|Full name||Luciano Civelli|
|Date of birth||6 October 1986|
|Place of birth||Pehuajó, Argentina|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|2012–2015||Universidad de Chile||18||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 April 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).
Luciano Civelli (born 6 October 1986 in Pehuajó, Buenos Aires) is an Argentine football midfielder, who plays for Banfield. Luciano is the younger brother of fellow professional footballer Renato Civelli.
Civelli made his breakthrough into the Banfield first team in 2006, and established himself as a member of the first team squad. Whilst with the Argentinian club, Civelli scored eight times in 68 appearances.
On 28 January it was announced that Civelli had passed a medical and agreed terms on a move to Ipswich. Civelli holds an Italian passport, which allowed him to sign without requiring a work permit. Officially signing for an undisclosed fee, his contract keeps him at Ipswich until summer 2012. He made his debut at Portman Road on 14 February 2009 in a 1–1 draw with Blackpool. He fast became a crowd favourite for his work-rate, effort and determination.
Civelli suffered a serious knee injury on 17 March 2009 in a league game against Burnley at Portman Road, which ruled him out for the remainder of the 2008/09 season, due to torn and ruptured knee ligaments. Scans later revealed that the injury was very serious, and that Civelli would require surgery on two separate occasions. Firstly, Civelli underwent exploratory surgery to further determine the extent of the injury. On 27 March 2009 Civelli underwent surgery to repair the damaged ligaments in his knee. The surgery was a success, but would rule him out until early 2010.
On 7 September 2009, Civelli admitted that his rehabilitation from the injury was going very well, and that he was at the stage of doing running and swimming with the club's fitness coach to build up strength in the knee. Civelli also stated that his expectation was to be back playing first team football before Christmas.
However, on 15 December 2009 Civelli suffered a setback in his recovery from the injury, with Ipswich manager, Roy Keane stating that Civelli would not be back before the end of January at the very earliest. In January 2010 Keane confirmed that it is likely that Civelli would not be fit to play until the 2010/2011 season due to the severity of his injury and the setbacks that he has experienced. Civelli was allowed home to Argentina for two months to continue his recovery.
Return from long-term injury
On 7 February 2011, Civelli came on as a substitute in Ipswich's 3–0 victory over Sheffield United. He left the club on 28 July 2011 after he and Ipswich agreed to terminate his contract.
- Figueroa, Patricio (12 January 2009). "Ipswich move for Argentine ace". Sky Sports News. BSkyB. Retrieved 28 January 2009.
- Plummer, Matt (28 January 2009). "Magilton hails 'immense' performance from Town". Harwich & Manningtree Standard. Newsquest. Retrieved 28 January 2009.
- "Luciano signs for Blues". itfc.co.uk. Ipswich Town F.C. 28 January 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2009.
- http://www.itfc.co.uk/page/MatchReport/0,,10272~44832,00.html Ipswich 1–1 Burnley
- http://www.itfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10272~1597756,00.html Exploratory op for Luca
- http://www.itfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10272~1607379,00.html Surgery Success for Luca
- Civelli Due Back Sooner Than Expected. Retrieved 2009-09-09. Simply-Blue.co.uk
- Ipswich boss Keane urges patience over Luciano Civelli
- "Ipswich 3–0 Sheffield United". BBC Sport. 5 February 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
- (Spanish) Argentine Primera statistics at Futbol XXI
- Luciano Civelli career statistics at Soccerbase