22 Aleix Vidal

Aleix Vidal

Midfielder

The right hand side is the domain of Aleix Vidal, a player known for his selfless running

FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC reached an agreement for the transfer of Aleix Vidal on 7 June 2015. The 25-year-old footballer from Puigpelat in the southern Catalan province of Tarragona was officially presented a day later, on 8 June at Camp Nou.

Thus Vidal has returned to what had been his home beginning in the 2001/02 season when he played for Barça's U14B squad. Despite his young age, Vidal is well travelled in the world of football. After leaving Barça and going to play for Veterans Cambrils, Gimnàstic of Tarragona, and Reus, he ended up at Damm and then joined RCD Espanyol in 2009, only to be sent on loan to Greek side Panthrakikos. The following year he returned to Spain to play with Gimnàstic's B team, La Pobla de Mafumet. In 2010/11 Vidal signed with Mallorca B and then went on to Almería, which became a key move in his career.

When Almería were promoted to the First Division, Vidal caught the attention of fellow Andalusian club Sevilla and he made his way to Nervión. It was precisely at Sevilla's ground, the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium, when Aleix Vidal finally burst onto the scene. His coach there, Unai Emery, converted Vidal from a winger into a wing-back and he played a total of 31 league games for Sevilla, 22 as a starter,scoring four goals. He was a key figure in Sevilla's Europa League victory in 2015 before signing a five-year contract with FC Barcelona.

Technical profile

The FC Barcelona player is a versatile addition to the squad. He can play on either side of the pitch out wide in attack but perhaps his best position is full back. Aleix Vidal loves to get forward down the wing and look to get behind his opponents’ defence to put in telling crosses.