Nicolás Tagliafico

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Nicolás Tagliafico
Argentina team in St. Petersburg (cropped).jpg
Tagliafico with Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Nicolás Alejandro Tagliafico[1]
Date of birth (1992-08-31) 31 August 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Ajax
Number 31
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2015 Banfield 90 (2)
2012–2013Murcia (loan) 27 (0)
2015–2018 Independiente 85 (2)
2018– Ajax 15 (1)
National team
2007 Argentina U15 2 (0)
2009 Argentina U17 5 (0)
2011 Argentina U20 12 (1)
2017– Argentina 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 June 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 September 2018

Nicolás Alejandro Tagliafico (born 31 August 1992) is an Argentine footballer who plays as a left back for Dutch club Ajax. Because of his "lung-busting stamina, excellent technique and continuous enterprise", as well as his playing position and club, he has been compared to the Internazionale and Argentina left-sided player Javier Zanetti, formerly also of Banfield.[2]

Club career[edit]

Banfield[edit]

Tagliafico made his professional debut for Banfield on a 2−1 away victory against Tigre for the fifth fixture of the 2011 Clausura, coming on as a substitute on the 72nd minute.[3] Due to Marcelo Bustamante's ban, he was a starter the following game, a 2−2 draw with Huracán.[3] In 2012, Tagliafico signed a one-year loan deal with Spanish club Real Murcia.

Independiente[edit]

In 2015, he made the move to Independiente for an undisclosed transfer fee and made his professional debut for the club during a 3−2 away win at Newell's Old Boys. Tagliafico would end up captaining the team that won the 2017 Copa Sudamericana.

Ajax[edit]

On 5 January 2018, he made the move to Ajax for a fee of £4 million and made his professional debut for the club during a 2-0 home win against Feyenoord on 21 January 2018 in the Dutch Klassieker.

International career[edit]

Tagliafico has played in all the youth categories of the Argentine national team: under-15, under-17 and under-20. Tagliafico impressed for the Argentina national under-20 football team at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia; however, he missed Argentina's final kick in the quarter-final penalty shoot-out against Portugal, meaning Argentina exited that competition 5-4 on penalties (Cartagena, 13 August 2011).

In May 2018 he was named in Argentina’s final 23 man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 9 February 2018[5]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Banfield 2010–11 Primera División 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2011–12 33 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 33 1
2013–14 Primera B Nacional 34 0 2 1 0 0 36 1
2014 Primera División 14 1 0 0 0 0 14 1
Total 90 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 92 3
Real Murcia (loan) 2012–13 Segunda División 27 0 1 0 28 0
Independiente 2015 Primera División 31 1 2 0 6[a] 0 0 0 39 1
2016 16 1 2 0 4[a] 0 3[b] 0 25 1
2016–17 29 0 1 0 11[a] 0 2[b] 0 43 0
2017–18 9 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 14 0
Total 85 2 5 0 26 0 5 0 121 2
Ajax 2017–18 Eredivisie 15 1 0 0 0 0 15 1
Career total 217 5 8 1 21 0 5 0 256 6
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in the Copa Sudamericana
  2. ^ a b Appearances in the Torneos de Verano

International[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 11 September 2018.[6]
Argentina
Year Apps Goals
2017 1 0
2018 9 0
Total 10 0

Honours[edit]

Independiente

Argentina

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: List of players: Argentina" (PDF). FIFA. 10 June 2018. p. 1. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Nicolás Tagliafico: the New Javier Zanetti?". Mediolana. 14 August 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Closing '11 statistics". Argentine Soccer. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  4. ^ https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup/argentina-world-cup-squad-paulo-dybala-mauro-icardi-a8362096.html
  5. ^ "N. Tagliafico". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Nicolás Tagliafico". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 21 June 2018.

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