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Dani Osvaldo
Pablo Daniel Osvaldo BGR-ITA 2012.jpg
Osvaldo with Italy in 2012
Personal information
Full name Pablo Daniel Osvaldo
Date of birth (1986-01-12) 12 January 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Southampton
Number 17
Youth career
1995–1999 Lanús
1999–2000 Banfield
2000–2005 Huracán
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 Huracán 33 (11)
2006 Atalanta 3 (1)
2006–2007 Lecce 31 (8)
2007–2009 Fiorentina 21 (5)
2009–2010 Bologna 25 (3)
2010 Espanyol 20 (7)
2010–2011 Espanyol 24 (13)
2011–2013 Roma 55 (27)
2013– Southampton 13 (3)
2014 Juventus (loan) 11 (1)
National team
2007–2008 Italy U21 12 (2)
2011– Italy 12 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2013

Pablo Daniel Osvaldo (commonly known as Dani Osvaldo,[1][2] or Pablo Osvaldo) (born 12 January 1986) is an Argentine-born Italian footballer who currently plays as a striker for Southampton, and for the Italy national team. At times, he has been disciplined for having participated in various incidents with opponents, teammates and managers.[3][4][5][6]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Osvaldo playing for Fiorentina in 2008

Osvaldo made his debut with Club Atlético Huracán in 2005. After less than a year, he was signed by Italian side Atalanta, playing three matches in the 2005–06 Serie B season. In 2006, Atalanta agreed to a co-ownership deal which sent the player to Lecce, another Serie B team, where Osvaldo had the opportunity to play regularly, scoring eight goals in 31 appearances with the Giallorossi.

Atalanta subsequently regained the full player's property and sold him to Fiorentina for €4.6 million.[7]

On 2 March 2008, Osvaldo headed in a cross from teammate Papa Waigo to give Fiorentina a 3–2 win in stoppage time over fierce rivals Juventus. He was then sent off for his goal celebration with a second yellow card, after having been booked earlier in the match, when he removed his team jersey and pretended to machine gun his own fans in a similar fashion to Fiorentina legend Gabriel Batistuta's goal celebration. His most important goal was a spectacular overhead kick against Torino on 18 May 2008.[8]

He left Fiorentina on 20 January 2009 and joined Bologna on loan for €2 million.[9] At the end of season, Bologna bought him for an additional €5 million.[9] He signed a four-year contract with the club. On 23 August 2009, Osvaldo scored the season-opening goal for Bologna against his former club Fiorentina and earned his team a point in the draw.

Espanyol[edit]

On 10 January 2010, Spanish club RCD Espanyol announced that they had signed the Italo-Argentine forward on loan until June 2010, pending a medical examination.[10] He made his La Liga debut, coming on as a 54th-minute substitute for Iván Alonso in the 0–2 away defeat to CA Osasuna.

On 3 June 2010, his loan was extended for another season, for €500,000,[11] weeks after the player declared his interest of staying in Spain. On 31 August, Osvaldo's loan deal with Espanyol was turned into a five-year-deal[citation needed] for a fee worth €4.6 million.[12] Osvaldo scored more than a goal every other game he played for Espanyol.

Roma[edit]

Osvaldo shakes hands with John Terry after a pre-season friendly against Chelsea in 2013

On 25 August 2011, Osvaldo was sold to Roma for a fee of €15 million plus bonuses, whereby the bonus for goals (€500,000) and appearances (€250,000 each for 25th and 50th appearances; up to 100th) had been fully and partially activated; Roma also has the obligation to pay an additional €1 million if the team had qualifies for one of the UEFA Champions League seasons from 2012–13 to 2016–17, regardless of whether or not Osvaldo was a player of Roma at that time. On 22 September 2011, Osvaldo scored his first goal for the Lupi against Siena in a home game that ended 1–1. On 16 October, Osvaldo opened the scoring against Rome rivals Lazio in the Derby della Capitale. He scored his fifth goal against Novara on 5 November.

On 25 November, Osvaldo was apparently angry with teammate Erik Lamela after not receiving a pass during the 0–2 defeat at Udinese and was fined and suspended by his club for "punching Lamela in the face."[3] On 19 March 2012, after three months, he scored again in a 1–0 victory over Genoa. He scored in the 2–1 loss against Milan and a week later in a 5–2 victory over Novara. He also scored the opening goal in a 3–1 victory over Udinese.

Osvaldo opened the 2012–13 season with a goal against Catania in a 2–2 draw. On 2 September 2012, he scored his second goal of the season against Internazionale in a match that saw Roma win 1–3 against the Nerazzurri at the San Siro. He scored his third league goal, a penalty, against Juventus in a 4–1 defeat at Juventus Stadium. He scored a brace in a 4–2 win over Genoa and scored his sixth goal of the season in a 4–1 win against Palermo on 4 November. He also scored a goal against former club Fiorentina for a 4–2 win for Roma.

On 28 April 2013, Osvaldo scored his first hat trick in Serie A against Siena in a convincing 4–0 home victory. Osvaldo finished the domestic season with a team-leading 16 goals, one over teammate Erik Lamela's 15, as Roma finished in sixth place.

In the club's 2013 Coppa Italia Final loss to Lazio (1–0), Osvaldo allegedly shouted at and insulted caretaking manager Aurelio Andreazzoli after the match for only being given 15 minutes of playing time off the substitute's bench. Osvaldo also refused to attend the Coppa Italia awards' ceremony in protest to the manager's decision.[13]

Southampton[edit]

Osvaldo signed for Southampton on 18 August 2013 on a 4-year deal[14][15] for a €15.1 (£12.8) million fee plus bonuses up to €2 million. Upon joining Southampton, Osvaldo was reunited with Manager Mauricio Pochettino, who had managed him at Espanyol.[16] He made his debut on 24 August in a 1–1 draw with Sunderland, coming on as a substitute at the start of the second half.[17] His first goal came in a 2–0 win over Crystal Palace.[18]

He then scored his second goal for Southampton in a 2–3 home loss to Aston Villa on 4 December 2013.[19] On 7 December 2013, Osvaldo scored his third goal for Southampton with a "superb individual effort" in a 1–1 draw with Manchester City at St Mary's Stadium.[20]

On 3 January 2014, Osvaldo was fined £40,000 and banned for three matches after taking part in a touch-line fracas in the match against Newcastle United on 14 December, for which an FA independent regulatory commission found him "guilty of violent conduct."[6]

On 23 January, Southampton announced they had suspended him for two weeks following an undisclosed training ground incident, later revealed to have been a fight with teammate José Fonte, ostensibly "instigated by [Osvaldo]."[4]

Following his departure, Osvaldo admitted that he had struggled to adapt to playing in England, describing English football as a "very physical type of game, with really tough tackling".[21]

Juventus[edit]

On 31 January 2014, Osvaldo returned to Italy by signing on a free loan to Juventus for the remainder of the 2013–14 season, with the club having until 31 May 2014 to buy the rights to the player at the price of €19 million.[22] Manager Antonio Conte revealed that Osvado willingly accepted a pay-cut to join the club.[23]

Osvaldo made his Juventus debut on 9 February 2014 against Hellas Verona, coming on as a substitute for Fernando Llorente in the 65th minute of a 2–2 draw. In the Round of 32 of the Europa League, Osvaldo scored in both legs as Juventus beat Trabzonspor 4–0 on aggregate. In the final away game against Roma on 11 May, Osvaldo scored the only goal of the game in the fourth minute of added time, seconds away from the end of the match. This was the only goal of 11 league matches in his loan spell.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 14 December 2013
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Huracán 2005 33 11 0 0 - - 33 11
Total 33 11 0 0 - - 33 11
Atalanta 2006–07 3 1 0 0 - - 3 1
Total 3 1 0 0 - - 3 1
Lecce 2006–07 31 8 1 0 - - 32 8
Total 31 8 1 0 - - 32 8
Fiorentina 2007–08 13 5 0 0 8 1 21 6
2008–09 8 0 0 0 5 0 13 0
Total 21 5 0 0 13 1 34 6
Bologna 2008–09 12 0 0 0 12 0
2009–10 13 3 1 0 14 3
Total 25 3 1 0 26 3
Espanyol 2009–10 20 7 1 1 21 8
2010–11 24 13 2 1 26 14
Total 44 20 3 2 47 22
Roma 2011–12 26 11 0 0 26 11
2012–13 29 16 2 1 31 17
Total 55 27 2 1 57 28
Southampton 2013–14 13 3 0 0 0 0 13 3
Total 13 3 0 0 0 0 13 3
Career Statistics 225 78 7 3 13 1 245 82

International career[edit]

Osvaldo qualified for Italian citizenship through a great-grandfather who was born in Filottrano, Marche and emigrated to Argentina in the 19th century.[24] On 5 October 2011, due to the injuries that caused the withdrawal of regular strikers Mario Balotelli and Giampaolo Pazzini, Osvaldo received his first call-up to play for the Italian national team for UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying matches against Serbia and Northern Ireland.[25] On 11 October 2011, he made his debut in the 3–0 victory over Northern Ireland.

National team allenatore Cesare Prandelli dropped him from the squad after reports surfaced of Osvaldo shouting at his Roma coach, Aurelio Andreazzoli, during Roma's 1-0 defeat to Lazio in the Coppa Italia 2013 final.[5] Osvaldo skipped the awards ceremony and then attacked Andreazzoli on Twitter.[5]

He was recalled by Prandelli for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and Malta. He netted his first two international goals for the Azzurri away against Bulgaria within the space of four minutes to put Italy in front after being a goal down early.

Osvaldo was not selected by Prandelli for the squad that contested the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil,[5] or for the World Cup.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 September 2012 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Bulgaria 1–1 2–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 1–2
3. 12 October 2012 Hrazdan Stadium, Yerevan, Armenia  Armenia 1–3 1–3 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 11 October 2013 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark  Denmark 0–1 2–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
As of 1 November 2013
Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
2011 2 0
2012 4 3
2013 6 1
Total 12 4

Honours[edit]

Juventus

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dani can’t wait to start". Southampton FC. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Cunningham, Sam (19 August 2013). "It's Only Rock 'N' Roll for Southampton's livewire record signing 'Dani' Osvaldo". Daily Mail. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "AFP: Osvaldo suspended over Lamela 'punch' – report". Google.com. 2011-11-27. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  4. ^ a b "Dani Osvaldo: Southampton suspend striker for fighting". BBC Sport. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Osvaldo kicked out of Italy squad", ESPN, 28 May 2013
  6. ^ a b "Southampton: Dani Osvaldo banned for three matches". BBC Sport. 3 January 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  7. ^ ACF Fiorentina Report and Accounts on 31 December 2007 (Italian)
  8. ^ Torino 0 – 1 Fiorentina[dead link]
  9. ^ a b ACF Fiorentina Report and Accounts on 31 December 2009 (Italian)
  10. ^ "Osvaldo in prestito all’Espanyol" (in Italian). Bologna FC 1909. 10 January 2010. Archived from the original on 11 January 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  11. ^ Bologna FC 1909 SpA Report and Accounts (bilancio) on 30 June 2011 (Italian)
  12. ^ "Bilancio intermedio al 31 dicembre 2010: Nota integrativa: parte 2". Bologna FC 1909 (in Italian). 4 April 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "Osvaldo kicked out of Italy squad". ESPN. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "Saints sign Osvaldo". Southampton FC. 18 August 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Southampton sign Italy striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo for £15m". BBC Sport. 18 August 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Pablo Daniel Osvaldo Cessione a titolo definitivo" (in Italian). AS Roma. 18 August 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Southampton 1 – 1 Sunderland". BBC Sport. 24 August 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  18. ^ Southampton 2-0 Crystal Palace, BBC Sport, 28 September 2013
  19. ^ Saints 1-1 Man City: Report, Southampton F.C. News website, 7 December 2013
  20. ^ "Quality Curler! Pablo Osvaldo (Southampton) vs Man City". inside World Soccer. 7 December 2013. 
  21. ^ "Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo admits he struggled with life in England". Sky Sports. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  22. ^ "Osvaldo joins Juventus". Juventus FC. 31 January 2014. 
  23. ^ "Conte: Osvaldo accepted pay-cut to join Juventus". Goal.com. 3 February 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  24. ^ "Voglio organizzare una festa per lui in paese" ("'I want to organize a party for him in the country' says Filottrano native, cousin of Osvaldo"), Il Resto Del Carlino, 7 October 2011 (in Italian)
  25. ^ "Pablo Osvaldo: Call-up criticism ridiculous – ESPN FC". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 2011-10-10. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 

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