Pere Pons

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Pere Pons
Personal information
Full name Pere Pons Riera
Date of birth (1993-02-20) 20 February 1993 (age 27)
Place of birth Sant Martí Vell, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position(s) Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Alavés
Number 20
Youth career
2002–2012 Girona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012 Girona B 8 (1)
2012–2019 Girona 203 (4)
2014Olot (loan) 14 (0)
2019– Alavés 36 (1)
National team
2016– Catalonia 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 October 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 March 2019

Pere Pons Riera (born 20 February 1993) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Deportivo Alavés as a defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Girona[edit]

Born in Sant Martí Vell, Girona, Catalonia, Pons joined Girona FC's youth setup in 2002, aged nine.[1] He started his senior career with the reserves in the regional leagues, in 2012.

On 13 September 2012, Pons made his first-team debut, coming on as a second-half substitute for Joseba Garmendia in a 0–2 away loss against Sporting de Gijón in the second round of the Copa del Rey.[2] He first appeared in Segunda División three days later, again replacing Garmendia in a 5–0 home rout of UD Las Palmas.[3]

Pons scored his first professional goal on 6 October 2013, netting the first in a 1–1 home draw against CE Sabadell FC. On 29 January 2014, he was loaned to Segunda División B side UE Olot until June;[4] he subsequently returned to the Albirrojos in the summer, and was made first choice by manager Pablo Machín.[5]

On 21 November 2014, Pons renewed his contract with the club, signing until 2017.[6] He contributed two goals[7][8] in 38 matches during the 2016–17 campaign, in a first-ever promotion to La Liga.

On 15 August 2017, Pons agreed to an extension until 2020.[9] He made his debut in the top flight four days later, starting in a 2–2 home draw with Atlético Madrid.[10]

Alavés[edit]

On 4 July 2019, after suffering relegation, Pons signed a three-year contract with Deportivo Alavés still in the top tier.[11]

International career[edit]

On 28 December 2016, Pons made his debut for the Catalonia national team, coming on as a half-time substitute for Sergi Roberto in a 3–3 draw against Tunisia (2–4 penalty loss).[12]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played on 31 January 2019[13]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Girona 2012–13 Segunda División 9 0 1 0 10 0
2013–14 10 1 3 0 13 1
2014–15 42 0 1 0 43 0
2015–16 39 0 0 0 39 0
2016–17 38 2 0 0 38 2
2017–18 La Liga 31 0 0 0 31 0
2018–19 17 0 2 0 19 0
Total 187 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 194 3
Olot (loan) 2013–14 Segunda División B 14 0 0 0 14 0
Career totals 200 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 207 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bernad Suelves, Marc (10 May 2016). "Pere Pons tiene ya dos ofertas para jugar en Primera División" [Pere Pons already has two offers to play in Primera]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  2. ^ Ceñal, Jaime (13 September 2012). "El torneo del K.O. como bálsamo" [The knockout tournament as balm]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 November 2012.
  3. ^ "El Girona le saca los colores a Las Palmas" [Girona drain Las Palmas]. Marca (in Spanish). 16 September 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
  4. ^ Franch Molinet, Narcís (29 January 2014). "El Girona cede a Pere Pons al Olot hasta el mes de junio" [Girona loan Pere Pons to Olot until June] (in Spanish). Vavel. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  5. ^ Puente, Diego (5 May 2017). "El capitán del Girona FC: Pere Pons" [The captain of Girona FC: Pere Pons] (in Spanish). Sport Huesca. Archived from the original on 16 August 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  6. ^ Roura, Jordi (21 November 2014). "El Girona millora el contracte de Pere Pons" [Girona improve the contract of Pere Pons]. Diari de Girona (in Catalan). Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Aluvión de goles en Montilivi" [Goal flood at Montilivi]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 11 September 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  8. ^ "El Girona resuelve por la vía rápida" [Girona take care of business through the fast lane]. Sport (in Spanish). 30 October 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Pere Pons renueva su compromiso con el Girona hasta junio de 2020" [Pere Pons renews his commitment with Girona until June 2020] (in Spanish). Girona FC. 15 August 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  10. ^ Pérez, José I. (19 August 2017). "El ADN del Atlético no se ficha" [You can't sign Atlético's DNA]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Pere Pons ficha por el Deportivo Alavés" [Pere Pons signs for Deportivo Alavés] (in Spanish). Deportivo Alavés. 4 July 2019. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  12. ^ "Catalonia impress before going down to Tunisia after penalty shootout". Sport. 28 December 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  13. ^ Pere Pons at Soccerway. Retrieved 24 March 2018.

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