Luis Pedro Cavanda

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Luis Pedro Cavanda
Personal information
Full name Luis Pedro Cavanda
Date of birth (1991-01-02) 2 January 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Luanda, Angola
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Galatasaray
Number 39
Youth career
0000–2007 Standard Liège
2007–2010 Lazio Primavera
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2015 Lazio 53 (1)
2011 Torino (loan) 3 (0)
2012 Bari (loan) 8 (0)
2015–2016 Trabzonspor 25 (0)
2016– Galatasaray 4 (0)
National team
2009 Belgium U18 10 (0)
2009–2010 Belgium U19 9 (0)
2010–2012 Belgium U21 7 (0)
2015– Belgium 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 April 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:04, 13 November 2015 (UTC)

Luis Pedro Cavanda (born 2 January 1991) is a professional footballer who plays as a right back for Turkish club Galatasaray in the Süper Lig and the Belgian national football team.

He was born in Angola and also holds Belgian and Congolese citizenship.

Career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Cavanda moved to Belgium at a young age and began playing for the Belgian club Standard Liège. In January 2007, Italian side Lazio loaned him to Rome. With Lazio, Cavanda spent three-and-a-half years with the youth side.

Lazio[edit]

In 2009, Cavanda made a substitute appearance in a 4–0 win away to Bulgarian club Levski Sofia in the UEFA Europa League. He got his first start in the return match at the Stadio Olimpico, which Lazio lost 0–1.

On 29 August 2010, Cavanda made his Serie A debut, replacing Simone Del Nero in the second half of Lazio's opening day 2–0 loss to Sampdoria at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

His first league start for Lazio came at the Stadio Olimpico against eventual champions Milan. Cavanda earned plaudits with an impressive display against former FIFA World Player of the Year and World Cup winner Ronaldinho.

In January 2011, he was loaned to Torino until the end of the season. Cavanda returned to Lazio after making just three appearances for the Turin club.

Having played regularly in Serie A and in the Europa League during the 2011-12 season, Cavanda cemented his spot as a first choice in 2012-13, replacing Abdoulay Konko. Predominantly playing at right back, Cavanda also played at left back, making him a very versatile full back. Cavanda matured under manager Vladimir Petkovic and became an important player in Lazio's squad.

Trabzonspor[edit]

On 12 July 2015, Cavanda signed for Turkish side Trabzonspor.[1]

Galatasaray[edit]

Cavanda signed a three-year contract with Turkish club Galatasaray on 9 August 2016 for an initial fee of €1.8 million.[2]

International career[edit]

On 10 October 2015, he made his senior debut for the national team in a 4–1 win in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualification match against Andorra.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Cavanda was born in Angola, to an Angolan father and a Congolese mother,[4] and migrated to Belgium at a young age. He holds Belgian nationality. Despite having made youth level appearances for Belgium, Cavanda remained eligible to represent the Angolan and the Congolese national teams. Even though he initially opted for the latter in March 2015,[5] he was called up by the Belgian national football team on 2 October 2015.[6] He plays in the UEFA qualifying game for the nation cup in France against Andorra. This means he only can play for Belgium now.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 26 October 2015

Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lazio 2009–10 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Torino 2010–11 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Bari 2011–12 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Total 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Lazio 2011–12 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
2012–13 14 0 3 0 7 0 0 0 24 0
2013–14 19 1 3 0 7 0 0 0 29 1
2014–15 16 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
Total 50 1 9 0 15 0 0 0 74 1
Trabzonspor 2015–16 25 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 27 0
Total 25 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 27 0
Career total 34 0 3 0 8 0 0 0 45 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ football-italia.net, Official: Cavanda joins Trabzonspor, July 12, 2015, [1]
  2. ^ "Luis Pedro Cavanda - Transferi konusunda anlaşmaya varılmıştır." (in Turkish). Kamuyu Aydınlatma Platformu. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "BBC Sport - Andorra 1-4 Belgium". BBC. 10 October 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Cavanda si presenta in granata:Toro, aiutami a crescere". Cavanda was born in Luanda (Angola), but the premature death of father Pedro (Angolan) took him with mom Efrasie (Congolese) and sister Gaby in neighboring Congo 
  5. ^ "Il Belgio è ormai un ricordo, Cavanda giocherà con la nazionale del Congo". 
  6. ^ "Euro 2016: des nouveaux venus dans la sélection de Marc Wilmots". 

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