Facundo Roncaglia

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Facundo Roncaglia
Personal information
Full name Facundo Sebastián Roncaglia
Date of birth (1987-02-10) 10 February 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Chajarí, Argentina
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Number 24
Youth career
Boca Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2012 Boca Juniors 88 (6)
2009–2010 Espanyol (loan) 21 (0)
2010–2011 Estudiantes (loan) 25 (0)
2012–2016 Fiorentina 67 (4)
2014–2015 Genoa (loan) 32 (0)
2016– Celta 21 (2)
National team
2013– Argentina 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 March 2017

Facundo Sebastián Roncaglia (Spanish pronunciation: [roŋˈkaɣlja]; Italian: [roŋˈkaʎʎa]; born 10 February 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Celta de Vigo. Mainly a central defender, he can also play as a right back.

Club career[edit]

Born in Chajarí, Entre Ríos of Italian descent,[1] Roncaglia made his professional debuts with Boca Juniors, his first top flight match being on 21 October 2007 in a 1–1 draw against Estudiantes de La Plata. He helped the capital team win the 2008 Apertura.

On 27 July 2009, Roncaglia signed with La Liga side RCD Espanyol on loan,[2] being part of a squad that also featured five countrymen – including manager Mauricio Pochettino and former Boca teammate Juan Forlín. He returned to his previous team at the end of the season, only to move to Estudiantes immediately, in the same predicament.[3]

Roncaglia left Boca in July 2012 as a free agent,[4] having scored in the first leg of the 2012 Copa Libertadores final against Sport Club Corinthians Paulista late in the previous month (1–1 home draw, 1–3 aggregate loss).[5] He joined ACF Fiorentina in Italy immediately after,[6] going on to appear in an average of 22 Serie A games during his spell and also being loaned to fellow league club Genoa CFC.[7]

On 12 July 2016, Roncaglia returned to Spanish football after agreeing to a four-year deal with Celta de Vigo.[8]

International career[edit]

Roncaglia made his debut for Argentina on 15 November 2013, playing 63 minutes in a 0–0 friendly draw in Ecuador. He was selected by coach Gerardo Martino for the 2015 Copa América[9] and started in the team's opening fixture, a 2–2 draw against Paraguay in La Serena.[10]



Boca Juniors



  1. ^ "Roncaglia ha già in mente l'obiettivo per la sua Fiorentina: "Vogliamo un posto in Europa. E battere la Juve"" [Roncaglia with sights set on goal for his Fiorentina: "We want to reach Europe. And beat Juve"] (in Italian). Goal.com. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Boca: Confirmado, Facundo Roncaglia se va cedido al Espanyol" [Boca: Confirmed, Facundo Roncaglia loaned to Espanyol] (in Spanish). Goal.com. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Con Rorro y el Torito" [With Rorro and Torito]. Olé (in Spanish). 26 June 2010. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Roncaglia y una renovación que se complica cada día más" [Roncaglia and an increasingly difficult renewal] (in Spanish). Muy Boca. 4 May 2012. Archived from the original on 23 June 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "La final sigue abierta" [Still an open final]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 28 June 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Roncaglia alla Fiorentina? Il difensore anticipa l'annuncio ufficiale: "Ho firmato per quattro anni"" [Roncaglia to Fiorentina? Defender beats official announcement: “I have signed for four years”] (in Italian). Goal.com. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Genoa, dalla Fiorentina arriva Roncaglia" [Genoa, Roncaglia arrives from Fiorentina] (in Italian). Rai Sport. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Celta strenghten [sic] its defense signing Argentinian international Facundo Roncaglia". Celta Vigo. 12 July 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "Gerardo Martino confirmó la lista de 23 convocados y mantuvo a Casco para la Copa América" [Gerardo Martino confirmed list of 23 selected and kept Casco for the Copa América]. La Nación (in Spanish). 27 May 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "Argentina 2–2 Paraguay". BBC Sport. 13 June 2015. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 

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