Lionel Scaloni

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Lionel Scaloni
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Scaloni training with Atalanta in 2014
Personal information
Full name Lionel Sebastián Scaloni
Date of birth (1978-05-16) 16 May 1978 (age 38)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Wingback
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Newell's Old Boys 12 (0)
1996–1998 Estudiantes 37 (7)
1998–2006 Deportivo La Coruña 200 (14)
2006 West Ham (loan) 13 (0)
2006–2007 Racing Santander 30 (1)
2007–2013 Lazio 52 (1)
2008–2009 Mallorca (loan) 28 (0)
2013–2015 Atalanta 15 (0)
Total 387 (23)
National team
1997 Argentina U20 7 (2)
2003–2006 Argentina 7 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


Lionel Sebastián Scaloni (born 16 May 1978) is an Argentine retired footballer. A player of wide range, he could appear as both a right back or right midfielder.

He spent most of his professional career with Deportivo in Spain, amassing La Liga totals of 258 games and 15 goals over the course of 12 seasons (three teams represented). He also spent several years in Italy, with Lazio.

Scaloni appeared with Argentina at the 2006 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Deportivo[edit]

Born in Rosario, Santa Fe, Scaloni began his career in the Argentine Primera División with local Newell's Old Boys and then Estudiantes de La Plata, before joining Spain's Deportivo de La Coruña in March 1998 for 405 million pesetas.

Regularly used with the Galicians over an eight-and-a-half-years stint, he competed with Manuel Pablo and Víctor for both starting spots on the right flank.[1][2] However, due to injury, he could only appear in 14 La Liga matches as Depor managed its first league title.

After falling out with manager Joaquín Caparrós, Scaloni joined Premier League club West Ham United on loan on 31 January 2006, the final day of the transfer window,[3] in an attempt to heighten his options to attend the upcoming FIFA World Cup. He took the No. 2 shirt from the departed Tomáš Řepka, and made his league debut for the East Londoners against Sunderland, on 4 February, while also helping the team reach the season's FA Cup final, a penalty shootout loss to Liverpool.[4]

Racing Santander[edit]

Scaloni left West Ham after a permanent move could not be agreed. Deportivo released him on 1 September 2006 alongside Diego Tristán,[5] one day after the close of the summer transfer window.

However, due to the fact there were no limitations for free agents, two weeks later Scaloni signed a one-year contract at Racing de Santander,[6] being essential as the Cantabrians achieved a final midtable position. He appeared – and started – in both games against his former club, both ending in 0–0 draws.[7][8]

Italy[edit]

On 30 June 2007, Scaloni moved to Italy with S.S. Lazio on a five-year deal.[9] However, in January of the following year, he returned to Spain, being loaned to RCD Mallorca for 18 months[10][11][12] and subsequently returning to the Romans where he was irregularly used in the following three Serie A seasons.

Aged nearly 35, Scaloni joined fellow league side Atalanta B.C. in January 2013,[13] being released at the end of the campaign but reinstated after he failed to find a new club.[14]

International career[edit]

After making his debut for Argentine on 30 April 2003 in a friendly match with Libya, Scaloni was a surprise selection for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, taking the place of veteran Javier Zanetti, who also appeared as a right-wingback. His only appearance of the tournament would be the extra time 2–1 round-of-16 win against Mexico on 24 June 2006, at the Zentralstadion (playing the full 120 minutes).[15]

Personal life[edit]

Scaloni's older brother, Mauro, also belonged to Deportivo, but never made it past its B-squad.[16]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Deportivo
West Ham
Lazio

Country[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El indulto de Víctor" [Víctor's pardon] (in Spanish). El País. 21 April 2003. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  2. ^ ""Sólo me falta ser central y portero"" ["I only have not played as stopper and goalkeeper"] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 3 February 2004. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "West Ham capture defender Scaloni". BBC Sport. 1 February 2006. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  4. ^ The demise of West Ham's 2006 FA Cup final team is a cautionary tale of what can happen when mediocre players get too big for their boots; Daily Mirror, 18 September 2009
  5. ^ Tristán and Scaloni released by Depor; UEFA.com, 5 September 2006
  6. ^ Racing take a chance on Scaloni; UEFA.com, 14 September 2006
  7. ^ Deportivo La Coruña 0–0 Racing Santander; ESPN Soccernet, 3 December 2006
  8. ^ Racing Santander 0–0 Deportivo La Coruña; ESPN Soccernet, 29 April 2007
  9. ^ "Colpo Lazio, preso Scaloni (CorrieredelloSport.it)" [Lazio deal, Scaloni acquired (CorrieredelloSport.it)] (in Italian). Lazio.net. 30 June 2007. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  10. ^ "El Mallorca presenta a Scaloni" [Mallorca presents Scaloni] (in Spanish). Marca. 26 January 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  11. ^ "Scaloni dice que el único culpable de su expulsión en Getafe es él" [Scaloni says he is the only one to blame for his dismissal in Getafe] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 4 March 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  12. ^ "Scaloni: "Me gustaría quedarme, pero no depende de mí"" [Scaloni: "I would like to stay, but it's not up to me"] (in Spanish). Marca. 30 April 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  13. ^ "Ufficiale: Atalanta, preso Scaloni dalla Lazio" [Official: Atalanta, Scaloni signed from Lazio] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato Web. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  14. ^ Atalanta, reintegrato Scaloni in rosa (Atalanta, Scaloni reinstated in squad); Tutto Mercato Web, 17 September 2013 (Italian)
  15. ^ Argentina 2–1 Mexico (aet); BBC Sport, 24 June 2006
  16. ^ Los hermanos Scaloni (The Scaloni brothers); Diario Hoy, 17 December 1997 (Spanish)

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