Luciano Civelli

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Luciano Civelli
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Personal information
Full name Luciano Civelli
Date of birth (1986-10-06) 6 October 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Pehuajó, Argentina
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Free Agent
Youth career
Banfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Banfield 68 (8)
2009–2011 Ipswich Town 17 (0)
2011–2012 Libertad 36 (5)
2012–2014 Universidad de Chile 18 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Luciano Civelli (born 6 October 1986 in Pehuajó, Buenos Aires) is an Argentine football midfielder. Luciano is the younger brother of fellow professional footballer Renato Civelli.

Career[edit]

Banfield[edit]

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.

Ipswich Town[edit]

On 12 January 2009 Sky Sports News reported that Banfield had accepted a bid of £1 million from English Football League Championship side Ipswich Town.[1]

On 28 January it was announced that Civelli had passed a medical and agreed terms on a move to Ipswich.[2] 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.[3] 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.

Knee injury[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8] 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[edit]

On 7 February 2011, Civelli came on as a substitute in Ipswich's 3–0 victory over Sheffield United.[9] He left the club on 28 July 2011 after he and Ipswich agreed to terminate his contract.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Figueroa, Patricio (12 January 2009). "Ipswich move for Argentine ace". Sky Sports News. BSkyB. Retrieved 28 January 2009. 
  2. ^ Plummer, Matt (28 January 2009). "Magilton hails 'immense' performance from Town". Harwich & Manningtree Standard. Newsquest. Retrieved 28 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Luciano signs for Blues". itfc.co.uk. Ipswich Town F.C. 28 January 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2009. 
  4. ^ http://www.itfc.co.uk/page/MatchReport/0,,10272~44832,00.html Ipswich 1–1 Burnley
  5. ^ http://www.itfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10272~1597756,00.html Exploratory op for Luca
  6. ^ http://www.itfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10272~1607379,00.html Surgery Success for Luca
  7. ^ Civelli Due Back Sooner Than Expected. Retrieved 2009-09-09. Simply-Blue.co.uk
  8. ^ Ipswich boss Keane urges patience over Luciano Civelli
  9. ^ "Ipswich 3–0 Sheffield United". BBC Sport. 5 February 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 

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