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 26)
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 80 (15)
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 8 March 2015.

† 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]

However, Jordi Alba and Jeremy Mathieu developed a superb partnership on Valencia’s left wing, and thus there was no room for the Argentinian who was left on the bench. Things got even worse later on, as injuries prevented him from making a positive impression on the coaches – first Mauricio Pellegrino and then Ernesto Valverde. By the time Miroslav Djukic took over in the summer of 2013, Piatti was considered surplus to requirements. The Serbian put him on the transfer list against his will and clubs like Everton, Celtic, Southampton[8] and Rennes were all interested, but Piatti refused to leave Spain.

Resurgence in the New Valencia[edit]

Luckily for Pablo, Valencia plunged into deep crisis under Djukic, and the Serbian was fired after losing eight out of his first 16 league matches. Piatti duly made his return into the starting lineup on the last week of 2013 against Real Madrid and made his point by finding the net once again. Juan Antonio Pizzi, who replaced Djukic on a permanent basis in the beginning of 2014, believed in Piatti and helped him to regain his confidence. The result was very positive, as Valencia climbed up the table, and achieved some sensational results. The best was the 3-2 win over Barcelona at Camp Nou, and Piatti was on the scoresheet once again.

A Peter Lim[9] led project of a 'New Valencia'[10] saw Piatti become a key player in the squad. Valencia's Portuguese coach Nuno Espirito Santo has made him one of the most important cogs in his Los Che machine. He affectionately calls him 'Pablito', and so far this is the best season (2014-15) the winger has experienced in Spain.[11]

Comparisons to Messi[edit]

Very short, lightning fast, fearless and an excellent dribbler, he resembled Lionel Messi in every possible way. Little wonder that he was supposed to become one of the best wingers in the world, and Almeria considered themselves extremely lucky when they managed to sign the young prodigy. Pablo Piatti was the man once expected by some, both in Argentina and Spain, to become the new Messi. He was compared to Messi due to their similar playing styles. Piatti's reply to such a comparison was - "Messi is a mirror in which to look and there is no way I can be compared with him."[12] Piatti had some brilliant moments during his three seasons at Almeria which led to Valencia signing him.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Estudiantes

Country[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 21 February 2015[13]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Estudiantes 2006–07 17 5 0 0 0 0 17 5
2007–08 32 8 0 0 10 0 42 8
Total 49 13 0 0 10 0 59 13
Almería 2008–09 31 5 2 1 33 6
2009–10 35 7 1 0 36 7
2010–11 35 8 6 2 39 10
Total 101 20 9 3 0 0 110 23
Valencia 2011–12 30 2 7 3 10 1 47 6
2012–13 14 1 3 0 2 0 19 1
2013–14 17 5 3 0 9 2 29 7
2014–15 18 7 2 0 20 7
Total 80 15 15 3 21 3 116 21
Career Total 229 47 24 6 31 3 285 57

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)
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  13. ^ "P. Piatti". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 

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