Radja Nainggolan

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Radja Nainggolan
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Nainggolan playing for Roma in 2014
Personal information
Date of birth (1988-05-04) 4 May 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth Antwerp, Belgium
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Roma
Number 4
Youth career
2000–2005 Germinal Beerschot
2005–2007 Piacenza
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Piacenza 71 (4)
2010 Cagliari (loan) 7 (0)
2010–2014 Cagliari 131 (7)
2014 Roma (loan) 17 (2)
2014– Roma 35 (5)
National team
2004 Belgium U16 1 (0)
2007 Belgium U19 2 (0)
2008–2009 Belgium U20 2 (0)
2007–2010 Belgium U21 13 (1)
2009– Belgium 12 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 1 June 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:07, 12 June 2015 (UTC)

Radja Nainggolan (born 4 May 1988) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays for Italian club A.S. Roma and the Belgian national team as a midfielder.

He has spent most of his professional career in Italy, representing Piacenza, Cagliari and Roma.

Early life[edit]

Nainggolan was born in Antwerp, the son of Lizy Bogaerts, a Belgian of Flemish ethnicity who raised him with his three half brothers and his twin sister,[1][2] and Marianus Nainggolan, an Indonesian of Batak background member of the Batak Christian Protestant Church[3] who left them with nothing when he was just a child.[4]

Nainggolan's mother died in 2010,[5] and after her death he tattooed two large wings on his back with her dates of birth and death.[4][6] He was raised Roman Catholic and speaks Dutch, English and Italian fluently, as well as understanding French.[7][8]

Club career[edit]

Piacenza[edit]

Nainggolan arrived at Piacenza Calcio in late 2005 at the age of 17, from local K.F.C. Germinal Beerschot. Still a junior he managed to appear in two Serie B games for the club, over the course of two separate seasons.

Nainggolan played 38 matches in the 2008–09 campaign for the Emilia-Romagna side, scoring three goals for an eventual 10th-place finish.

Cagliari[edit]

On 27 January 2010[9] he was loaned to Cagliari Calcio in Serie A, with the Sardinians having an option to buy the player permanently at the end of the season.[citation needed] He made his league debut on 7 February, playing seven minutes in a 0–3 away loss against Inter Milan.[10]

On 21 June 2010, Cagliari acquired Nainggolan on a permanent basis. In early October 2013, after three seasons as an undisputed first-choice,[11] he renewed his contract until 2016.[12]

However, on 7 January of the following year, Nainggolan was loaned to fellow league team A.S. Roma until the end of the campaign for a fee of 3 million, with an option to purchase 50% registration rights in the ensuing summer for €6 million.[13][14]

Roma[edit]

Nainggolan made his debut for his new club on 9 January 2014, starting in a 1–0 home win over U.C. Sampdoria for the season's Coppa Italia which qualified to the quarter-finals.[15] In the same competition, he also helped dispose of Juventus F.C. in said stage by playing the full 90 minutes 12 days later.[16]

On 22 February 2014 Nainggolan scored his first goal for the capital side, grabbing the 1–0 winner against Bologna F.C. 1909.[17] His second, which arrived on 19 April against ACF Fiorentina (same result) ensured his team automatic qualification to the UEFA Champions League.[18]

Roma excised the option to sign half of the registration rights in June 2014. On 24 June 2015 Roma bought Nainggolan outright for €9 million.[19]

International career[edit]

Nainggolan earned his first cap for Belgium on 29 May 2009, against Chile in the Kirin Cup.[20] On 5 March 2014 he scored his first goal for the Red Devils, in a 2–2 friendly draw with Côte d'Ivoire.[18]

On 13 May 2014, Nainggolan was selected in a standby list for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[21][22]

Statistics[edit]

Nainggolan in action for the U21 team of Belgium in 2009

Club[edit]

As of 18 May 2015[23][24]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Piacenza 2005–06 Serie B 1 0 0 0 1 0
2006–07 Serie B 1 0 0 0 1 0
2007–08 Serie B 10 0 1 0 11 0
2008–09 Serie B 38 3 1 0 39 3
2009–10 Serie B 21 1 1 0 22 1
Total 71 4 3 0 74 4
Cagliari 2009–10 Serie A 7 0 0 0 7 0
2010–11 Serie A 36 2 2 0 38 2
2011–12 Serie A 37 1 2 0 39 1
2012–13 Serie A 34 2 1 0 35 2
2013–14 Serie A 17 2 1 0 18 2
Total 131 7 6 0 137 7
Roma 2013–14 Serie A 17 2 3 0 20 2
2014–15 Serie A 33 5 2 0 9 0 44 5
Total 50 7 5 0 9 0 64 7
Career total 252 18 14 0 9 0 275 18

International[edit]

As of 7 June 2015[25]
Belgium national team
Year Apps Goals
2009 1 0
2011 1 0
2012 1 0
2013 1 0
2014 4 2
2015 3 1
Total 11 3

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Belgium's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 5 March 2014 King Baudouin, Brussels, Belgium  Ivory Coast
2–0
2–2
Friendly[18]
2. 13 October 2014 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and Herzegovina
1–1
1–1
Euro 2016 qualifying[26]
3. 7 June 2015 Stade De France, Paris, France  France
3–0
4–3
Friendly

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tottenham incar Radja Nainggolan" [Tottenham wants Radja Nainggolan] (in Indonesian). Tempo. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Radja Nainggolan diincar klub besar Eropa" (in Indonesian). Ganlob. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Radja Nainggolan bangga bermarga Batak" (in Indonesian). Mahasiswa Batak. June 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "La GdS racconta Nainggolan: cresciuto senza padre, salvato dalla madre" [GdS tells of Nainggolan: grown up without a father, rescued by mother] (in Italian). Il Vero Milanista. 29 December 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Grave lutto per Nainggolan" [Serious mourning for Nainggolan] (in Italian). Tutto Cagliari. 19 October 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "5 cose da sapere su Radja Nainggolan" [5 things you should know about Radja Nainggolan] (in Italian). Squer. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Radja Nainggolan, serramannese d’adozione" [Radja Nainggolan, serramannese by adoption] (in Italian). A Serramanna. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Sorpresa Nainggolan: 'A Firenze meglio che a Lecce'" [Surprise Nainggolan: 'Better in Florence than Lecce'] (in Italian). Calcio Mercato. 3 December 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Nainggolan: "Vengo per migliorare" – "La Serie A è un sogno"" [Nainggolan: "I come to improve" – "Serie A is a dream"] (in (Italian)). Cagliari Calcio. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  10. ^ Internazionale 3–0 Cagliari; ESPN Soccernet, 7 February 2010
  11. ^ "È Nainggolan il re dei contrasti" [Nainggolan is the king of tackles] (in Italian). Cagliari News 24. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Cagliari, Nainggolan: rinnovo e scaramanzia per allontanare le big" [Cagliari, Nainggolan: renewal and good luck to stave off the big] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato Web. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Radja Nainggolan" (PDF) (in Italian). A.S. Roma. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  14. ^ Nainggolan coming to Roma; UEFA.com, 7 January 2014
  15. ^ "Coppa Italia, Roma-Sampdoria 1–0, decide Torosidis: c'è la Juventus nei quarti" [Italian Cup, Roma-Sampdoria 1–0, Torosidis decides it: it's Juventus in last-eight] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "Roma-Juventus 1–0: Vendetta servita, Gervinho manda la Lupa in semifinale" [Roma-Juventus 1–0: Revenge served, Gervinho sennds Lupa to semifinals] (in Italian). Goal.com. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "Nainggolan's first Roma goal sinks Bologna". Reuters. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  18. ^ a b c "World Cup watch: Lionel Messi, Radamel Falcao & Carlos Tevez". BBC Sport. 21 April 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  19. ^ "OPERAZIONI DI MERCATO Radja Nainggolan" (PDF) (in Italian). A.S. Roma. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  20. ^ Kirin Cup: De Laet , Kitoko et Nainggolan aussi (Kirin Cup: De Laet, also Kitoko and Nainggolan); DH, 27 May 2009 (French)
  21. ^ "World Cup squad announcement – Belgium". Twitter. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  22. ^ "Januzaj makes Belgium provisional World Cup squad". Goal.com. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  23. ^ "R. Nainggolan". Soccerway. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  24. ^ "Radja Nainggolan". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  25. ^ "Radja Nainggolan". National Football Teams. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  26. ^ "Belgium make point at Bosnia and Herzegovina". UEFA.com. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 

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