Jonathan Biabiany

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Jonathan Biabiany
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Ludovic Biabiany
Date of birth (1988-04-28) 28 April 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth Paris, France
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Sparta Prague (on loan from Internazionale)
Number 77
Youth career
2000–2004 Blanc Mesnil
2004–2007 Internazionale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Internazionale 0 (0)
2007–2008 Chievo (loan) 0 (0)
2008–2009 Modena (loan) 55 (9)
2009–2010 Parma (loan) 13 (2)
2010 Parma 16 (4)
2010–2011 Internazionale 14 (0)
2011 Sampdoria 16 (1)
2011–2015 Parma 108 (14)
2015– Internazionale 21 (1)
2017– Sparta Prague (loan) 5 (0)
National team
2009–2010 France U21 6 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 September 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 September 2010

Jonathan Ludovic Biabiany (born 28 April 1988) is a French footballer who plays as a winger for Sparta Prague, on loan from Internazionale. One of the fastest footballers in the world, he is known for his great acceleration and pace both with and without the ball.[1]

Early life[edit]

Biabiany, of Guadeloupean descent, began his career with a local club in Le Blanc-Mesnil (in the northeastern suburbs of Paris) and was signed by Italian club Internazionale in July 2004, initially as Jonathan Begora.[2][3]

Club career[edit]

Internazionale[edit]

Biabiany, along with Sebastián Ribas, made his senior debut for Inter against Empoli in the Coppa Italia in January 2007.[4] It was his only appearance that season.

Chievo (loan)[edit]

In August 2007, he was loaned to Chievo,[5] but failed to play a first-team game. Instead, he played with the club's youth team, and by January 2008, he had made the Chievo bench just two times, not being used on either occasion.

Modena (loan)[edit]

Biabiany was then loaned to Modena in January 2008,[6] where his loan was extended to a further season in July 2008. He became an immediate starter at Modena and made 15 appearances in the second half of the 2007–08 season, scoring his first goal at a professional level against Ascoli in Round 41 of the Serie B. The next season, he had an explosion of form at Modena, managing eight goals and eight assists in 40 appearances.

Parma[edit]

In July 2009, Biabiany was loaned to Parma, who had recently been promoted back to Serie A. He featured in the first team for the first few league matches. After international duty for France's under-21 team,[7] he did not play again for Parma due to minor injuries[8] until late November. Notably, he scored both of Parma's goals in a 2–2 draw with Genoa in Round 15, his first two Serie A goals.

On 1 February 2010, Parma gained half the rights to Biabiany, as part of a deal that sent McDonald Mariga to Inter.[9] Inter later revealed that Biabiany was valued €5 million at that time, thus it cost Parma €2.5 million for half of the rights. He ended the season with six goals and three assists in 30 appearances.

Return to Inter[edit]

In June 2010, Inter bought Biabiany and Mariga outright for €4.2 million each. The deal effectively made Inter pay €10.9 million in cash and the special loan of Biabiany to Parma for the signing of Mariga.[10][11]

On 13 July 2010, Biabiany was presented to the media by Inter where he declared it was "a joy to be back home".[12] He was also registered as one of the four club-trained players for 2010–11 UEFA Champions League.[13]

On 18 December 2010, he scored his first goal for Inter, against TP Mazembe in the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup Final following an assist by Dejan Stanković. He registered three assists in one game, when his side beat his old side Parma 5–2 in Round 14.

Sampdoria[edit]

On 28 January 2011, it was confirmed that Biabiany would move to Sampdoria as part of the deal that took Giampaolo Pazzini to Inter for €19 million.[14] Biabiany was valued at €7 million at that time, thus only €12 million cash was involved.[15] Biabiany struggled in his time at Sampdoria as they were relegated, managing one goal and three assists in 16 appearances.

Return to Parma[edit]

On 24 June 2011, Biabiany was signed to Parma on a loan deal with an option to purchase him outright from Sampdoria, a year after his departure from the Emilian club.[16][17] He went on to feature in every Parma league game that season and the summer of 2012 saw him move to Parma in a co-ownership deal for €2.5 million on a three-year contract.[18][19]

On 2 February 2014, Biabiany extended his contract to 30 June 2018.[20] On 20 June 2014, Parma acquired Biabiany outright for another €1 million.[21][22]

After a strong 2013–14 season, Biabiany was set to move to Milan on the last day of the 2014 summer transfer window. After posing for a photo with the Milan scarf outside of the club headquarters, Biabiany failed his medical at what was set to become his new home with the Milan side's medical staff uncovering a heart problem the player had. After extensive testing, doctors indicated that the Frenchman had an irregular heartbeat and would miss the first half of the season in order to have his condition treated. Biabiany returned to training in February 2015. On 11 April 2015, Biabiany terminated his contract with Parma by mutual consent.[23] Parma was declared bankrupt in mid-season.

Third spell with Inter[edit]

On 10 July 2015, Biabiany rejoined Inter as a free agent, signing a four-year contract.[24] On 24 September 2015, Biabiany returned to action against Hellas Verona following one year on the sideline. He was substituted on for Geoffrey Kondogbia in the 17th minute of the second half.[25]

Biabiany scored his first league goal for the club in a 4–0 win over Frosinone, a victory that pushed Inter two points clear at the top of the league table. [26]

Sparta Prague (loan)[edit]

On 7 August 2017 Biabiany left for Sparta Prague on a temporary basis.[27]

International career[edit]

Biabiany has represented France at under-21 level, making 4 competitive appearances in team's successful 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign.[28]

Health problems[edit]

On 18 September 2014, it was announced that Biabiany had been diagnosed with cardiac dysrhythmia, and would be out of competitive action for an indefinite period. His irregular heartbeat had been discovered on 1 September during a medical exam with the staff of Milan, where his acquisition from Parma had already been announced. Following his medical exam, another statement was issued announcing that the transfer had been called off; the initial reason given was that Milan defender Cristian Zaccardo could not agree to terms for his return to Parma, and therefore the deal had collapsed. The announcement of Biabiany's condition by Parma CEO Pietro Leonardi seventeen days later revealed the true reason for the transfer's cancellation. Leonardi stated that Biabiany had undergone further testing upon his return to Parma, after which "It was felt that the best thing to do at this time would be to take a break from competitive activity for a limited period of time, during which the player will be monitored and subjected to further investigation to establish the eventual return to action".[29]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 17 September 2017[30][31]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Internazionale 2006–07 Serie A 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Chievo (loan) 2007–08 Serie B 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0
Modena (loan) 2007–08 Serie B 15 1 15 1
2008–09 38 8 2 0 40 8
Total 53 9 2 0 55 9
Parma (loan) 2009–10 Serie A 29 6 1 0 30 6
Total 29 6 1 0 30 6
Internazionale 2010–11 Serie A 14 0 1 0 6[a] 1 21 1
Total 14 0 1 0 6 1 21 1
Sampdoria 2010–11 Serie A 16 1 0 0 16 1
Total 16 1 0 0 16 1
Parma 2011–12 Serie A 38 6 0 0 38 6
2012–13 33 2 1 0 34 2
2013–14 36 6 2 1 38 7
2014–15 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 108 14 3 1 111 15
Internazionale 2015–16 Serie A 20 1 4 0 24 1
2016–17 1 0 0 0 3[b] 0 4 0
Total 21 1 4 0 3 0 28 1
Sparta Prague 2017-18 Czech First League 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Career total 245 31 12 1 9 1 266 33
  1. ^ Five appearances in UEFA Champions League, one appearance in FIFA Club World Cup
  2. ^ All appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Internazionale

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biabiany come Bolt Nessuno è come lui" [Biabiany like Bolt No one is like him] (in Italian). La Repubblica. 11 February 2010. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  2. ^ L’Inter de Milan pour Jonathan Archived 2 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Another Young Player Signs for Inter". inter.it. 6 July 2004. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Inter Safely Through to Cup Semis". inter.it. 17 January 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Biabiany moves on loan to Chievo". inter.it. 13 August 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Academy: players in and out". inter.it. 31 January 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "France hit top gear". UEFA.com. 9 October 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Domani appuntamento con Mirante" (in Italian). Parma FC. 26 November 2009. Archived from the original on 2 January 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "Mariga signs for Inter". inter.it. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "Ufficiale: l' Inter ha riscattato Mariga e Biabiany per 10 milioni". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 17 June 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "Leonardi: Bojinov a Titolo Definitivo" (in Italian). Parma F.C. 16 June 2010. Archived from the original on 7 October 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "Biabiany: "A joy to be back home"". F.C. Internazionale Milano. 13 July 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  13. ^ "UCL 2010-'11: lista Inter fase a gironi" (in Italian). F.C. Internazionale Milano. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  14. ^ "Welcome to Inter, Giampaolo Pazzini!". inter.it. 28 January 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  15. ^ Relazione sulla Gestione of UC Sampdoria Report and Accounts on 31 December 2010
  16. ^ "PAOLO CASTELLINI PRIMO VOLTO NUOVO, BIABIANY AL PARMA" (in Italian). UC Sampdoria. 24 June 2011. Archived from the original on 30 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  17. ^ "Movimenti di mercato e compartecipazioni" [Market movements and co-ownerships]. Parma F.C. fcparma.com. 24 June 2011. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  18. ^ "Ufficiale: Parma, riscattato Biabiany. Castellini è tutto della Sampdoria" [Official: Parma, Biabiany option taken. Castellini wholly Sampdoria's]. Sportsbook24. Sportsbook24.net. 9 July 2012. Archived from the original on 12 January 2013. 
  19. ^ Parma FC SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2013 (in Italian)
  20. ^ "Jonathan Biabiany prolunga con il Parma Fc fino al 30 giugno 2018" (in Italian). Parma FC. 5 February 2014. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  21. ^ Parma FC SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2014 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA
  22. ^ "Intesa raggiunta: Jonathan Biabiany è un calciatore del Parma" (in Italian). UC Sampdoria. 20 June 2014. Archived from the original on 19 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  23. ^ "Parma FC S.p.A. e Jonathan Biabiany: risoluzione consensuale" (in Italian). Parma FC. 11 April 2015. Archived from the original on 11 April 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  24. ^ "Biabiany re-signs with Inter". Goal.com. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  25. ^ "INTER 10 HELLAS VERONA". F.C. INTERNAZIONALE. 24 September 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  26. ^ "Free-scoring Inter go two points clear". thelocal.it. 23 November 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  27. ^ "BIABIANY JOINS SPARTA PRAGUE" (Press release). F.C. Internazionale Milano. 7 August 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  28. ^ Jonathan Biabiany – UEFA.com Retrieved 30 December 2016
  29. ^ Doyle, Mark (18 September 2014). "Biabiany's AC Milan move collapsed over irregular heartbeat". Goal.com. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  30. ^ "France - J. Biabiany - Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  31. ^ "Football : Jonathan Biabiany". Football Database. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  32. ^ "Supercoppa 2010 Inter-Roma 3-1". legaseriea.it. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  33. ^ "FIFA World Club Cup 2010". FIFA.com. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 

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