Pablo Piatti

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Pablo Piatti
Personal information
Full name Pablo Daniel Piatti
Date of birth (1989-03-31) 31 March 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Ucacha, Argentina
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Valencia
Number 11
Youth career
2002–2003 Jorge Newbery
2003–2006 Estudiantes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Estudiantes 49 (12)
2008–2011 Almería 101 (20)
2011– Valencia 76 (11)
National team
2007 Argentina U20 6 (0)
2011– Argentina 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 June 2011

Pablo Daniel Piatti (born 31 March 1989) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Valencia CF. He operates mainly as a left winger, but can also play as a forward.

Club career[edit]

Estudiantes[edit]

Born in Ucacha, Córdoba, Piatti was a product of Estudiantes de La Plata's youth ranks. He made the headlines when coach Diego Simeone gave him his first opportunity against Newell's Old Boys on 18 November 2006, as the player was just 17. He scored the winning goal (2–1) deep into injury time, and became one of the heroes of Estudiantes' championship-winning team.

Piatti made the side's starting eleven in the 2007 Clausura tournament, alongside midfielders José Luis Calderón, José Ernesto Sosa and Juan Sebastián Verón.

Almería[edit]

After making 60 appearances in all competitions for Estudiantes in two years, he was sold to UD Almería in Spain for an undisclosed fee.[1] Initially an undisputed starter, notably netting in a 1–1 home tie against Real Madrid,[2] he struggled after the arrival, midway through his first season, of Mexican coach Hugo Sánchez.

In the 2009–10 campaign, without the presence of striker Álvaro Negredo, Piatti was much more depended upon in goalscoring matters and netted seven times in 35 matches, joint-second in the team, as it finished in 13th position. On 23 September 2009 he opened and closed the scoresheet in a 2–2 draw at Atlético Madrid[3] and, in the second La Liga match between the two teams, netted a last-minute winner (1–0).[4]

Valencia[edit]

On 5 July 2011 Almería and Valencia CF reached an agreement for the transfer of Piatti, with the player signing a five-year contract for a fee of 7.5 million.[5] He struggled to reproduce his previous form during most of his first season with the Che, but did feature in 47 matches all competitions comprised.

Piatti scored his first official goal for Valencia on 19 January 2012, netting the 3–1 in the 45th minute of an eventual 4–1 home win against Levante UD for the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey.[6] He added another two in the second leg (3–0).[7]

Piatti's role lessened dramatically in the following campaign, where he also suffered injury problems.[8] In late August 2013 he was linked with a loan move to fellow top-divisioner Getafe CF,[9] but nothing came of it, and the player confirmed in early September he was staying put, also taking time to nurse a left leg ailment.[10]

International career[edit]

Shortly after making his senior debuts for Estudiantes, Piatti was part of the Argentina squad that won the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada. The youngest player in the roster, he managed to play in six of seven games.[11]

On 5 June 2011 Piatti made his debut for the full side, as national team boss Sergio Batista handed him a start in a 1–2 friendly loss with Poland.[12]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Estudiantes

Country[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 21 December 2014[13]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Assis Apps Goals Assis Apps Goals Assis Apps Goals Assis
Estudiantes 2006–07 17 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 5 0
2007–08 32 8 6 0 0 0 10 0 2 42 8 8
Total 49 13 6 0 0 0 10 0 2 59 13 8
Almería 2008–09 31 5 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 33 6 3
2009–10 35 7 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 36 7 4
2010–11 35 8 4 6 2 1 0 0 0 39 10 5
Total 101 20 11 9 3 1 0 0 0 110 23 12
Valencia 2011–12 30 2 2 7 3 3 10 1 0 47 6 5
2012–13 14 1 4 3 0 0 2 0 0 19 1 4
2013–14 17 5 3 3 0 1 9 2 2 29 7 5
2014–15 14 3 6 1 0 1 15 3 7
Total 76 11 15 14 3 5 21 3 2 111 17 22
Career Total 226 44 32 23 6 6 31 3 4 280 53 42

References[edit]

  1. ^ Almeria win Piatti race; Goal.com, 18 June 2008
  2. ^ Bobby McMahon's blog; FOX Sports, 6 November 2008
  3. ^ Piatti leaves it late for Almeria; ESPN Soccernet, 23 September 2009
  4. ^ Almeria burst Atletico bubble; ESPN Soccernet, 21 February 2010
  5. ^ Valencia reach agreement for Piatti; VCF Central, 5 July 2011
  6. ^ El Valencia ahoga al Levante (Valencia drowns Levante); Marca, 19 January 2012 (Spanish)
  7. ^ Para Piatti no fue un trámite (Not just another game for Piatti); Marca, 26 January 2012 (Spanish)
  8. ^ Piatti se rompe el brazo y estará dos meses de Baja (Piatti breaks arm and will miss two months); Las Provincias, 7 September 2012 (Spanish)
  9. ^ El Getafe negocia la cesión de Piatti (Getafe negotiates Piatti loan); Deporte Valenciano, 28 August 2013 (Spanish)
  10. ^ Pablo Piatti confirma que se queda en Valencia (Pablo Piatti confirms he stays with Valencia); Marca, 2 September 2013 (Spanish)
  11. ^ Pablo PiattiFIFA competition record
  12. ^ "Second-string Argentina humbled again". ESPN Soccernet. 5 June 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "P. Piatti". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 

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