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Jordi Alba Ramos (Catalan: [ˈʒɔɾði ˈalβə ˈramos], Spanish: [ˈɟʝoɾði ˈalβa ˈramos]; born 21 March 1989) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a left-back for Barcelona and the Spain national team.

Jordi Alba
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Alba with Spain in 2017
Personal information
Full name Jordi Alba Ramos
Date of birth (1989-03-21) 21 March 1989 (age 29)
Place of birth L'Hospitalet, Spain
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing position Left-back
Club information
Current team
Barcelona
Number 18
Youth career
1996–1997 Hospitalense
1997–2005 Barcelona
2005–2007 Cornellà
2007–2008 Valencia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 Cornellà
2007–2009 Valencia B
2008–2009Gimnàstic (loan) 35 (4)
2009–2012 Valencia 74 (5)
2012– Barcelona 165 (7)
National team
2006 Spain U19 6 (1)
2009 Spain U20 9 (0)
2008–2011 Spain U21 4 (0)
2012 Spain U23 4 (0)
2011– Spain 66 (8)
2008– Catalonia 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:45, 16 September 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:44, 1 July 2018 (UTC)

He started his career at Barcelona, but was released for being deemed too small. After joining neighbouring Cornellà, he finished his development at Valencia. In 2012 he returned to Barcelona, with whom he went on to win 13 major honours, including four La Liga titles, four Copas del Rey and one Champions League.

After winning 23 caps and scoring one goal at youth level, Alba made his senior debut for Spain in 2011. He was an integral member of the team that won the European Championship in 2012, and was also part of the squads at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups as well as Euro 2016.

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Club careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Born in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia, Alba started his career in the youth ranks of Barcelona as a left winger, but was released by the club in 2005 for being deemed too small.[2] He then joined neighbouring Cornellà and, after almost two years, departed in a 6,000 deal to Valencia where he finished his football education.[3]

After helping the reserves earn promotion from Tercera División in 2007–08, Alba made his professional debut the following season, playing on loan at Segunda División club Gimnàstic de Tarragona,[4] where he performed consistently (22 starts).

ValenciaEdit

 
Alba in action for Valencia.

After returning to Los Che, Alba made his La Liga debut on 13 September 2009, in a 4–2 win at Real Valladolid.[5] He then started in two consecutive UEFA Europa League group stage matches, against Lille and Slavia Prague (both 1–1 draws, respectively away and home).[6][7] Due to continuing injuries in Valencia's defensive sector, he played much of 2009–10 as a left back, posting overall good performances; in that position, on 11 April 2010, he scored his first goal for the club, in a 2–3 away loss to Mallorca.[8]

In 2010–11, still with Unai Emery in charge, Alba was used almost exclusively in the defensive sector, battling for first-choice status with Jérémy Mathieu. He contributed with 27 league games as the team again finished third, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Champions League.

In the following campaign, Emery began using the players simultaneously down Valencia's left side, a strategy he had tested the previous season.[9] This proved an effective tactic as Alba and Mathieu frequently interchanged position and offered support for one another in both attacking and defensive areas;[10][11] ultimately, the player credited the manager as a "key man" in his successful transition to a more defensive role.[12]

BarcelonaEdit

On 28 June 2012, Alba signed a five-year contract with Barcelona for a transfer fee of €14 million.[13] He made his official debut on 19 August, playing the full 90 minutes in a 5–1 home win against Real Sociedad.[14]

Alba scored his first goal for the Blaugrana on 20 October 2012, netting the opener in a 5–4 win at Deportivo de La Coruña,[15] and scoring the last one through an own goal.[16] In the following game, at home against Celtic for the Champions League group stage, he found the net in the 93rd minute for a 2–1 triumph.[17]

On 12 March 2013, Alba scored his fifth goal of the campaign, netting in the last-minute to complete Barcelona's 4–0 home win over A.C. Milan in the Champions League round-of-16 after a 0–2 loss, which signified his team was the first in the competition's history to overturn such a deficit.[18] He ended his first year at the Camp Nou as league champion, as Tito Vilanova's side regained the title from Real Madrid.[19]

On 2 June 2015, Alba agreed to a new five-year deal with a new buyout clause of €150 million.[20] Four days later, he started in the Champions League final, helping the club to its fifth accolade in the competition by beating Juventus at Berlin's Olympiastadion.[21] He contributed with 38 appearances all competitions comprised (one goal[22]), in an eventual treble conquest.[23]

On 22 May 2016, Alba won the second Copa del Rey of his career – also second with Barcelona – scoring in the 97th minute of the final against Sevilla after a through pass from Lionel Messi, in an eventual 2–0 extra time triumph at the Vicente Calderón Stadium.[24]

International careerEdit

 
Alba celebrating his goal in the Euro 2012 Final against Italy

Alba represented the Spanish team at the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, as well as appearing in all four games as the nation won the gold medal at the 2009 Mediterranenan Games. He was also part of the squad at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt.

Alba received his first call-up to the full side on 30 September 2011, for the last two UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Scotland.[25] He made his debut in the latter game on 11 October, a 3–1 win in Alicante in which his cut back from the left wing provided the assist for the opening goal, scored by former Valencia teammate David Silva;[26] his impressive debut confirmed his status as a strong candidate to be the long-term successor of Joan Capdevila as the regular left back for La Roja,[27] and he was also included in the squad for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[28]

 
Alba (fourth to the right) lining up at Euro 2012.

Alba was included in Vicente del Bosque's squad for the finals in Poland and Ukraine, and played all the matches for the eventual winners. He supplied the cross for Xabi Alonso to open the scoring in the 2–0 quarter-final victory over France;[29] in the final against Italy, after running onto a pass from Xavi during a counter-attack, he scored the second goal in a 4–0 win.[30][31]

Alba was also selected for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil. He played four complete matches during the tournament, netting twice in the 3–0 group stage win over Nigeria.[32]

Alba made Del Bosque's list for the 2014 FIFA World Cup,[33] making three appearances as the defending champions crashed out in the group stage.[34] He was also named in Julen Lopetegui's squad for the following edition of the tournament.[35]

Style of playEdit

Alba is a technically very gifted and fast attacking left-back, who can also be used as a left winger.[36] His pace and stamina allows him to be very involved in both offense and defense, as he can get from one end of the pitch to the other very quickly.[37]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 18 September 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Copa del Rey Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Gimnàstic (loan) 2008–09[38] Segunda División 35 4 1 0 36 4
Valencia 2009–10[39] La Liga 15 1 2 0 9[a] 0 26 1
2010–11[40] La Liga 27 2 4 0 3[b] 0 34 2
2011–12[41] La Liga 32 2 8 0 10[c] 1 50 3
Total 74 5 14 0 22 1 110 6
Barcelona 2012–13[42] La Liga 29 2 4 1 9[b] 2 2[d] 0 44 5
2013–14[43] La Liga 15 0 5 0 4[b] 0 2[d] 0 26 0
2014–15[44] La Liga 27 1 6 1 11[b] 0 44 2
2015–16[45] La Liga 31 0 3 1 9[b] 0 2[e] 0 45 1
2016–17[46] La Liga 26 1 6 0 6[b] 0 1[d] 0 39 1
2017–18[47] La Liga 33 2 5 1 8[b] 0 2[d] 0 48 3
2018–19[48] La Liga 4 1 0 0 1[b] 0 1[d] 0 6 1
Total 165 7 29 4 48 2 10 0 252 13
Career total 274 16 44 4 70 3 10 0 398 23
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Four appearances in UEFA Champions League, six appearances and one goal in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ a b c d e Appearance(s) in Supercopa de España
  5. ^ Appearances in FIFA Club World Cup

InternationalEdit

As of match played 1 July 2018[49]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Spain 2011 2 0
2012 13 2
2013 9 3
2014 9 0
2015 6 1
2016 11 0
2017 8 2
2018 8 0
Total 66 8

International goalsEdit

As of match played 1 July 2018. Spain score listed first, score column indicates score after each Alba goal.[49]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 1 July 2012 Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine 11   Italy 2–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2012 Final
2 12 October 2012 Dynama Stadium, Minsk, Belarus 13   Belarus 1–0 4–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 23 June 2013 Castelão, Fortaleza, Brazil 20   Nigeria 1–0 3–0 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup
4 3–0
5 6 September 2013 Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland 24   Finland 1–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 5 September 2015 Estadio Carlos Tartiere, Oviedo, Spain 36   Slovakia 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2016
7 11 November 2017 La Rosaleda, Málaga, Spain 57   Costa Rica 1–0 5–0 Friendly
8 14 November 2017 Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia 58   Russia 1–0 3–3

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

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