Rubin Kazan sign Spaniard Orbaiz

July 25th, 2012 - 8:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, July 25 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Former Athletic Bilbao and Spain midfielder Pablo Orbaiz has joined Russian Premier league football side Rubin Kazan as a free agent, the club said Wednesday.

Orbaiz, 33, switched to Athletic from Osasuna in 2010 and has since made 263 appearances, scoring 10 goals.

“The contract with the Spaniard is for one year, he will be playing No.6,” said Rubin in a statement on their website.

He has four caps for Spain, and takes Rubin’s Spanish contingent to three, joining defensive duo Cesar Navas and Ivan Marcano.

Rubin finished sixth last season in the Russian Premier League, a disappointing result after back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009 and third place in 2010.

A 1-0 win in the Russian Cup final over Dynamo Moscow salvaged some silverware and a place in this season’s Europa League.

Earlier this month, Rubin defeated reigning league champions Zenit St. Petersburg 2-0 to win the season-opening Super Cup.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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