AEK FC officially announces the signing of the international Mexican attacking midfielder Orbelin Pineda, on loan from Celta de Vigo till the summer of 2023.
Orbelin Pineda was born on 24th of March of 1996, in Coyuca de Catalan of Mexico. He started his football career in Queretaro’s Academy, the club at which he made his professional debut at the age of 18. He made 59 appearances in total (9 goals, 5 asists) before Chivas Guadalajara decided to acquire his rights, for 5,5 million Euros, in January 2016.
In the next three years he made 127 appearances in total with Chivas, scoring 10 goals and providing 8 assists. In January 2019, Pineda made one more very expensive transfer, signing for Cruz Azul, with his new club paying more than 10 million Euros to Chivas. There he scored 13 goals an provided 16 assists, in 113 games.
In January 2022 he signed for Celta de Vigo, in a free transfer. He made 7 appearances until the end of the season.
He won the league title in Mexico for 2017 with Chivas, and also the Mexican Cup the same year and the Super Cup in 2016. In 2018 he won the CONCACAF Champions League with Chivas. With Cruz Azul he won the league title in 2021, and the League Cup and the Super Cup in 2019.
He made his first international appearance with Mexico, at the age of 20, after several appearances in youth level. Up till now he has 45 international appearances, scoring 6 goals. He was a member of the national squad that won the North American Championship in 2019. Also he was a member of the squad that reached the final in 2021.
Orbe, welcome to the AEK FC family!