Leandro Bacuna

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Leandro Bacuna
Leandro Bacuna.jpg
Bacuna playing for Aston Villa in 2016
Personal information
Full name Leandro Jones Johan Bacuna[1]
Date of birth (1991-08-21) 21 August 1991 (age 30)[2]
Place of birth Groningen, Netherlands
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Position(s) Midfielder / Right-back
Club information
Current team
Cardiff City
Number 7
Youth career
Groningen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Groningen 109 (14)
2013–2017 Aston Villa 116 (7)
2017–2019 Reading 59 (4)
2019– Cardiff City 109 (4)
National team
2007–2008 Netherlands Antilles U20 5 (3)
2009–2010 Netherlands U19 10 (1)
2011–2013 Netherlands U21 10 (1)
2016– Curaçao 42 (14)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 31 December 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 9 June 2022

Leandro Jones Johan Bacuna (born 21 August 1991) is a professional footballer who plays for EFL Championship club Cardiff City as a midfielder or right-back. Bacuna was capped 20 times at youth levels for the Netherlands and also represented the Netherlands Antilles at youth level.[3] Bacuna represents the Curaçao national team, the successor side to the Netherlands Antilles, and won the Caribbean Cup with the side in 2017.

Club career[edit]

Groningen[edit]

On 30 October 2009, Bacuna made his first team debut for Groningen in an Eredivisie match against PSV.[4] Bacuna has also played for Groningen's youth teams. On 6 November 2009, he scored his first goal for the first team in a league match against Heracles Almelo, an eventual 4–1 victory for Groningen.[5]

Aston Villa[edit]

It was announced on 13 June 2013 that Bacuna had signed a three-year contract with Premier League club Aston Villa. Handed the number 7 shirt, Bacuna impressed many with his debut season for the Villains, despite constantly playing out of position at right back.[6][7] Bacuna scored his first Premier League goal on 28 September at home to Manchester City. His second goal came from a free-kick in the claret and blues' 2–0 victory over Cardiff City. He continued his goalscoring run with goals against West Bromwich Albion, Everton and Norwich.[citation needed]

In the 2014–15 season, however, Bacuna found it harder to break into the starting line-up, starting just one game in the Premier League. On 15 February 2015, he scored the first of two Villa goals in the fifth round of the FA Cup in a 2–1 win over Leicester City, taking the club into the quarter-finals.[citation needed]

On 20 August 2015, Bacuna signed a new long-term contract with the club.[8]

Reading[edit]

On 13 August 2017, Bacuna moved to Reading, signing a four-year contract.[9] He scored his first goal for Reading in an EFL Cup tie against Millwall on 22 August 2017.[10]

Cardiff City[edit]

On 31 January 2019, Bacuna moved to Championship side Cardiff City, signing a four-and-a-half year deal for a transfer fee believed to be around £3 million.[11][12] On June 10, 2022, Cardiff announced Bacuna would leave the club when his contract expired on June 30.[13]

International career[edit]

Born in the Netherlands to parents of Curaçaoan descent, Bacuna played for the Netherlands Antilles under-20 side, as well as various youth Dutch teams. He received his first Curaçao national team call-up in March 2016,[14] earning his first cap in a 1–0 loss to Barbados.[15]

Personal life[edit]

He is the older brother of Birmingham City player Juninho Bacuna.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 30 December 2021[17][18]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Groningen 2009–10 Eredivisie 20 2 2 1 2[a] 0 24 3
2010–11 24 0 3 0 4[a] 2 31 2
2011–12 32 7 1 0 0 0 33 7
2012–13 33 5 3 0 2[a] 0 38 5
Total 109 14 9 1 7 2 125 17
Aston Villa 2013–14[19] Premier League 35 5 1 0 2 0 38 5
2014–15[20] 19 0 4 1 1 0 24 1
2015–16[21] 31 1 2 0 2 0 35 1
2016–17[22] Championship 30 1 1 0 0 0 31 1
2017–18[23] 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 116 7 8 1 5 0 0 0 129 8
Reading 2017–18[23] Championship 33 1 3 0 2 1 38 2
2018–19[24] 26 3 0 0 2 0 28 3
Total 60 4 3 0 4 1 66 5
Cardiff City 2018–19[24] Premier League 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2019–20[25] Championship 41 1 2 0 0 0 2[b] 0 45 1
2020–21[26] 41 2 1 0 1 0 43 2
2021–22[27] 15 1 0 0 0 0 15 1
Total 109 4 2 0 1 0 2 0 114 4
Career total 393 29 26 6 10 1 9 2 434 35
  1. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in Eredivisie play-offs
  2. ^ Appearance(s) in Championship play-offs

International[edit]

As of match played 9 June 2022[28]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Curaçao 2016 6 4
2017 9 1
2018 5 4
2019 11 2
2021 8 2
2022 3 1
Total 42 14

International goals[edit]

As of match played 6 June 2022. Curaçao score listed first, score column indicates score after each Bacuna goal.[28]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 7 June 2016 Ergilio Hato Stadium, Willemstad, Curaçao 4  U.S. Virgin Islands 4–0 7–0 2017 Caribbean Cup qualification
2 5 October 2016 5  Antigua and Barbuda 1–0 3–0
3 11 October 2016 Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium, Bayamón, Puerto Rico 6  Puerto Rico 2–2 4–2
4 4–2
5 10 October 2017 Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar 15  Qatar 1–1 2–1 Friendly
6 26 March 2018 Ergilio Hato Stadium, Willemstad, Curaçao 17  Bolivia 1–0 1–0
7 10 September 2018 18  Grenada 4–0 10–0 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League qualification
8 7–0
9 12 October 2018 IMG Academy, Bradenton, United States 19  U.S. Virgin Islands 3–0 5–0
10 5 June 2019 Chang Arena, Buriram, Thailand 22  India 3–1 3–1 2019 King's Cup
11 21 June 2019 BBVA Stadium, Houston, United States 25  Honduras 1–0 1–0 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
12 28 March 2021 Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala 33  Cuba 1–0 2–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
13 5 June 2021 Estadio El Trébol, Guatemala City, Guatemala 34  British Virgin Islands 3–0 8–0
14 6 June 2022 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras 41  Honduras 1–0 2–1 2022–23 CONCACAF Nations League A

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Aston Villa[29]

International[edit]

Curaçao[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League Squad Numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Archived from the original on 21 August 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Premier League Player Profile Leandro Bacuna". Barclays Premier League. 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Aston Villa's Leandro Bacuna hoping for international future with the Netherlands".
  4. ^ "Cookies op VI.nl".
  5. ^ Holland, Æresdivisionen – Politiken.dk Archived 27 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Cookies op VI.nl".
  7. ^ "Bacuna tipped to be". Archived from the original on 15 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Leandro Bacuna: New long-term Aston Villa deal for Dutchman" BBC Sport. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Bacuna joins the Royals!". Reading F.C. 13 August 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Reading 3–1 Millwall". BBC. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Deadline Day: Bacuna is a Bluebird". Cardiff City F.C. 31 January 2019. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  12. ^ Blanche, Phil (31 January 2019). "Leandro Bacuna signs in £3m deal from Reading". The Independent. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  13. ^ "2021/22 Retained List | Cardiff". www.cardiffcityfc.co.uk. Retrieved 2022-06-10.
  14. ^ "Aston Villa defender Leandro Bacuna gets first senior international call-up for Curacao".
  15. ^ "Villans on international duty – Part One". 28 March 2016.
  16. ^ "Ook tweede Bacuna wint de beker" (in Dutch).
  17. ^ Leandro Bacuna at Soccerway. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  18. ^ "Leandro Bacuna". Soccerbase. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Games played by Leandro Bacuna in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  20. ^ "Games played by Leandro Bacuna in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  21. ^ "Games played by Leandro Bacuna in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  22. ^ "Games played by Leandro Bacuna in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  23. ^ a b "Games played by Leandro Bacuna in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  24. ^ a b "Games played by Leandro Bacuna in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  25. ^ "Games played by Leandro Bacuna in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  26. ^ "Games played by Leandro Bacuna in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  27. ^ "Games played by Leandro Bacuna in 2021/2022". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  28. ^ a b "Bacuna, Leandro". National Football Teams. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  29. ^ a b "Leandro Bacuna – Career Honours". Soccerway.

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