Moise Kean

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Moise Kean
Moise Kean - 2015 - Juventus FC (youth team) (cropped 2).jpg
Kean in 2015
Personal information
Full name Moise Bioty Kean
Date of birth (2000-02-28) 28 February 2000 (age 19)
Place of birth Vercelli, Italy
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Juventus
Number 18
Youth career
2007 Asti
2007–2010 Torino
2010–2016 Juventus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016– Juventus 11 (7)
2017–2018Verona (loan) 19 (4)
National team
2015 Italy U15 6 (2)
2015 Italy U16 4 (3)
2015–2017 Italy U17 17 (8)
2017–2018 Italy U19 6 (4)
2018 Italy U20 1 (2)
2018 Italy U21 3 (2)
2018– Italy 3 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 April 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2019

Moise Bioty Kean (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmɔize ˈkɛn];[2] born 28 February 2000) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Juventus and the Italy national team.

He was the first player born in the 2000s to make an appearance in one of Europe's five major leagues (November 2016), to make an appearance in the UEFA Champions League (November 2016), to score a goal in one of Europe's five major leagues (May 2017), and to score a goal for the Italy national team (March 2019).

Club career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Kean was first noticed by Renato Biasi, who inserted him in the youth teams of Asti before offering him to Torino.[3] In 2010, however, instead of renewing with the Granata, he was signed by Torino's cross-city rivals Juventus (until a player is of 14 years of age, the contract is annual and in constant renewal).[4][5] In his final season in the Juventus youth teams, in 2015–16, he scored 24 goals in 25 games.[6]

Juventus[edit]

2016–17: Debut season[edit]

Kean made his professional debut for Juventus on 19 November 2016, at the age of 16 years and 23 days, coming on in the 84th minute for Mario Mandžukić in a 3–0 win over Pescara in Serie A. Upon doing so, he became the club's youngest-ever debutant and the first player born in the 2000s to compete in one of Europe's four major leagues.[7][8][6] On 22 November, he became the first player born in the 2000s to feature in a UEFA Champions League match, after being substituted on in the 84th minute of a 3–1 away win over Sevilla.[9] On 27 May 2017, Juventus' final match of the 2016–17 Serie A season, Kean scored his first goal for Juventus, the winning goal of a 2–1 away victory over Bologna, also becoming the first player born in the 2000s to score a goal in one of Europe's five major leagues.[10]

2017–18: Loan to Verona[edit]

On 31 August 2017, after extending his contract until 30 June 2020, Kean was loaned to Hellas Verona on a one-year deal.[11][12] On 10 September he made his debut for Verona in Serie A as a substitute, replacing Alex Ferrari in the 46th minute in a 5–0 home defeat against Fiorentina.[13] On 1 October, Kean scored his first goal for Verona in the 87th minute of a 2–2 away draw against Torino.[14]

On 28 January 2018, Kean scored his first career Serie A brace in a 4–1 away win against Fiorentina, becoming only the second player born in the 2000s after Pietro Pellegri to have done so.[15][16][17] He totalled 20 competitive appearances and four goals in his season at the club.[18]

2018–19: Return to Juventus[edit]

On 12 January 2019, Kean scored in a 2–0 away win over Bologna in the Coppa Italia.[19] On 8 March 2019, Kean scored two goals in the first half against Udinese, of an eventual 4–1 home win.[20] On 2 April 2019, Kean scored the second goal in a 2–0 away win against Cagliari, during which Kean was subject to racist chants from a section of Cagliari fans.[21] Juventus teammate Leonardo Bonucci was heavily criticised after stating that Kean was partly to blame by his celebration which caused further jeers,[22] by England international Raheem Sterling who deemed the comments 'laughable',[23] compatriot Mario Balotelli, English rapper Stormzy,[24] and former Juventus player Paul Pogba.[25] Bonucci implied that Kean's celebration caused further jeers, stating to Sky Sport Italia: "Kean knows that when he scores a goal, he has to focus on celebrating with his teammates. He knows he could've done something differently too. There were racist jeers after the goal, Blaise heard it and was angered. I think the blame is 50–50, because Moise shouldn't have done that and the Curva should not have reacted that way. We are professionals, we have to set the example and not provoke anyone."[26] In Juventus's following match on 6 April, Kean came off the bench against Milan to score the winning goal in a 2–1 home win in Serie A, putting his side just one victory away from winning the league title.[27] The following league match, on 13 April, Kean scored the first goal in a 2–1 away defeat against SPAL,[28] marking his sixth consecutive goal in as many matches for club and country.[29]

International career[edit]

Kean, who was born in Italy, was eligible to represent both Italy and the Ivory Coast, the latter because he has Ivorian parents.[30][31]

Youth[edit]

Since 2015, Kean has represented Italy at under-15 level.[32] With the Italy U17 team he took part at the 2016 and 2017 editions of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship, scoring 1 goal in each tournament.

With the Italy U19 he took part in the 2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, and scored in the group stage against Norway[33] and in the semi-final against France in a 2–0 win to help Italy reach the final of the tournament.[34] He started the final against Portugal on the bench, but came on as a substitute and scored 2 goals in the second half, to take the tie to extra time, but the match ended in a 4–3 victory for Portugal.[35][36][37]

He made his debut with the Italy U21 team on 11 October 2018, in a friendly match lost 1–0 against Belgium in Udine.[38] He scored his first goal with the U21 side in the following friendly match, a 2–0 home win against Tunisia on 15 October 2018.[39]

Senior[edit]

In November 2018, Kean was called up to the Italy senior side by manager Roberto Mancini.[40] On 20 November, aged 18 years, 265 days, he made his senior debut with the Italy national team in a friendly match against the United States in Genk, which eventually ended in a 1–0 victory.[41] On 23 March 2019, Kean made his first start and scored his first goal for Italy in a 2–0 home win over Finland in Italy's opening UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying match.[42] In doing so, he became the youngest forward to start a match for Italy since Edoardo Mariani started against France in 1912;[43][44][45] Kean is currently either the fourth or fifth-youngest forward ever to start a match for Italy, behind only Mariani, Leopoldo Conti, Eugenio Mosso, and possibly Rodolfo Gavinelli, as it is not known officially whether the latter was born in 1891 or 1895.[45] Kean also became the youngest player to score for Italy since Bruno Nicolè, who scored twice in a 2–2 friendly away draw against France on 9 November 1958; overall, Kean is the second-youngest goalscorer for Italy, behind Nicolè, at the age of 19 years and 23 days, and the youngest player to score a goal for Italy in both a competitive match, and in a European qualifier.[43][44][46] On 26 March, he then scored his second international goal in Italy's following Euro 2020 qualifier, a 6–0 home win over Liechtenstein.[47]

Style of play[edit]

Regarded as one of Italian football's most promising prospects, Kean is a quick, tenacious, and physically strong forward, with good technical skills and an accurate shot. Naturally right-footed, his preferred role is in the centre as a main striker, although he is also capable of playing as a second striker, or even as a left-sided forward or winger.[48][49] He is known in particular for his great pace, ability in the air, offensive movement, and powerful physique, which enable him either to hold up the ball with his back to goal or take advantage of openings in the opposition's defence; a hard-working player, he has also been praised for his defensive contribution off the ball.[50][51][52]

Personal life[edit]

Kean was born in Vercelli to Ivorian parents Biorou and Isabelle.[3][53][54] When his parents separated when he was four years old, he and his two brothers moved with his mother to Asti, where he spent the rest of his childhood and adolescent years.[55] His older brother, Giovanni, is also a footballer.[56] He grew up a supporter of Inter Milan and idolized Obafemi Martins, their striker at that time.[53]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 16 April 2019[1]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Juventus 2016–17 Serie A 3 1 0 0 1 0 4 1
2018–19 8 6 1 1 3 0 0 0 12 7
Total 11 7 1 1 4 0 0 0 16 8
Verona (loan) 2017–18 Serie A 19 4 1 0 0 0 20 4
Career total 30 11 2 1 4 0 0 0 36 12

International[edit]

As of 26 March 2019[1][57]
Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
2018 1 0
2019 2 2
Total 3 2

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Italy's goal tally first.[57]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 23 March 2019 Stadio Friuli, Udine, Italy  Finland 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification
2. 26 March 2019 Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma, Italy  Liechtenstein 5–0 6–0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Juventus[1]

International[edit]

Italy U19

Records[edit]

Juventus[58]
  • Youngest debuttant in Serie A: 19 November 2016, 3–0 vs. Pescara (16 years, 265 days)[7][8]
  • Youngest debuttant in the UEFA Champions League: 22 November 2016, 1–3 vs. Sevilla (16 years, 268 days)[9]
  • Youngest goalscorer in Serie A: 27 May 2017, 1–2 vs. Bologna (17 years, 88 days)[59]
Italy
Other achievements[58]
  • First player born in the 2000s to debut in Serie A: 19 November 2016, 3–0 vs. Pescara (16 years, 265 days)[7][8]
  • First player born in the 2000s to score in Serie A: 27 May 2017, 1–2 vs. Bologna (17 years, 88 days)[10]
  • First player born in the 2000s to debut in the UEFA Champions League: 22 November 2016, 1–3 vs. Sevilla (16 years, 268 days)[9]
  • First player born in the 2000s to debut for Italy: 20 November 2018, 1–0 vs. United States (18 years, 265 days)[41]
  • First player born in the 2000s to start for Italy: 23 March 2019, 2–0 vs. Finland (19 years, 23 days)[46]
  • First player born in the 2000s to score for Italy: 23 March 2019, 2–0 vs. Finland (19 years, 23 days)[46]
  • First player born in the 2000s to score for Italy U21: 15 October 2018, 2–0 vs. Tunisia (18 years, 229 days)[39]
  • First player born in the 2000s to debut in one of Europe's five major leagues: 19 November 2016, 3–0 vs. Pescara in Serie A (16 years, 265 days)[7][8]
  • First player born in the 2000s to score in one of Europe's five major leagues: 27 May 2017, 1–2 vs. Bologna (17 years, 88 days)[10]

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