Sergio Romero

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Sergio Romero
Argentine - Portugal - Sergio Romero.jpg
Romero playing for Argentina in 2011
Personal information
Full name Sergio Germán Romero
Date of birth (1987-02-22) 22 February 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Bernardo de Irigoyen, Argentina
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Sampdoria
Number 22
Youth career
1997 Almirante Brown
1997–2003 C.A.I.
2003–2006 Racing Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Racing Club 5 (0)
2007–2011 AZ 90 (0)
2011– Sampdoria 61 (0)
2013–2014 Monaco (loan) 3 (0)
National team
2007 Argentina U20 23 (0)
2009– Argentina 54 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 July 2014

Sergio Germán Romero (born 22 February 1987) is an Argentine footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Italian Serie A club Sampdoria, and also for the Argentina national team.

He made his debut with Racing Club de Avellaneda in the Argentine Primera División in 2007 and then transferred to Dutch club AZ Alkmaar at the end of the season. In 2011, he joined Sampdoria.

Romero has represented Argentina at the 2007 South American Youth Championship, 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2010 FIFA World Cup, and the 2008 Summer Olympics when Argentina won the gold medal.

Romero is commonly known for his ability to kick the ball almost across the entire field of play, being a result of him only having 4 toes on his right foot. While on holiday in 2001, a turtle attacked and bit Romero - resulting in him having to amputate parts of his index toe. This is considered as one of the factors to him being able to kick the ball further than his colleagues.[1]

Early life[edit]

Sergio Romero was born and grew up in Bernardo de Irigoyen, Misiones, Argentina. His two older brothers became basketballers and due to his smaller stature in comparison to them, Romero earned the nickname 'chiquito' which means little.

Romero initially joined Racing Club de Avellaneda and signed his first professional contract aged nineteen in 2006.

Club career[edit]

Romero made his debut with Racing Club de Avellaneda in the Argentine Primera División and at the end of his first season in 2007 was transferred to Dutch club AZ Alkmaar managed at the time by Louis van Gaal for a fee of 1.5M euros.[2]

In the 2007–08 season, Romero made 12 appearances, initially being third choice behind Boy Waterman and Joey Didulica before making the first team spot his own starting with a debut on 30 September 2007 in a 2–1 loss against Heracles Almelo in which he also picked up a yellow card.

His European debut came in a 0–0 draw with Paços de Ferreira followed with another appearance in the group stage 1–0 win over Greek side AEL after goalkeeper Waterman was injured.

It took until the 23 February 2008 for a league clean sheet to be kept in a 0–0 draw against FC Twente. After a series of poor performances from Boy Waterman van Gaal selected Romero until the season's end with AZ finishing eleventh in the Eredivisie.

Romero achieved 18 clean sheets in the subsequent 2008/9 season until he broke his hand in the team locker room in frustration after a quarterfinal cup loss against NAC Breda.[3] In April, his team became Eredivisie champions in the 31st round of matches, with three games to spare.[4] He returned to first team action in April of that season to cap off a fine season in which AZ only conceded 22 goals, nine less than the next team in the division. Romero himself set a personal record of not conceding a goal for 950 minutes and thus setting the fourth longest stretch of time for goalkeepers not to have conceded a goal.

Romero played with AZ until the 22 August 2011 when he joined serie B side Sampdoria for an undisclosed fee estimated to be € 3.5 million.[5] He debuted on 26 August against Calcio Padova but injured in September in a match against U.C. AlbinoLeffe returning to action in October and being an ever present in the side that eventually won promotion back to serie A.

On 17 August 2013, Romero joined Monaco on a 1 year loan, with the option to make the move permanent for €5M.[6][7] During this spell, he acted as back up to first choice, Subašić.

Sergio Romero at Sampdoria in 2011 as he poses with a fan

International career[edit]

Romero making a save in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final against Germany

Romero represented Argentina at the 2007 South American Youth Championship in Paraguay and at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada where on 8 August 2007 Romero was first included in the Argentine selection for a friendly match against Norway and against Australia, which Argentina also went on to win. He replaced injured Oscar Ustari at the 2008 Summer Olympics football tournament.

Romero was called up to the full senior side by then coach Diego Maradona debuting on 9 September 2009 in a 1–0 win FIFA World Cup qualifier against Paraguay and playing in the win against Uruguay in Montevideo that saw Argentina qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He played in all five of Argentina's World Cup matches which ended at the quarter final stage.

Romero was part of Sergio Batista's 2011 Copa América squad in which Argentina the hosts lost to Uruguay on penalties in the quarter-finals. He retained his position as number one choice under new coach Alejandro Sabella for the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Romero was Argentina's starting goalkeeper at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the semi-final, he earned himself Man of the Match[8] by saving kicks from Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder as Argentina defeated the Netherlands 4–2 in a penalty shootout to reach the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final.[9]

On 11 July, Romero was named on the three-man shortlist for FIFA's Golden Glove award for the tournament's best goalkeeper.[10]

National team statistics[edit]

[11]

Argentina national team
Year Apps Goals
2009 4 0
2010 11 0
2011 10 0
2012 9 0
2013 10 0
2014 9 0
Total 53 0

Honours[edit]

Club honours[edit]

AZ

International honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sergio Romero". bbc.co.uk. 2010. 
  2. ^ AZ online
  3. ^ "AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Sergio Romero breaks hand". USA Today. 3 June 2009. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "2008/09 Dutch Eredivisie Table / Standings". Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Official: Sergio Romero joins Sampdoria from AZ". Goal.com. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Official: Romero to Monaco". football-italia.net. 17 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Monaco sign Romero on loan". sidetackle.com. 19 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Netherlands 0-0 Argentina". FIFA. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Netherlands 0-0 Argentina". BBC. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "World Cup 2014: Fifa announces Golden Ball shortlist". BBC. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  11. ^ Sergio Romero at National-Football-Teams.com
  12. ^ "Louis van Gaal says he 'taught Sergio Romero how to save penalties'". Daily Maily. 10 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "A sixth star for Argentina". FIFA.com. 22 July 2007. 
  14. ^ "Angel delivers Argentina gold". FIFA.com. 23 August 2008. 

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