Allan (footballer, born 1991)

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Allan
FC Salzburg versus SSC Napoli (UEFA Euroleague Achtelfinalrückspiel 14. März 2019) 04.jpg
Allan with Napoli in 2019
Personal information
Full name Allan Marques Loureiro
Date of birth (1991-01-08) 8 January 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Napoli
Number 5
Youth career
2007–2008 Madureira
2008–2009 Vasco da Gama
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Vasco da Gama 100 (5)
2012–2015 Udinese 116 (2)
2015– Napoli 170 (9)
National team
2011 Brazil U20[1] 2 (0)
2018– Brazil 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:30, 13 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2019

Allan Marques Loureiro (born 8 January 1991), better known as Allan (Brazilian Portuguese: [aˈlɐ̃]), is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Italian club Napoli.

Club career[edit]

Deportivo Maldonado[edit]

2011–12 season[edit]

Allan was signed from Madureira by Uruguayan side Deportivo Maldonado at 17 years of age old[citation needed] for an undisclosed fee. However, he was later loaned out to Vasco da Gama back in Brazil; he would not make an appearance for Maldonado.

Vasco da Gama (loan)[edit]

2011–12 season[edit]

Allan moved to Vasco da Gama once again still as a youth player, loaned from Deportivo Maldonado. A year after he played for their youth team, he was brought back and promoted to the first-team by coach Dorival Júnior, playing in many crucial games in the club's 2009 season to help the side win the Série B and secure promotion to the top-flight Série A, though he ultimately suffered an injury.

Allan, injured, could not compete in the Campeonato Carioca with Vasco da Gama nor the 2010 Copa do Brasil. After initial recovery, he returned to the club's junior team to regain fitness ahead of a return to the first-team. He then returned to the professional fold in the last round of the Série A before the break for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup, playing in the Copa da Hora friendly tournament. The club took the tournament with Allan participating, also scoring a goal in a 3–2 victory over Coritiba.

Udinese[edit]

2012–13 season[edit]

In June 2012, Allan signed for Serie A side Udinese for a reported fee of R$7 million[2] from Deportivo Maldonado.[2][3] He made his debut for Udinese at home at the Stadio Friuli against Juventus, where he created an assist for teammate Andrea Lazzari's goal.

In his first season in Udine, Allan played mostly as a defensive midfielder, recovering and distributing a large number of balls. Manager Francesco Guidolin played him in 36 games in the league out of 38 games, he proved one of the best bargains of the season, defying expectation and playing almost all games as a starter to help Udinese to finish in a surprise fifth-place position, securing qualification to next year's UEFA Europa League.[4]

2013–14 season[edit]

A more challenging second season followed Allan and Udinese, as the club finished 13th in the league in what was Francesco Guidolin's final season with the side. Despite this, Allan excelled in midfield, even scoring his first goals for the club as his improvement in Italy continued. His calm and controlled performance in midfield also prompted future Udinese manager Andrea Stramaccioni to suggest that he was now one of the best young midfielders in Europe, comparable to Manchester United's Paul Pogba.[4]

2014–15 season[edit]

In the 2014–15 season, Allan was to be the top ball-winner of all of Europe's top-five leagues (Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1) with the most balls won. His superb performances were tracked by major European sides Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, VfL Wolfsburg, Arsenal and Napoli, which all were reportedly interested in his signature.[5][6] Allan ultimately joined the latter, remaining in Italy.

Napoli[edit]

2015–16 season[edit]

Allan made his Napoli debut in a pre-season friendly against Lega Pro side FeralpiSalò, which Napoli won 5–2.[7] He made his first Serie A debut for Napoli at home against Sampdoria in the second matchday of the Serie A season, creating an assist for Gonzalo Higuaín with a through-ball that the latter converted with a right-footed shot from the right side of the box, making the scoreline 2–0. Allan was later substituted in the second half for David López.[8] Allan would then receive a start in Napoli's third game of the season, a 2–2 away draw with Empoli, scoring an equalizer in the 78th minute after converting a pass from captain Marek Hamšík.[9]

On 17 September, Allan came off the bench in the 62nd minute against Belgian club Club Brugge in his first ever Europa League game, assisting José Callejón's second goal of the game with a through-ball just minutes after coming on. The match finished 5–0 for Napoli, the club's largest European win and the joint-largest margin of defeat for Brugge, equalling its 6–1 defeat at Monaco in 1988.[10] Allan would go on to score once again and provide another assist in a 5–0 win against Lazio, only three days after the Brugge victory on 20 September, giving manager Maurizio Sarri trust in him for his precise passing and defensive work.[11]

On 26 September, Allan scored a goal against defending champions Juventus, with excellent passing and an impressive overall game in a 2–1 home win.[12] On 4 October, Allan would score the opening goal in a 0–4 away rout of Milan in a swift counter-attacking move, where the Brazilian went one-on-one with Milan goalkeeper Diego López.[13]

2016–17 season[edit]

29 Serie A appearances (1 goal, 5 assists), 8 Champions League appearances culminating in an 86.6% pass completion rate, an average of 2.4 successful tackles per game and he also averaged one key pass (one that led to a goalscoring opportunity) per game.

International career[edit]

Under-20[edit]

He was called up by Brazilian under-20 coach Ney Franco on 20 August 2011, where he impressed enough at Vasco da Gama to earn a call-up for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Brazil's U-20 World Cup-winning side also featured the likes of Oscar, Philippe Coutinho, Casemiro and Danilo, as well as future Napoli teammates Gabriel and Bruno Uvini. Brazil made it to the tournament final, beating Portugal 3–2 in extra time and winning the U20 World Cup for the fifth time.[4]

Senior[edit]

Although born in Brazil, Allan holds dual Portuguese-Brazilian nationality, making him eligible to play for Brazil or Portugal.[14] Allan also 'has a distant Italian relative' which qualifies him for an Italian passport and thus the Italian national team. Sky Sport Italia and TV Luna report that he has been asked 'to switch allegiances to the Azzurri' by national coach Roberto Mancini.[15] Manager Tite, on 26 October 2018, named Allan to the Brazilian squad that will face Uruguay and Cameroon in friendlies next month. Because these are exhibition matches, Allan will remain eligible to play for Portugal and Italy.[16] He made his senior international debut in the former match, held in London on 16 November, which ended in a 1–0 victory to Brazil.[17]

In May 2019, Allan was included in Brazil's 23-man squad for the 2019 Copa América.[18]

Style of play[edit]

Allan operates primarily as a defensive midfielder or as a central midfielder and is equally comfortable at playing both in an attacking and defensive midfield role; he is also capable of being deployed in a deeper role as a playmaker. As such, he has also been labelled a box-to-box midfielder in the media. He is also capable of playing on the left or right flank, and has even been deployed as a full-back on occasion.

Normally a holding midfielder, Allan is known as a dynamic, physically strong, and energetic right-footed midfielder, with good ball-winning abilities. He also possesses good technique, dribbling skills, pace and good long passing ability, which enables him to start attacking plays after winning back possession. He has been described as a complete and tactically versatile midfielder, who is different from traditional defensive midfielders, due to his reputation for dribbling past defenders and passing the ball through the legs of an opponent, a move known as the nutmeg.[19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 12 May 2019[27]
Club Season League Cup1 Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vasco da Gama 2009 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
2010 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
2011 19 0 10 0 7 1 36 1
2012 4 0 0 0 5 0 9 0
Total 51 0 10 0 12 1 73 1
Udinese 2012–13 36 0 1 0 0 0 37 0
2013–14 33 0 4 0 4 0 41 0
2014–15 35 1 3 1 0 0 38 2
Total 104 1 8 1 4 0 116 2
Napoli 2015–16 35 3 2 0 6 0 43 3
2016–17 29 1 2 0 8 0 39 1
2017–18 38 4 2 0 10 0 50 4
2018–19 32 1 2 0 12 0 46 1
Total 144 9 8 0 36 0 178 10
Career total 299 10 26 1 52 1 377 12

International[edit]

As of match played 26 March 2019[27]
Brazil national team
Year Apps Goals
2018 2 0
2019 1 0
Total 3 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Vasco da Gama

International[edit]

Brazil

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allan". soccerway.com. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b Rotstein, Gustavo (7 June 2012). "Felipe lamenta saída do 'filho adotivo' Allan: 'Foi um erro'". Globoesporte (in Portuguese). Rio de Janeiro. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Allan e Pawlowski in bianconero!" (Press release). Udinese Calcio. c. 2012.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b c "Meet Udinese's rising ball-winner who's bossed Pogba this season". fourfourtwo. 6 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Chelsea and Arsenal to fight for Allan Marques Loureiro - Football News Guru".
  6. ^ Archer, Bruce (3 June 2015). "Chelsea SWOOP for Brazilian Udinese star as Ramires replacement".
  7. ^ "Napoli win on Allan debut - Football Italia". www.football-italia.net.
  8. ^ "Live Scores - Football - Sporting Life". www.sportinglife.com.
  9. ^ "Empoli 2, Napoli 2: Winless once more". The Siren's Song. 13 September 2015.
  10. ^ uefa.com (17 September 2015). "UEFA Europa League 2015/16 - History - Napoli-Club Brugge – UEFA.com".
  11. ^ "Napoli 5 - 0 Lazio Match report - 9/20/15 Serie A - Goal.com". www.goal.com.
  12. ^ "Napoli-Juventus, le pagelle: Higuain piega Buffon, Ghoulam che sorpresa! Finalmente il vero Allan". 26 September 2015.
  13. ^ "Lorenzo Insigne inspires as Napoli end AC Milan's perfect home record".
  14. ^ Gott, Tom (5 September 2018). "Agent of Napoli Star Alan Urges Tite to Call the Midfielder Up to the Brazil National Team". Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  15. ^ Football Italia staff (6 October 2018). "Italy to call on Napoli's Allan?". Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  16. ^ Football Italia Staff (26 October 2018). "Brazil call up Napoli's Allan". Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Allan makes Brazil debut". Football Italia. 26 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  18. ^ "Brazil name Copa America squad". Football Italia. 17 May 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  19. ^ Jiang, Allan. "Could Udinese Star Allan Marques Loureiro Abandon Brazil for Italy?".
  20. ^ Peter Galindo (7 August 2018). "Sarri aiming to replicate Napoli success, style at Chelsea". www.sportsnet.ca. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  21. ^ "Napoli, è iniziata l'era Sarri: "Allan giocatore completo"" (in Italian). www.sportmediaset.mediaset.it. 8 July 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  22. ^ Barbara Castellini (19 March 2015). "Da Pizarro ad Allan: il ruolo che non c'è" (in Italian). www.mondoudinese.it. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  23. ^ Luca Sol (27 February 2018). "Allan il guerriero del centrocampo: anche la tattica della fisicità non può nulla contro questo Napoli" (in Italian). www.spazionapoli.it. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  24. ^ "Napoli, Allan come Gattuso: "E Ancelotti è più sereno di Sarri"" (in Italian). Il Mattino. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  25. ^ Marzo Azzi (23 July 2015). "Allan stregato dal Napoli: Io, tra Falcao e Maradona" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  26. ^ "Allan" (in Italian). www.calcionapoli24.it. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  27. ^ a b "Allan". Soccerway. Retrieved 15 May 2016.

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