Leandro Grimi

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Leandro Grimi
Personal information
Full name Leandro Damián Marcelo Grimi
Date of birth (1985-02-09) 9 February 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth San Lorenzo, Argentina
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Racing Club
Number TBA
Youth career
Huracán
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Huracán 63 (10)
2006 Racing Club 11 (1)
2007–2008 Milan 3 (0)
2007 Siena (loan) 13 (0)
2008 Sporting CP (loan) 9 (0)
2008–2013 Sporting CP 35 (1)
2011–2012 Genk (loan) 7 (0)
2012–2013 Godoy Cruz (loan) 3 (1)
2013–2014 Godoy Cruz 32 (3)
2014– Racing Club
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Leandro Damián Marcelo Grimi (born 9 February 1985) is an Argentine footballer who plays for Racing Club de Avellaneda as a left defender. He also holds an Italian passport.

Football career[edit]

Early years / Milan[edit]

Born in San Lorenzo, Santa Fe, Grimi played for Club Atlético Huracán and Racing Club de Avellaneda in his homeland, appearing in 11 top division games with the latter. In January 2007 the 22-year-old was by Italian club A.C. Milan, for 2 million.[1]

After appearing in a friendly match with Birkirkara FC, in the team's training camp in Malta, Grimi made his official debut for the Rossoneri against A.C. Arezzo, a 2–0 win in the season's Italian Cup. On 18 April 2007 he made his first appearance in the Serie A, playing the last 11 minutes of a 5–2 win at Ascoli Calcio 1898.

Sporting[edit]

Grimi spent the first half of the 2007–08 campaign on loan to fellow top division club A.C. Siena. In January 2008, in the same predicament, he signed for Sporting Clube de Portugal,[2] appearing in 20 official games in his first year – nine in the league – as the Lions finished in second position, also winning the 2007–08 Taça de Portugal, with the player playing the full 120 minutes in a 2–0 extra time win against F.C. Porto.

On 15 July 2008, Milan announced Sporting had acquired Grimi on a permanent basis. He signed a five-year contract, with the Lisbon club paying the Italians €2.5 million plus 35% of a future transfer fee (Sporting was also able to acquire 5% of the player's rights for €200,000 every time it qualified for the UEFA Champions League). His minimum-fee release clause amounted to €25m.[3][4]

After the arrival of Evaldo Fabiano from S.C. Braga in the 2010 off-season, Grimi became a fringe player for Sporting, appearing in only four official matches during the season – two in the league, for a total of 253 minutes – and being loaned in the very last day of the 2011 summer transfer window to K.R.C. Genk in the Belgian Pro League.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grimi: "Sarò il nuovo Maldini"" [Grimi: "I will be the new Maldini"] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 28 December 2006. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Grimi loaned to Sporting Clube de Portugal; Goal.com
  3. ^ Grimi completes Sporting switch; Goal.com, 15 July 2008
  4. ^ "Comunicado" [Announcement] (in Portuguese). CMVM. 15 July 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 

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