Carlos Bacca

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Bacca and the second or maternal family name is Ahumada.
Carlos Bacca
Carlos Bacca, 2012-07-17.jpg
Bacca on 17 July 2012
Personal information
Full name Carlos Arturo Bacca Ahumada
Date of birth (1986-09-08) 8 September 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Puerto Colombia, Colombia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Sevilla FC
Number 9
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2012 Atlético Junior 97 (50)
2006 Barranquilla (loan) 27 (12)
2007–2008 Minervén (loan) 29 (12)
2008 Barranquilla (loan) 19 (14)
2012–2013 Club Brugge 45 (28)
2013– Sevilla 35 (24)
National team
2010– Colombia 11 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 June 2014

Carlos Arturo Bacca Ahumada (born 8 September 1986) is a Colombian footballer who plays for Sevilla FC in La Liga and the Colombia national football team, as a striker.

A full international for Colombia since 2010, he represented the country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Atlético Junior[edit]

Bacca began his professional career with Atlético Junior in 2006, where he did not have many chances to play. While playing football, Bacca had a second job working as a bus driver's assistant, to earn more money since his family came from a poor background.[1] On loan at Barranquilla FC in 2007, Bacca made 27 appearances and scored 12 goals. After that, Bacca joined the Venezuelan club Minervén on loan for one season. Bacca led the club into second place in the league, scoring 12 goals in 29 games. In 2008, Bacca rejoined Barranquilla on loan once again and was the league top scorer with 14 goals in 19 games.

In his first professional season at Junior, Bacca quickly earned himself a regular first team place and was the top scorer in the 2009 Copa Colombia. A year later in 2010, he became the winner and top goalscorer of the Categoría Primera A; repeating in 2011 as winner and top goalscorer giving Junior their sixth and seventh Colombian titles.

Since making a breakthrough at Atlético Junior, Bacca had attracted clubs' interest, mostly from Europe. Many clubs in Europe like Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow[2] and Chievo[3] Bacca came close to join those clubs, but those moves were never completed. Bacca revealed that he nearly joined Lokomotiv Moscow, but his hopes of moving to Russia ended after the club instead signed the Ecuadorian striker Felipe Caicedo.[4]

Club Brugge[edit]

Bacca training with Club Brugge in 2013

During the beginning of 2012, Bacca signed for Belgian side Club Brugge, with Bruges paid €1.5 million for his service and signed a three-year contract with the club.[5] He stated that joining Club Brugge fulfilled his dream to play in Europe.[6]

He made his debut, on 21 January 2012, coming on as a substitute for Lior Refaelov in the 68th minute, as Brugge lost 1–0 against Mechelen. In his first three months at Brugge, Bacca struggled to make a breakthrough in the first team, but in the playoffs, he earned his place in the first team. On 15 April 2012, Bacca scored his first league goal for the club against Gent, although Brugge lost 3–1.[7] Then in the last game of the season, Bacca scored twice, in a 3–2 win over Kortrijk, as Brugge finishied in second place to earn a European spot.

At the start of the 2012–13 season, Bacca started to play more regularly after the departure of Joseph Akpala and earned the trust of new manager Georges Leekens. In January 2013, having scored eighteen goals so far, Bacca requested for a transfer after announcing his intention to leave Brugge.[8] The reason was more clubs in Europe, once again, attracted interests in Bacca.[9] But in an unexpected turn of events two weeks later, Bacca signed a new contract, that would have kept him at the club until 2016.[10] At the end of the 2012–13 season, Bacca was not only the club's top-scorer, but also in the league. This led him being nominated for the player of the year in Belgium.[11] Six days later, Bacca won the player of the year in Belgium and wrote on Twitter saying "Thanks to my family, friends, family and Club Brugge especially throughout Colombia, this award is for you, thanks for your support".[12]

In his Brugge career, he scored 28 goals in 45 league appearances.

Sevilla[edit]

On 9 July 2013, Sevilla signed Bacca for €7 million on a five-year contract and in addition, with a €30 million buy-out release clause.[13]

In the Copa EuroAmericana, Bacca scored his first Sevilla goal, in a 3–1 win over Barcelona S.C. on 26 July.[14] Bacca scored his first competitive goal for the club on 1 August, in a 3–0 home win over Mladost for the third qualifying round of the 2013–14 Europa League.[15] His La Liga debut came on 18 August, the match being a 1–3 home loss to Atlético Madrid. On 25 September, he scored twice against Rayo Vallecano in a match that ended 4–1 for Sevilla. Nearly a month later, Bacca scored his third goal of the season in a 2–2 draw against Real Valladolid.

On 26 March 2014, Bacca again gained mainstream attention after scoring two goals in a surprising Sevilla victory against the then league leaders Real Madrid 2–1 at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.[16] In the second-leg of Sevilla's Europa League quarter-final tie with Porto on 10 April, Bacca scored his side's third goal in a 4-1 win, securing a 4-2 aggregate victory and a spot in the semi-finals of the competition.[17] Two weeks later, he scored the second goal in their 2–0 semi-final first leg win over compatriots Valencia CF.[18] In the final on 14 May, he scored in the penalty shootout where Sevilla beat S.L. Benfica to lift the trophy.[19]

Bacca was voted by Marca as the best signing of the 2013-14 La Liga season.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

Updated as of match played 17 May 2014[21]

Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barranquilla (loan) 2006 27 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 12
Minervén (loan) 2007 29 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 12
Barranquilla (loan) 2008 19 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 14
Total 75 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 75 38
Atlético Junior 2009 29 12 12 11 0 0 0 0 41 23
2010 32 18 0 0 0 0 2 0 34 18
2011 36 20 11 8 8 4 0 0 55 32
Total 97 50 23 19 10 4 0 0 130 73
Club Brugge 2011–12 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 3
2012–13 35 25 2 0 7 3 0 0 44 28
Total 45 28 2 0 7 3 0 0 54 31
Sevilla 2013–14 35 14 1 0 16 7 0 0 52 21
Total 35 14 1 0 16 7 0 0 52 21
Career total 252 130 26 19 33 14 0 0 311 163

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Final Competition
1. August 11, 2010 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia  Bolivia[22] 0–1 1–1 Friendly
2. October 16, 2013 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia  Cameroon[23] 2–0 3–0 Friendly
3. May 31, 2014 Estadio Pedro Bidegain, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Senegal[24] 2–0 2–2 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Junior
Sevilla

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bacca: "At 20 I was working on a bus in my village"". Marca. 14 July 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Carlos Bacca passes Atletico Junior Russian Lokomotiv" [Carlos Bacca pasa de Atlético Junior al Lokomotiv de Rusia] (in Spanish). El Pais. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Chievo, incoming Carlos Bacca" [Chievo. in arrivo Carlos Bacca] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato Web. 27 August 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Atletico Junior, Bacca: "I was close to Lokomotiv"" [Atletico Junior, Bacca: "Sono stato vicino alla Lokomotiv"] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato Web. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Carlos Bacca was presented at Brugge of Belgium" [Carlos Bacca fue presentado en el Brujas de Bélgica] (in Spanish). antena2.com.co. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Carlos Bacca went to fulfill his dream to Belgium" [Carlos Bacca se fue a cumplir su sueño a Bélgica] (in Spanish). El Pais. 14 January 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Carlos Bacca puts beside the lead Brugge in Belgium" [Carlos Bacca pone al Brujas a orillas del liderato en Bélgica] (in Spanish). El Pais. 15 April 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Carlos Bacca wants to leave Club Brugge" [Carlos Bacca wil weg bij Club Brugge] (in Dutch). De Standaard. 7 January 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Sixteen goals: logical that I'm popular '" [Sixteen goals: logical that I'm popular '] (in Dutch). De Standaard. 22 December 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "OFFICIAL: Brugge, Bacca renewed until 2016" [UFFICIALE: Bruges, Bacca rinnova fino al 2016] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato Web. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Colombia's Carlos Bacca nominated for player of the year in Belgium" [El colombiano Carlos Bacca nominado a jugador del año en Bélgica] (in Spanish). El Pais. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Carlos Bacca, the best player in Belgium" [Carlos Bacca, el mejor jugador de Bélgica] (in Spanish). El Pais. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Sevilla sign Colombian striker Carlos Bacca". insidespanishfootball.com. July 11, 2013. 
  14. ^ "1–3. Sevilla thrashed reacts and Ecuadorian Barcelona" [1–3. Sevilla reacciona y golea al ecuatoriano Barcelona] (in Spanish). La Informacion. 26 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Sevilla left without options to a loose Mladost (3-0)" [El Sevilla deja sin opciones a un flojo Mladost (3-0)]. Estadio Deportivo. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "Sevilla FC 2-1 Real Madrid". ESPNFC. 26 March 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "Sevilla ease into semis". ESPNFC. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "Sevilla 2-0 Valencia". BBC Sport. 24 April 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  19. ^ "Spot-on Sevilla leave Benfica dreams in tatters". UEFA.com. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  20. ^ http://www.ligapostobon.com.co/noticias/carlos-bacca-elegido-mejor-fichaje-de-la-liga-149156
  21. ^ "Carlos Bacca, Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  22. ^ "Bolivia vs Columbia - 12 August 2010". Soccerway. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  23. ^ "Columbia vs Cameroon - 16 October 2012". Soccerway. 16 October 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  24. ^ "Columbia vs Senegal - 31 May 2014". Soccerway. 31 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 

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