Tranquillo Barnetta

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Tranquillo Barnetta
Tranquillo Barnetta 2006-11-15.jpg
Barnetta with Switzerland in 2006
Personal information
Full name Tranquillo Barnetta[1]
Date of birth (1985-05-22) 22 May 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth St. Gallen, Switzerland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Philadelphia Union
Number 85
Youth career
1991–1996 FC Rotmonten St. Gallen
1996–2002 St. Gallen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 St. Gallen 60 (15)
2004–2012 Bayer Leverkusen 187 (23)
2004–2005 Hannover 96 (loan) 7 (2)
2012–2015 Schalke 04 44 (3)
2013–2014 Eintracht Frankfurt (loan) 22 (1)
2015– Philadelphia Union 3 (0)
National team
2004– Switzerland 75 (10)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 August 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 December 2014

Tranquillo Barnetta (Italian pronunciation: [traŋˈkwillo barˈnetta]; born 22 May 1985) is a Swiss professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer. He usually plays out wide as a left winger but can also play in a more withdrawn role as a central midfielder. Barnetta is known for his "extreme pace, mobility and creativity".[2] He has amassed 75 caps for the Swiss national team.

Club career[edit]

Barnetta started his career with St. Gallen in his hometown but was soon snapped up by German side Bayer Leverkusen in January 2004.[3] During his first season at Bayer, he had a loan spell at Hannover 96, returning to Bayer in March 2005.[4]

After a good showing at the World Cup in Germany, Barnetta became a regular in the Bayer squad. The 2008–09 season was one to forget for him, after Bayer finished two places lower than the previous season and his goals tally dropped slightly. During the summer transfer window, he was linked with a move away from Bayer as his place in the squad seemed under threat from loanee Toni Kroos.[5] Barnetta regained his good form in the 2009–10 season, scoring a brace in only his second league game of the season and contributing to Bayer's unbeaten run for the entire first half of the season. In the 2013–14 season, Barnetta had a season long loan spell at Eintracht Frankfurt, returning to Schalke 04 in June 2014 whom he signed for at the end of the 2011–12 season.[6]

On 2 July 2012, after his contract ran out at Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke 04 confirmed that Barnetta signed a three-year professional contract with them until 30 June 2015,[7] and in in preparation for the Gelsenkirchen club's participation in the Champions League.[7] The transfer was reported as a free transfer by Schalke's sport and communications manager Horst Heldt.[7] Barnetta was assigned a number 27 shirt, previously worn by Ciprian Deac.[7] On 23 September 2014, Barnetta scored his first goal for Schalke in his second league match of the 2014–15 season.[8]

On 29 July 2015, Barnetta signed with the Philadelphia Union.[9]

Club career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total Ref.
Club League Season App. Goals App. Goals App. Goals App. Goals App. Goals
Switzerland League Swiss Cup Europe Other Total
St. Gallen Swiss Super League 2002–03 30 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 10 [10]
2003–04 30 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 5
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Other Total
Hannover 96 (loan) Bundesliga 2004–05 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2
Bayer Leverkusen 2005–06 31 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 6
2006–07 30 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 1
2007–08 32 6 0 0 1 1 0 0 33 7
2008–09 31 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 4
2009–10 32 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 34 4
2010–11 24 2 1 0 6 0 0 0 31 2
2011–12 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Eintracht Frankfurt (loan) 2013–14 22 1 2 0 7 0 0 0 31 1
Schalke 04 2012–13 21 0 3 0 7 0 0 0 31 0
2013–14 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2014–15 22 3 1 0 4 0 0 0 27 3
Total 320 44 10 0 25 1 0 0 355 45
Last updated: 9 June 2015

International career[edit]

Barnetta challenging Rafael Sóbis in a friendly against Brazil in 2006

Barnetta is a former youth international and was in the Swiss U-17 squad that won the 2002 U-17 European Championships along with future senior teammates Philippe Senderos and Reto Ziegler.[11] He has been a member of the senior national team and was first called up to the squad for the Euro 2004 but did not make an appearance. At the 2006 World Cup, he scored the second goal in Switzerland's group stage win over Togo,[12] but missed a penalty kick in the shootout against Ukraine, which Switzerland lost 3–0. On 4 July, Barnetta was shortlisted for the tournament's Best Young Player award. He was ever present in 2010 World Cup qualifying as the Swiss secured a place by finishing top of their group.[13] On 4 June 2011, Barnetta scored two free kicks in quick succession against England in the Euro 2012 qualifiers.[14] Barnetta was called up to represent Switzerland at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, but he didn't play any matches.[15][16]

International goals[edit]

As of 16 October 2012

International career statistics[edit]

National team Year App. Goals Ref.
Switzerland national team 2004 2 0 [23]
2005 8 0
2006 10 3
2007 10 3
2008 10 0
2009 9 0
2010 9 0
2011 1 2
2012 7 2
2013 6 0
2014 2 0
Total 74 10
Last updated: 3 June 2014

Playing style[edit]

FIFA's official website describes Barnetta as "though primarily a creative footballer, Barnetta covers ground and closes down opponents on the football pitch with the sort tireless energy and dogged determination one might expect from a tigerish central midfielder".[24] Barnetta is regarded for bringing "drive, skill and maturity" to the Swiss national team.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Barnetta was born in St. Gallen. Both his parents are of Italian descent and he holds both Swiss and Italian citizenship.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 30. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Palmer, Kevin. "Champions League 2012–13, Group B". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Leverkusen holt St. Gallens Jungstar Barnetta". Netzeitung (in German). 9 January 2004. Retrieved 13 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Barnetta zurück zu Bayer". Blick (in German). 9 March 2005. Retrieved 13 June 2009. 
  5. ^ Ostendorp, Heiko; Böni, Andreas (15 May 2009). "Tranquillo kann in jeder Liga der Welt spielen". Blick (in German). 
  6. ^ "Schalke loan Tranquillo Barnetta to Eintracht Frankfurt". SB Nation. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Schalke clinch Barnetta signing". ESPN Soccernet. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Werder Bremen vs Schalke 0-3 Highlights 2014 Bundesliga". goalsaim.com. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Philadelphia Union sign Bundesliga veteran and Swiss international Tranquillo Barnetta". MLSSoccer.com. 29 July 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  10. ^ Tranquillo Barnetta profile at Soccerway
  11. ^ Tschoumy, Renaud (10 November 2009). "Les «Rouge» admirent les «Rougets»". Le Matin (in French). 
  12. ^ "Ice-cool Barnetta soothes Swiss nerves". fifa.com. 16 June 2006. 
  13. ^ "Swiss duo riding high". fifa.com. 21 October 2009. 
  14. ^ White, Duncan (4 June 2011). "England 2 Switzerland 2: match report". Telegraph. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Profile: Tranquillo BARNETTA". Fifa.com. 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "World Cup 2014 squads: Switzerland name final 23". SB Nation. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "Football – Match Friendlies : Scotland vs. Switzerland". footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  18. ^ "Football – Match Friendlies : Switzerland vs. Ivory Coast". footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  19. ^ "Togo-Switzerland". FIFA.com. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  20. ^ "Football – Match Friendlies : Switzerland vs. Netherlands". footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  21. ^ "Football – Match Friendlies : Switzerland vs. Chile". footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  22. ^ "UEFA EURO 2012 – England-Switzerland". UEFA.com. 4 June 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  23. ^ "Tranquillo Barnetta". National Football Teams. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  24. ^ a b "Tranquillo Barnetta: My +10 team". FIFA. 22 June 2006. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  25. ^ "Tranquillo Barnetta" (in Italian). swissinfo.ch. 6 March 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 

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