Giovanni Moreno

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Giovanni Moreno
Giovanni Moreno.jpg
Moreno with Shanghai Shenhua in 2012
Personal information
Full name Giovanni Andrés Moreno Cardona
Date of birth (1986-07-01) 1 July 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth Segovia, Colombia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Shanghai Shenhua
Number 10
Youth career
Florida Soccer
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Envigado 66 (40)
2008–2010 Atletico Nacional 81 (44)
2010–2012 Racing Club 50 (12)
2012– Shanghai Shenhua 171 (57)
National team
2008– Colombia 21 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 April 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 March 2018

Giovanni Andrés Moreno Cardona (Spanish pronunciation: [ɟʝoˈβani moˈɾeno]; born 1 July 1986) is a Colombian footballer who plays for and captains Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua F.C. where he primarily operates as an attacking midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Moreno would start his career with top tier Colombian side Envigado in the 2006 league season, however in his debut season he would be part of the squad that was relegated to the second tier.[1] The manager Jesús Barrios would show significant faith in Moreno who would go on to play a major part in guiding the team to the Categoría Primera B title and promotion back into the top tier at the end of the 2007 league season.[2] In the club's first league game of the 2008 league season on 3 February 2008 Moreno would be included in the first team and also score his first top flight goal for the club in a 2-0 victory against Deportivo Pereira.[3] He would continue his good form despite the step up in quality and after playing half the season for Envigado where he played in 22 games and scored 10 goals he would start to attract the interests of fellow top tier club Atlético Nacional.

Moreno transferred to Atlético Nacional for 1.6 million Euros and he would go on to score his first goal for the club on 27 July 2008 in a league game against Once Caldas in a 2-0 victory.[4] In his first full season for the club he would help guide them to the semi-finals of the 2009 Copa Colombia while personally becoming their top goalscorer of the season with 21 goals.[5] The Colombian footballer joined Argentine Primera División side Racing Club for the 2010-11 season. Atlético Nacional received 4.3 million US dollars for 75% of Moreno's rights, half being paid by Racing and the other half by a third party entrepreneurial group.[6] He would make his debut for the club in a league game on 14 August 2010 against Boca Juniors in a 2-1 victory.[7] This was followed by his first goal for the club, which was in a league game on 18 September 2010 against Club Atlético Lanús in a 4-0 win.[8] His season would come to a premature end when on 13 February 2011 in league game against All Boys when he sustained a posterior cruciate ligament injury in the knee, ruling him out for eight months.[9] Upon his return Moreno would soon regain his position back into the team, however after a series of disappointing results Moreno and teammate Federico Santander would receive death threats that reached its escalation point on Tuesday, 22 May 2012, after training when both men were held at gunpoint by a gang who told them to play better or have their legs blown off.[10]

After the incident in Argentina, Moreno left to join Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua on June 24, 2012 on a two-year contract with the option of a further two years for 9 million dollars.[11] He would go on to make his debut in a league game on July 1, 2012 against Qingdao Jonoon F.C. away in a 1-0 defeat.[12] This was followed by his first goal for the club in a league game against Guangzhou Evergrande on July 28, 2012 in a 2-2 draw.[13] The following season would see the owners of the club have a shareholders dispute, which ultimately saw the club's biggest shareholder Zhu Jun eventually leaving, causing a gap in the club finances resulting in unpaid wages forcing Moreno to refuse to play the March 31, 2013 league game against Liaoning Whowin.[14] He would return to playing for Shenhua and the club would go on to find themselves a new majority shareholder in Greenland Holding Group Company Limited.[15] For his loyalty with remaining with Shenhua the club made Moreno their captain and he extended his stay in China by signing a two-year contract extension with Shenhua in July 2015.[16] This would then see him become the club's top league goalscorer with 43 goals when he scored against Beijing Guoan on July 23, 2017 in a 2-1 defeat.[17] At the end of the season Moreno would win his first piece of silverware with the club when he captained Shenhua to the 2017 Chinese FA Cup.[18]

International career[edit]

Moreno was given his international debut by Eduardo Lara in a friendly against Nigeria on 20 November 2008 coming on as a substitute in a 1-0 victory.[19]

In May 2018 he was named in Colombia's preliminary 35 man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[20] However, he did not make the final cut to 23.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 7 April 2019 [22]
Club Season Division League FA Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Envigado
 Colombia
2006 Categoría Primera A 2 0 - - - - - - 2 0
2007 Categoría Primera B 42 30 - - - - - - 42 30
2008 Categoría Primera A 22 10 - - - - - - 22 10
Total 66 40 - - - - - - 66 40
Atlético Nacional
 Colombia
2008 Categoría Primera A 16 7 - - - - - - 16 7
2009 34 16 8 5 - - - - 42 21
2010 17 11 6 5 - - - - 23 16
Total 67 34 14 10 - - - - 81 44
Racing Club
 Argentina
2010–11 Primera División de Argentina 16 5 - - - - - - 16 5
2011–12 31 6 3 1 - - - - 34 7
Total 47 11 3 1 - - - - 50 12
Shanghai Shenhua
 China
2012 Chinese Super League 14 2 2 0 - - - - 16 2
2013 21 10 0 0 - - - - 21 10
2014 27 8 5 3 - - - - 32 11
2015 26 6 4 1 - - - - 30 7
2016 26 9 4 1 - - - - 30 10
2017 26 15 7 0 1 0 - - 34 15
2018 27 5 0 0 6 3 1[a] 0 34 8
2019 4 2 0 0 - - - - 4 2
Total 171 57 22 5 7 3 1 0 201 65
Total 351 142 39 16 7 3 1 0 398 161
  1. ^ Appearance in Chinese FA Super Cup

International[edit]

As of match played 27 March 2018[23]

Colombia
Year Apps Goals
2008 1 0
2009 4 1
2010 7 2
2011 1 0
2012 1 0
2017 6 0
2018 1 0
Total 21 3

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Colombia's goal tally first.[23]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 30 September 2009 Cotton Bowl, Dallas, United States  Mexico 1–0 2–1 Friendly
2. 10 October 2009 Estadio Atanasio Girardot, Medellin, Colombia  Chile 2–2 2–4 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 27 May 2010 Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa  South Africa 1–1 1–2 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Envigado

Shanghai Shenhua

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colombia 2006". rsssf.com. 2007-02-07. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  2. ^ "Colombia 2007". rsssf.com. 2008-07-11. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  3. ^ "DEPORTIVO PEREIRA VS. ENVIGADO 0 - 2". soccerway.com. 2008-02-03. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  4. ^ "ATLÉTICO NACIONAL VS. ONCE CALDAS 2 - 0". soccerway.com. 2008-07-27. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  5. ^ "Colombia (Cup) 2009". rsssf.com. 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  6. ^ "Les gustó al toque". Olé (in Spanish). 18 July 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2010.
  7. ^ "BOCA JUNIORS VS. RACING CLUB 1 - 2". soccerway.com. 2010-08-14. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  8. ^ "RACING CLUB VS. LANÚS 4 - 0". soccerway.com. 2010-09-18. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  9. ^ "ALL BOYS VS. RACING CLUB 0 - 1". soccerway.com. 2011-02-13. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  10. ^ "Gang threatens to blow off Giovanni Moreno's leg". news.com.au. 2012-05-24. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  11. ^ "Shenhua sign Columbian international midfielder Giovanni Moreno for $9 million fee". wildeastfootball.net. 2012-06-24. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  12. ^ "QINGDAO JONOON VS. SHANGHAI SHENHUA 1 - 0". soccerway.com. 2012-07-01. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  13. ^ "GUANGZHOU EVERGRANDE VS. SHANGHAI SHENHUA 2 - 2". soccerway.com. 2012-07-01. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  14. ^ "Shenhua overcome pre-game absurdity to fight back against Liaoning". wildeastfootball.net. 2013-04-01. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  15. ^ 绿地宣布接手申花 朱骏时代宣告终结 (in Chinese). sports.163.com. 2014-01-31. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  16. ^ 上海绿地申花俱乐部与球队队长吉奥瓦尼·莫雷诺续约两年发布时间. shenhuafc.com.cn (in Chinese). Shanghai Greenland Shenhua F.C. 28 July 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  17. ^ "SHANGHAI SHENHUA VS. BEIJING GUOAN 1 - 2". soccerway.com. 2017-07-23. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  18. ^ a b "足协杯-马丁斯轰世界波 申花总分3-3上港夺冠". sports.sina.com.cn. 2017-11-26. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  19. ^ POR FIN LLEGÓ EL GOL DE COLOMBIA ANTE NIGERIA. elcolombiano.com. 2018-01-30. Invalid |script-title=: missing prefix (help)
  20. ^ "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - 23-man & preliminary lists & when will they be announced? | Goal.com". Retrieved 2018-06-03.
  21. ^ http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/falcao-and-james-join-injured-duo-in-colombias-world-cup/wnbuppcvblfj1humzah4jkfbq
  22. ^ Giovanni Andrés Moreno Cardona at sodasoccer.com Retrieved 2017-4-13 (in Chinese)
  23. ^ a b "Giovanni Moreno". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 19 August 2015.

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