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Sergi Samper Montaña (born 20 January 1995) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Japanese club Vissel Kobe as a defensive midfielder.

Sergi Samper
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Samper with Barcelona Juvenil in 2012
Personal information
Full name Sergi Samper Montaña[1]
Date of birth (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 (age 24)
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Vissel Kobe
Number 6
Youth career
2001–2013 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 Barcelona B 103 (0)
2014–2019 Barcelona 1 (0)
2016–2017Granada (loan) 22 (0)
2017–2018Las Palmas (loan) 2 (0)
2019– Vissel Kobe 11 (0)
National team
2011 Spain U16 6 (0)
2011–2012 Spain U17 8 (2)
2013 Spain U18 2 (0)
2013–2014 Spain U19 4 (1)
2014–2016 Spain U21 3 (0)
2015–2018 Catalonia 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 June 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 December 2016

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Club careerEdit

BarcelonaEdit

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Samper joined FC Barcelona's youth setup in 2001 at age 6, after a successful trial.[2] On 9 May 2013, he signed a four-year professional contract.[3]

On 10 June 2013, Samper was promoted to the reserves who competed in Segunda División.[4] He made his professional debut on 17 August in a 1–2 away defeat against CD Mirandés,[5] appearing in a further 39 matches during the season to help to a third-place finish.

Samper made his first-team debut on 17 September 2014, starting in a 1–0 home victory over APOEL FC for the campaign's UEFA Champions League.[6] His first match in La Liga took place the following 12 March, when he came on as a 59th-minute substitute for Andrés Iniesta in the 6–0 home rout of Getafe CF.[7]

On 26 August 2016, Samper joined Granada CF on a season-long loan.[8] Roughly one year later, in the same situation, he moved to UD Las Palmas;[9] his spell at the latter club was cut short, however, following a serious injury.[10]

Vissel KobeEdit

On 4 March 2019, Samper terminated his contract with Barcelona and left the Camp Nou after 18 years.[11] Three days later, he joined J1 League club Vissel Kobe.[12][13]

International careerEdit

Samper won his first cap for the Spanish under-21 team on 12 November 2014 at the age of 19, playing the entire 1–4 friendly home loss to Belgium.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Sergi's older brother, Jordi, is a professional tennis player.[15]

Club statisticsEdit

As of 20 April 2019[16][17]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2013–14 40 0 40 0
2014–15 34 0 34 0
2015–16 29 0 29 0
Total 103 0 103 0
Barcelona 2014–15 0 0 3 0 1[a] 0 4 0
2015–16 1 0 3 0 2[a] 0 1[b] 0 7 0
2016–17 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[c] 0 1 0
2017–18 0 0 0 0 0[a] 0 0 0 0 0
2018–19 0 0 1 0 0[a] 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 7 0 3 0 2 0 13 0
Granada (loan) 2016–17 22 0 1 0 23 0
Las Palmas (loan) 2017–18 2 0 3 0 5 0
Vissel Kobe 2019 5 0 5 0
Career total 133 0 11 0 3 0 2 0 149 0
  1. ^ a b c d All appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ Appearances in FIFA Club World Cup
  3. ^ Appearances in Supercopa de España

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Acta del partido celebrado el 29 de agosto de 2015, en Sabadell" [Minutes of the match held on 29 August 2015, in Sabadell] (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. 29 August 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  2. ^ Domènech, Oriol (9 May 2013). "Samper: el Pirlo de la cantera" [Samper: the youth system's Pirlo]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  3. ^ Domènech, Oriol (9 May 2013). "El Barça apuesta por Sergi Samper, que renueva por cuatro temporadas" [Barça bet on Sergi Samper, who renews for four seasons]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Siete juveniles suben al Barça B para la temporada 2013/14" [Seven youth players promoted to Barça B for the 2013/14 season] (in Spanish). FC Barcelona. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Prieto sostiene al Mirandés" [Prieto sustains Mirandés]. Marca (in Spanish). 17 August 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  6. ^ Kemp, Jamie (17 September 2014). "Samper: Making my debut in this competition is priceless". Inside Spanish Football. Archived from the original on 21 September 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  7. ^ Capdevila, Josep (12 March 2016). "Sergi Samper debuta en Liga con el Barcelona" [Sergi Samper makes League debut with Barcelona]. Sport (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Agreement with Granada for loan of Sergi Samper". FC Barcelona. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Las Palmas y Barcelona acuerdan la cesión del centrocampista Samper" [Las Palmas and Barcelona agree on loan of midfielder Samper] (in Spanish). UD Las Palmas. 24 August 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  10. ^ "La UD Las Palmas, el FC Barcelona y Sergi Samper acuerdan la finalización de la cesión" [UD Las Palmas, FC Barcelona and Sergi Samper agree to end loan] (in Spanish). UD Las Palmas. 31 January 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Agreement for the cancellation of Sergi Samper's contract". FC Barcelona. 4 March 2019. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  12. ^ "FCバルセロナ(スペイン)よりMFセルジ サンペール選手 完全移籍加入のお知らせ" [FC Barcelona (Spain) announce transfer completion of midfielder Sergi Samper] (in Japanese). Vissel Kobe. 7 March 2019. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Vissel Kobe sign former FC Barcelona midfielder Sergi Samper". Vissel Kobe. 7 March 2019. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  14. ^ Cudeiro, Juan L. (12 November 2014). "Tsunami belga a la nueva ola española" [Belgian tsunami to the new Spanish wave]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  15. ^ Rubio, David (26 June 2014). "Sergi Samper: Un Guardiola adaptado a los tiempos modernos" [Sergi Samper: A Guardiola adapted to modern times]. Sport (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  16. ^ Sergi Samper at Soccerway
  17. ^ Sergi Samper at ESPN FC

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