Cristian Battocchio

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Cristian Battocchio
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Personal information
Full name Cristian Damián Battocchio[1]
Date of birth (1992-02-10) 10 February 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Virtus Entella (on loan from Watford)
Number 32
Youth career
0000–2009 Newell's Old Boys
2009–2011 Udinese
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Udinese 6 (0)
2012–2013 Watford (loan) 22 (2)
2013– Watford 35 (4)
2014– Virtus Entella (loan) 14 (0)
National team
2011–2013 Italy U20 10 (1)
2013– Italy U21 8 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 August 2014

Cristian Damián Battocchio (pronounced [batˈtɔkkjo]; born 10 February 1992, in Rosario) is a footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie B side Virtus Entella, on loan from Watford. A dual citizen of Argentina and Italy,[2] he is a central midfielder and deep-lying playmaker.[3]

Club career[edit]

Udinese[edit]

He arrived at Udinese in 2009[4] at the age of 16 from Newell's Old Boys in Argentina at the cost of two-hundred thousand euros[3] In season 2010–2011 he became the captain of the youth team of Udinese.[5] On 27 February 2011, he made his debut with the first team of Udinese against Palermo In a historic 7–0 victory for Udinese,[5][6] coming on from the bench after the game had already been won.[6]

On 29 September 2011, he made his second appearance with the first team in the UEFA Europa League competition, facing Celtic in a 1–1 draw.[7] before the match his first team coach Francesco Guidolin said that Battocchio was now ready for the first team and compared him to David Pizarro,[3] Johan Walem, the youth coach of Udinese, said "he is now stable for the first team , Has important qualities: vision of the game, a good foot, kick the penalties. Can do well as deep-lying playmaker" [3]

Watford[edit]

On 30 August 2012, Battocchio was loaned to Watford, with Watford having the choice to purchase him at the end of the deal. Battocchio played in Watford's 4–0 win over Huddersfield on 19 January, and scored Watford's final goal – his first for the club – with a lovely finish from a beautiful team move which has been described as one of the best team goals ever at Vicarage Road. This goal won Watford "Goal Of The Season" as voted by the fans and Battocchio was awarded the trophy. Battocchio then scored his second goal for Watford against Blackpool on 9 March 2013.

Battocchio signed for Watford on a permanent basis on 19 July 2013, with the contract running for a period of three years until 2016. Battocchio scored his first league goal as a permanent Watford player in a 1–0 win at home to Wigan Athletic on 28 September 2013.

Loan to Virtus Entella[edit]

After falling down the pecking order under then Watford manager Beppe Sannino, Battocchio moved on a season-long loan to Serie B side Virtus Entella on 26 August 2014.[8]

International career[edit]

On 9 October 2011, Battocchio was called up the to Italy U20 squad by coach Luigi Di Biagio.[9] Then on 9 November 2011 he made his debut with Italy U20s in a friendly against Ghana U20s, ending in a 3–0 win for the Azzurri.[10] He is currently an Italy U21 international.

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