Federico Bessone

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Bessone and the second or maternal family name is Luna.
Federico Bessone
Personal information
Full name Federico Bessone Luna
Date of birth (1984-01-23) 23 January 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Córdoba, Argentina
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
unattached
Number N/A
Youth career
2001–2002 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Barcelona C
2005–2008 Espanyol B 34 (1)
2007–2008 Gimnàstic (loan) 10 (0)
2008–2010 Swansea City 36 (1)
2010–2011 Leeds United 6 (0)
2011 Charlton Athletic (loan) 13 (0)
2011–2012 Swansea City 1 (0)
2012 Swindon Town 5 (0)
2013 Oldham Athletic 0 (0)
2013 Sporting Kansas City 0 (0)
2014 Millwall 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 April 2014 (BST).
† Appearances (Goals).

Federico Bessone Luna, also known as Fede Bessone (born 23 January 1984) is an Argentine professional footballer who is currently a free agent.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Córdoba, Bessone spent four years as a youth player at Spanish club Barcelona, alongside Lionel Messi, who he had grown up with.[1] He later played for Espanyol B and Gimnàstic.[2]

Swansea City[edit]

Bessone moved from Espanyol B to Welsh team Swansea City in June 2008, on a free transfer.[3] On 20 November 2009, Bessone scored his first goal for Swansea in a 1–0 win over League rivals Derby County, helping Swansea climb to third in the Championship, the highest position they had reached in over 26 years.[4]

Move to England[edit]

After the 2009–10 season finished Bessone was offered a new deal at Swansea but turned it down in favour of joining Leeds United; he signed a three-year contract and became their fourth signing of the summer.[5][6]

On 21 January 2011, Bessone moved to Charlton Athletic on a loan deal until the end of the season, with the option of a permanent transfer.[7] In February 2011, Bessone gave an interview to the Yorkshire Evening Post where he admitted his performances for Leeds has been "opened to close scrutiny."[8] In May 2011, Bessone was transfer listed by Leeds United,[9] and he was linked with a move to Charlton.[10] After failing to find a new club, Bessone returned to training with Leeds United in June 2011,[11] and he was later named in their squad for a friendly tour of Scotland.[12]

Return to Swansea[edit]

On 31 August 2011, Bessone had his contract with Leeds cancelled by mutual consent, and he re-joined Swansea that same day,[13] to provide defensive cover for the injured Alan Tate.[14] The transfer was initially delayed while awaiting international clearance from FIFA.[15] Bessone only made one Premier League appearance in his second spell at Swansea, appearing as a late substitute against West Bromwich Albion.[16]

Return to England[edit]

Bessone signed with Swindon Town on 31 August 2012,[17]

Bessone signed with Oldham Athletic on 28 March 2013 for defensive cover as left back Jonathan Grounds was one yellow card away from a two match ban towards the end of the season.[18] Bessone was released at the end of the season without playing a single game for the club.[19]

United States[edit]

On September 9, 2013, Bessone signed with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer.[20] Out of contract, Bessone was released in January 2014 without playing a single game for the club.[21]

Millwall[edit]

On 18 February 2014, he signed a short term contract with Millwall.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 16 April 2014[2][23][24]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Espanyol B 2006–07 34 1 34 1
2007–08 0 0 0 0
Total 34 1 34 1
Gimnàstic (loan) 2007–08 10 0 10 0
Total 10 0 10 0
Swansea City 2008–09 15 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 18 0
2009–10 21 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 22 1
2011–12 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 37 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 42 1
Leeds United 2010–11 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 8 0
Total 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 8 0
Charlton Athletic (loan) 2010–11 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Total 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Swindon Town 2012–13 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
Oldham Athletic 2012–13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kansas City 2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Millwall 2013–14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 107 2 2 0 5 0 1 0 115 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bessone looks for play-off finish with Leeds United". Yorkshire Post. 17 June 2010. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Profile". BDFutbol. 
  3. ^ "Swansea to complete double deal". BBC Sport. 25 June 2008. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Sousa hails goal scorer Bessone". BBC Sport. 21 November 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "United make fourth summer signing". Leeds United A.F.C. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Leeds United sign defender Bessone from Swansea City". BBC Sport. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Charlton Athletic sign Leeds United's Federico Bessone". BBC Sport. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Leeds United: Bessone makes frank admission". Yorkshire Evening Post. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Trio set to leave Leeds". Sky Sports. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  10. ^ Leon Wobschall (13 May 2011). "Leeds United: Charlton keen on Bessone". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  11. ^ Phil Hay (23 June 2011). "Leeds United: Bessone set to return to Elland Road". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  12. ^ Phil Hay (11 July 2011). "Leeds United: Bessone gets big chance". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "BESSONE MAKES SWANSEA RETURN". Leeds United A.F.C. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "Bessone bolsters Swans". Sky Sports. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Swansea's Bessone deal approved". The Mirror. 7 September 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  16. ^ "Swansea 3–0 West Brom". BBC. 17 September 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  17. ^ "Swindon Town sign Federico Bessone from Swansea City". BBC Sport. 31 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "Bessone deal sealed". Oldham Athletic A.F.C. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  19. ^ "Oldham release full – back Bessone". Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  20. ^ http://www.sportingkc.com/news/2013/09/sporting-kansas-city-signs-defender-federico-bessone
  21. ^ http://www.sportingkc.com/news/2014/01/weekly-update-january-2-2013
  22. ^ "Federico Bessone: Millwall sign ex-Swansea defender". BBC Sport. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  23. ^ Federico Bessone career stats at Soccerbase
  24. ^ Federico Bessone profile at Soccerway