Juninho Bacuna

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Juninho Bacuna
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Juninho Bacuna with Groningen
Personal information
Full name Juninho Bacuna[1]
Date of birth (1997-08-07) 7 August 1997 (age 24)
Place of birth Groningen, Netherlands
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Position(s) Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Birmingham City
Number 21
Youth career
FC Lewenborg
2005–2006 GRC Groningen
2006–2015 Groningen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2018 Groningen 82 (2)
2018–2021 Huddersfield Town 102 (12)
2021–2022 Rangers 6 (1)
2022– Birmingham City 17 (2)
National team
2015–2016 Netherlands U18 2 (0)
2016–2018 Netherlands U20 11 (0)
2018–2019 Netherlands U21 3 (2)
2019– Curaçao 12 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 07:55, 8 May 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 25 March 2021

Juninho Bacuna (born 7 August 1997) is a professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for EFL Championship club Birmingham City and the Curaçao national football team.

Club career[edit]

Groningen[edit]

Bacuna is a Groningen youth exponent. He made his Eredivisie debut on 5 February 2015 against Heracles Almelo replacing Yoell van Nieff after 79 minutes in a 2–2 away draw.[3] He came off the bench to help the Green-White Army win the KNVB Cup in the 2014–15 season against defending champions PEC Zwolle. It was their first major trophy and they qualified for the UEFA Europa League.[4][5]

Huddersfield Town[edit]

Bacuna signed for Premier League team Huddersfield Town on 20 June 2018, for an undisclosed fee for three years, with the club having the option for a further season.[6]

On 27 October 2018, Bacuna made his debut in the Premier League in a 3-0 away defeat to Watford, coming on as a 78th minute substitute.[7] On 16 March 2019, he scored his first goal for Huddersfield in a 4-3 defeat at West Ham.[8]

After relegation from the Premier League, Huddersfield started the 2019-20 season in the EFL Championship badly, only amassing two points from their first nine games. Bacuna scored the only goal in the game in Huddersfield's first win of the season over Stoke City on 1 October 2019.[9]

On 11 May 2021, Huddersfield exercised the option to extend Bacuna's contract until the end of the 2021–22 season.[10]

Rangers[edit]

On 19 August 2021, Bacuna signed for Scottish Premiership team Rangers.[11] The player was paraded to the club's supporters during the half-time interval of Rangers' Europa League play-off game against Alashkert.[12]

Birmingham City[edit]

On 27 January 2022, Bacuna returned to England when he joined Championship club Birmingham City on a three-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[13] He scored his first Birmingham goal in a 3–0 win at home to Luton Town on 12 February.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Bacuna is the younger brother of Leandro Bacuna, also a footballer.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 7 May 2022
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup[a] League cup[b] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Groningen 2014–15[16] Eredivisie 12 0 2 0 0 0 14 0
2015–16[17] Eredivisie 14 0 1 0 1[c] 0 3[d] 0 19 0
2016–17[18] Eredivisie 24 1 0 0 2[e] 0 26 1
2017–18[19] Eredivisie 33 1 2 2 35 3
Total 83 2 5 2 1 0 5 0 94 4
Huddersfield Town 2018–19[20] Premier League 21 1 1 0 1 0 23 1
2019–20[21] Championship 38 6 1 0 1 0 40 6
2020–21[22] Championship 43 5 0 0 1 0 44 5
Total 102 12 2 0 3 0 107 12
Rangers 2021–22[23] Scottish Premiership 6 1 1 0 1 0 4[c] 0 12 1
Birmingham City 2021–22[23] Championship 17 2 17 2
Career total 208 17 8 2 4 0 5 0 5 0 230 19
  1. ^ Includes KNVB Cup, FA Cup, Scottish Cup
  2. ^ Includes EFL Cup, Scottish League Cup
  3. ^ a b Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ One appearance in Johan Cruyff Shield, two in Eredivisie European competition play-offs
  5. ^ Appearances in Eredivisie European competition play-offs

International[edit]

As of match played 16 June 2021
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Curaçao 2019 4 0
2021 8 2
Total 12 2
Scores and results list Curaçao goal tally first; score column lists score after each Bacuna goal
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 25 March 2021 Ergilio Hato Stadium, Willemstad, Curaçao  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1–0 5–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 3–0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League clubs publish retained lists". Premier League. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Juninho Bacuna". Huddersfield Town AFC. Archived from the original on 3 December 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Heracles Almelo vs FC Groningen". Soccerway. Perform Group. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Groningen claim first trophy with KNVB Cup triumph". Goal.com. 4 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  5. ^ "PEC Zwolle vs. Groningen". Soccerway. Perform Group. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Huddersfield sign Juninho Bacuna from FC Groningen". Sky Sports. 20 June 2018. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Watford 3-0 Huddersfield: Defeat sends Terriers to bottom of table". BBC Sport. 27 October 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  8. ^ "West Ham 2-3 Huddersfield: Javier Hernandez double rescues West Ham". BBC Sport. 16 March 2019. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  9. ^ "Huddersfield beat bottom side Stoke". BBC Sport. 1 October 2019. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  10. ^ Tomlinson, Adam (11 May 2021). "Retained List Confirmed". Huddersfield Town AFC. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  11. ^ "Rangers transfer news: Juninho Bacuna joins Scottish champions from Huddersfield". Sky Sports. 20 August 2021. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  12. ^ Thomson, Nick (19 August 2021). "Report: Morelos Goal Gives 10-Man Gers The Win". Rangers FC. Retrieved 19 August 2021.
  13. ^ "Juninho Bacuna is a Blue!". Birmingham City F.C. 27 January 2022. Retrieved 27 January 2022.
  14. ^ "Birmingham City 3-0 Luton Town 0". BBC Sport. 12 February 2022. Retrieved 23 February 2022.
  15. ^ "Ook tweede Bacuna wint de beker" [A second Bacuna wins the cup as well] (in Dutch). Nederlandse Omroep Stichting. 17 May 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  16. ^ "Bacuna, Juninho 2014/2015". FCGStats.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  17. ^ "Bacuna, Juninho 2015/2016". FCGStats.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  18. ^ "Bacuna, Juninho 2016/2017". FCGStats.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  19. ^ "Bacuna, Juninho 2017/2018". FCGStats.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  20. ^ "Games played by Juninho Bacuna in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  21. ^ "Games played by Juninho Bacuna in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  22. ^ "Games played by Juninho Bacuna in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  23. ^ a b "Games played by Juninho Bacuna in 2021/2022". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 May 2022.