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Vicente Iborra de la Fuente (Spanish pronunciation: [biˈθente iˈβora]; born 16 January 1988) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Villarreal CF.

Vicente Iborra
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Iborra as a Levante player in 2013
Personal information
Full name Vicente Iborra de la Fuente[1]
Date of birth (1988-01-16) 16 January 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Moncada, Spain
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Villarreal
Number 10
Youth career
Levante
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Levante B 17 (4)
2008–2013 Levante 165 (8)
2013–2017 Sevilla 113 (24)
2017–2019 Leicester City 27 (3)
2019– Villarreal 17 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 May 2019

He amassed La Liga totals of 211 matches and 29 goals during eight seasons, representing in the competition Levante and Sevilla and winning the Europa League three times with the latter club. In the summer of 2017, he signed with Leicester City in the English Premier League.

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Football careerEdit

LevanteEdit

Born in Moncada, Valencian Community, Iborra was a product of Levante UD's youth system. He made his first-team debuts during the 2007–08 season, as the club's severe financial problems prompted the exit of several players. After appearing in a Copa del Rey match against Getafe CF on 9 January 2008,[3] he played in La Liga against Real Madrid four days later (0–2 home loss).[4]

On 30 March 2008, Iborra scored his first Levante goal, a last-minute effort in a 1–2 loss at UD Almería.[5] In the 2009–10 campaign, as the side returned to the top flight after a two-year absence,[6] he was one of the team's most used players — 36 games, 2,640 minutes — netting once.[7]

SevillaEdit

Iborra joined fellow league club Sevilla FC on 16 August 2013, after agreeing to a five-year contract.[8] He finished his debut season with 41 games and four goals all competitions comprised, including 12/1 in the UEFA Europa League which his team won.[9][10]

In 2014–15, Iborra was often deployed in a more attacking midfield role by manager Unai Emery, and responded by scoring nine goals overall.[11] On 24 September 2016 he filled in as the goalkeeper for the final two minutes away to Athletic Bilbao when Salvatore Sirigu was sent off, conceding a penalty from Aritz Aduriz in a 1–3 loss.[12]

Sunderland agreed to pay Sevilla £7 million for Iborra, but called it off on 30 August 2016 as the summer transfer window came to a close.[13] Under new coach Jorge Sampaoli he started the new season as a reserve[14] but, on 11 December, after having replaced the injured Nicolás Pareja at half-time of the away fixture against RC Celta de Vigo, he netted a hat-trick which included a late penalty in a 3–0 win.[15]

Leicester CityEdit

On 6 July 2017, Leicester City announced they had signed Iborra on a four-year contract for £15 million.[16] After picking up a groin injury during pre-season,[17] he did not make his debut until 19 September, when he played the whole of a 2–0 home win over Liverpool in the EFL Cup and provided the assist for Shinji Okazaki's goal.[18] His maiden Premier League appearance took place on 30 September as he played the second half of a 0–0 draw away to AFC Bournemouth,[19] and he scored his first goal in the latter competition on 4 November in a 2–2 draw at Stoke City.[20]

VillarrealEdit

On 7 January 2019, Iborra joined Villarreal CF on a four-and-a-half-year deal for a reported fee of £9 million. He cited failure of his family to adjust to life in England as the main reason for his departure.[21]

Career statisticsEdit

 
Iborra (far left) playing for Leicester City in an FA Cup match against Chelsea in March 2018
As of match played 7 March 2019[22]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Levante 2007–08 La Liga 14 1 2 0 16 1
2008–09 Segunda División 31 2 1 0 32 2
2009–10 36 1 0 0 36 1
2010–11 La Liga 16 0 0 0 16 0
2011–12 33 0 6 1 39 1
2012–13 35 4 2 1 12[a] 2 49 7
Total 165 8 11 2 12 2 188 12
Sevilla 2013–14 La Liga 27 3 2 0 12[a] 1 41 4
2014–15 26 7 4 0 11[a] 2 41 9
2015–16 29 7 7 1 10[b] 1 1[c] 0 47 9
2016–17 31 7 4 1 7[d] 0 2[e] 0 44 8
Total 113 24 17 2 40 4 3 0 173 30
Leicester City 2017–18 Premier League 19 3 4 0 3 0 26 3
2018–19 Premier League 8 0 0 0 3 1 11 1
Total 27 3 4 0 6 1 0 0 0 0 37 4
Villarreal 2018–19 La Liga 8 1 1 0 2[a] 0 11 1
Career total 313 36 33 4 6 1 54 6 3 0 409 47
  1. ^ a b c d Appearances in the Europa League
  2. ^ Three appearances and a goal in the Champions League and seven appearances in the Europa League
  3. ^ Appearance in the UEFA Super Cup
  4. ^ Appearances in the Champions League
  5. ^ One appearance in the UEFA Super Cup and one in the Supercopa de España

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "List of players under written contract registered between 01/07/2017 and 31/07/2017" (PDF). The Football Association. p. 17. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Vicente Iborra". Leicester City F.C. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  3. ^ "El Getafe sentencia la eliminatoria ante un pobre Levante" [Getafe sentence tie against poor Levante]. Marca (in Spanish). 9 January 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Levante 0–2 Real Madrid". ESPN Soccernet. 13 January 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Almeria 2–1 Levante". ESPN Soccernet. 30 March 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  6. ^ "El Levante celebra el centenario con un ascenso" [Levante celebrate century with a promotion]. Marca (in Spanish). 13 June 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  7. ^ "El Levante se coloca cuarto tras doblegar a un combativo Numancia" [Levante climb to fourth place after downing combative Numancia]. Marca (in Spanish). 1 November 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Iborra, al Sevilla cinco temporadas" [Iborra, five seasons to Sevilla]. Diario de Sevilla (in Spanish). 16 August 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  9. ^ "El Sevilla vuelve feliz del frío (0–2)" [Sevilla return happy from the cold (0–2)]. Diario de Cádiz (in Spanish). 13 December 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  10. ^ Guevara, R. (8 September 2016). "Iborra para todo en el Sevilla" [Factotum Iborra in Sevilla]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  11. ^ Fernández, Alberto (19 May 2015). "Camaleón Iborra" [Chameleon Iborra]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Athletic Bilbao 3–1 Sevilla". BBC Sport. 24 September 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  13. ^ Downie, Keith (30 August 2016). "Sevilla call-off Sunderland's £7.7m deal for Vicente Iborra – Sky sources". Sky Sports. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  14. ^ "El capítulo de las salidas mantiene el foco en Iborra" [Departures chapter keeps focus on Iborra]. Diario de Sevilla (in Spanish). 26 August 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  15. ^ Campos, Tomás (11 December 2016). "Iborra destroza al Celta en 45 minutos" [Iborra destroys Celta in 45 minutes]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  16. ^ "Leicester City sign midfielder Vicente Iborra from Sevilla". BBC Sport. 6 July 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  17. ^ Tanner, Rob (14 September 2017). "Leicester City injury news: Iborra and Iheanacho fit for Huddersfield". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  18. ^ Bysouth, Alex (19 September 2017). "Leicester City 2–0 Liverpool". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  19. ^ Sajad, Kal (30 September 2017). "AFC Bournemouth 0–0 Leicester City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  20. ^ Hafez, Shamoon (4 November 2017). "Stoke City 2–2 Leicester City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  21. ^ Tanner, Rob (7 January 2019). "Vicente Iborra leaves Leicester City for Villarreal". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  22. ^ Vicente Iborra at Soccerway. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  23. ^ "Spot-on Sevilla leave Benfica dreams in tatters". UEFA. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  24. ^ Keegan, Mike (27 May 2015). "Dnipro 2–3 Sevilla: Carlos Bacca scores twice as La Liga side survive scare to retain Europa League crown and earn Champions League spot with dramatic win in Warsaw". Daily Mail. Retrieved 27 May 2015.

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