|Full name||Valter Birsa|
|Date of birth||7 August 1986|
|Place of birth||Šempeter pri Gorici, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|2009||→ Auxerre (loan)||15||(1)|
|2012–||→ Torino (loan)||14||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:20, 10 March 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Šempeter pri Gorici, he spent his childhood in Nova Gorica, Slovenia. Birsa's career began at the age of five, when he started playing for NK Bilje, the village club of Bilje near Nova Gorica. As he was a talented player, he was soon transferred first to NK Primorje, then to ND Gorica at the age of 17. By the second season he was already the second best striker and one of the best in the Slovenian first league, scoring 29 goals for his home team, an outstanding goalscoring record for a midfielder. In 2006, he signed for French club Sochaux in Ligue de Football Professionnel, Ligue 1. He was declared the best Slovenian player of 2006–2008 by the leading Slovenian football website.
On 22 January 2009 AJ Auxerre signed him on a loan deal until June 2009 from Sochaux. He scored his first Auxerre goal against giants Lyon. On 29 May, it was announced that Auxerre had made the loan permanent. In the 2010–11 season, Birsa scored a 23 yard free kick and his first Champions league goal against Ajax in the group stage, Ajax eventually won 2–1.
On 2 February 2011, despite interest from big Premier league teams such as Liverpool and Fulham, Birsa signed a four year contract with Serie A team Genoa and will join his new club for the 2011–12 season.
He signed with Torino on 31 August 2012 for a season loan move.
He also plays for the Slovenian national football team, and was the youngest player to have that honor at the age of 18. He scored his first goal for the national team on 9 September 2009 in a World Cup qualifying match against Poland, which Slovenia won 3–0. At the 2010 World Cup finals, Birsa struck a long-range curling shot in Slovenia's 2nd match against the United States. Slovenia drew that match 2–2.
|1||9 September 2009||Ljudski vrt, Maribor||Poland||3–0||3–0||FIFA World Cup 2010 qualification|
|2||10 October 2009||Tehelné pole, Bratislava||Slovakia||1–0||2–0||FIFA World Cup 2010 qualification|
|3||18 June 2010||Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg||United States||1–0||2–2||2010 FIFA World Cup|
Birsa was born in Šempeter pri Gorici, present day Slovenia. He is a childhood friend of three profesional footballers, Etien Velikonja, Tim Matavž and Goran Cvijanović, who also lived in the same town.
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