Rincón with Genoa in 2015.
|Full name||Tomás Eduardo Rincón Hernández|
|Date of birth||13 January 1988|
|Place of birth||San Cristobal, Venezuela|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 01:23, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
Tomás Eduardo Rincón Hernández (born 13 January 1988) is a Venezuelan footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder or right back currently playing for Italian Serie A club Juventus, 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.
Genoa and Juventus
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.
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.
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 21 May 2017.
|Zamora||2007–08||Venezuelan Primera División||33||1||2||2||–||0||0||35||3|
|Deportivo Táchira||2008–09||Venezuelan Primera División||18||0||0||0||–||0||0||18||0|
- As of match played 25 March 2017.
- Deportivo Táchira
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