Osmar Barba

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Osmar
Osmar Barba-FC Seoul-2016.jpg
Osmar with FC Seoul in 2016
Personal information
Full name Osmar Ibáñez Barba
Date of birth (1988-06-05) 5 June 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth Santoña, Spain
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Playing position Centre back / Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC Seoul
Number 5
Youth career
2003–2007 Racing Santander
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Racing B 64 (7)
2007–2008 Salamanca B (loan) 35 (2)
2009–2012 Racing Santander 13 (0)
2012–2013 Buriram United 36 (6)
2014– FC Seoul 120 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 May 2017.

Osmar Ibáñez Barba (born 5 June 1988), known simply as Osmar, is a Spanish footballer who plays for South Korean club FC Seoul as a central defender or a defensive midfielder.

Football career[edit]

Racing Santander[edit]

Born in Santoña, Osmar was a product of local Racing de Santander's youth system. After a successful loan stint with CD Salmantino in Tercera División he returned to his first club for 2008–09, making his senior debuts with the reserves in Segunda División B and being his team's top scorer;[1] he suffered relegation in the following season.

On 8 November 2009, Osmar made his debut with the Cantabrians' first-team, starting in a 0–2 La Liga home loss against Athletic Bilbao.[2] He was definitely promoted to the main squad for the 2010–11 campaign,[3] but appeared in only 12 more games in two seasons combined, with the second ending in relegation.

Osmar with Buriram United in 2013.

Buriram United[edit]

On 25 July 2012, Osmar signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Thai club Buriram United FC, for an undisclosed fee.[4] He made his debut on 1 August, appearing in a Thai FA Cup match against Chonburi F.C. and going on to win both that tournament and the Toyota League Cup in his first year.

On 26 February 2013, Osmar made his debut in the AFC Champions League, in a match against Vegalta Sendai, acting as team captain and scoring a goal in the 1–1 away draw. On 1 May, Buriram became the first team from the nation in a decade to reach the knockout rounds of the AFC Champions League,[5] and he topped his side's scorers list at three.[6]

FC Seoul[edit]

On 31 December 2013, Osmar moved teams and countries again, joining FC Seoul on a three-year deal and becoming the first Spanish footballer to ever play in South Korea.[7] Ahead of the 2015 season he was appointed vice-captain,[8] appearing in the all matches and minutes to set a new record for a foreign field player in the K League.[9]

Before the start of the following campaign, Osmar was chosen as the new captain, becoming the first foreign captain in the club's history.[10][11]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 30 November 2015[12]
Club Season League Cup[13] Continental[14] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Racing Santander 2009–10 La Liga 1 0 1 0 2 0
2010–11 4 0 0 0 4 0
2011–12 8 0 3 0 11 0
Total 13 0 4 0 17 0
Buriram United 2012 Thai Premier League 4 0 1 0 5 0
2013 30 6 10 3 10 3 50 12
Total 34 6 11 3 10 3 55 12
FC Seoul 2014 K League Classic 34 2 4 0 11 1 49 3
2015 38 3 3 0 7 1 48 4
Total 72 5 7 0 18 2 97 7
Career total 119 11 22 3 28 5 169 19

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Buriram United
FC Seoul

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Cha Du-ri
FC Seoul captain
2016–present
Succeeded by