Juan Iturbe

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Iturbe and the second or maternal family name is Arévalos.
Juan Iturbe
Juan Iturbe AS Roma (cropped).jpg
Iturbe playing for Roma in 2014.
Personal information
Full name Juan Manuel Iturbe Arévalos
Date of birth (1993-06-04) 4 June 1993 (age 23)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Torino
(on loan from Roma)
Number 19
Youth career
Sportivo Barracas[2]
2005–2006 Universal
2006–2007 Sportivo Trinidense
2007–2009 Cerro Porteño
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Sportivo Trinidense (1)
2009–2011 Cerro Porteño 22 (3)
2011–2013 Porto 6 (0)
2012 Porto B 6 (1)
2013 River Plate (loan) 17 (3)
2013–2014 Hellas Verona 33 (8)
2014– Roma 44 (3)
2016 Bournemouth (loan) 2 (0)
2017– Torino (loan) 6 (0)
National team
2008–2009 Paraguay U17 4 (2)
2009 Paraguay U20 3 (1)
2010–2013 Argentina U20 13 (2)
2009– Paraguay 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:14, 2 March 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2016

Juan Manuel Iturbe Arévalos (born 4 June 1993) is a Paraguayan professional footballer who plays as a forward for Torino on loan from Roma.

Iturbe represented the Paraguay national team in a friendly match in 2009. He since declared his intention to play for Argentina, his country of birth, doing so at under-20 level. In early 2016, however, Iturbe expressed his desire to represent Paraguay, where his parents were from.[3][4][5]

Club career[edit]

Sportivo Trinidense[edit]

At the age of 12, Iturbe made his first-team debut for Sportivo Trinidense in the 2006 Paraguayan Division Intermedia. He scored his first goal for the club in the 35th minute of a 1–0 away victory against Choré Central on 7 May 2006.[6] Sportivo Trinidense finished in second position of the Division Intermedia table and were promoted to the Primera División Paraguaya for the 2007 season.

Cerro Porteño[edit]

Iturbe debuted for Cerro Porteño on 28 June 2009 at the age of 16 in a game against Libertad, the 21st week of the Paraguayan Primera División.

Being 17 years of age, Iturbe was not under professional contract with Cerro Porteño,[7] therefore, he trained with Quilmes of the Argentine Primera División.[8] In January 2011, Iturbe confirmed he was signing with Portuguese club Porto and would join the team when he turned 18.[9] After agreeing on the move, he returned to Cerro Porteño in February, where he remained until his 18th birthday in June. He scored a brace in his first Copa Libertadores game shortly after that.[10]

Porto[edit]

On 10 December 2011, Iturbe made his debut for Porto, coming in added time in place of Hulk in a 2–1 Primeira Liga win at Beira-Mar, the first of four appearances off the bench in a title-winning season. On 3 November 2012, he scored his only goal in Portugal, the sole goal of the reserves' home win over their Marítimo equivalents.

It was confirmed on 29 December 2012 that Iturbe had joined River Plate on a six-month loan.[11]

Hellas Verona[edit]

Iturbe joined Italian club Hellas Verona, newly promoted to Serie A, on a season-long loan deal for the 2013–14 season.[12] He scored his first goal for the club with a curled free kick as Verona went on to beat Livorno 2–1 on 29 September.

On 27 May 2014, Verona announced the signing of Iturbe on a permanent deal for €15 million.[13][14]

Roma[edit]

On 16 July 2014, just weeks after signing for Verona, Serie A giants Roma announced the signing of Iturbe for €22 million with performance-based add-ons up to €2.5 million.[15] The player signed a five-year contract, ending on 30 June 2019.[15] Iturbe's first goal for Roma was against CSKA Moscow in the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League, which ended in a 5–1 victory. He also scored against Juventus and a vital goal in the Derby della Capitale against Lazio, which helped Roma to stay in second position and gave Roma a direct start in the Champions League in the next year.

AFC Bournemouth (loan)[edit]

On 1 January 2016, Iturbe joined Premier League side AFC Bournemouth on loan for the remainder of the 2015–16 season, making just two appearances. [16]

Torino (loan)[edit]

On 4 January 2017, it was announced that Iturbe had joined Torino on loan with a buying option.[17]

International career[edit]

Having spent most of his life in Paraguay, Iturbe began his international career in the youth setup of Paraguay. In October 2009, he was called up to the Paraguay national team by coach Gerardo Martino at the age of 16 for a friendly against Chile in November.[18] Iturbe was substituted onto the field in the 73rd minute of the match for Juan Rodrigo Rojas as Paraguay were defeated 2–1 on 4 November 2009.[19][20][21]

As this had not been a competitive game, Iturbe was able to change allegiances if so wished. He later fell out with the management in Paraguay and declared his allegiance for Argentina.[22]

In early 2016, however, Iturbe expressed his desire to once more represent Paraguay.[3][4] On 8 March 2016, he was called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Ecuador and Brazil.[23] He made his competitive debut with Paraguay on 29 March as a substitute in the second half of the match against Brazil, making him cap-tied to Paraguay. He was named to Paraguay's squad for the Copa América Centenario that summer.[24]

Style of play[edit]

The media have dubbed Iturbe the "new Lionel Messi", given their many similarities: Like Messi, Iturbe is a left-footed, technically gifted Argentine – but nowadays representing Paraguay – forward of diminutive stature who is agile and quick on the ball and who possesses an eye for goal.[25][26][27] A versatile and creative player, he is capable of playing as a winger on either flank, or in the centre as an attacking midfielder or as a second striker, although his preferred role is on the right. Regarded as a promising young player, he is known in particular for his dribbling skills, pace, and powerful striking ability.[28][29][30]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 8 December 2016[31][32]
Club Season League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cerro Porteño 2009 Paraguayan Primera División 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2010 Paraguayan Primera División 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2011 Paraguayan Primera División 15 3 0 0 8 2 23 5
Total 22 3 0 0 8 2 30 5
Porto 2011–12 Primeira Liga 4 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
2012–13 Primeira Liga 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
2013–14 Primeira Liga 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 6 0 3 0 0 0 9 0
Porto B 2012–13 Segunda Liga 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
River Plate (loan) 2012–13 Argentine Primera División 17 3 0 0 0 0 17 3
Verona 2013–14 Serie A 33 8 0 0 0 0 33 8
Roma 2014–15 Serie A 27 2 1 1 9 1 37 4
2015–16 Serie A 12 1 1 0 6 0 19 1
2016–17 Serie A 5 0 0 0 7 0 12 0
Total 44 3 2 1 22 1 68 5
AFC Bournemouth (loan) 2015–16 Premier League 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 0
Career total 129 18 7 1 30 3 166 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hellas Verona F.C. - Squadra". Hellasverona.it. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  2. ^ "Juan Iturbe: "Esperamos que llegue ese milagro de Bolivia"". 
  3. ^ a b Dino Cappelli (29 February 2016). "Juan Manuel Iturbe le da el sí a Paraguay". Marca.com. 
  4. ^ a b http://d10.paraguay.com/juan-manuel-iturbe-decide-vestir-la-camiseta-albirroja-n630561
  5. ^ "World Cup qualifying: Juan Manuel Iturbe will play for Paraguay". Conmebol. 7 March 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  6. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablesp/para2-06.html
  7. ^ "Ningún club de Europa paga un peso por un amateur". La Nación (Paraguay) (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Iturbe se presentó y entrenó en Quilmes: "Con mucha humildad vengo a esforzarme y a jugar"". Última Hora (in Spanish). 2 August 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "É a melhor notícia deste início de 2011". Mais Futebol (Portugal) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Juan Iturbe Overjoyed With Libertadores Brace". Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  11. ^ "Juan Manuel Iturbe ficha para River Plate por seis meses - Fútbol - Deportes" (in Spanish). El Universo. 2012-12-29. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  12. ^ Carminati, Nadia (3 September 2013). "Verona sign Porto winger Juan Manuel Iturbe on season-long loan". Sky Sports. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Ufficiale: Juan Manuel Iturbe è tutto gialloblù!". HellasVerona.it (in Italian). 27 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Comunicado" [Communication] (PDF) (in Portuguese). F.C. Porto. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  15. ^ a b "OPERAZIONI DI MERCATO JUAN MANUEL ITURBE AREVALOS" [Market Operation: Juan Manuel Iturbe Arévalos] (PDF) (in Italian). A.S. Roma. 16 July 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 July 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  16. ^ "Juan Iturbe: Bournemouth sign Roma forward on loan until May". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  17. ^ http://torinofc.it/news/03/01/2017/iturbe-al-toro_13460
  18. ^ (Spanish) Tata Martino convoca a 20 jugadores para el amistoso – Ultima Hora
  19. ^ "Amistoso 2009: Un buen Inicio de los postulantes al Mundial (2-1)". Archived from the original on 14 January 2010. 
  20. ^ "Chile gano 2-1 a Paraguay en partido amistoso premundialista - terra". 
  21. ^ http://www.footballdatabase.eu/football.coupe.chili.paraguay.102953.es.html
  22. ^ "BBC - Tim Vickery: Debutants in the Libertadores spotlight". 
  23. ^ "'Novo Messi' vira reserva de nanico inglês e desiste da Argentina para jogar pelo Paraguai". ESPN. 
  24. ^ "Sanabria and Iturbe get Paraguay call-up for Copa America Centenario". A.S. Roma. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  25. ^ "'New Messi' Juan Manuel Iturbe". goal.com. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  26. ^ "Footballers Who Have Been Dubbed the Next Lionel Messi – Juan Manuel Iturbe". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  27. ^ "Juan Manuel Iturbe lives up to his nickname with a Lionel Messi-esque goal". 101 Great goals. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  28. ^ "Di Marzio: "Napoli vicino al baby argentino Iturbe"" (in Italian). Tutto Napoli. 24 July 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  29. ^ Giovanni Battista Terenziani (14 October 2013). "Iturbe, Callejon, Gervinho: le tre migliori sorprese della Serie A" (in Italian). CalcioMercato.com. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  30. ^ Roberto Omini (2 December 2013). "Fiorentina-Verona 4-3: emozioni forti. I viola prendono l'Inter" (in Italian). Sport Mediaset. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
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