Pol Lirola

Pol Mikel Lirola Kosok (born 13 August 1997) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as right-back for Ligue 1 club Olympique de Marseille, on loan from Serie A club Fiorentina.

Pol Lirola
Personal information
Full name Pol Mikel Lirola Kosok
Date of birth (1997-08-13) 13 August 1997 (age 23)
Place of birth Mollet del Vallès, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Right-back
Club information
Current team
(on loan from Fiorentina)
Number 29
Youth career
2013–2015 Espanyol
2015Juventus (loan)
2015–2016 Juventus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Espanyol B 1 (0)
2016–2018 Juventus 0 (0)
2016–2018Sassuolo (loan) 38 (0)
2018–2020 Sassuolo 43 (2)
2019–2020Fiorentina (loan) 35 (0)
2020– Fiorentina 12 (0)
2021–Marseille (loan) 14 (2)
National team
2013 Spain U17 1 (0)
2017–2019 Spain U21 2 (0)
2016– Catalonia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:26, 17 April 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2018

Club career


Born in Mollet del Vallès, Barcelona, Catalonia, Lirola started his career at RCD Espanyol youth system, making his debut with B' team in the Spanish third division in 2014.[1] Lirola was sent on loan to Italian side Juventus in January 2015, where he joined the club's youth side.[2]


During the summer session of the transfer market later that year, Juventus bought Lirola outright.[3] On 28 July 2016, he moved to Sassuolo on a two-year loan.[4][5]

Lirola made his official professional debut in the play-off round of the UEFA Europa League, assisting Domenico Berardi's goal in a 1–1 away draw against Red Star Belgrade, which enabled the club to qualify for the group stage of the competition for the first time in their history.[1] In the same competition, he scored the opening goal, the first of his career, in a 3–0 home win over Athletic Bilbao on 15 September, in the club's opening group match; this was the club's historic first ever goal in official European competitions.[6]


On 31 January 2018, Sassuolo signed Lirola outright, for €7 million fee.[7]


On 1 August 2019, Lirola joined Serie A side Fiorentina on loan with an obligation to buy.[8]


On 12 January 2021, Lirola joined French side Marseille, on a loan until the end of the season.[9]

International career

Lirola has represented the Spain at the under-U17 level in 2013.[2][10] On 28 December 2016, he made his debut for the Catalonia national football team, starting in a 3–3 draw against Tunisia (2–4 penalty loss).[11]

Personal life

Lirola is of German descent through his mother. He holds a German passport, and speaks the language fluently.[12]

Career statistics


As of match played 17 April 2021[10]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Espanyol B 2014–15 Segunda División B 1010
Juventus 2016–17 Serie A 0000000000
Sassuolo (loan) 2016–17 220007[lower-alpha 1]1291
2017–18 24020260
Sassuolo 2018–19 35230382
Total 8125071933
Fiorentina (loan) 2019–20 Serie A 35041391
Fiorentina 2020–21 12010130
Total 47051521
Marseille (loan) 2020–21 Ligue 1 142201[lower-alpha 2]0172
Career total 14341210071101636
  1. Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  2. Appearance in Trophée des Champions



Spain U21


  1. "Lirola: 'My Sassuolo objectives'". Football Italia. 9 September 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  2. Francesco Oddi (15 September 2016). "Lirola, il gioiello splende in Europa League. E la Juve si frega già le mani" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  3. "Juve, dall'Espanyol arriva il baby Lirola" (in Italian). Tutto Sport. 19 January 2015. Archived from the original on 10 May 2017. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  4. "Sassuolo: presentato Pol Lirola" (in Italian). La Gazzetta di Modena. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  5. "Fichajes.net". Fichajes.net.
  6. "EL: Sassuolo thrash Athletic!". Football Italia. 15 September 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  7. "Agreement with Sassuolo for the definitive disposal of the player Lirola" (PDF) (Press release). Turin: Juventus F.C. 31 January 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  8. "UFFICIALE: Fiorentina, ecco Lirola in prestito con obbligo di riscatto". Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  9. "Fiorentina's Lirola joins Marseille on loan". France 24. January 12, 2021. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  10. "P. Lirola Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  11. "Catalonia impress before going down to Tunisia after penalty shootout". Sport. 28 December 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  12. "El Atletico piensa en Pol Lirola como relevo de Sime Vrsaljko". Mundo Deportivo. May 24, 2018.
  13. "Spain U21 2–1 Germany U21". 30 June 2019. Retrieved 1 July 2019.