professionally in England and Australia during his 16-year career.

Club career[edit]

Barcelona[edit]

Born in Vic, Barcelona, Catalonia, Riera played youth football with La Liga giants FC Barcelona, but spent the vast majority of his tenure with the club in representation of the C and B-teams.[1] His official input with the main squad consisted of 13 minutes in a 4–0 away win against Ciudad de Murcia for the season's Copa del Rey – when he was still a junior – on 17 December 2003.[2]

Journeyman[edit]

After leaving the Camp Nou, Riera resumed his career in Segunda División B, where he played with Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa and Celta de Vigo B. He appeared in five Segunda División matches with the latter's main squad, four as a starter.

From 2009 to 2013, Riera competed in the second level, with Córdoba CF[3] and AD Alcorcón.[4] He scored 18 goals in his second year with the latter side, (including a hat-trick in a 3–1 success at UD Las Palmas on 8 September 2012),[5][6] helping them to the promotion play-offs.[7]

Osasuna[edit]

On 5 July 2013, Riera signed for three seasons with CA Osasuna.[8] He made his La Liga debut on 18 August, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 1–2 home loss to Granada CF;[9] his first goal in the competition came on 20 September of the same year, in a 2–1 win against Elche CF also at the El Sadar Stadium.[10]

Wigan Athletic[edit]

On 28 June 2014, after Osasuna's relegation, Riera agreed to a three-year deal with Wigan Athletic of the Football League Championship, for a reported £2 million fee.[11] He scored his first goal for his new team on 23 August, the only against Blackpool in a 1–0 victory at the DW Stadium.[12]

Deportivo[edit]

Riera returned to his country's top division on 7 January 2015, signing on loan to Deportivo de La Coruña until the end of the season.[13] On 30 June he agreed to a permanent deal at the Estadio Riazor, having narrowly avoided relegation.[14]

On 12 August 2016, Riera returned to his former club Osasuna after agreeing to a one-year loan deal.[15] He scored his first goal for them on 10 September, but in a 2–5 away loss to Real Madrid;[16] he netted another in a 3–3 home draw against Valencia CF (adding an own goal),[17] in a relegation-ending campaign.

Western Sydney Wanderers[edit]

In July 2017, aged 31, Riera cut ties with Deportivo[18] and joined A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers FC as a marquee player shortly after.[19] He scored 15 times in his first season, but his team could only finish seventh.[20]

On 27 April 2019, Riera announced via Instagram that he was not renewing his contract.[21]

Fuenlabrada[edit]

On 25 July 2019, free agent Riera agreed to a one-year contract with second division newcomers CF Fuenlabrada.[22] On 10 August of the following year, after just one goal in 35 appearances overall, he announced his retirement at the age of 33.[23]

International career[edit]

Riera played his first match for the representative Catalan national team on 30 December 2013, scoring the last goal in a 4–1 win over Cape Verde at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 30 March 2019[25]
Club statistics
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Celta 2009–10 Segunda División 5 0 1 0 6 0
Córdoba 2010–11 Segunda División 37 6 4 1 41 7
Alcorcón 2011–12 Segunda División 39 6 6 3 45 9
2012–13 40 18 1 0 41 18
Total 79 24 7 3 0 0 86 27
Osasuna 2013–14 La Liga 37 13 4 0 41 13
Wigan Athletic 2014–15 Championship 13 1 0 0 13 1
Deportivo (loan) 2014–15 La Liga 21 4 0 0 21 4
Deportivo 2015–16 La Liga 22 2 3 1 25 3
Osasuna (loan) 2016–17 La Liga 22 4 2 0 24 4
Western Sydney Wanderers 2017–18 A-League 25 15 4 4 29 19
2018–19 21 10 4 3 25 13
Total 46 25 8 7 0 0 54 32
Career totals 282 79 29 12 0 0 311 91

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Debe ser el número 23" [Must be number 23] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 18 November 2006. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  2. ^ Overmars entra y decide (Overmars comes in and decides); Mundo Deportivo, 18 December 2003 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ El delantero Oriol Riera que procede del Celta ficha por el Córdoba (Forward Oriol Riera who comes from Celta signs for Córdoba); Marca, 16 July 2010 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Oriol Riera, tercer refuerzo del Alcorcón (Oriol Riera, third Alcorcón addition); Marca, 11 July 2011 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Oriol Riera impulsa al Alcorcón en Las Palmas (Oriol Riera thrusts Alcorcón in Las Palmas); Marca, 8 September 2012 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Oriol Riera: "Con el Alcorcón quiero hacer cosas importantes" (Oriol Riera: "I want to make it big with Alcorcón"); Diario AS, 10 January 2013 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ El Girona, por la vía rápida (Girona, through the fast lane); Marca, 16 June 2013 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Oriol Riera, tercer fichaje rojillo para la próxima campaña (Oriol Riera, third signing of Rojillos for next season); Diario AS, 5 July 2013 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Granada hold on for victory Archived 1 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine; ESPN FC, 18 August 2013
  10. ^ Rojillos get first win Archived 28 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine; ESPN FC, 20 September 2013
  11. ^ Latics sign Oriol Riera; Wigan Athletic, 28 June 2014
  12. ^ "Wigan Athletic 1–0 Blackpool". BBC Sport. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Oriol Riera: Deportivo La Coruna sign Wigan Athletic striker on loan". BBC Sport. 7 January 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  14. ^ "El Deportivo confirma el fichaje de Oriol Riera" [Deportivo confirm the signing of Oriol Riera] (in Spanish). Marca. 30 June 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Oriol Riera vuelve a Osasuna" [Oriol Riera returns to Osasuna] (in Spanish). CA Osasuna. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  16. ^ "Real Madrid 5–2 Osasuna". BBC Sport. 10 September 2016. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  17. ^ "3–3. Osasuna y Valencia empatan en un partido con tres remontadas locales" [3–3. Osasuna and Valencia draw in match with three local comebacks] (in Spanish). EFE. 9 January 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  18. ^ "El Real Club Deportivo rescinde el contrato de Oriol Riera" [Real Club Deportivo terminate the contract of Oriol Riera] (in Spanish). Deportivo La Coruña. 4 July 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  19. ^ Bossi, Dominic (5 July 2017). "Western Sydney Wanderers sign La Liga regular Oriol Riera as first marquee player". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  20. ^ Rugari, Vince (15 October 2018). "Riera reveals Spanish offer but sticks by Wanderers in bid for A-League title". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  21. ^ "I will always be a Wanderer!!". Instagram. 27 April 2019. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  22. ^ "Oriol Riera ficha por el CF Fuenlabrada" [Oriol Riera signs for CF Fuenlabrada] (in Spanish). CF Fuenlabrada. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  23. ^ "Oriol Riera se retira: "Se va el Oriol jugador y empieza el Oriol entrenador"" [Oriol Riera retires: "The player Oriol Riera goes away and the manager Oriol Riera begins"] (in Spanish). Marca. 10 August 2020. Retrieved 11 August 2020.
  24. ^ "Catalonia beats Cape Verde 4–1 in friendly". Taiwan News. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  25. ^ Oriol Riera at Soccerway

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