Eduardo Salvio

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Eduardo Salvio
Eduardo Salvio - Switzerland vs. Argentina, 29th February 2012 (cropped).jpg
Salvio in action for Argentina in 2012
Personal information
Full name Eduardo Antonio Salvio
Date of birth (1990-07-13) 13 July 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Avellaneda, Argentina
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Benfica
Number 18
Youth career
1994–2008 Lanús
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Lanús 41 (11)
2010–2012 Atlético Madrid 44 (5)
2010–2011 Benfica (loan) 19 (4)
2012– Benfica 40 (11)
National team
2007 Argentina U17 4 (1)
2008–2009 Argentina U20 9 (4)
2009– Argentina 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 April 2012

Eduardo Antonio "Toto" Salvio (born 13 July 1990) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays mainly as a right winger for S.L. Benfica in Portugal.

Club career[edit]

Lanús[edit]

Salvio was born in Avellaneda, a port city in the province of Buenos Aires. At only 17, he was promoted to the first team of Club Atlético Lanús for the 2007 Apertura, but did not appear in any games in the tournament as the Granate finished in top position.

Salvio made his debut for Lanús' first team on 24 August 2008, in a game against Boca Juniors. He scored his first goal(s) for the club in a 4–2 win against Argentinos Juniors, exactly two months later.[1] Overall, he netted nine goals in the season as the team finished fourth overall, and was also its joint-leading goal scorer, along with José Sand.

On 19 August 2009 Salvio scored twice in the first leg of Lanús' first stage Copa Sudamericana match, netting two late goals to help his team come from behind to defeat Club Atlético River Plate (2–1 away win, 3–1 on aggregate).[2] In early January of the following year, after months of speculation, he signed for Atlético Madrid in Spain, for a reported transfer fee of 10 million.[3]

Atlético Madrid[edit]

Salvio made his official debut for Atlético in a UEFA Europa League game against Galatasaray SK on 18 February 2010, and scored his first goals for the Colchoneros in a 3–1 La Liga home win over CD Tenerife on 25 April.[4] On 12 May he appeared as a substitute in the Europa League final against Fulham, coming on as a substitute for José Antonio Reyes in the 76th minute of the 2–1 triumph.[5]

On 19 August 2010, after speculation linked him to several clubs, mostly in Spain but also in Portugal,[6] S.L. Benfica and Atlético Madrid agreed on a season-long loan for Salvio, with the Lisbon club also buying 20% of his rights for €2.5 million.[7] On 18 December he opened his goal scoring for the Reds, scoring twice in a 5–2 home win against Rio Ave FC.

After a relatively slow start to Portuguese football, Salvio became a regular fixture for Benfica in the second part of the campaign, partnering several compatriots in the squad and usually appearing as a right winger. On 20 February 2011 he scored the first goal in a 2–0 away win against city rivals Sporting Clube de Portugal[8] and, three days later, he netted his first goal in European competition, with an impressive 20-yard strike against VfB Stuttgart in the Europa League's round-of-32 (2–0 away success, 4–1 on aggregate);[9] to finalize that week, in a home league match against C.S. Marítimo, he scored the equalizer minutes after the away side opened the scoring, in an eventual 2–1 home win, and finished the campaign with 39 official games and ten successful strikes.

Salvio officially returned to Atlético on 19 May to begin his rehabilitation on a calf injury sustained whilst still at Benfica, in a Europa League game against PSV Eindhoven.[10] He continued to be regularly played by both Gregorio Manzano and his successor, compatriot Diego Simeone.

In March 2012, in two games separated by only five days, Salvio scored three goals: he started with a rare header to put the visitors ahead at Sevilla FC, in an eventual 1–1 draw,[11] then added a brace in a 3–1 home win against Beşiktaş J.K. for the campaign's Europa League.[12]

Benfica Return[edit]

Salvio playing with Benfica in the Champions League.

On 31 July 2012, Benfica and Atlético Madrid agreed on Salvio transferring permanently to the Portuguese side for five years, with the 'Reds' paying €11 million for eighty percent of his economic rights. The remaining twenty already owned by them, Salvio transfer summed up a club record €13.5 million – surpassing the previous record of €12 million paid to FC Barcelona to acquire the services of Simão Sabrosa in 2001.[13][14] He marked his comeback in style as he scored on the first day of the new league season against Braga at home.[15] In his second season back, he had a career best thirteen goals scored in all competitions, establishing himself as a main starter in the right wing position.[16]

On 31 August 2013, late into the first half of a local derby at Sporting, Salvio suffered a severe anterior cruciate ligament injury to his right knee, going on to miss several months.[17] It was the second serious injury he had in only two years, the first in his foot also at the service of Benfica.[18] He marked his return from injury in less than six months as he came on as a substitute against PAOK in an Europa League fixture.[19] He would later score his first goal of the season in the same competition against AZ Alkmaar.[20] His only other goal that came against FC Porto in the Portuguese Cup semi-finals as the Eagles overcame all obstacles and reached the final.[21] Four days later he again suffered another injury, this time breaking his arm against Olhanense in a fixture that Benfica clinched the Portuguese League title. After many reports saying he was going to be out for the rest of the season,[22] he remarkably made another comeback against Juventus FC in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final.[23] Although Salvio was injury plagued all season he enjoyed great success as the club won the domestic treble.[24]

International career[edit]

In January 2009, Salvio was selected to join the Argentina under-20 squad for the 2009 South American Youth Championship in Venezuela. The national team underperformed in the championship, failing to qualify to the that year's FIFA U-20 World Cup, thus being unable to defend its 2007 title.

On 20 May 2009, aged 18, Salvio made his full international debut in a friendly match with Panama. The Argentine side, made up of players based in the Argentine Primera División, won it 3–1.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Atlético Madrid
Benfica

Club statistics[edit]

As of 17 April 2014[25][26]
Club League Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Lanús Argentine Primera División 2008–09 29 9 3 0 0 0 - 2 0 0 31 9 3
2009–10 12 2 1 0 0 0 - 4 2 1 16 4 2
Atlético Madrid La Liga 2009–10 13 2 0 0 0 0 - 8 0 0 21 2 0
Benfica Primeira Liga 2010–11 19 4 3 5 1 1 4 2 2 11 3 2 39 10 8
Atlético Madrid La Liga 2011–12 30 3 2 2 0 0 - 16 5 3 48 8 5
Benfica Primeira Liga 2012–13 29 10 8 6 2 1 3 0 0 13 1 1 51 13 10
2013–14 9 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 5 1 1 16 2 3
2014–15 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 0
Argentina Total 41 11 3 0 0 0 - 6 2 1 47 13 5
Spain Total 43 5 2 2 0 0 - 24 5 3 69 10 5
Portugal Total 58 15 13 13 4 2 7 2 2 30 5 4 107 26 21
Career total 142 31 12 15 4 2 7 2 2 60 11 8 224 49 30

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lanús 4–2 Argentinos; at Futbol XXI (Spanish)
  2. ^ Copa Sudamericana 2009; at RSSSF
  3. ^ Eduardo Salvio seals €10 million move to Atletico Madrid; Goal.com, 11 January 2010
  4. ^ Atletico Madrid 3–1 Tenerife: Eduardo Salvio and Kun Aguero torment Blanquiazules; Goal.com, 25 April 2010
  5. ^ "Atletico Madrid 2–1 Fulham". BBC Sport. 12 May 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Official: Atletico Madrid forward Eduardo Salvio joins Benfica on loan; Goal.com, 19 August 2010
  7. ^ Relatório & contas 1º semestre 2010/2011 (Report & Finances first semester 2010/2011); CMVM (Portuguese)
  8. ^ Sporting 0–2 Benfica: Salvio and Gaitan secure Derby Day win for ten-man Eagles; Goal.com, 21 February 2011
  9. ^ "Benfica make it 16 in a row at Stuttgart". UEFA.com. 24 February 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  10. ^ Eduardo Salvio comenzó la rehabilitación el jueves 19 en el Estadio Vicente Calderón (Eduardo Salvio started rehabilitation Thursday 19 at the Estadio Vicente Calderón); Atlético Madrid's official website, 19 May 2010 (Spanish)
  11. ^ "Diawara salvages Sevilla draw". ESPN Soccernet. 3 March 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Atlético advantage reduced by old boy Simão". UEFA.com. 8 March 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  13. ^ Benfica break transfer record to bring Salvio back to the Estádio da Luz; PortuGOAL, 1 August 2012
  14. ^ Salvio assina por cinco anos (Salvio signs for five years); Record, 1 August 2012 (Portuguese)
  15. ^ [http://www.footballzz.co.uk/jogo.php?id=2256529; ZeroZero, 18 August 2012 (Portuguese)
  16. ^ May 2013
  17. ^ Salvio, operado con éxito de la rotura del ligamento de la rodilla derecha (Salvio, successful right knee ligament rupture surgery); El Mundo Deportivo, 4 September 2013 (Spanish)
  18. ^ Benfica: Eduardo Salvio se fracturó y podría perderse el resto de la temporada (Benfica: Eduardo Salvio broke and may lose rest of season); Goal.com, 15 April 2011 (Spanish)
  19. ^ April 2014
  20. ^ April 2014
  21. ^ April 2014
  22. ^ April 2014
  23. ^ May 2014
  24. ^ May 2014
  25. ^ "E. Salvio". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  26. ^ "Eduardo Salvio" (in Spanish). ESPN FC. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 

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