Paulo Dybala

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Paulo Dybala
Personal information
Full name Paulo Exequiel Dybala
Date of birth (1993-11-15) 15 November 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth Laguna Larga, Córdoba, Argentina
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Palermo
Number 9
Youth career
Instituto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Instituto 38 (17)
2012– Palermo 69 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 December 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Paulo Exequiel Dybala (born 15 November 1993) is an Argentine footballer who plays as a striker for Palermo in Serie A.

He is compared to compatriot Sergio Agüero[1] and Italian striker Vincenzo Montella.[2]

Club career[edit]

Instituto de Córdoba[edit]

Nicknamed La Joya[3] or El pibe de la pensión,[4] Dybala made his professional debut in the Primera B Nacional (Argentine second division) with his hometown club Instituto Atlético Central Córdoba, when he was 17 years old. In total he played 40 games with the club, scoring 17 goals.[5][6] Was the youngest to score a goal beating the record of Mario Kempes, was the first to play 38 consecutive games in a professional league in the country by beating again Kempes, was the first to score two hat-tricks in a season and has scored in six consecutive games, surpassing the previous record of four games.[7]

Palermo[edit]

On 29 April 2012, U.S. Città di Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini announced the signing of Dybala stating "We have got Paulo Dybala – the new Sergio Agüero". Later the same day however, Instituto's general secretary José Teaux, stated that the man who had completed the negotiations with Palermo, did not have the mandate to sell him.

On 20 July 2012, Palermo released a press announcement confirming the signing of Dybala, who signed a four-year deal with the Sicilian club.[8] He debuted with the rosanero in Serie A match against Lazio.

Dybala scored his first and second goal in Italy on 11 November 2012 when Palermo defeated Sampdoria at home by 2–0,.[9]

International career[edit]

Dybala was called by the Argentina Under-17 to participate in the XVI Pan American Games, but in the end he did not take part in the competition. On 19 July 2012 he received his first call in the Argentina Under-20, but declined the invitation.

Thanks to his dual citizenship, Dybala is also eligible to play for Poland and Italy but he has expressly stated that he feels Argentine and has always dreamt of playing for Argentina.[10]

Personal[edit]

His grandfather, Bolesław, was born in the village of Kraśniów in Poland.[11] His family also has Italian origins.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

(Correct as of 7 December 2014)

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Instituto de Córdoba
2011–12 38 17 2 0 0 0 40 17
Total 38 17 2 0 0 0 40 17
Palermo
2012–13 27 3 1 0 0 0 28 3
2013–14 28 5 2 0 0 0 30 5
2014–15 14 7 1 0 0 0 15 7
Total 69 15 3 0 0 0 73 15
Career total 107 32 3 0 0 0 113 32

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zamparini: "Preso il nuovo Aguero"" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport. 
  2. ^ "Dybala: il grande colpo, Lo Monaco: "Erede di Montella"" (in Italian). Live Sicilia. 
  3. ^ "La Joya está bien" (in Spanish). Olè. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "El pibe de la pensión" (in Spanish). I'm Cordoba. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Paulo Dybala player". Soccerway. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Paulo Dybala player 2" (in Spanish). Instituto Atletico Central Cordoba. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Dybala, el pibe de los récords" [Dybala, the kid of Records] (in Spanish). MundoD. 27 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "DYBALA HA FIRMATO" [DYBALA SIGNED] (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  9. ^ http://www.legaseriea.it/en/serie-a-tim/match-report/-/match-report/Palermo-Sampdoria/47894
  10. ^ "Italia, Dybala dice no: «Grazie Conte, ma sogno l'Argentina»" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport. 29 November 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Paulo Dybala – "nowy Messi" z polskimi korzeniami" (in Polish). Sport.onet. 
  12. ^ "Scatta raduno rosanero: 25 convocati, assente giustificato Dybala" (in Italian). Corriere del Mezzogiorno.