Diego Contento

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Diego Contento
Diego Contento.jpg
Contento in 2010
Personal information
Full name Diego Armando Valentin Contento[1]
Date of birth (1990-05-01) 1 May 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Munich, West Germany
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Bayern Munich
Number 26
Youth career
1995–2008 Bayern Munich
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Bayern Munich II 36 (2)
2010– Bayern Munich 49 (0)
National team
2007 Germany U17 2 (0)
2009–2010 Germany U20 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:25, 29 March 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:23, 19 January 2010 (UTC)

Diego Armando Valentin Contento (born 1 May 1990) is a German footballer who currently plays for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, as a left back.[3]

Personal[edit]

Contento's family are from Naples, Italy, and he was named after former S.S.C. Napoli star Diego Armando Maradona.[4] His older brothers Vincenzo and Domenico were previously in Bayern's youth team.

Career[edit]

Contento played for Bayern's first-team in pre-season friendlies in 2009, appearing against the Austrian Bundesliga Champion Red Bull Salzburg as a second-half substitute for Edson Braafheid, and was named on the substitutes' bench for a Bundesliga match against FSV Mainz in August 2009. He was called up to Bayern Munich's squad for the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League,[5] where he was assigned the number 26. In January 2010, it was announced that Contento would train with the first-team for the rest of the 2009–10 season, along with reserve team-mates David Alaba and Mehmet Ekici.[6]

Contento signed his first professional contract with FC Bayern Munich on 13 January 2010.[3] The trio were named on the first-team substitutes' bench for the first time on 10 February 2010, for a DFB-Pokal game against SpVgg Greuther Fürth, and Contento came on in the 59th minute, replacing Anatoliy Tymoshchuk.[7] Contento made his UEFA Champions League debut a week later, coming on as a half time substitute for Daniel Van Buyten in a game against Fiorentina, and the following weekend he made his league debut in the Bavarian Derby against 1. FC Nürnberg, starting in place of the injured Van Buyten.[8]

He was in the starting XI for the next two games against Hamburger SV and 1. FC Köln, but was injured in the latter, and replaced by fellow youth team graduate David Alaba. On 21 April 2010 he was named in the starting line-up for Bayern's UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg against Olympique Lyonnais. On 27 May 2010, Contento signed a contract extension keeping him at the Allianz Arena until 2013.[9]

Contento began the 2010–11 season as a starter for Bayern. After five games, he suffered an injury and was sidelined for three weeks. He was unable to reclaim his starting spot until the very end of the season. He was first choice to Andries Jonker, the caretaker manager of Bayern Munich until the end of the 2010–11 league season. On 1 July 2011, Jupp Heynckes was named head coach of Bayern Munich. At the beginning of the new Bundesliga season Heynckes brought in Rafinha for the right back position. Team captain Philipp Lahm changed back to his favoured left side and Contento was mostly relegated to the bench.

International career[edit]

Contento represented Germany at under-17 and under-20 level. He recently expressed his desire to represent Italy rather than Germany[10] at senior level. Contento was called up to the Germany under-21 in September 2010, though he could not make his debut due to an irritation on a toe.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 26 April 2014.[12]
Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Other1 Total
Bayern Munich II 3. Liga 2008–09 12 2 12 2
Bayern Munich Bundesliga 2009–10 9 0 3 0 2 0 14 0
Bayern Munich II 3. Liga 16 0 16 0
Bayern Munich Bundesliga 2010–11 14 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 19 0
Bayern Munich II 3. Liga 8 0 8 0
Bayern Munich Bundesliga 2011–12 11 0 2 0 2 0 15 0
2012–13 5 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
2013–14 10 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 13 0
Career statistics 85 2 9 0 10 0 1 0 105 2

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Bayern Munich[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2013: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 7 December 2013. p. 5. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Diego Contento/ Defence". FC Bayern Munich. Retrieved 5 August 2013. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Youth product Contento inks professional deal". FC Bayern. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ "'My parents supported Napoli'". Bayern Munich. 24 February 2010. Archived from the original on 18 March 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "FC Bayern München". UEFA. Retrieved 7 September 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Alaba, Ekici and Contento give it their best shot". FC Bayern Munich. 9 January 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2009. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Bayern München – SpVgg Greuther Fürth". kicker sportmagazin (in German). 10 February 2010. Archived from the original on 12 February 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Lacklustre Bayern held but regain top spot". Bayern Munich. 20 February 2010. Archived from the original on 18 March 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Contento extends Bayern stay". Sky Sports. 27 May 2010. Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Mein Ziel ist es, für Italien zu spielen" (in German). spox.com. 6 August 2010. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "Contento sagt Adrion ab - Funk nachnominiert" (in German). kicker.de. 27 August 2010. Archived from the original on 2 September 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  12. ^ Diego Contento at fussballdaten.de (German)
  13. ^ "D. Contento". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 

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