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Giovanni Pablo Simeone Baldini (Spanish pronunciation: [ɟʝoˈβani simeˈone]; Italian: [dʒoˈvanni simeˈoːne];[1][2] born 5 July 1995) also known as El Cholito ([el tʃoˈlito]), is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker for Italian club Cagliari, on loan from Fiorentina, and the Argentina national football team. He is the son of former footballer and current Atlético Madrid manager Diego Simeone.

Giovanni Simeone
Personal information
Full name Giovanni Simeone Baldini
Date of birth (1995-07-05) 5 July 1995 (age 24)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Cagliari (on loan from Fiorentina)
Number 99
Youth career
0000–2008 Rayo Majadahonda
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 74 (20)
2019–Cagliari (loan) 3 (2)
National team
2015 Argentina U20 12 (12)
2016 Argentina U23 3 (0)
2018– Argentina 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:51, 21 September 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 November 2018

Early lifeEdit

The son of former Argentine international footballer Diego Simeone and Carolina Baldini, Giovanni Simeone was born in Madrid[3][4][5][6] while his father was playing for Atlético Madrid.[7] 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.[8]

Club careerEdit

River PlateEdit

After progressing through the youth ranks, Simeone signed a three-year professional deal with the club in November 2011.[9] In July 2013 he was called up by the main squad for the pre-season,[10] 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.[11] Later that month he renewed his contract, signing until 2016.[12] Simeone scored his first professional goal on 8 September, netting the second of a 3–0 home win against Tigre.[13]

Loan to BanfieldEdit

On 6 July 2015, Simeone joined fellow Argentine Primera División side Banfield on a season-long loan deal.[14] On 12 July 2015, he scored the match-winning goal on his debut in a 1–0 victory against Quilmes.[15]

GenoaEdit

On 18 August 2016, Simeone signed for Italian club Genoa for €3 million.[16][17] He scored his first goal, on his first start for the club in a 1–1 draw with Pescara on 25 September 2016.[18] On 27 November, Simeone netted a brace in Genoa 3–1 win over Serie A leaders, Juventus.[19]

FiorentinaEdit

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.[20]

CagliariEdit

On 30 August 2019, Simeone joined Cagliari Calcio on a year-long loan deal from Fiorentina, which includes an obligatory purchase clause at the end of the period.[21]

International careerEdit

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.[22]

On 8 September 2018, Simeone scored on his senior international debut, in a 3–0 friendly win over Guatemala in Los Angeles.[23]

Style of playEdit

Simeone is an elegant yet powerful and opportunistic 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.[24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 20 September 2019[32]
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 2015 Primera División 18 7 1 0 0 0 19 7
2016 16 5 1 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 36 13
2017–18 0 0 1 1 1 1
Total 35 12 2 2 0 0 0 0 37 14
Fiorentina 2017–18 Serie A 38 14 2 0 40 14
2018–19 36 6 4 2 40 8
Total 74 20 6 2 0 0 0 0 80 22
Cagliari 2019–20 Serie A 3 2 0 0 3 2
Career total 173 48 12 4 4 2 0 0 189 54

InternationalEdit

As of 20 November 2018[32]
National team Year Apps Goals
Argentina 2018 5 1
Total 5 1

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first.[33]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 September 2018 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States   Guatemala 3–0 3–0 Friendly

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Luciano Canepari. "Simeone". DiPI Online (in Italian). Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  3. ^ La vida de Simeone: "70% fútbol, 30% familia", diario El Mundo, 19 de octubre de 2006.
  4. ^ Gio Simeone: «Si eligiese, me gustaría jugar en el Atlético», diario ABC, 12 de noviembre de 2014.
  5. ^ Giovanni nació en Madrid hace 21 años, diario El Mundo, 22 de febrero de 2017.
  6. ^ Tres futbolistas y un biberón... ¿Conoces a los hijos de Simeone?, revista ¡Hola!, 30 de septiembre de 2016.
  7. ^ "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.
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  11. ^ "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.
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  18. ^ "Genoa 1-1 Pescara". BBC Sport. BBC. September 25, 2016.
  19. ^ "Serie A leaders Juventus blown away by Genoa in half an hour". Reuters. November 28, 2016. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
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  21. ^ "Simeone è del Cagliari!" (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. August 30, 2019. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  22. ^ "Giovanni Simeone is champion and top scorer". CONMEBOL. February 8, 2015. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
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  33. ^ "Giovanni Simeone". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.

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