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Duván Esteban Zapata Banguero (American Spanish: [duˈβan saˈpata]; born 1 April 1991) is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Italian club Atalanta, on loan from Sampdoria and the Colombia national team.

Duván Zapata
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Zapata playing for Napoli in 2014
Personal information
Full name Duván Esteban Zapata Banguero
Date of birth (1991-04-01) 1 April 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Padilla, Cauca, Colombia
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Atlanta
Number 91
Youth career
2004–2008 América de Cali
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 América de Cali 38 (7)
2011–2013 Estudiantes 44 (19)
2013–2018 Napoli 37 (11)
2015–2017Udinese (loan) 63 (18)
2017–2018Sampdoria (loan) 31 (11)
2018– Sampdoria 0 (0)
2018–Atalanta 37 (23)
National team
2011 Colombia U20 5 (1)
2017– Colombia 13 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 June 2019

After starting his career with Colombian club América de Cali, he later played for Estudiantes in Argentina, before moving to Italy, where he played for a number of teams, including Napoli, Udinese, Sampdoria, and Atalanta.

At international level, he made his senior debut for Colombia in 2017, and took part at the 2019 Copa América.

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Club careerEdit

EstudiantesEdit

In 2011, Zapata he was named the black coloncoro joined Estudiantes on loan for a $120,000 loan fee with an option for Estudiantes to purchase for $1.2 million.[1][2] On his debut, Zapata scored a goal in a 3–2 win over Belgrano. During his first year with Estudiantes, Zapata would occasionally make appearances with their reserve team. Despite this, he still managed to score four goals in eight matches in the Torneo Clausura 2012. That year, within both the Apertura and Clasura, Zapata scored 5 goals in 11 matches. During the summer of 2012, Estudiantes purchased half of Zapata's playing rights from América de Cali.

For the 2013–13 season, Zapata featured in Estudiantes' starting 11, eventually turning into a fundamental part of the team and attracting interest from European clubs.[3][4]

In July 2013, English Premier League club West Ham United applied for a British work permit for Zapata ahead of a possible transfer from Estudiantes. Although not meeting the usual requirements for a permit, West Ham attempted to secure his arrival by claiming he was a "special talent" who would enhance the English game.[5] However, West Ham's owners soon announced on social media they were pulling out of the deal.[6]

NapoliEdit

On 25 August 2013, Zapata transferred to Italian Serie A club Napoli.[7] On 28 September, he made his first start in Serie A, a 2–0 Napoli win against Genoa.[8] On 22 October, he scored his first goal in the UEFA Champions League, against Marseille in a 2–1 away win.[9]

Loan to UdineseEdit

On 22 July 2015, Zapata joined Udinese on a two-year loan deal with the option to purchase him after his first year at the club.[10]

SampdoriaEdit

On 31 August 2017, Zapata joined Sampdoria on a season-long loan deal with an obligation to purchase.[11]

AtalantaEdit

On 12 July 2018, Zapata joined Atalanta on a two-season loan deal with an option to purchase.[12]

On 26 December 2018, Zapata scored twice in a 2–2 draw against Juventus.[13] Later on 20 January 2019, Zapata scored four goals in a 5–0 away win versus Frosinone,[14] becoming the first Atalanta player since Hasse Jeppson in 1952 to achieve this feat in Serie A.[15] The goals lifted his tally up to 14 goals, all scored consecutively in his last 8 matches, making him the top scorer of the league jointly with Cristiano Ronaldo[16] and Fabio Quagliarella.[17]

On 30 January 2019, Zapata scored twice in a 3–0 win against holders Juventus in the quarter final stage of Coppa Italia.[18] He was subject to interest from West Ham United the following off season.

International careerEdit

Zapata received his first call-up to the Colombia national team for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against Bolivia and Ecuador in March 2017.[19] He made his debut that month when he came on as a substitute against Bolivia.[20]

In May 2018, he was named in Colombia's preliminary 35-man squad for the 2018 World Cup tournament proper, in Russia.[21] However, he did not make the final 23-man squad.[22]

In the 2019 Copa América, he scored the only goal in Colombia's 1–0 win over Qatar. This was his second goal of the tournament.[23]

Style of playEdit

Zapata is primarily known for his speed, physicality, and goalscoring ability as a striker.[24][25] He usually plays in a central role, and possesses a powerful and accurate shot. He is also known for his ability in the air, courtesy of his height, strength, and powerful physique, which also aids him in defending the ball with his back to goal, and enables him to hold up possession and bring his teammates into play; he is also adept in one on one situations due to his technique and agility.[26][27][28]

Personal lifeEdit

Zapata is the cousin of fellow Colombia international footballer and current Genoa defender Cristián Zapata.[29]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played on 26 May 2019[30][31]
Club Season League Cups Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
América de Cali 2008 Categoría Primera A 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2009 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2010 19 2 0 0 0 0 19 2
2011 13 5 2 1 0 0 15 6
Total 52 7 2 1 0 0 54 8
Estudiantes 2011–12 Primera División 11 5 0 0 0 0 11 5
2012–13 31 13 2 3 0 0 33 16
2013–14 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
Total 44 19 2 3 0 0 46 22
Napoli 2013–14 Serie A 16 5 1 0 5[a] 2 22 7
2014–15 21 6 1 0 9[b] 2 31 8
Total 37 11 2 0 14 4 53 15
Udinese (loan) 2015–16 Serie A 25 8 1 0 0 0 26 8
2016–17 Serie A 38 10 1 1 0 0 39 11
Total 63 18 2 1 0 0 65 19
Sampdoria (loan) 2017–18 Serie A 31 11 1 0 0 0 32 11
Atalanta (loan) 2018–19 37 23 5 3 6 2 48 28
Career totals 264 89 14 8 20 6 308 103
  1. ^ Three appearances in UEFA Champions League, Two appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Eight appearances in UEFA Europa League, One appearance in UEFA Champions League

InternationalEdit

As of 19 June 2019[31]
Colombia national team
Year Apps Goals
2017 4 0
2018 1 0
2019 6 3
Total 11 3

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Colombia's goal tally first.
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 9 June 2019 Estadio Monumental, Lima, Peru   Peru 3–0 3–0 Friendly
2. 15 June 2019 Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil   Argentina 2–0 2–0 2019 Copa América
3. 19 June 2019 Estádio do Morumbi, São Paulo, Brazil   Qatar 1–0 1–0

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

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