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Eric Bertrand Bailly

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Eric Bailly
Full nameEric Bertrand Bailly
Date of birth (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 21)
Place of birthBingerville, Ivory Coast
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Playing positionCentre back
Club information
Current team
Villarreal
Number24
Youth career
2011–2013Espanyol
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2013–2014Espanyol B21(0)
2014–2015Espanyol5(0)
2015–Villarreal10(0)
National team
2015–Ivory Coast8(0)

Eric Bertrand Bailly (born 12 April 1994) is an Ivorian footballer who plays for Spanish club Villarreal CF mainly as a central defender.

Club career

Born in Bingerville, Bailly joined RCD Espanyol's youth system in December 2011, aged 17.[1] He only received a work permit in October of the following year,[2] and made his senior debuts in the 2013–14 campaign with the reserves, in Segunda División B.

On 5 October 2014 Bailly made his first-team – and La Liga – debut, coming on as a late substitute in a 2–0 home win against Real Sociedad.[3] He was definitely promoted to the main squad shortly after.[4]

On 29 January 2015 Bailly signed a five-and-a-half-year contract with fellow league team Villarreal CF for a 5.7 million fee, mainly as a replacement to Arsenal F.C.-bound Gabriel Paulista.[5][6] He made his debut for the Yellow Submarine on 22 February, starting in a 1–0 home win against SD Eibar.[7]

On 19 March Bailly made his UEFA Europa League debut, starting and being sent off in a 1–2 away loss against Sevilla FC.[8]

International career

On 29 December 2014, Bailly was included in Hervé Renard's 23-men squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.[9] He made his debut on 11 January 2015 in a friendly against Nigeria,[10] and appeared in all six matches during the competition, as his side were crowned champions.

Career statistics

Club

As of 20 March 2015[11]
Club Season League National Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Espanyol B 2013–14 Segunda División B 20 0 20 0
2014–15 Segunda División B 1 0 1 0
Total 21 0 21 0
Espanyol 2014–15 La Liga 5 0 0 0 5 0
Villarreal 2014–15 La Liga 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Career total 29 0 0 0 1 0 30 0

International

As of 9 February 2015[12]
Ivory Coast
Year Apps Goals
2015 8 0
Total 8 0

Honours

References

  1. ^ Dos nous fitxatges per al futbol base (Two new signings for the youth setup); Espanyol's official website, 1 December 2011 Invalid language code.
  2. ^ Eric Bertrand ya tiene los papeles y puede debutar (Eric Bertrand already has the paperwork and can debut); Diario La Grada, 6 October 2012 Invalid language code.
  3. ^ El Espanyol pone a Arrasate contra las cuerdas (Espanyol puts Arraste against the wall); Marca, 5 October 2014 Invalid language code.
  4. ^ Eric, la perla de 20 millones (Eric, the pearl of 20 million); Sport, 13 December 2014 Invalid language code.
  5. ^ El Villarreal CF ficha a Eric Bailly (Villarreal signs Eric Bailly); Villarreal's official website, 29 January 2015 Invalid language code.
  6. ^ El Espanyol traspasa a Eric Bailly al Villarreal por 5,7 millones de euros (Espanyol transfers Eric Bailly to Villarreal for 5.7 million euros); El Mundo Deportivo, 29 January 2015 Invalid language code.
  7. ^ Vietto, con licencia para marcar (Vietto, with a scoring license); Marca, 22 February 2015 Invalid language code.
  8. ^ Slick Sevilla finish off ten-man Villarreal; UEFA.com, 19 March 2015
  9. ^ 2015 Nations Cup: Kolo Toure in squad for last time; BBC Sport, 29 December 2014
  10. ^ Kalou Hands Cote D'Ivoire Late Win Over Nigeria; SL10, 11 January 2015
  11. ^ Eric Bailly profile at Soccerway. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Eric Bailly". National Football Teams. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 

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