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 22)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)[1]
Playing position Winger/Forward
Club information
Current team
Bournemouth
(on loan from Roma)
Number 12
Youth career
Sportivo Barracas[2]
2005–2006 Universal
2006–2007 Sportivo Trinidense
2007–2009 Cerro Porteño
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Cerro Porteño 22 (3)
2011–2013 Porto 6 (0)
2012 Porto B 6 (1)
2013 River Plate (loan) 17 (3)
2013–2014 Verona 33 (8)
2014– Roma 39 (3)
2016– Bournemouth (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2008–2009 Paraguay U17 4 (2)
2009 Paraguay U20 3 (1)
2009 Paraguay 1 (0)
2010–2013 Argentina U20 13 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:39, 12 January 2016 (UTC).

† Appearances (goals)

Juan Manuel Iturbe Arévalos (born 4 June 1993) is a professional footballer who plays as a forward for English club Bournemouth, on loan from Italian club Roma.

He represented the Paraguay national team in a friendly match in 2009, but has since declared his intention to play for Argentina, doing so at under-20 level.

Club career[edit]

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,[3] therefore, he trained with Quilmes of the Argentine Primera División.[4] In January 2011, Iturbe confirmed he was signing with Portuguese club Porto and would join the team when he turned 18.[5] 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.[6]

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 S.C. 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 C.S. Marítimo equivalents.

It was confirmed on 29 December 2012 that Iturbe had joined River Plate on a six-month loan.[7]

Verona[edit]

Iturbe joined Italian club Verona, newly promoted to Serie A, on a season-long loan deal for the 2013–14 season.[8] 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.[9][10]

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.[11] The player signed a five-year contract, ending on 30 June 2019.[11] 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.

Bournemouth (loan)[edit]

On 1 January 2016, Iturbe joined Premier League side Bournemouth on loan for the remainder of the 2015–16 season.[12]

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, Iturbe was called up to the Paraguay national team by coach Tata Martino at the age of sixteen for a friendly against Chile in November.[13] 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.[14][15][16]

Though as this was not a competitive game, he could change allegiances if he wished. He later fell out with the management in Paraguay and declared his allegiance for Argentina.[17]

Style of play[edit]

The media have dubbed Iturbe the "new Lionel Messi," given their many similarities: like Messi, Iturbe is a technically gifted Argentine forward of diminutive stature, who is agile and quick on the ball, and who possesses an eye for goal.[18][19][20]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 12 January 2016[21][22]
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 (loan) 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
Total 39 3 2 1 15 1 56 5
Bournemouth (loan) 2015–16 Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 124 18 5 1 23 3 152 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hellas Verona F.C. - Squadra". Hellasverona.it. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  2. ^ http://canchallena.lanacion.com.ar/1546409-juan-iturbe-esperamos-que-llegue-ese-milagro-de-bolivia
  3. ^ "Ningún club de Europa paga un peso por un amateur". La Nación (Paraguay) (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ "É a melhor notícia deste início de 2011". Mais Futebol (Portugal) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Juan Iturbe Overjoyed With Libertadores Brace". Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "Juan Manuel Iturbe ficha para River Plate por seis meses - Fútbol - Deportes" (in Spanish). El Universo. 2012-12-29. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  8. ^ Carminati, Nadia (3 September 2013). "Verona sign Porto winger Juan Manuel Iturbe on season-long loan". Sky Sports. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Ufficiale: Juan Manuel Iturbe è tutto gialloblù!". HellasVerona.it (in Italian). 27 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Comunicado" [Communication] (PDF) (in Portuguese). F.C. Porto. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ "Juan Iturbe: Bournemouth sign Roma forward on loan until May". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  13. ^ (Spanish) Tata Martino convoca a 20 jugadores para el amistoso – Ultima Hora
  14. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20100114125043/http://www.mepongodepie.com/2009/11/04/amistoso-2009-chile-vs-paraguay-en-vivo/
  15. ^ http://www.terra.com/deportes/articulo/html/fox1137007.htm
  16. ^ http://www.footballdatabase.eu/football.coupe.chili.paraguay.102953.es.html
  17. ^ Brazil seeking the right mentality – Tim Vickery, BBC
  18. ^ "'New Messi' Juan Manuel Iturbe". goal.com. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  19. ^ "Footballers Who Have Been Dubbed the Next Lionel Messi – Juan Manuel Iturbe". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "Juan Manuel Iturbe lives up to his nickname with a Lionel Messi-esque goal". 101 Great goals. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  21. ^ "Iturbe, Juan". National-Football-Teams. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  22. ^ "J. ITURBE". Soccerway. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 

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