Eric Bertrand Bailly

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Eric Bailly
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Personal information
Full name Eric Bertrand Bailly
Date of birth (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth Bingerville, Ivory Coast
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Villarreal
Number 24
Youth career
2011–2013 Espanyol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2014 Espanyol B 21 (0)
2014–2015 Espanyol 5 (0)
2015– Villarreal 29 (0)
National team
2015– Ivory Coast 15 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 March 2016.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 May 2016

Eric Bertrand Bailly (born 12 April 1994) is an Ivorian professional 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 21 March 2016[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 10 0 0 0 1 0 11 0
Villarreal 2015–16 La Liga 19 0 3 0 4 1 26 1
Career total 55 0 3 0 5 1 63 1

International

As of 29 March 2016[12]
Ivory Coast
Year Apps Goals
2015 10 0
2016 2 0
Total 12 0

Honours

References

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