Rolando Mandragora

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Rolando Mandragora
Mandragora Udinese.png
Mandragora with Udinese in 2018
Personal information
Full name Rolando Mandragora
Date of birth (1997-06-29) 29 June 1997 (age 22)
Place of birth Naples, Italy
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Udinese
Number 38
Youth career
Mariano Keller
2011–2016 Genoa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2016 Genoa 5 (0)
2015–2016Pescara (loan) 26 (0)
2016–2018 Juventus 1 (0)
2017–2018Crotone (loan) 36 (2)
2018– Udinese 35 (3)
National team
2013–2014 Italy U17 4 (0)
2014 Italy U18 1 (0)
2014– 2015 Italy U19 10 (1)
2017 Italy U20 7 (0)
2015–2019 Italy U21 26 (0)
2018– Italy 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:16, 11 June 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 June 2019

Rolando Mandragora (Italian pronunciation: [roˈlando manˈdraːɡora]; born 29 June 1997) is an Italian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Udinese.

He began his professional career at Genoa, making five Serie A appearances and playing more frequently on loan at Pescara in Serie B. In 2016 he joined Juventus, where he made a sole appearance and was loaned a year later to Crotone, where he played regularly. He signed for Udinese in 2018.

Mandragora represented Italy at every age group from under-17 to under-21. He made his senior international debut in June 2018.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Mandragora is a native of the Naples quartiere of Scampìa. His father ran the local football school established by Paolo and Fabio Cannavaro. Mandragora was scouted by Serie A clubs while at Mariano Keller and joined the youth sector of Genoa at age fourteen.[1]

He made his Serie A debut on 29 October 2014 against Juventus in a 1–0 home win. He played the first 69 minutes of the game, before being substituted by Juraj Kucka.[2]

Juventus[edit]

On 19 January 2016, Juventus confirmed the signing of Mandragora on a five-year contract for an initial fee of €6 million, potentially rising to €12 million based on performance. [3] He spent the rest of the 2015–16 season on loan at Serie B side Pescara. In April 2016 he suffered a fractured metatarsal in his right foot which required surgery. His recovery was hindered due to complications and he was forced to undergo a second surgery that August.[4]

Mandragora returned to Juventus for the 2016–17 season and was given the number 38 shirt. He made his Juventus debut on 23 April 2017, coming on as a substitute for Claudio Marchisio in the 86th minute of a 4–0 home win against his former club Genoa, in Serie A.[5][6][7]

On 5 August 2017, Mandragora was loaned to fellow top-flight team Crotone for the season.[8] He played all but two of their league games, starting each one as the Calabrian club suffered relegation, and contributed two goals; the first of his career was on 24 September to open a 2–0 home win over Benevento.[9]

Udinese[edit]

On 2 July 2018, Mandragora was sold to fellow Serie A side Udinese but Juventus kept a buy-back option for €20 million.[10]

Mandragora received a one-match retrospective ban for blasphemy from Lega Serie A in August 2018; after having a shot saved against Sampdoria he shouted insults towards the Virgin Mary and God.[11]

International career[edit]

A season youth international, Mandragora made his debut for the Italy U21 team on 12 August 2015, in a friendly match against Hungary.

He was named in the team for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea.[12][13]

Mandragora made his senior international debut for Italy under Roberto Mancini, starting in a 3–1 friendly loss to France in Nice on 1 June 2018.[14][15]

He took part in the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, as the team's captain.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 26 May 2019[17]
Club League Season League Cup1 Europe2 Other Cups3 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Genoa Serie A 2014–15 5 0 0 0 5 0
Pescara (loan) Serie B 2015–16 26 0 1 0 27 0
Juventus Serie A 2016–17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Crotone (loan) 2017–18 36 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 37 2
Udinese 2018–19 35 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 36 3
Career total 103 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 106 5

International[edit]

As of 1 June 2018[17]
National team Year Apps Goals
Italy
2018 1 0
Total 1 0

Honours[edit]

Juventus[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rolando Mandragora, il nuovo enfant prodige del calcio italiano". Tuttosport (in Italian). 27 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Genoa vs. Juventus - 29 October 2014 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 2014-11-01.
  3. ^ "AGREEMENT WITH GENOA C.F.C. FOR THE ACQUISITION OF THE PLAYER ROLANDO MANDRAGORA" (PDF). Juventus F.C. 19 January 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Juventus, Mandragora l'acquisto ancora mai visto". Tuttosport (in Italian). 8 November 2016.
  5. ^ "The 50 best young footballers in Italy". The Guardian. 24 January 2017.
  6. ^ Filippo Conticello (23 April 2017). "Juventus-Genoa 4-0: autogol di Munoz, Dybala, Mandzukic e Bonucci". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian).
  7. ^ "Mandragora esordisce con la Juventus: tutta la gioia su Instagram". Tuttosport (in Italian). 24 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Official: Crotone loan Mandragora". Football Italia. 5 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Crotone-Benevento 2-0: Mandragora e Rohden rilanciano Nicola". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 24 September 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Calciomercato Udinese, preso Mandragora dalla Juventus" (in Italian). Sky Italia. 2 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Udinese's Rolando Mandragora suspended for 'blasphemous remarks'". BBC Sport. 29 August 2018. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  12. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 25 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Azzurrini in partenza per la Corea del Sud. Evani: "Abbiamo il dovere di arrivare in fondo"" (in Italian). FIGC. 15 May 2017.
  14. ^ "Caldara: 'Azzurri on right track'". Football Italia. 2 June 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Italy: Experimental Azzurri test France". Football Italia. 1 June 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  16. ^ https://www.figc.it/it/nazionali/news/nazionale-under-21-parte-avventura-europea-di-biagio-ufficializza-la-lista-dei-23-azzurrini/
  17. ^ a b c "R. Mandragora". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 May 2017.

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