Liverpool Cut Losses With Albert Riera / Winger To Olympiakos Of Athens


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Supporters of FC Olympiakos Piraeus surround the car of Spanish international winger ALBERT RIERA at the Athens airport after the player’s arrival in Greece from England. (AP/Newsports photo)
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FC LIVERPOOL have, as expected, off-loaded ALBERT RIERA by selling the Spain international winger to Greek side OLYMPIAKOS PIRAEUS ATHENS in a transaction that could amount to as much as 4.9 million English pounds for the Reds.

Riera, whose last game for Liverpool was in the UEFA Europe League against French club OSC Lille this March 11 past, had his fate sealed after the player’s critical comments of both the Reds organization and then-manager RAFAEL BENITEZ appeared in the Spanish press one week later.

Riera, who made 33 starts for the Reds in all competitions his first year at Anfield as compared to just eleven in his second, was immediately transfer listed and never played for Liverpool ever again.

Olympiakos Piraeus forked over 3.3 million English pounds up front for Riera; if German manager EWALD LIENEN’s side capture the Greek championship this season, Liverpool will be entitled to an additional payment of a further 1.6 million English pounds from the Athens club.

Riera was purchased by Liverpool from Spanish club RCD Espanyol Barcelona at a cost of 8.0 million English pounds in September of 2008.

The Greek media is reporting that the Spanish international winger is to be paid at the rate of 2.5 million Euros for the season.

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ALBERT RIERA — b. 1982
Spain international — (16 caps, 4 goals)

2009-10 : FC Liverpool
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League — 12 app (9 st) — 0 goals, 3 assists
Europe —– 3 app (2 st) — 0 goals, 0 assists
Car Cup —– 1 app (0 st) — 0 goals, 0 assists

2008-09 : FC Liverpool
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League — 28 app (24 st) — 3 goals, 3 assists
Europe —– 9 app ( 7 st) — 1 goals, 1 assists
FA Cup —– 3 app ( 2 st) — 1 goals, 0 assists

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2007-08 : 37 app (30 st) – 4 goals, 6 assists — RCD Espanyol (Spa)
2006-07 : 28 app (23 st) – 4 goals, 3 assists — RCD Espanyol (Spa)

2005-06 : 15 app (12 st) – 1 goals — Manchester City (Eng)
2005-06 : 8 app (4 st) – 0 goals — RCD Espanyol (Spa)

2004-05 : 21 app (17 st) – 2 goals — FC Girondins Bordeaux (Fra)
2003-04 : 31 app (30 st) – 0 goals — FC Girondins Bordeaux (Fra)
2002-03 : 35 app (34 st) – 4 goals — Real Mallorca (Spa)

2001-02 : 8 app – 1 goal — Real Mallorca (Spa)
2000-01 : 3 app – 1 goal — Real Mallorca (Spa)

NOTE : league record only

EUROPE career
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3 app, 0 goals — Real Mallorca (Spa)
10 app, 5 goals — FC Girondins Bordeaux (Fra)
16 app, 4 goals — RCD Espanyol Barcelona (Spa)

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