Giovani Lo Celso

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Giovani Lo Celso
Giovani Lo Celso (cropped).jpg
Lo Celso warming up for Argentina in 2017
Personal information
Full name Giovani Lo Celso[1]
Date of birth (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 22)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Betis
(on loan from Paris Saint-Germain)
Number 21
Youth career
2010–2015 Rosario Central
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2016 Rosario Central 27 (2)
2016– Paris Saint-Germain 38 (4)
2016Rosario Central (loan) 9 (1)
2018–Betis (loan) 18 (4)
National team
2016 Argentina Olympic 3 (0)
2017– Argentina 10 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:35, 31 January 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 November 2018

Giovani Lo Celso (born 9 April 1996) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Real Betis, on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, and the Argentina national team.[2]

Club career[edit]

Rosario Central[edit]

Lo Celso is a youth product of Rosario Central. He made his league debut at 19 July 2015 against Vélez Sarsfield in a 0-0 home draw.[3] On 28 February 2016, Lo Celso scored his first Rosario Central goal in a 3–0 victory over Colón, netting Rosario's first in the 6th minute.[4] He then went on to score his second of the campaign in a 3–2 defeat to Vélez Sarsfield on 10 April 2016.[5]

Paris Saint-Germain[edit]

On 26 July 2016, Lo Celso joined French giants Paris Saint-Germain on a five-year deal until 2021, for a fee around the margin of £8.5m.[6] He remained at Rosario Central on loan until 31 December 2016.[6] He made his debut for the French side on 5 April 2017 in a Coupe de France quarter final game against US Avranches. He replaced Adrien Rabiot in the 63rd minute of a 4–0 away win.[7]

Lo Celso came on and assisted for Dani Alves’ goal in the UEFA Champions League match against Celtic FC to make the scoreline 7–1. He scored his first goal for PSG in a 3–2 Coupe de la Ligue win against Rennes on 30 January 2018.[8]

On 8 May 2018, he scored as PSG won 2–0 against Les Herbiers VF to clinch the 2017–18 Coupe de France.[9]

Loan to Betis[edit]

On 31 August 2018, Lo Celso joined La Liga side Real Betis on a season-long loan with an option to buy.[10]

International career[edit]

Due to some impressive performances at Rosario Central, Lo Celso earned a call-up to the Argentina U23 squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[11] On 4 August 2016, Lo Celso made his Argentina U23 debut in a 2–0 defeat against Portugal, replacing Cristian Espinoza in the 72nd minute.[12]

On 11 November 2017, Lo Celso made his Argentina debut in a 1–0 victory over Russia. He started the match and was replaced by Alejandro Gómez in the 59th minute.[13]

In May 2018 he was named in Argentina’s preliminary 35 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Lo Celso was born in Argentina and is of Italian descent, and holds an Italian passport.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 7 February 2019 [2]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rosario Central 2015 Primera División 13 0 3[a] 0 16 0
2016 14 2 1[a] 0 9[b] 0 24 2
2016–17 (loan) 9 1 5[a] 0 14 1
Total 36 3 9 0 9 0 54 3
Paris Saint-Germain 2016–17 Ligue 1 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2017–18 33 4 4 1 4 1 7 0 0 0 48 6
2018–19 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 38 4 5 1 4 1 7 0 0 0 54 6
Betis (loan) 2018–19 La Liga 18 4 5 2 5 3 28 9
Total 18 4 5 2 0 0 5 3 0 0 28 9
Career total 92 11 19 3 4 1 21 3 0 0 122 18

International[edit]

As of match played 20 November 2018[16]
National team Year Apps Goals
Argentina 2017 2 0
2018 8 1
Total 10 1

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first.[16]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 September 2018 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States  Guatemala 2–0 3–0 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Paris Saint-Germain

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in Copa Argentina
  2. ^ Appearance(s) in Copa Libertadores

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: List of players: Argentina" (PDF). FIFA. 10 June 2018. p. 1. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Argentina - G. Lo Celso - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Rosario Central vs. Velez Sarsfield". Soccerway. 19 July 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Colón vs. Rosario Central". Soccerway. 28 February 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Rosario Central vs. Vélez Sarsfield". Soccerway. 10 April 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Giovani Lo Celso signs five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain". Paris Saint-Germain F.C. 26 July 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Avranches vs. PSG". Soccerway. 5 April 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Kylian Mbappe: Paris St-Germain forward sent off against Rennes". BBC. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  9. ^ Emlyn Begley (8 May 2018). "French Cup final - PSG beat Les Herbiers". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Giovani Lo Celso loaned to Real Betis". Paris Saint-Germain F.C. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 - Argentina". FIFA. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Portugal U23 vs. Argentina U23". ESPN. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Russia vs. Argentina". ESPN. 11 November 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  14. ^ http://www.goal.com/en-gb/amp/news/revealed-every-world-cup-2018-squad-23-man-preliminary-lists/oa0atsduflsv1nsf6oqk576rb
  15. ^ "PSG move appeals to Lo Celso - father".
  16. ^ a b "Giovani Lo Celso". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
  17. ^ "PSG clinch Ligue 1 title by thrashing Monaco".
  18. ^ "Paris Saint-Germain set record with fourth straight Coupe De France crown". Goal. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  19. ^ "PSG thrash Monaco to win French Super Cup as Neymar plays 15 minutes". ESPN. Retrieved 4 August 2018.

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