Giovani Lo Celso

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Giovani Lo Celso
Giovani Lo Celso (cropped).jpg
Lo Celso in 2017
Personal information
Full name Giovani Lo Celso[1]
Date of birth (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 23)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Tottenham Hotspur
(on loan from Real Betis)
Number 18
Youth career
2010–2015 Rosario Central
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2016 Rosario Central 27 (2)
2016–2019 Paris Saint-Germain 38 (4)
2016Rosario Central (loan) 9 (1)
2018–2019Real Betis (loan) 27 (8)
2019– Real Betis 5 (1)
2019–Tottenham Hotspur (loan) 7 (1)
National team
2016 Argentina Olympic 3 (0)
2017– Argentina 19 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:03, 2 December 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:39, 9 November 2019 (UTC)

Giovani Lo Celso (born 9 April 1996) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Tottenham Hotspur, on loan from Real Betis, and for 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]

Real 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] Betis triggered this option on 16 April 2019 and Lo Celso joined the club on a permanent basis.[11] During his time at the club, Lo Celso made 46 appearances in all competitions, scoring 17 goals.[2]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

On 8 August 2019, Lo Celso signed for Tottenham Hotspur on a season-long loan with an option to buy, after a long summer of speculation over his future.[12] He made his debut for Tottenham as a late substitute in the second Premier League match of the season against Manchester City that ended 2–2, a match notable for a controversy over VAR and a new rule on handball introduced this season.[13][14]

After three substitute appearances for the club, Lo Celso injured his hip while on international duty for Argentina.[15] He has since returned from injury, and in his first start for Tottenham, he scored his first goal for the club, kicking off a 4–0 win over Red Star Belgrade in the UEFA Champions League, which was the first away win for Tottenham in six months.[16]

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.[17] 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.[18]

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.[19] In May 2018, he was named in Argentina’s preliminary 35 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia;[20] he was later included in the final 23-man selection for the tournament.[21][22]

In May 2019, Lo Celso was included in Lionel Scaloni's final 23-man Argentina squad for the 2019 Copa América.[23] On 28 June, in the quarter-finals of the tournament, Lo Celso scored Argentina's second goal in a 2–0 win over Venezuela, which enabled his team to advance to the semi-finals of the competition.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Rosario Argentina, Lo Celso also holds an Italian passport due to his heritage.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 30 November 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 2014 Primera División 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 13 0 3 0 16 0
2016 14 2 1 0 9[a] 0 24 2
2016–17 (loan) 9 1 5 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[b] 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 32 9 6 2 7[c] 5 45 16
Total 32 9 6 2 0 0 7 5 0 0 45 16
Tottenham Hotspur (loan) 2019–20 Premier League 7 0 0 0 0 0 2[d] 1 9 1
Total 7 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 9 1
Career total 113 16 20 3 4 1 25 6 0 0 162 26
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in Copa Libertadores
  2. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Champions League

International[edit]

Lo Celso warming up for Argentina in 2017
As of match played 2 July 2019[26]
National team Year Apps Goals
Argentina 2017 2 0
2018 8 1
2019 8 1
Total 18 2

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first.[26]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 September 2018 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States  Guatemala 2–0 3–0 Friendly
2. 28 June 2019 Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Venezuela 2–0 2–0 2019 Copa América

Honours[edit]

Paris Saint-Germain

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 c "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. ^ "Real Betis confirm Giovani Lo Celso signing from PSG". 16 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Tottenham sign winger Ryan Sessegnon for £25m and midfielder Giovani lo Celso on loan". BBC News. 8 August 2019. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  13. ^ Murray, Scott (17 August 2019). "Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – as it happened". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  14. ^ "Premier League handball: Is new rule spot-on or misguided?". BBC Sport. 18 August 2019. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Lo Celso injury update". Tottenham Hotspur. 10 September 2019. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  16. ^ Hall, Peter (7 November 2019). "Giovani Lo Celso shows Tottenham's future without Christian Eriksen may not be as bleak as feared". The Independent.
  17. ^ "Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 - Argentina". FIFA. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  18. ^ "Portugal U23 vs. Argentina U23". ESPN. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  19. ^ "Russia vs. Argentina". ESPN. 11 November 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  20. ^ "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - Final 23-man lists - Goal.com". www.goal.com.
  21. ^ "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad". Goal. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  22. ^ "Icardi cut from Argentina's 23-man World Cup squad". Goal. Perform Group. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  23. ^ Avi Creditor (21 May 2019). "Messi Leads Argentina's Copa America Squad; Icardi Omitted". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  24. ^ "Argentina beats Venezuela, faces Brazil in Copa América semi". TSN. 28 June 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  25. ^ "PSG move appeals to Lo Celso - father".
  26. ^ a b "Giovani Lo Celso". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
  27. ^ "PSG clinch Ligue 1 title by thrashing Monaco".
  28. ^ "Paris Saint-Germain set record with fourth straight Coupe De France crown". Goal. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  29. ^ "PSG thrash Monaco to win French Super Cup as Neymar plays 15 minutes". ESPN. Retrieved 4 August 2018.

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