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Bou in 2019
|Full name||Gustavo Leonardo Bou|
|Date of birth||18 February 1990|
|Place of birth||Concordia, Entre Ríos, Argentina|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|New England Revolution|
|2012–2013||→ Olimpo (loan)||35||(8)|
|2013–2014||→ LDU Quito (loan)||20||(4)|
|2014||→ Gimnasia (loan)||13||(1)|
|2018||→ Racing Club (loan)||8||(1)|
|2019–||New England Revolution||33||(15)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 November 2020|
Gustavo Leonardo Bou (// BOH, Spanish: [ɡusˈtaβo leoˈnaɾðo ˈβow]; born 18 February 1990) is an Argentinian professional footballer who plays as a forward for the New England Revolution in Major League Soccer.
During his career he played in Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico, and most recently the United States.
In Argentina, Bou won the 2007-2008 Toreno Clasura and the 2011-2012 Primera B Nacional with River Plate, and the 2014 Torneo Transición and 2018-2019 Primera División with Racing. He was also the top scorer in the 2015 Copa Libertadores with 8 goals.
Bou is often referred to by his nickname La Pantera, or "The Panther" in English. He sports a tattoo of a panther on his left arm in honor of the monicker. Though the origins of the nickname are unclear, when asked about its meaning in a 2019 interview with the Revolution, Bou compared his play to that of a panther, as a panther is always ready to pounce on an opportunity. Bou elaborated: "A panther does not leave. It hides."
Gustavo Bou started his career in the youth ranks of Club Comunicaciones Concordia. At the age of 14, he tried out for River Plate and joined their reserve team. While playing in the River Plate reserve team, head coach Diego Simeone offered him a contract to join the professional team. On March 23, 2008, Bou made his debut for River Plate against Vélez Sarsfield. He entered in the 43rd minute of the match, replacing Mauro Rosales.
Bou scored his first goal in a match against Newell's Old Boys on the 12th week of the Torneo Apertura 2008, which ended in a 1–1 draw. He scored again against San Martín de Porres, in the 2009 Copa Libertadores; the match ended in a 3–0 victory. He then scored against Chacarita Juniors in a Clausura 2010 in 3–2 River Plate victory.
Bou played sparingly during the 2010/2011 season, a season which saw River Plate relegated to the second division. During the 2011-12 season, Bou played 2 games in the second division as a substitute coming off the bench. In the summer, he scored his fourth goal in River Plate, against Boca Juniors in a friendly match.
At the beginning of the 2012–13 Primera B Nacional season, Club Olimpo head coach Walter Perazzo requested to sign Gustavo Bou on loan to reinforce the attack. As River Plate head coach, Matias Almeyda did not have Bou in consideration for play, Bou was loaned to Olimpo. He debuted on 27 August 2012, in week 3 of the tournament against Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy, a game that ended in a 0–0 draw. On week 4, he scored his first goal in a 4–0 win against Aldosivi where he also gave an assist. After 10 weeks without scoring, Bou scored his first professional brace against Huracán. He additionally added an assist in Olimpo's 3-2 win. In week 11, he recorded a goal and an assist against Banfield in Olimpo's 3-0 win. Bou was named man of the match for his efforts. On week 12, against Nueva Chicago, he scored a goal to finish the game in a 2–1 victory. In the next week, against Instituto, he scored the winning goal in a 1–0 game, putting Olimpo at the top of the league standings. After a long scoring drought, he managed to score once again in the 3–0 win against Sarmiento de Junín.
Liga de Quito
Gustavo Bou signed with Liga de Quito on loan from River Plate for the second round of the 2013 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol Serie A , scoring his first two goals on 21 July against Barcelona Guayaquil.
Gimnasia La Plata
In August 2014, Gustavo Bou signed as a free agent with Racing Club, upon head coach Diego Cocca's request. This was a controversial move, as both Cocca and Bou were represented by the same agent, Christian Bragarnik.
He played his first match on 26 August in a 1–0 win against Arsenal de Sarandí, coming off the bench to replace Wason Rentería in the 60th minute. Bou scored his first goal with Racing on 22 September, in week 8 of the tournament, in a 1–1 tie against Newell's Old Boys, assisted by Luciano Aued.
On 25 September, Gustavo Bou scored 2 goals in the same match for the second time in his career, against Boca Juniors; the match was suspended due to bad weather while Racing was ahead by 2–1. Bou's first goal was assisted by Diego Milito; the second, by Marcos Acuña. Three days later, on 28 September, he scored a brace once again, against Belgrano at the Mario Alberto Kempes stadium. Racing won 4–1, and Bou's goals were assisted by Marcos Acuña and goalkeeper Sebastián Saja.
On 11 October, he scored 2 goals in the same match for the third time since arriving at Racing, in a 4–0 win against Estudiantes. His second goal was assisted by Gabriel Hauche. The following week, he scored Racing's second goal in a win against Vélez Sarsfield; he dedicated this goal to his recently deceased mother.
He scored his ninth goal against Banfield, assisted by Militon after a mistake by Banfield goalkeeper Gaspar Serbio.
His tenth goal in Racing was on 15 November against Quilmes. Bou scored off a free-kick, moving Racing into the first in the league standings. He then assisted Diego Milito against Rosario Central for an away victory at the Gigante de Arroyito stadium. Racing became the champion of the tournament on 14 December, after 13 years without a tournament title, at the Juan Domingo Perón stadium. Bou was the top goalscorer for Racing in the tournament, with 10 goals in 16 matches played.
On 17 January 2015, Bou scored the first hat-trick of his career in Racing Club's 4–1 win against Boca Juniors in the Summer Tournament held in the city of Mar del Plata. Bou won player of the match for his performance. The first goal came after a long ball from Luciano Lollo where Diego Milito hint to go look for the missed and enabled Bou to let him hand to hand with Agustín Orion, the second goal came after a cross from Leandro Grimi where he spent the entire area and the ball fell to the feet of Gastón Diaz shooting center lowpass legs Chiqui Perez and was ready to bow Gustavo, The fourth goal came after a great play by Brian Fernandez eluded the defender Chiqui Perez and goalkeeper Xeneize Agustín Orión, I play for the Chaco Nelson Acevedo, the first to play Bou scorer with bow emptied a second time.
The 1 February 2015 marks a goal in the Clasico de Avellaneda, the goal comes after that Bou will struggle with defending Independiente Victor Cuesta, play center for your co-pair Diego Milito, Diego hint to four advocates Devil and found the space to top Diego Matías Rodríguez you plug the auction and after giving the rebound, lefty Gustavo the nail that left no reaction to Diego Matías Rodríguez and so scored the second goal of the game and was named player of the match for the second time in the summer.
17 February 2015, after the 1–0 against Rosario Central, he officially debuts in the Libertadores Cup against Deportivo Tachira in visitor status. That game, Bou got his first hat-trick officer. The first victory comes after a beautiful wall made with Diego Milito. The second was a beautiful definition from outside the area, turning and hammering the ball into the top left corner of goalkeeper, while the last of its staff after harvest was attended by Milito. He also made 2 assists, the first to Luciano Lollo free-kick and the second with a pass to Milito. All this led to him being named the best player of the match.
On 24 February 2015, he scored his second hat-trick against official Guarani by Libertadores Cup. The first goal Alfredo Aguilar comes after a long pass Luciano Lollo to Diego Milito that after enduring the ball I play for Gustavo who shot extremely strong, could not contain his shot and the ball He came asking permission thus making 1st goal of the match. His second goal came after a shot of Yonathan Cabral, the defense of Guarani is hindered and the ball was left to Brian Fernández I play the means Bou and put the 3rd goal of the match. The 4th was a move somewhat similar to the 3rd goal, Washington Camacho eluded three defenders Guarani, play the middle pair and the control Bou to save before replacement specifying the 4–1 final.
On 2 March 2015, he converted his first goal in the championship, Gaston Bojanich fouled before Luciano Aued and play it to Brian Fernandez who took a couple of meters and play Bou for his own in Federico Crivelli, and topped lowpass legs putting Crivelli 2–0 victory at 2–1 in favor of Racing Club. Against Lanús becomes his 4th goal of the tournament, Santiago Naguel start a counterblow, I play to the right to Oscar Romero, this skewer to Bou I hint to the defending "garnet" I hit right, hit the crossbar and went without leaving reaction to Fernando Monetti, giving a 2–0 win.
On 14 May, "The Academy" won 2–1 at Montevideo Wanderers with goals from Washington Camacho and Gustavo Bou in the first leg had tied 1–1, the goal of Bou was after habilitation of Ezequiel Videla I control with the left and hooked into the middle to top of the arc at the near post. Racing Club he achieved a historic pass to the quarterfinals of Libertadores Cup after 18 years.
In the middle of the cup matches, 24 May Racing Club would have to play the big derby against Independiente by Championship Primera Division, Gustavo Bou began holder at the meeting, "The Academy" to be more straightforward in their attacks but also by increased defensive security, won at home 1–0. And he stayed with the classic three points that leave you standing well in the tournament.
7 June marks his first penalty kick in Racing Club against Velez Sarsfield after his strike partner Diego Milito criminal has failed before becoming his, thus reaching the 23 screams in this institution. Besides having got the three points and a goal, Gustavo was voted man of the match.
On 7 August, in San Juan, scores his first goal in the Copa Argentina against Tigre in what was victory The Academy 2–1. The goal originated after a good run of Washington Camacho where Panther only had to push it over the goalkeeper.
Against Union de Santa Fe redials in the 2–1 victory of his team, the goal came after an excellent corner kick by Oscar Romero the ball all the way Gustavo area and found the rebound and hit him right past the keeper, making the 2nd goal of the match. On Sunday, 6 September, makes his 7th goal of the tournament against Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata, came after a pitch of Leandro Grimi, Osvaldo Barsottini I was wrong to reject and Omar Pouso wanted to give him the ball head Nicolas Navarro, the head fell short and Panther took advantage of that error to open the scoring against his former team in Victoria 2 0.
Marco your 2nd goal in the Copa Argentina against San Lorenzo de Almagro in the victory 2 to 1. The goal was after a grab of Mauro Cetto to Mariano Pavone, as Diego Milito was out, Bou decided to be in charge of running it, kicked him and left strong Sebastian Torrico marking the 2–1 in the final minute giving Racing, the semi-finals of the Copa Argentina 2015
On the day of the mother marks a penalty kick to Boca Juniors to give victory to the Academy. This was a special goal since his mother died, so the mother's day is very special for Panther. It takes two consecutive years becoming that day against Velez and now facing the Xeneizes.
In the classic de Avellaneda in the Pre-Libertadores playoff scored the first goal and the first official goal against Independent and broke that streak of 14 years without winning the classic visitor, the last victory of the Academy in the Libertadores of America Stadium was the Apertura 2001 with a 1–3 victory for Racing Club. The goal came from a corner Sebastian Saja to Marcos Acuña, who attends Bou and gives a swing in the defense Hernán Pellerano, pulling open another defense which Victor Cuesta a shot on goal, a side that wanted to make an entry end touching the ball and it goes a little further up the shot over the goalkeeper and was Diego Rodriguez and ends up being a goal for the albiceleste.
Prior to the 2016 season, Racing rejected an $8 million bid from Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan for Bou's services. Bou voiced his frustration with Racing president Víctor Blanco for rejecting the offer, stating that Blanco had broken a pact he held with the player. Earlier in the summer, Bou had refused to practice with the club after Blanco rejected a $5 million offer from Borussia Mönchengladbach. Bou reached an agreement with Racing that if a fee of $8 was presented, he would be free to leave. Blanco would clarify that the $8 million figure was an after-tax amount, and that Racing would therefore need an offer in the $10 million range, but Bou saw things differently. In an interview with Radio La Red Bou stated that he was being offered in excess of $1 million from Beijing Guoan, and that Racing would not match that salary. Bou said his relationship with Blanco was finished, but that he would continue to give his best to Racing: I will continue giving my best for Racing. "I want people to know the truth but I will recover and leave everything on the pitch.”
In 2016, he scored his first goal of the year against Puebla de México for the 2016 Copa Libertadores, after an excellent assist from Marcos Acuña, scoring 1–1 in a 2–2 draw. For the second leg, he returned to convert after an oversight by the Puebla defense, qualifying Racing for the Group Stage.
In his 100th match in official matches of local Argentine tournaments, he scored the discount in the defeat against Atlético Tucumán 2-1 as a visitor, after an exquisite center by Óscar Romero Villamayor. Against San Martín de San Juan he scored his second goal in the championship after a very serious error by Luis Ardente (he wanted to go out playing and hit Bou on the foot), he threatened after the reaction of the San Juan goalkeeper and scored the first goal of the party.
Against Atlético Rafaela, he scored his fourth goal of the tournament, the goal came after an excellent run by Ricardo Noir, he touched Bou in the middle and before the brand of the defender of La Crema he turned and touched it on the spot before the departure of Axel Werner. Gustavo was mostly out of the games due to injuries and conflicts with the president of Racing Víctor Blanco.
Season 2016 - 2017
After the departure of Ricardo Zielinski from the technical direction, the Racing Club brought in a technician who knew how to squeeze and take advantage of his scoring quota, Diego Cocca, this being an influence for him to stay and leave the differences with Víctor Blanco, signing a new contract until 2020. After several months of preseason due to economic disputes in the Argentine Football Association, Bou begins the year splendidly against an alternative Lanús with one goal and two assists for the 3–0 win. After a loss to Belgrano, he converted the goal of the agonizing victory against Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba by 2-1 turning the match in the last 5 minutes. The following week they have a brilliant match against Quilmes, in which Racing in the second half turns a 0–2 against with one less player. Gustavo Bou converts a goal from a free kick, assists and starts the play of the third for the youth Pablo Cuadra to make his debut in the networks in the 85th minute. In the resumption of the match against Tigre, which had been suspended at 23 minutes into the first half (1-1), Bou scores a double. The first comes after a pass from Lautaro Martínez Bou defines against Nelson Ibáñez. The second converts it by taking it from a penalty, a penalty that Lima committed to the youthful Pablo Cuadra who passed three Tigre players. The Mini-match ends 3-0 for Racing who won the match 4–1. At La Academia he became one of the club's greatest idols in recent years.
Tijuana de Mexico (2017-2018)
On June 26, 2017, Bou joined Liga MX side Tijuana, who were looking for replacements for Milton Caraglio and Avilés Hurtado. On his decision to join Xolos, Bou stated “I made my decision after the coaching staff called and made it clear it wanted to bring me here and the effort the front office made to get me here. I really value that.” According to various Argentine media sources, Tijuana paid roughly $7 million for Bou's transfer. During his time in Mexico he played 36 games scoring 10 goals and giving 6 assists, being one of the pillars of the team despite his injuries.
Second stint at Racing Club
In 2018, Racing Club brought Bou in on loan to replace Lautaro Martínez, who had just joined Inter Milan. Bou arrives on a loan for one year for 2 million dollars to the club that marked his explosion as a footballer in his career, to replace the young scorer.
His first game was played against his former team, River Plate, for the 2018 Copa Libertadores, in a 0–0 draw. His first goal on his return to La Academia was against Atlético Tucumán, after an excellent pass from him that left Augusto Solari alone, he hooked before the departure of defender Gabriel Risso Patrón and touched the middle where Bou had to push it against an empty bow, since the Dean goalkeeper, Cristian Lucchetti was badly stopped in that action. On date 3 of the Argentine Super League he assists Pablo Cuadra to establish the 3–0 in favor of Racing against Patronato de Parana. A date later, he returned to assist Augusto Solari, to score 2–0 against Rosario Central, after entering 5 minutes earlier. Against San Lorenzo de Almagro he assisted his partner, Lisandro López, by chance, after going to pressure the rival defender and before his rejection the ball bounced off Bou to assist him.
On 31 March 2019, he was crowned champion with Racing Club (second title with the institution), despite the fact that he was no longer in the club, although he was considered a participant in the title. In the 2018/2019 championship he scored only 1 goal (Against Atlético Tucumán in a 2–2 draw) and gave 3 assists (to Pablo Cuadra against Patronato de Paraná 3–0 victory, Augusto Solari against Rosario Central 2–0 victory and Lisandro López in the victory with San Lorenzo de Almagro 2-1).
Return to Tijuana
In 2019, Gustavo decided to terminate his contract at Racing to the surprise of his fans and return to Mexico due to lack of continuity and poor football performance shown. In his first game, he scored again after 2 months. In that 2019 season, he played 19 games where he had 11 goals, on the other hand, in the general total of the club he had 55 games with 21 goals, his personal account in Mexico.
New England Revolution
On 10 July 2019, Bou signed as a designated player with the New England Revolution for a club-record transfer fee, reportedly in the $6-7 million range. The Boston Globe reported that the deal included $12 million in transfer fees and guaranteed compensation; and could rise to "exceed $16 million" with bonuses and options.
In his debut game, Bou contributed an impressive volley in a 4–0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. On 27 July 2019, Bou scored his second New England Revolution goal. After a one-two pass with Cristian Penilla, he found the back of the net and scored in a 4–1 victory over Orlando City SC. Bou concluded the 2019 season with 9 goals and 2 assists in 14 appearances. He added 5 more goals and 3 assists in 14 appearances in 2020.
On 20 November 2020, Bou scored his first playoff goal for the New England Revolution with a game-winning strike in the 95th minute to win 2-1 in the 2020 Eastern Conference Playoff Play-In Round at Gillette Stadium against the Montreal Impact. Bou continued his playoff scoring 8 days later, notching a brace in the Eastern Conference Semi-Final against Orlando City SC. Bou scored New England's game-winning second goal, and their third goal, in their 3-1 win. Bou paid tribute to Diego Maradona after his second goal, laying an Argentine flag on the ground, pointing towards the sky, and kissing the flag.
- Updated as of 21 July 2020
|Liga de Quito
| Gimnasia y Esgrima L. P.
| New England Revolution
|Total en su carrera||246||79||29||16||3||1||22||11||6||285||93||39||0,32|
|Torneo Clausura||River Plate||Argentina||2008|
|Primera B Nacional||River Plate||Argentina||2011/12|
|Torneo Transición||Racing Club||Argentina||2014|
|Superliga Argentina (*)||Racing Club||Argentina||2018/2019|
(*) Despite not having been in the second half, he was part of the Racing squad in the 2018/2019 season.
|Top scorer of the Copa Libertadores (8 goals)||2015|
|Member of the ideal team of the Copa Libertadores||2015|
|Member of the America's Dream Team||2015|
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- "Olimpio v Huracan". 13 October 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2020.
- "Sarmiento de Junín 0-3 Olimpo de Bahía Blanca". 4 April 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2020.
- "Gustavo Bou confiesa que "no" dudó en aceptar la oferta de Liga de Quito" [Gustavo Bou confesses that he "did not" hesitate to accept the offer from Liga de Quito] (in Spanish). 3 July 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
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- "3 takeaways from the Revolution's dramatic postseason win over the Montreal Impact". 21 November 2020. Retrieved 7 December 2020.
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