Duván Zapata

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Zapata and the second or maternal family name is Banguera.
Duván Zapata
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Zapata playing for Napoli in 2014
Personal information
Full name Duván Esteban Zapata Banguera
Date of birth (1991-04-01) 1 April 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Cali, Colombia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Napoli
Number 91
Youth career
2004–2008 América de Cali
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 América de Cali 65 (8)
2011–2013 Estudiantes 44 (19)
2013– Napoli 32 (11)
National team
2011 Colombia U20 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 March 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 October 2012

Duván Esteban Zapata Banguera (born 1 April 1991[1]) is a Colombian professional footballer who plays for Italian club S.S.C. Napoli as a striker.

Club career[edit]

América de Cali[edit]

Zapata began his football career playing for the youth set-up of América de Cali. He was soon promoted to the first team in 2008, the same year he made his professional debut. As time progressed, he gradually made himself a regular starter. On 13 February 2011, Zapata not only scored his first goal but also his first hat trick in a 3-2 victory against Deportivo Pereira. After taking part in the Colombian squad that disputed the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup, it was announced that Zapata would join Argentine club Estudiantes de La Plata on loan a one year loan.

Estudiantes[edit]

In 2011, Zapata joined Estudiantes on loan for a fee of $120,000 with an option to buy for $1.2 million.[2][3]

On his debut, Zapata netted a goal in a 32 win over Belgrano. During his first year with Estudiantes, Zapata would occasionally make appearances with their reserve team. Despite this, he still managed to score 4 goals in 8 games in the Torneo Clausura 2012. That year, within both the Apertura and Clasura, Zapata scored 5, achieving this tally in 11 matches. During the summer of 2012, Estudiantes bought half of Zapata's registration rights from América de Cali.

For the 2013–13 season, Zapata broke in the starting eleven. He eventually turned into a fundamental part for the team and at the same started to attract interest from European clubs.[4][5]

In July 2013, English Premier League club West Ham United applied for a British work permit for Zapata ahead of a possible transfer from Estudiantes to the club. Although not meeting the usual requirements for a permit West Ham attempted to secure his arrival by claiming he was a 'special talent' who would enhance the English game.[6]

Napoli[edit]

On 25 August 2013, Zapata officially transferred to Italian side Napoli.[7]

On 28 September 2013, he made his first start in Serie A against Genoa, which Napoli won 2-0.[8] On 22 October 2013, he scored his first goal in the UEFA Champions League against Marseille. A game which Napoli won 1-2.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 22 March 2015[10]
Club Season League Cups Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Napoli 2013–14 Serie A 16 5 1 0 5 2 22 7
2014–15 Serie A 16 6 1 0 8 2 25 8
Total 32 11 2 0 13 4 47 15
Career totals 32 11 2 0 13 4 47 15

Honours[edit]

Napoli

References[edit]