Aleix Vidal Parreu (born 21 August 1989) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Alavés on loan from Sevilla. Mainly a right-back and a player of great speed, he can also operate as a right winger.
Vidal with Barcelona in 2015
|Full name||Aleix Vidal Parreu|
|Date of birth||21 August 1989|
|Place of birth||Valls, Spain|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Right-back / Winger|
|Alavés (on loan from Sevilla)|
|2003–2004||→ Gimnàstic (loan)|
|2007–2008||→ Damm (loan)|
|2009||→ Panthrakikos (loan)||8||(0)|
|2019–||→ Alavés (loan)||0||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:55, 29 July 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 March 2019
Having spent his early career at a string of lower-league and reserve teams, he became a regular at Almería, helping them to promotion to La Liga, and also won the Europa League with Sevilla before signing for Barcelona in 2015 for €17 million. Three seasons later, he returned to Sevilla.
Born in Valls, Tarragona, Catalonia, and raised in neighbouring Puigpelat, Vidal started his career as a forward. He signed for Espanyol in 2007 to further his development after having already made his senior debut with Reus, but never appeared for the former's first team, finishing his only senior season with the club on loan to Panthrakikos from Greece.
On 31 August 2009, Vidal moved to Segunda División side Gimnàstic de Tarragona, but spent the vast majority of the season with Pobla de Mafumet, the farm team. He joined Mallorca in the middle of 2010, being assigned to the reserves in Segunda División B.
In mid-June 2011, after suffering relegation, Vidal joined another reserve team also in that tier, Almería B. He made his debut for the Andalusians' main squad on 27 August 2011, against Córdoba. Shortly after, he was promoted to the first team and received the No. 8 jersey following the departure of Albert Crusat to Wigan Athletic.
In his second season, Vidal scored four goals in 37 games – 30 starts, nearly 2,600 minutes of action – helping to a return to La Liga after two years. On 6 August 2013, he renewed his link with Almería until 2017, making his top flight debut on 19 August by starting in a 2–3 home loss to Villarreal, and scored his first goal roughly a month later, in a 2–4 defeat at Atlético Madrid.
On 16 June 2014, Vidal signed with Sevilla for a €3 million fee, penning a four-year contract. He made his competitive debut on 12 August in the 2014 UEFA Super Cup at the Cardiff City Stadium, playing 66 minutes before being substituted for fellow debutant Iago Aspas in a 0–2 defeat to Real Madrid; he found the net on his league debut 11 days later, opening the scoring in a 1–1 home draw against Valencia.
On 7 May 2015, in a game in which he featured as right back until Coke entered the field in the 58th minute – he was often used by manager Unai Emery in that position during the campaign– Vidal scored twice and also provided an assist to Kevin Gameiro, in a 3–0 home win over Fiorentina for the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League. He started in the final 20 days later, a 3–2 victory over Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in Warsaw.
On 7 June 2015, Vidal signed a five-year contract with Barcelona, for an €18 million fee plus four in add-ons. He underwent a medical on the following day, being also officially presented. Due to an embargo placed on the club by FIFA for breaking rules on signing under-age foreign players, he was not permitted to appear in competitive games until January 2016.
Vidal made his official debut for the Blaugrana on 6 January 2016, replacing Dani Alves midway through the second half of a 4–1 home win over former club Espanyol for the season's Copa del Rey. Subsequently, he was completely ostracized by manager Luis Enrique.
On 14 January 2017, profiting from the absence of habitual starting right-back Sergi Roberto, Vidal opened his league account for Barcelona, contributing to a 5–0 success over Las Palmas at the Camp Nou. On 11 February, in the last minutes of a 6–0 away win against Alavés, he dislocated his ankle following a challenge by Theo Hernandez, being ruled out for the rest of the campaign.
Return to SevillaEdit
On 4 August 2018, Vidal returned to Sevilla for a fee of €8.5 million plus 2 million in variables. However, he struggled to settle in the first team, being also deemed surplus to requirements by new manager Julen Lopetegui in July 2019.
Vidal made his debut for Catalonia on 30 December 2013, playing the second half of a 4–1 win over Cape Verde at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys. On 26 May 2015, he and Sevilla teammate Sergio Rico were the two players called up to the Spanish national team for the first time, ahead of a friendly against Costa Rica and a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Belarus. He made his debut in the 2–1 victory against the former at the Estadio Reino de León, playing the entire first half before being substituted for his former Sevilla partner Vitolo.
- As of 16 June 2019
|Club||Season||League||Copa del Rey||Europe||Other||Total|
|Pobla Mafumet||2009–10||Tercera División||31||7||—||31||7|
|Mallorca B||2010–11||Segunda División B||35||6||—||35||6|
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- El Almería B ficha a Aleix Vidal, del Mallorca, y a Javi Manzano, del Poli Ejido (Almería B sign Aleix Vidal, from Mallorca, and Javi Manzano, from Poli Ejido)[permanent dead link]; UD Almería, 15 June 2011 (in Spanish)
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- El Almería ficha a Omar, del Tenerife, y sube a Aleix Vidal al primer equipo (Almería sign Omar from Tenerife, and promote Aleix Vidal to first team) Archived 30 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine; UD Almería, 31 August 2011 (in Spanish)
- Aleix Vidal seguirá vistiendo de rojiblanco hasta junio de 2017 (Aleix Vidal will wear the red-and-white shirt until June 2017) Archived 10 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine; UD Almería, 6 August 2013 (in Spanish)
- Valiant Villarreal open with win Archived 18 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine; ESPN FC, 19 August 2013
- Atleti maintain perfect start Archived 23 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine; ESPN FC, 14 September 2013
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- "Mestre: "El Barcelona ha pagado 18 millones fijos más cuatro de variables por Aleix Vidal"" [Mestre: "Barcelona paid 18 million plus four variable fixed for Aleix Vidal"]. Sport (in Spanish). 7 June 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
- "Aleix Vidal pasa la revisión médica y firma por el Barça" [Aleix Vidal pass medical review and signed by the club]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 8 June 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
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- "André Gomes, Aleix Vidal y Masip se caen del derbi" [André Gomes, Aleix Vidal and Masip ousted for derby]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 18 December 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
- Díaz, Juan Manuel (14 January 2017). "El banquillo celebró a lo grande el gol de Aleix Vidal en el Barça – UD Las Palmas" [Bench had a blast with Aleix Vidal's goal in Barça – UD Las Palmas]. Sport (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 January 2017.
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- "Agreement with Sevilla FC for the transfer of Aleix Vidal". FC Barcelona. 4 August 2018. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
- Garrido, Clemente (2 July 2019). "Aleix Vidal, un nuevo nombre sobre la mesa de Miñambres" [Aleix Vidal, a new name on Miñambres' table]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 July 2019.
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- "Catalonia – Cape Verde: Catalonia claim victory with eight FC Barcelona players (4–1)". FC Barcelona. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
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