Cristian Tello

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Cristian Tello
2012 2013 - 37 Cristian Tello.jpg
Tello playing for Barcelona in 2012
Personal information
Full name Cristian Tello Herrera
Date of birth (1991-08-11) 11 August 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Sabadell, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Porto (loan from Barcelona)
Number 11
Youth career
1999–2002 Can Rull
2002–2008 Barcelona
2007–2008 → CF Damm (loan)
2008–2010 Espanyol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010 Espanyol B 4 (1)
2010–2012 Barcelona B 39 (9)
2011– Barcelona 59 (11)
2014– Porto (loan) 8 (0)
National team
2010 Spain U19 3 (0)
2011 Spain U20 5 (1)
2012–2013 Spain U21 12 (2)
2012 Spain U23 6 (0)
2013– Spain 1 (0)
2013– Catalonia 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 December 2013
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Tello and the second or maternal family name is Herrera.

Cristian Tello Herrera (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkɾistjan ˈteʎo eˈreɾa]; born 11 August 1991) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for F.C. Porto in Portugal on loan from FC Barcelona, as a forward or winger.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Espanyol[edit]

Born in Sabadell, Barcelona, Catalonia, Tello started playing at the age of eight with CF Can Rull, moving to FC Barcelona shortly after and being loaned to another side in the region, CF Damm, for one year.

In 2008 his contract expired, and RCD Espanyol signed him. He made his senior debuts in the 2009–10 season, playing four games with the B-side with the club being relegated from the third division.

Barcelona[edit]

In June 2010 Tello moved back to FC Barcelona B, with the team in the second level.[1] On 9 November 2011 he made his debut for Barça's first team, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 away win against CE L'Hospitalet for the season's Copa del Rey;[2] he scored a brace in the second leg, a 9–0 routing.[3]

Tello made his first La Liga appearance on 28 January 2012, coming on as a substitute for Adriano in the 75th minute of a 0–0 away draw at Villarreal CF.[4] The following weekend, in his first league start, he opened the score in the eighth minute of a 2–1 home win against Real Sociedad after a through ball by Lionel Messi, and played the entire match.[5]

Tello in action for Barcelona in the 2011–12 Champions League.

On 7 March 2012, Tello replaced Andrés Iniesta early into the second half of a match against Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the Camp Nou, making his debut in the UEFA Champions League: within two minutes he scored his first goal, after Cesc Fàbregas played him through over the top and he ran from the half way line to net from just inside the penalty area for the 4–0; six minutes later, from a similar position, he made it 6–0 for the hosts in an eventual 7–1 win (10–2 on aggregate).[6]

Even though his future initially seemed uncertain,[7][8] Tello managed to convince new manager Tito Vilanova and stayed in roster for 2012–13, inclusively going on to start in several games. On 19 September 2012 he scored the opener and assisted Messi in the second goal, in an eventual 3–2 home win over FC Spartak Moscow for the campaign's Champions League group stage, where he was also chosen as man of the match.[9]

On 13 December 2012, Tello signed a new contract with Barcelona, keeping him with the Blaugrana until June 2016.[10] Nine days later he scored after only 30 seconds on the pitch, in the last play of a 3–1 away win against Real Valladolid.[11]

Tello fell further down the offensive pecking order in the 2013–14 season, following the arrival of Neymar.[12][13] He scored his first goal of the campaign on 11 December in a 6–1 home routing of Celtic for the Champions League group stage,[14] and six days later he also found the net, in a 3–0 success against FC Cartagena for the domestic cup (7–1 on aggregate);[15] also in the latter competition, but at Levante UD for the quarterfinals' first leg, he profitted from three Messi assists to score his first hat-trick as a professional, contributing decisively to a 4–1 win.[16]

On 16 July 2014, Tello was loaned to F.C. Porto of the Primeira Liga in a two-year deal.[17] He scored his first goal for the club on 25 November, coming on as a substitute for Ricardo Quaresma and concluding a 3–0 win at BATE Borisov in the Champions League group stage.[18]

International career[edit]

Tello playing for Spain at the 2012 Olympics.

Tello was a member of Spain's squad at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, playing all three games in an eventual group stage exit. He made his debut with the full side on 14 August 2013, starting in a 2–0 friendly win in Ecuador.[19]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

[20]

Barcelona

Country[edit]

Spain U21

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played 11 May 2014[21][22]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other[23] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Espanyol B 2009–10 4 1 1[24] 0 5 1
Total 4 1 1 0 5 1
Barcelona B 2010–11 23 4 23 4
2011–12 16 5 16 5
Total 39 9 39 9
Barcelona 2011–12 15 3 4 2 3 2 0 0 22 7
2012–13 22 7 6 0 4 1 2 0 34 8
2013–14 22 1 6 3 2 1 0 0 30 5
Total 59 11 16 5 9 4 2 0 86 20
Career total 102 21 16 5 9 4 3 0 130 30

References[edit]

  1. ^ El Espanyol espera alguna contraprestación a la marcha de Tello al Barça (Espanyol expects compensation to Tello's departure to Barça); Sport, 2 July 2010 (Spanish)
  2. ^ Otro 'Iniestazo' (Another 'Iniestazo'); Marca, 9 November 2011 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Escabechina antes de Navidad (Slaughter before Christmas); Marca, 22 December 2011 (Spanish)
  4. ^ Barca slip up again to lose ground; ESPN Soccernet, 28 January 2012
  5. ^ "Barcelona stay in the hunt". ESPN Soccernet. 4 February 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "FC Barcelona – Bayer 04 Leverkusen: The champions are a goalscoring machine (7–1)". Barcelona's official website. 7 December 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  7. ^ La negociación por Tello aún no ha arrancado (Tello negotiations have not started yet); El Mundo Deportivo, 22 June 2012 (Spanish)
  8. ^ El futuro de Tello, una incógnita (Tello's future, in the air); Merca Fútbol, 13 July 2012 (Spanish)
  9. ^ "Messi's Barcelona show sees off Spartak". UEFA.com. 19 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Tello ends uncertainty with new Barcelona deal". UEFA.com. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Barcelona stay nine clear". ESPN Soccernet. 22 December 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "'I can deal with Neymar competition' – Tello". Goal.com. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Tello: "No quiero escuchar ofertas, quiero triunfar en el Barça"" [Tello: "I don't want to hear about any offers, i want to make it big in Barça"] (in Spanish). La Ronda. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Neymar treble helps Barcelona canter past Celtic". UEFA.com. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Felices fiestas para Neymar" [Merry Christmas Neymar] (in Spanish). Marca. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Messi cocina y Tello se pone las botas" [Messi cooks it and Tello gets fired up] (in Spanish). Marca. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Transfer news: Barcelona forward Cristian Tello joins Porto on two-year loan deal". Sky Sports. 16 July 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  18. ^ "Herrera pulls the strings as Porto march on". UEFA. 25 November 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  19. ^ "Taconeo ante Ecuador" [Taconeo against Ecuador] (in Spanish). Marca. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  20. ^ Tello; Barcelona's official website
  21. ^ "Tello". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  22. ^ Cristian Tello at ESPN FC
  23. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup.
  24. ^ Including the 2010 Segunda División B Relegation play-off (1 app)

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