Fernando Forestieri

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Fernando Forestieri
Personal information
Full name Fernando Martín Forestieri[1]
Date of birth (1990-01-15) 15 January 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Striker/ Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sheffield Wednesday
Number 45
Youth career
2003 Newell's Old Boys
2003–2006 Boca Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Genoa 1 (1)
2007–2008 Siena (loan) 19 (1)
2009 Vicenza (loan) 19 (5)
2009–2013 Udinese 0 (0)
2009–2010 Málaga (loan) 19 (1)
2011 Empoli (loan) 19 (3)
2011–2012 Bari (loan) 28 (2)
2012–2013 Watford (loan) 14 (3)
2013–2015 Watford 66 (17)
2015– Sheffield Wednesday 36 (15)
National team
2006–2007 Italy U17 8 (5)
2007–2008 Italy U19 14 (4)
2008–2010 Italy U20 2 (0)
2011–2012 Italy U21 2 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:25, 3 June 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 April 2012

Fernando Martín Forestieri (born 15 January 1990) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Sheffield Wednesday. Born in Argentina, he chose to represent Italy at an international level, and is a former member of the Italy Under-21 side.

Club career[edit]

Born in Rosario, Argentina, by Italian parents, Forestieri's career began in 2003 with Newell's Old Boys. Later on that year, when he was just 13, Boca Juniors bought Forestieri for $50,000. With his parents returning home, Forestieri left Boca to join Genoa at the age of 16.

Genoa[edit]

In January 2006, Genoa signed Forestieri on a three-year contract. Boca tried to keep the young player, but failed to do so.[2] In March, Boca contested the regularity of the transfer and, refusing a €300,000 indemnification from Genoa, the Argentine club submitted the case to the AFA.[3] That summer he played some friendly matches with Genoa, and in one of them Torino president Urbano Cairo saw Forestieri in action and offered €500,000 for him, but Genoa refused.[4]

On 8 November 2006, Forestieri made his official debut with Genoa in a Coppa Italia loss against Empoli.[5] Forestieri made his Serie B league debut on 13 January 2007, on an away match lost 2–1 to Pescara, by scoring the Genoa goal. He then played as a regular with the Genoa Primavera youth team that won the 2007 International Viareggio trophy.

On 25 July 2007, Siena announced that they had signed Forestieri from Genoa in a co-ownership deal,[6] for €1.7 million,[7] to compensate the transfer debt to Siena involving the transfers of Andrea Masiello and Abdoulay Konko to Genoa.[8] He made his Serie A debut on 26 September, coming off the bench in a match against Atalanta. On 13 January 2008, Forestieri scored his first goal for Siena after being brought on as a substitute against Internazionale in a 3–2 loss.

On 25 June 2008, Genoa acquired the entirety of his transfer rights for €4.5 million (with Siena acquiring half of Manuel Coppola for €1.5 million[9] and the full rights of Abdelkader Ghezzal for €3.5 million[10]), successively loaning him out to Siena for another season,[11] but in the first part of the season with coach Giampaolo he played only in two games.

In January 2009, he was loaned to Vicenza in Serie B, where he scored 5 goals in 19 appearances.

Udinese[edit]

In July 2009 Forestieri agreed for a move to La Liga, joining Málaga on loan from Genoa and Udinese.[12] He was sold to Udinese Calcio in co-ownership deal on 28 July, for €1.5million.[13] He scored his only goal for the club on 20 December 2009 in 2–1 win against Mallorca.

In summer 2010 he failed to find a new club and stayed at Udinese's youth team. Udinese held some club friendlies for players pending to leave, credited the team as Udinese B. He failed to leave the club and played for Udinese's Primavera youth team.

In January 2011 he had been sent to Serie B club Empoli.[14][15]

On 15 July 2011 he was signed by newly relegated Serie B team Bari along with Zdeněk Zlámal.,[16] which Udinese bought him outright from Genoa on 7 July. He would be a potential replacement of Paulo Vitor Barreto who was bought back by Udinese in June.

Watford[edit]

On 31 August 2012, Watford signed Fernando Forestieri on loan from Udinese. He scored his first goal against Huddersfield Town on 29 September and then got sent off three days later against Charlton Athletic. Watford goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has claimed to see likenesses to Lionel Messi and says he has a bright future, but must avoid getting involved with referees.[17] Forestieri scored his second Watford goal against Leicester City in November which proved to be the decider as Watford emerged as 2–1 winners. Forestieri became an instant hero at Vicarage Road and was nicknamed Fessi by the Watford faithful – again a reference of his likeness to his Argentine compatriot Lionel Messi.

On Monday 14 January 2013, the striker signed a permanent five-and-a-half-year deal with the club. Forestieri scored his first goals as a permanent Watford player against Sheffield Wednesday on 5 March 2013 – netting a brace at Vicarage Road in an emotional 2–1 win where Forestieri was spotted crying and kissing the Watford badge after the final whistle, and three weeks later Forestieri scored another brace, this time against Burnley on 29 March 2013.[18]

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

After a below par 2014–2015 season (despite winning promotion to Premier League) with Watford, scoring only 5 goals in 25 games, mixed with the combination of constant manager changes, Fernando Forestieri found himself sliding down the pecking order at Vicarage Road. Forestieri found himself subject to immense interest from clubs in the Championship including Leeds, Reading and Sheffield Wednesday. On 29 August 2015 Sheffield Wednesday completed the signing of Fernando Forestieri on a four-year deal, for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £3,000,000. Becoming the 14th summer signing by The Owls, and the 3rd signing to move from Vicarage Road to Hillsborough along with former Hornets Lewis McGugan and Daniel Pudil as head coach Carlos Carvalhal and chairman Dejphon Chansiri looked set to continue their goal of revolutionising Sheffield Wednesday. He made his Owls debut in the 3–1 away defeat to Burnley on 12 September.

International career[edit]

After refusing the calling of the Argentina U-17,[19] the young player has been called by Italy national U-17, U-19 and U-20 football team.[20]

On 13 April 2011 he made his debut with the Italy U-21 team in a friendly game against Russia.

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

  • Sheffield Wednesday: PFA Fans' Player of the Month Award: March 2016 [21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/09/2012 and 30/09/2012" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Genoa, acquisti a lunga gittata" (in Italian). Goal.com. Retrieved 2007-07-06. 
  3. ^ "Genoa: il Boca rivuole Forestieri" (in Italian). Goal.com. 3 March 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-06. 
  4. ^ "L’Italia convoca l’erede di Messi!" (in Italian). Goal.com. Retrieved 2007-07-06. 
  5. ^ "Y debutó Forestieri..." (in Spanish). Olé. 9 November 2006. Archived from the original on 17 January 2008. Retrieved 2007-07-06. 
  6. ^ AC Siena (25 July 2007). "Forestieri in comproprietà" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  7. ^ "Conti in rosso per il calcio Inter e Milan, perdite record". il Sole 24 ORE (in Italian). 1 May 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Konko va al Genoa Forestieri a Siena" (require login). La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 21 July 2007. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  9. ^ Genoa CFC Report and Accounts on 30 June 2008 (Italian)
  10. ^ Genoa CFC Report and Accounts on 31 December 2008 (Italian)
  11. ^ "IL GENOA RIACQUISTA TUTTO FORESTIERI". Genoa CFC (in Italian). 25 June 2008. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "Fernando Forestieri jugará cedido en el Málaga Club de Fútbol" (in Spanish). Málaga CF. 25 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-25. 
  13. ^ Genoa CFC Report and Accounts on 31 December 2009 (Italian)
  14. ^ "L´arrivo di Fernando Martin Forestieri" [The Arrives of Fernando Martin Forestieri]. Empoli FC (in Italian). 12 January 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "Ceduti Forestieri e Fabio Ayres" [Sold Forestieri & Fabio Ayres]. Udinese Calcio (in Italian) (www.udinese.it). 13 January 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  16. ^ "Movimenti di mercato in uscita". Udinese Calcio (in Italian). 15 July 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  17. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/20107291
  18. ^ http://www.watfordfc.com/news/article/130114-forestieri-signing-598426.aspx
  19. ^ "Italy to beat Argentina for genoa superkid Forestieri". TribalFootball. 13 October 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-06. [dead link]
  20. ^ "FORESTIERI FERNANDO MARTIN" (in Italian). FIGC.it. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  21. ^ "Fernando Forestieri wins PFA Fans' Player of the Month award for March". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 

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