Cuadrado playing for Colombia against Brazil
at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
|Full name||Juan Guillermo Cuadrado Bello|
|Date of birth||26 May 1988|
|Place of birth||Necoclí, Colombia|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|2011–2012||→ Lecce (loan)||33||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 December 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Juan Guillermo Cuadrado Bello (locally: [ˈhwaŋ ɡiˈʝermo kwaˈðɾaðo]; born 26 May 1988), usually referred to as just Cuadrado, is a Colombian footballer who plays as a winger for Italian club Fiorentina and the Colombian national team.
Born in Necoclí, Cuadrado began his club career in Atlético Uraba. At Uraba, Cuadrado's preferred playing position was as a forward. However, due to the recommendation of club founder, Nelson Gallego, Cuadrado commenced to take on a midfielder role, preferably as a winger. Cuadrado's confidence and effectivity would later grant him ability to also act as a full-back. He later had a brief spell with no appearances at second division club, Rionegro, where he under the command of coach Víctor González Scott, but his potential was recognized by Juan José Peláez, who later proposed the idea of Cuadrado representing the colours of Independiente Medellin. He was eventually signed by Medellin in 2008, handing him the opportunity to play in the first division of Colombia. That same year, Cuadrado made his professional debut against Boyaca Chico, match where he would also score his first goal. Cuadrado lasted until 2009 at Medellin before making a leap into European football, most specifically the Italian Serie A.
On 2 July 2009, Cuadrado signed for Italian Serie A side Udinese Calcio on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee. On 1 November 2009, he played his first match for Udinese in a 1–1 draw with Chievo as a right wingback. In this match his countryman Cristián Zapata moved to a central defender and Dušan Basta who had been the primary right back was rested. Due to the fact that Cuadrado wasn't handed many minutes on the pitch, it was confirmed that he would be sent on loan to fellow Serie A team U.S. Lecce.
Loan to Lecce
On 3 August 2011, it was officially confirmed that Cuadrado would join Lecce for the 2011–12 season. He scored his first goal for the club against Cesena, the sole goal in a 1–0 victory. Even though Cuadrado gave impressive performances by being awarded as the player with most dribbles the whole season, Lecce finished 18th, thus being relegated from Serie A. He later returned to Udinese to avoid playing in the second-tier of Italy.
On 23 July 2012, Cuadrado completed a move to Serie A side Fiorentina. On 4 November 2012 he scored his first goal for the Florence club in a 4–1 victory at home to Cagliari. He finished the season with 5 goals and 6 assists, an integral part of a side that finished 4th in Serie A.
On 11 February 2014, Cuadrado scored Fiorentina's second goal of their 2-0 Coppa Italia semi-final second leg victory over his former club, Udinese, securing the Viola a 3-2 aggregate victory and a spot in the final.
On the 16 June 2014, Fiorentina agreed a deal to purchase full ownership over the sporting rights of Cuadrado's contract from Udinese.
After being transferred to Udinese, Cuadrado received a spot in the Colombian starting XI in a game against Venezuela on 3 September 2010, he was the man of the match and scored the opening goal and his first with the national side. Colombia won 2–0 playing well.
Cuadrado was called up by José Pekerman, for a friendly against Mexico on 29 February 2012 taking place in Miami Gardens, Florida. He started the match and scored the second goal for the Colombian team who won the game 2–0. He scored his goal after receiving a pass from Pablo Armero into an empty goal.
On 2 June 2014, Cuadrado was named in Colombia's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the third group match, a 4–1 defeat of Japan, he scored the team's opening goal from a penalty kick. He would end his World Cup campaign with 4 assists, tying with Toni Kroos as an assist leader.
- As of 13 December 2014
|2008||Independiente Medellín||Primera A||21||2||21||2|
- Scores and results list Colombia's goal tally first.
|1.||3 September 2010||Estadio José Antonio Anzoátegui, Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela||Venezuela||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2.||29 February 2012||Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, United States||Mexico||2–0||2–0|
|3.||14 November 2012||MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, United States||Brazil||1–0||1–1|
|4.||6 June 2014||Estadio Pedro Bidegain, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Jordan||2–0||3–0|
|5.||24 June 2014||Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá, Brazil||Japan||1–0||4–1||2014 FIFA World Cup|
Cuadrado was born in Necoclí to Marcela Bello Guerrero and Guillermo Cuadrado, a truck driver, and was raised in Tumaco. His father was shot during violence issues in Necoclí when he was five years old. His mother stated in a Colombian interview show that Cuadrado had to be a perfect student in order to be able to play soccer. Cuadrado lives with his family in Florence.
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