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Valter Birsa

Valter Birsa
Personal information
Full name Valter Birsa[1]
Date of birth (1986-08-07) 7 August 1986
Place of birth Šempeter pri Gorici, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Chievo
Number 23
Youth career
1991–2003 Bilje
2003–2004 Primorje
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Primorje 1 (0)
2004–2006 Gorica 61 (26)
2006–2009 Sochaux 66 (8)
2009 Auxerre (loan) 15 (1)
2009–2011 Auxerre 68 (8)
2011–2013 Genoa 9 (0)
2012–2013 Torino (loan) 17 (2)
2013–2015 Milan 15 (2)
2014–2015 Chievo (loan) 35 (0)
2015– Chievo 7 (2)
National team
2003–2004 Slovenia U19 9 (3)
2004–2006 Slovenia U21 10 (3)
2005– Slovenia 76 (6)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 October 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 October 2015

Valter Birsa (born 7 August 1986 in Šempeter pri Gorici) is a Slovenian footballer, who plays for Chievo and the Slovenian national team.

Club career

Born in Šempeter pri Gorici, he spent his childhood in Nova Gorica, Slovenia. Birsa's career began at the age of five, when he started playing for ND Bilje, the village club of Bilje near Nova Gorica. As he was a talented player, he was soon transferred first to Primorje, then to Gorica at the age of 17. By the second season he was already the second best striker and one of the best in the Slovenian first league, scoring 29 goals for his home team, an outstanding goalscoring record for a midfielder.

Sochaux

In 2006, he signed for French club Sochaux in Ligue de Football Professionnel, Ligue 1. He was declared the best Slovenian player of 2006–2008 by the leading Slovenian football website.[2]

Auxerre (on loan)

On 22 January 2009, AJ Auxerre signed him on a loan deal until June 2009 from Sochaux.[3] He scored his first Auxerre goal against giants Lyon. On 29 May, it was announced that Auxerre had made the loan permanent.[4] In the 2010–11 season, Birsa scored a 23 yard free kick and his first Champions league goal against Ajax in the group stage, Ajax eventually won 2–1.

Genoa

On 2 February 2011, despite interest from big Premier league teams such as Liverpool and Fulham, Birsa signed a four-year contract with Serie A club Genoa.[5] He made just nine appearances in his maiden season in Italy.

Torino (on loan)

He joined Torino on the 31 August 2012 on loan. At Torino, Birsa played 17 games, scoring 2 goals but did not do enough to convince Torino to sign him on a permanent deal so he returned to Genoa at the end of the season.

AC Milan

Birsa made the switch to Milan on 31 August 2013, in what was a straight swap deal which saw Luca Antonini move in the opposite direction. He was handed the number 14 shirt at Milan. He scored his first goal for Milan on 28 September 2013 against Sampdoria to give the Rossoneri the win.

Chievo

He signed for Chievo on 9 July 2014 on loan.[6] On 2 July 2015, Chievo signed Birsa outright in a three-year contract.[7]

International career

He also plays for the Slovenian national football team, and was the youngest player to have that honor at the age of 18. He scored his first goal for the national team on 9 September 2009 in a World Cup qualifying match against Poland, which Slovenia won 3–0. At the 2010 World Cup finals, Birsa struck a long-range curling shot in Slovenia's 2nd match against the United States. Slovenia drew that match 2–2.

Career statistics

As of 1 October 2015
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2003–04 Primorje 1. SNL 1 0 0 0 1 0
2004–05 Gorica 26 7 0 0 2 0 28 7
2005–06 35 19 0 0 0 0 35 19
2006–07 Sochaux Ligue 1 31 3 0 0 0 0 31 3
2007–08 22 3 0 0 2 0 24 3
2008–09 28 3 3 0 0 0 31 3
2009–10 Auxerre 35 3 4 0 0 0 39 3
2010–11 33 5 2 0 7 1 42 6
2011–12 Genoa Serie A 9 0 3 2 0 0 11 2
2012–13 Torino 17 2 1 0 0 0 18 2
2013–14 Milan 15 2 2 0 4 0 21 2
2014–15 Chievo 27 0 1 0 0 0 28 0
Serie A 7 2 1 0 0 0 8 2
Career total 279 49 16 2 15 1 311 52

International goals

Scores and results list Slovenia's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 September 2009 Ljudski vrt, Maribor, Slovenia  Poland 3–0 3–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 10 October 2009 Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia  Slovakia 1–0 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 18 June 2010 Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa  United States 1–0 2–2 2010 FIFA World Cup
4 7 June 2013 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Iceland 2–2 4–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 19 November 2013 Arena Petrol, Celje, Slovenia  Canada 1–0 1–0 Friendly
6 9 October 2015 Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana, Slovenia  Lithuania 1–0 1–1 UEFA Euro 2016 Qualification

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Personal life

Birsa was born in Šempeter pri Gorici, present day Slovenia. He is a childhood friend of three professional footballers, Etien Velikonja, Tim Matavž and Goran Cvijanović, who also lived in the same town.[8][9] In 2012 he married his long-time girlfriend Mateja, the couple has a son named Nolan.[10]

Honours

ND Gorica

FC Sochaux-Montbéliard

See also

References

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  2. ^ nogomania.com
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  4. ^ Prolongation pour Stéphane Grichting et Benoît Pedretti, Valter Birsa auxerrois
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  10. ^ http://govori.se/domaci-traci/valter-birsa-poroka-je-bila-slavje-brez-primere

External links

  • Player profile at NZS (Slovene)
  • Player profile at LFP
  • Valter Birsa at National-Football-Teams.com
  • Valter Birsa at Topforward
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