|Full name||Tomás Eduardo Rincón Hernández|
|Date of birth||13 January 1988|
|Place of birth||San Cristóbal, Venezuela|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2017||→ Torino (loan)||18||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:07, 20 April 2019 (UTC).|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:39, 23 March 2019 (UTC).
Tomás Eduardo Rincón Hernández Spanish pronunciation: [to’mas riŋ’koŋ] (born 13 January 1988) is a Venezuelan professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder or full-back for Italian club Torino and the Venezuela national team, which he captains.
Rincón began his career at UA Maracaibo. Then he joined Zamora in January 2007, playing 33 games and scoring one goal, up to July 2008. In July 2008, Rincón joined Deportivo Táchira and signed a contract up to 2010.
The 22-year-old midfielder played on loan at German Bundesliga side Hamburger SV. On 30 January 2009, he signed a contract until 31 December 2009. Rincón played his first match for Hamburg on 4 March 2009 against Wehen Wiesbaden in the DFB-Pokal.
He debuted in the Bundesliga on 4 April 2009 as a substitute in the 87th minute in a 1–0 win against 1899 Hoffenheim. On 10 December 2009, Hamburger SV purchased him from his former club Deportivo Táchira. Rincón signed a contract until 30 June 2014.
On 31 July 2014 he was signed by Italian club Genoa on a free transfer, and on 24 August, he played his first official match with the Gialloblu in an away game, valid for the third qualifying round of the Coppa Italia, won 1–0 against Lanciano. He made his debut in Serie A on 31 August against Napoli. With Genoa he finished in 6th place, qualifying for the Europa League, but was denied because Genoa failed to obtain a UEFA license.
The next season he made his debut in the league in the second round, in a home game won 2–0 against Verona. On 22 November 2015 he scored his first goal for Genoa in the game won against Sassuolo. Overall, he made 82 appearances and scored 3 goals with Genoa.
In the middle of the 2016–17 season, he was a linked with a move to defending Serie A champions Juventus during the January transfer window; he ultimately signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the Turin-based club on 3 January 2017 for a reported fee of €8 million, becoming the first Venezuelan ever to represent the Bianconeri, and was given the number 28 shirt. He made his debut for the Turin side on 8 January, coming on as a substitute for Sami Khedira in a 3–0 home win over Bologna, in Serie A. On 14 March, he made his UEFA Champions League debut with the club, coming on as a substitute for Paulo Dybala, in a 1–0 home win over Porto, in the second leg of the round of 16.
On 11 August 2017, Rincón was loaned to Torino for the 2017–18 season for €3 million, with a €6 million conditional obligation to buy. After the player had reached the condition on appearance for Torino, the club bought him outright on 6 January 2018. The deal was officially confirmed by Juventus on 5 February.
Rincón played for the Venezuela national under-20 team at Sudamericana sub-20, held in Paraguay. He played his first senior international game for Venezuela in 2008 in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier. On 22 July 2011, he was voted Adidas' Best Player at the 2011 Copa América, held in Argentina, receiving 65% of the total votes against ten candidates. Venezuela finished the tournament in fourth place. He later also took part at the 2015 Copa América, and the Copa América Centenario in 2016 with Venezuela, serving as his team's captain in the latter tournament.
Style of play
Nicknamed el general (The General), Rincón is quick, versatile, and hard-working player, who is capable of playing in several midfield and defensive positions. Although he is usually deployed in the centre, as a defensive midfielder in front of the back-line, he is also capable of playing as a full-back, wing-back, or wide midfielder along the right flank. A tenacious footballer, he is mainly known for his anticipation and ball-winning abilities.
- As of match played 3 March 2019
|Zamora||2007–08||Venezuelan Primera División||33||1||2||2||—||35||3|
|Deportivo Táchira||2008–09||Venezuelan Primera División||18||0||0||0||—||18||0|
|Torino (loan)||2017–18||Serie A||36||1||2||0||—||38||1|
- As of match played 16 November 2018.
- Scores and results list Venezuela's goal tally first.
|1.||16 November 2018||Ōita Bank Dome, Ōita, Japan||Japan||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
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