Giovanni Simeone

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Giovanni Simeone
Personal information
Full name Giovanni Simeone Baldini
Date of birth (1995-07-05) 5 July 1995 (age 23)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Fiorentina
Number 9
Youth career
2008–2013 River Plate
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 River Plate 27 (2)
2015–2016Banfield (loan) 34 (12)
2016–2017 Genoa 35 (12)
2017– Fiorentina 39 (15)
National team
2015 Argentina U20 12 (12)
2016 Argentina U23 3 (0)
2018– Argentina 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 August 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 September 2018

Giovanni Pablo Simeone Baldini (Spanish pronunciation: [ɟʝoˈβani simeˈone]; born 5 July 1995) also known as El Cholito ([el ˈtʃolito]), is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker for Italian club Fiorentina. He is the son of former footballer and current Atlético Madrid manager Diego Simeone.

Early life[edit]

The son of former Argentine international footballer Diego Simeone and Carolina Baldini, Giovanni Simeone was born in Madrid[1][2][3][4] while his father was playing for Atlético Madrid.[5] His family moved to Italy in 1997, but later returned to Spain in 2003 following his father's career club changes. Two years later he moved to Argentina, and joined River Plate's youth setup in 2008 when his father was appointed coach of the first team. He has two younger brothers, Gianluca and Giuliano. He holds both Argentine and Spanish nationality, but represents Argentina internationally.[6]

Club career[edit]

River Plate[edit]

After progressing through the youth ranks, Simeone signed a three-year professional deal with the club in November 2011.[7] In July 2013 he was called up by the main squad for the pre-season,[8] Simeone made his league debut on 4 August 2013, starting and playing the full 90 minutes in a 0–1 away loss against Gimnasia La Plata.[9] Later that month he renewed his contract, signing until 2016.[10] Simeone scored his first professional goal on 8 September, netting the second of a 3–0 home win against Tigre.[11]

Loan to Banfield[edit]

On 6 July 2015, Simeone joined fellow Argentine Primera División side Banfield on a season-long loan deal.[12] On 12 July 2015, he scored the match-winning goal on his debut in a 1–0 victory against Quilmes.[13]

Genoa[edit]

On 18 August 2016, Simeone signed for Italian club Genoa for €3 million.[14][15] He scored his first goal, on his first start for the club in a 1–1 draw with Pescara on 25 September 2016.[16] On 27 November, Simeone netted a brace in Genoa 3–1 win over Serie A leaders, Juventus.[17]

Fiorentina[edit]

Among speculation of Atlético Madrid's interest in sign the young player to be coached by his father Diego Simeone, Giovanni signed with Serie A club Fiorentina on August 16, 2017 for an undisclosed fee. On April 29, 2018, Simeone completed his first hat-trick in Serie A in Fiorentina's 3-0 win against Napoli.[18]

International career[edit]

Capped for Argentina at under-20 level, Simeone finished as top scorer at the 2015 South American Youth Football Championship, helping Argentina win its fifth title in the competition.[19]

On 8 September 2018, Simeone scored on his senior international debut, against Guatemala.

International goals[edit]

National team[edit]

Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first.[20]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 September 2018 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States  Guatemala 3–0 3–0 Friendly

Style of play[edit]

Simeone is an elegant yet powerful forward with an eye for goal, who is capable of playing anywhere along the front line; although he has been deployed as a second striker, he has also been used in a central role as a main striker, and is a competent and efficient finisher with both feet, despite being naturally right footed. A tenacious and energetic player, he is known for his work-rate and defensive contribution off the ball, and often drops into midfield in order to help his team win back possession. He is also known for his speed and intelligent attacking movement, which enables him to create space and provide depth for his team. Regarded as a promising young player, he also possesses good technical skills, as well as flair and finesse on the ball, and is capable of linking-up with his teammates and bringing other forwards into play.[21][22][23][24][25][26][27]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 26 August 2018[28]
Club Season League Cup International Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
River Plate 2013–14 Primera División 17 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 19 2
2014 7 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 11 2
2015 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 27 2 2 0 4 2 0 0 33 4
Banfield (loan) 2015 Primera División 18 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 19 7
2016 16 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 17 5
Total 34 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 36 12
Genoa 2016–17 Serie A 35 12 1 1 0 0 0 0 36 13
2017–18 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
Total 35 12 2 2 0 0 0 0 37 14
Fiorentina 2017–18 Serie A 38 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 40 14
2018–19 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Total 39 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 41 15
Career total 135 41 8 2 4 2 0 0 147 45

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

River Plate

International[edit]

Argentina

Individual[edit]

Performances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ La vida de Simeone: "70% fútbol, 30% familia", diario El Mundo, 19 de octubre de 2006.
  2. ^ Gio Simeone: «Si eligiese, me gustaría jugar en el Atlético», diario ABC, 12 de noviembre de 2014.
  3. ^ Giovanni nació en Madrid hace 21 años, diario El Mundo, 22 de febrero de 2017.
  4. ^ Tres futbolistas y un biberón... ¿Conoces a los hijos de Simeone?, revista ¡Hola!, 30 de septiembre de 2016.
  5. ^ "Celeste Godoy, la musa de Giovanni Simeone" [Celeste Godoy, the muse of Giovanni Simeone]. Goal.com (in Spanish). May 15, 2014. Archived from the original on August 15, 2012. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Simeone tiene pasaporte comunitario" [Simeone has the EU passport] (in Spanish). La Página Millonaria. January 1, 2014. Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Filho de Simeone assina contrato com o River Plate" [Simeone's son signs contract with River Plate] (in Portuguese). Diário Lance!. November 3, 2011. Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ "El "bautismo" para los pibes" [The "baptism" for the kids] (in Spanish). La Página Millonaria. July 16, 2013. Archived from the original on July 19, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Gimnasia derrotó por 1–0 a River, en el Bosque" [Gimnasia defeated River by 1–0 in Bosque] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. August 4, 2013. Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 17, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Giovanni Simeone firmó y renovó contrato en River por tres años" [Giovanni Simeone signed and renewed contract with River for three years] (in Spanish). Infobae. August 27, 2013. Archived from the original on December 18, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2014. 
  11. ^ "River se despertó en el 2º tiempo y venció a Tigre" [River woke up in the 2nd half and defeated Tigre] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. September 8, 2013. Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 17, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Transfert : Giovanni Simeone (River Plate) prêté à Banfield" [Transfer: Giovanni Simeone (River Plate) was loaned to Banfield]. L'Equipe (in French). 6 July 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "Banfield festejó por Giovanni Simeone" [Banfield celebrated by Giovanni Simeone]. Argentine Football Association. 12 July 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  14. ^ http://www.goal.com/en/news/723/serie-a/2016/11/28/29962552/like-father-like-son-giovanni-simeone-shoots-down-juventus
  15. ^ "Simeone ufficiale, venerdi' conferenza" [Simeone official conference on Friday] (in Italian). Genoa C.F.C. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  16. ^ "Genoa 1-1 Pescara". BBC Sport. BBC. 25 September 2016. 
  17. ^ "Serie A leaders Juventus blown away by Genoa in half an hour". Reuters. 28 November 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  18. ^ "Fiorentina-Napoli 3-0. Simeone tripletta, la Juve a +4". 29 April 2018. Retrieved 29 April 2018. 
  19. ^ "Giovanni Simeone is champion and top scorer". CONMEBOL. 8 February 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  20. ^ "Giovanni Simeone". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. 
  21. ^ "Juric: 'Three points are key'". Football Italia. 5 February 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  22. ^ Blair Newman; Luca Hodges-Ramon; Richard Hall; Franco Ficetola; Mark Neale; Emmet Gates (24 January 2017). "The 50 best young footballers in Italy". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  23. ^ "Simeone jr come il Cholo: che trionfo con il River" (in Italian). Il Corriere dello Sport. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  24. ^ Tim Vickery (6 February 2015). "Are Gio Simeone's U-20 heroics a false dawn or is Diego's son the real deal?". ESPN FC. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  25. ^ Alberto Casella (28 September 2016). ""Sono Gio e non mi manda papà". Simeone jr: tecnica, gol e tanta "garra"" (in Italian). Fox Sports. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  26. ^ Adam Digby (9 December 2016). "Meet Giovanni Simeone: Genoa's Juventus-slaying striker who wants to join his dad at Atletico Madrid". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  27. ^ "In rampa di lancio: attaccanti" (in Italian). UEFA.com. 4 January 2017. Retrieved 16 February 2017. 
  28. ^ Giovanni Simeone at Soccerway

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