Leonardo Ulloa

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Leonardo Ulloa
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Ulloa in 2014
Personal information
Full name José Leonardo Ulloa
Date of birth (1986-07-26) 26 July 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth General Roca, Argentina
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 23
Youth career
C.A.I.
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 C.A.I. 7 (1)
2005–2007 San Lorenzo 31 (3)
2007 Arsenal Sarandí 12 (3)
2008 Olimpo 14 (3)
2008–2010 Castellón 78 (31)
2010–2013 Almería 90 (39)
2013–2014 Brighton & Hove Albion 50 (23)
2014– Leicester City 36 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:09, 16 May 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

José Leonardo Ulloa (locally: [xoˈse leoˈnaɾðo uˈʒoa]; born 26 July 1986) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for English club Leicester City as a striker.

After starting out with C.A.I., he joined San Lorenzo in 2005, going on to spend the better part of the following years in Spain with Castellón and Almería, competing in La Liga with the latter club and also being Segunda División top scorer in 2012.

In 2013 Ulloa moved to England, where he represented Brighton & Hove Albion and Leicester City.

Football career[edit]

Early years / Castellón[edit]

Born in General Roca, Río Negro, Ulloa started his career in 2002, playing with Primera B Nacional side Comisión de Actividades Infantiles. In 2005 he moved to the Primera División, signing for San Lorenzo de Almagro where he was part of the squad that won the Clausura 2007.

Shortly after, Ulloa joined Arsenal de Sarandí. In the summer of 2008, after a brief stint with Olimpo de Bahía Blanca, he moved to Spain to play for Segunda División's CD Castellón, being reunited with former C.A.I. teammate – and countryman – José Carlos Tabares. He scored 16 goals in his debut season, his team's best and sixth in the league.

Almería[edit]

Ulloa posted similar numbers in 2009–10, but Castellón were relegated after finishing 22nd and last. In late June 2010 he moved to another club in the country, UD Almería, sigining a five-year contract.[2]

On 13 September, in only his second official game for the Andalusians, Ulloa scored in the last minute for a 2–2 La Liga home draw against Real Sociedad, after an individual effort. The following month, against the same opponent in the Copa del Rey's round-of-32 first leg, he netted twice in the last 20 minutes to help his team come back from 0–2 to win 3–2, in the Basque Country.

On 22 December 2010, again in the domestic cup, Ulloa scored three goals and assisted on another, as Almería downed RCD Mallorca 4–3 in the first leg,[3] winning 8–6 on aggregate. On 16 January 2011 he took his league tally to five, netting in a 1–1 home draw against Real Madrid after finishing a move from countryman Pablo Piatti.[4]

Ulloa was crowned the 2011–12 season's top scorer,[5] but Almería failed to regain their top level status after finishing seventh.

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

Ulloa playing for Brighton & Hove Albion in 2013

On 16 January 2013 Ulloa transferred to Football League Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion on a four-and-a-half-year deal, for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £2m.[6][7] He scored on his debut ten days later, in a 2–3 home loss against Arsenal in the FA Cup.[8]

On 2 March 2013, Ulloa became the first ever player to score a hat-trick at The AMEX, during Brighton's 4–1 win over Huddersfield Town.[9] Two weeks later, he scored twice against Crystal Palace in a 3–0 victory, also at home,[10] contributing to his team's first home win in the M23 derby since 1988; manager Gus Poyet described him as "different class";[11] he continued his scoring run on the 30th, with his ninth goal in 12 games coming in a 2–2 draw at Nottingham Forest.[12]

On 27 April 2013 Ulloa scored the goal that confirmed Brighton's place in the Championship play-offs, heading the 88th minute winner to secure a 2–1 success at Leeds United.[13] The following season, on 3 May 2014 and again through a header, he netted in the last-minute to once again send the club to the play-offs, helping to a comeback at Nottingham Forest and 2–1 win.[14]

Leicester City[edit]

On 22 July 2014, Ulloa joined Leicester City on a four-year contract for a club record £8 million,[15] being handed the number 23 shirt.[16] He started on his Premier League debut at home to Everton on 16 August, and scored after 22 minutes as his team twice came from a goal down to secure a 2–2 draw.[17] He found the next in his third game, against Arsenal on 31 August for another home draw (1–1),[18] and scored the only goal of the match to help defeat Stoke City for the club's first win of the campaign.[19]

On 21 September 2014, Ulloa contributed with a brace in a 5–3 home win over Manchester United.[20] After nine matches without a goal, he scored but in a 1–2 loss at Aston Villa.[21]

During January 2015, Ulloa scored in FA Cup victories over Newcastle United[22] and Tottenham, helping the Foxes to reach the fifth round.[23] On 18 April, he netted his first league goal of 2015 in a 2–0 win against Swansea City which saw Leicester move out of the last place for the first time since November 2014;[24] two weeks later, he scored twice in a 3–0 success over Newcastle for his team's fifth win from six matches.[25]

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played 16 May 2015[26]
Club statistics
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
C.A.I. 2002–03[27] Primera B Nacional 2 0 2 0
2003–04[27] Primera B Nacional 5 1 5 1
Total 7 1 7 1
San Lorenzo 2004–05[27] Argentine Primera División 0 0 0 0
2005–06[27] Argentine Primera División 12 1 12 1
2006–07[27] Argentine Primera División 19 2 19 2
Total 31 3 31 3
Arsenal Sarandí 2007–08[27] Argentine Primera División 12 3 12 3
Total 12 3 12 3
Olimpo 2007–08[27] Argentine Primera División 14 3 14 3
Total 14 3 14 3
Castellón 2008–09[26] Segunda División 40 16 0 0 40 16
2009–10[26] Segunda División 38 15 0 0 38 15
Total 78 31 0 0 78 31
Almería 2010–11[28] La Liga 34 7 6 6 40 13
2011–12[29] Segunda División 38 28 2 1 40 29
2012–13[30] Segunda División 18 4 4 2 22 6
Total 90 39 12 9 102 48
Brighton & Hove Albion 2012–13[30] Championship 17 9 1 1 0 0 2 0 20 10
2013–14[31] Championship 33 14 2 2 1 0 2 0 38 16
Total 50 23 3 3 1 0 4 0 58 26
Leicester City 2014–15[32] Premier League 36 10 3 2 0 0 39 12
Total 36 10 3 2 0 0 39 12
Career total 315 111 18 14 1 0 4 0 338 125
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League play-offs.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

San Lorenzo
Arsenal Sarandí

Individual[edit]

Almería

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leonardo Ulloa". Premier League. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "El Almería ficha al argentino Ulloa" [Almería signs Argentine Ulloa]. Diario Sur (in Spanish). 22 June 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Ulloa lidera el manicomio" [Ulloa in charge of bedlam]. Marca (in Spanish). 22 December 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Real held by lowly Almeria". ESPN Soccernet. 16 January 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Iago Aspas (Celta) se sitúa a cuatro goles de Ulloa (Almería) (Iago Aspas (Celta) four goals behind Ulloa (Almería)); ABC, 27 May 2012 (Spanish)
  6. ^ "Albion complete Ulloa deal". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Leonardo Ulloa: Brighton & Hove Albion sign Almeria striker". BBC Sport. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Luton, MK Dons grab Cup glory". ABC News. 26 January 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Brighton 4–1 Huddersfield". BBC Sport. 2 March 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Brighton 3–0 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Gus Poyet delighted for Brighton's Leonardo Ulloa after Palace win". BBC Sport. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Nott'm Forest 2–2 Brighton". BBC Sport. 30 March 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Leeds United 1–2 Brighton". BBC Sport. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Nottingham Forest 1–2 Brighton". BBC Sport. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "Leonardo Ulloa: Leicester City seal £8m deal for Brighton striker". BBC Sport. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "Leonardo Ulloa joins Leicester City". Leicester City F.C. 22 July 2014. 
  17. ^ "Leicester 2–2 Everton". BBC Sport. 16 August 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "Leicester 1–1 Arsenal". BBC Sport. 31 August 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "Stoke 0–1 Leicester". BBC Sport. 13 September 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  20. ^ "Leicester 5–3 Man Utd". BBC Sport. 21 September 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  21. ^ "Aston Villa 2–1 Leicester". BBC Sport. 7 December 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  22. ^ "Leicester 1–0 Newcastle". BBC Sport. 3 January 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  23. ^ "Tottenham 1–2 Leicester". BBC Sport. 24 January 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  24. ^ "Leicester 2–0 Swansea". BBC Sport. 18 April 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  25. ^ "Leicester’s Leonardo Ulloa continues surge against nine-man Newcastle". The Guardian. 2 May 2015. 
  26. ^ a b c "L. Ulloa". Soccerway. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  27. ^ a b c d e f g "Ulloa José Leonardo". Fútbol XXI (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Leonardo Ulloa in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Leonardo Ulloa in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  30. ^ a b "Games played by Leonardo Ulloa in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Leonardo Ulloa in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  32. ^ "Games played by Leonardo Ulloa in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 

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