Luciano Vietto

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Luciano Vietto
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Vietto playing for Villarreal in 2015
Personal information
Full name Luciano Darío Vietto
Date of birth (1993-12-05) 5 December 1993 (age 23)
Place of birth Balnearia, Argentina
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Sevilla
Number 9
Youth career
2000–2008 Independiente Balnearia
2008–2010 Estudiantes
2010–2011 Racing Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Racing Club 68 (18)
2014–2015 Villarreal 32 (12)
2015– Atlético Madrid 19 (1)
2016– Sevilla (loan) 14 (6)
National team
2013 Argentina U20 4 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 December 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 February 2013

Luciano Darío Vietto (Spanish pronunciation: [luˈsjano ðaˈɾi.o ˈβjeto]; born 5 December 1993) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Sevilla FC on loan from Atlético Madrid as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Vietto was born in the small town of Balnearia in the Province of Córdoba. He joined his local team Independiente de Balnearia at the age of seven.

At the age of 15, Vietto joined Argentine Primera División club Estudiantes,[1] but was released two years later. He subsequently moved to Racing Club's youth academy, after a failed trial at Rosario Central.[2]

Racing Club[edit]

In 2011 Vietto signed his first professional contract, and was called up to the main squad by manager Diego Simeone on 25 October.[3] He made his professional debut on a day later, coming on as a late substitute in a 1–1 home draw against Lanús.[4]

Vietto was handed his first start on 3 September 2012, scoring his first professional goals (and his first hat-trick) in a 3–1 home success over San Martín de San Juan.[5] He became a regular starter under Luis Zubeldía and contributed with 13 goals during the campaign, as his side only finished fifth.[6]

After attracting interest European clubs such as Premier League club Liverpool and Serie A champions Juventus,[7] Vietto signed a four-year contract extension with Racing on 26 March 2013.[8]

Vietto appeared in 35 matches in 2013–14, scoring five times. Highlights included a brace in a 3–1 away win against Gimansia La Plata on 2 November 2013.[9]

Villarreal[edit]

Vietto (3rd from left) lining up alongside his Villarreal teammates in 2015

On 4 August 2014, Vietto signed a five-year deal with La Liga side Villarreal CF,[10] for a rumoured 5.5 million fee.[11] He made his debut for the club on the 21st, coming on as a second-half substitute for Ikechukwu Uche in a 3–0 Europa League play-off victory over Astana,[12] before scoring twice in the return leg at home.[13]

Vietto made his La Liga debut on 24 August, replacing Giovani dos Santos for the last 10 minutes of a 2–0 away win against Valencian rivals Levante UD.[14] On 21 September he scored his first goals in the competition, netting a brace in a 4–2 home win over Rayo Vallecano.[15]

Vietto added another double on 21 December, in a 3–0 win against the Deportivo de La Coruña also at the Estadio El Madrigal.[16] He finished the month with three goals, with his side moving to sixth position, and earning him the honour of La Liga Player of the Month.[17]

Atlético Madrid[edit]

On 22 June 2015, Villarreal confirmed Vietto had joined Atlético Madrid for a fee reported to be in the region of €20 million.[18][19] Vietto scored his first goal for Atlético on 4 October 2015 as he tapped in a cross from Jackson Martínez to equalize against archrivals Real Madrid in a league match that eventually ended 1–1.

Sevilla (loan)[edit]

On 30 July 2016, Atlético Madrid and Sevilla FC reached an agreement for the loan of Vietto with an option to buy.[20][21]

International career[edit]

Youth teams[edit]

On 9 January 2013, Vietto made his international debut for the Argentina national under-20 team against Chile at the year's South American Youth Championship.[22] He scored his first goal four days later, but in a 1–2 loss against Paraguay, and finished the tournament with two goals in four games.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 21 December 2016[23]
Club Season League National Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Racing Club 2011–12 Primera División 2 0 1 0 3 0
2012–13 Primera División 32 13 1 0 1 0 34 13
2013–14 Primera División 35 5 0 0 1 0 36 5
Total 69 18 2 0 2 0 73 18
Villarreal 2014–15 La Liga 32 12 4 0 12 8 48 20
Atletico Madrid 2015–16 La Liga 19 1 4 1 5 1 28 3
Sevilla FC 2016–17 La Liga 14 6 4 3 5 1 23 10
Career total 134 37 14 4 24 10 172 51

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Atletico Madrid
Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pensión de Estudiantes de La Plata: Luicano Vietto" [Board of Estudiantes de La Plata: Luciano Vietto] (in Spanish). Pensión Del Pincha. 25 August 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Vietto, la joya de Racing, que estuvo cerca de dejar el fútbol" [Vietto, Racing's pearl, who almost left football] (in Spanish). Cancha Llena. 7 October 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Vietto para creer" [Vietto to believe] (in Spanish). Olé. 25 October 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Racing igualó con Lanús y está más lejos de Boca" [Racing draws with Lanús and is farther of Boca] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Racing le ganó a San Martín y quedó a un punto de Boca" [Racing defeated San Martin and ended up a point behind Boca] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 3 September 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Luciano Vietto – 2012 season". ESPN FC. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Liverpool rival Juventus for Argentinian starlet Vietto". Daily Mail. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Vietto acordó la extensión de su contrato con el club" [Vietto agreed to a contract extension with the club] (in Spanish). Racing Club's official website. 26 March 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Racing logró su segundo triunfo en fila frente a Gimnasia" [Racing achieved its second successive triumph against Gimnasia] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 2 November 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "El Villarreal CF ficha a Luciano Vietto" [Villarreal CF signs Luciano Vietto] (in Spanish). Villarreal's official website. 4 August 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "El Villarreal ficha a Luciano Vietto por cinco temporadas" [Villarreal signs Luciano Vietto for five seasons] (in Spanish). Marca. 4 August 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Astana 0–3 Villarreal". UEFA.com. 21 August 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Villarreal 4–0 Astana". UEFA.com. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "La Liga: Ikechukwu Uche and Denis Cheryshev were on-target as Villarreal began their campaign with a 2-0 win at Levante". Sky Sports. 24 August 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "El Villarreal llega a tiempo" [Villarreal arrives in time] (in Spanish). Marca. 21 September 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "Primera Division: Luciano Vietto scored twice as Villarreal beat Deportivo 3-0". Sky Sports. 21 December 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  17. ^ a b "The BBVA Prizes for December's best". Liga de Fútbol Profesional. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "Acuerdo con el Villarreal para el traspaso de Vietto". clubatleticodemadrid.com (in Spanish). Atletico Madrid. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  19. ^ "Luciano Vietto joins Atletico Madrid". EuroSport.com. 22 June 2015. 
  20. ^ "Agreement with Sevilla FC for the loan of Vietto". Atlético Madrid. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  21. ^ "Sevilla FC y Atlético cierran la cesión con opción a compra de Vietto y el traspaso de Gameiro" [Sevilla FC and Atlético reached an agreement for the transfer of Vietto and Gameiro]. Sevilla FC (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  22. ^ "Argentina U20 v Chile U20". ESPN FC. 9 January 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  23. ^ [1]

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