Rodney Strasser

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Rodney Strasser
Personal information
Full name Rodney Strasser
Date of birth (1990-03-30) 30 March 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Freetown, Sierra Leone
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[1]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Genoa
Youth career
Kallon
2007–2010 Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Milan 2 (0)
2010–2011 Genoa 0 (0)
2010–2011 Milan (loan) 3 (1)
2011–2013 Milan 1 (0)
2011–2012 Lecce (loan) 12 (1)
2013 Parma (loan) 2 (0)
2013– Genoa 0 (0)
2013–2014 Reggina (loan) 22 (0)
National team
2010– Sierra Leone 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 October 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 October 2013

Rodney Strasser (born 30 March 1990) is a Sierra Leonean professional footballer who plays as midfielder for Italian Serie A club Genoa.

Club career[edit]

Milan[edit]

Born in Freetown, Strasser began his career at local club Kallon, before moving to Italy to join Milan in 2007.[2] During his time in Milan's youth system, he was a member of the under-20 side, who won the 2009–10 Coppa Italia Primavera.[3] He made his first-team debut on 21 December 2008, in a 5–1 win against Udinese, coming on as a substitute for Kakha Kaladze in the 82nd minute.[4][5]

Genoa[edit]

On 20 July 2010, Milan announced that half of the rights to Strasser had been purchased by Genoa for €2.25 million,[6] as part of the deal that saw defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos move to Milan.[7] However, Strasser would stay at Milan on loan,[8] joining the first-team squad permanently. His first appearance of the season was in a UEFA Champions League group stage 2–0 win against Auxerre — which also marked his debut in European club competition – on 23 November.[9] He went on to score his first professional goal in a 1–0 league win over Cagliari, on 6 January.[10]

Milan return[edit]

In May 2011, his co-ownership was dissolved in favour of Milan for the same price and renewed his contract to June 2016.[11][12] (with Papastathopoulos moved back to Genoa),[13] but Strasser subsequently joined Lecce on loan.[14] He appeared in 13 games and scored one goal for his new team, before suffering a broken ankle in a game against Juventus on 9 January and subsequently being called back to Milan to undergo rehabilitation.[15] He made his return on 10 April, comining on as a substitute in the second half of a game against Chievo, which Milan won 1–0.[16] At the start of the following season, Strasser sustained another injury which would rule him out for three months.[17] After recovering he struggled to get playing time, making only one Coppa Italia appearance before being loaned out to Parma during the January transfer window.[18]

Genoa return[edit]

On 27 July 2013, Strasser joined Genoa on a permanent deal for €3.5 million, as part of Kevin Constant's co-ownership resolution in favour of Milan for €6 million.[19] He was loaned out to Serie B team Reggina in August 2013.[20]

International career[edit]

Strasser made his international debut for the Sierra Leonean national team on 5 September 2010, in a 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification game against Egypt.[2][21]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 27 July 2013.[22]
Team Season Domestic
League
Domestic
Cup
European
Competition1
Other
Tournaments2
Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Milan 2008–09 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11 3 1 0 0 2 0 5 1
Lecce 2011–12 12 1 1 0 13 1
Milan 2012 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2012–13 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 6 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 9 1
Parma
2013 2 0 2 0
Genoa
2013-14 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career Total 20 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 24 2

1European competitions include the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Cup.
2Other tournaments include none to date.

International[edit]

As of 3 October 2013.[23]
Sierra Leone national team
Year Apps Goals
2010 2 0
2011 4 0
2012 0 0
2013 2 0

Honours[edit]

Milan

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.regginacalcio.com/stagione/prima-squadra.html
  2. ^ a b Mohamed Fajah-Barrie (28 August 2010). "Strasser ready for Sierra Leone". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Il Milan del futuro vola con Verdi e Zigoni". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 15 April 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Milan 5 – 1 Udinese". legaseriea.it (in Italian). Lega Nazionale Professionisti Serie A. 21 December 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Peter Pedroncelli (21 December 2008). "Super Milan Destroy Udinese in Six-Goal Thriller". goal.com. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "AC Milan Group 2010 Annual Report". AC Milan (in Italian). ca. April 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ "Milan pick up Genoa starlet Papastathopoulos". uefa.com (Union of European Football Associations). 20 July 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Calcio Mercato Squadre". legaseriea.it (in Italian). Lega Nazionale Professionisti Serie A. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "Auxerre-Milan". uefa.com. Union of European Football Associations. 23 November 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  10. ^ "Important victory". acmilan.com (Associazione Calcio Milan). 6 January 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ [2]
  13. ^ "Official A.C. Milan press release". acmilan.com (Associazione Calcio Milan). 14 June 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "Official Statement". acmilan.com (Associazione Calcio Milan). 19 July 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  15. ^ Alie Bittar (6 February 2012). "Strasser – Milan is my second home". sierraexpressmedia.com (Sierra Express Media). Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  16. ^ "Report: Chievo v AC Milan". ESPNsoccernet (ESPN). 10 April 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  17. ^ "A.C. Milan official statement". acmilan.com (Associazione Calcio Milan). 14 July 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "A.C. Milan official communication". acmilan.com (Associazione Calcio Milan). 25 January 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "Dal Milan arriva Strasser". genoacfc.it (in Italian) (Genoa Cricket and Football Club). 27 July 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "Reggina capture Sierra Leone midfielder Strasser on loan". Sahr Morris Jr. (Goal.com). 26 August 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  21. ^ "Egypt vs. Sierra Leone". soccerway.com. Global Sports Media. 5 September 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  22. ^ "Rodney Strasser". ESPNsoccernet. ESPN. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  23. ^ Rodney Strasser at National-Football-Teams.com

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