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Jorginho (footballer, born December 1991)

Jorge Luiz Frello Filho, best known as Jorginho (Italian: [(d)ʒorˈ(d)ʒiɲɲo], Brazilian Portuguese: [ʒɔʁˈʒĩj̃u]; born 20 December 1991) is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Chelsea and the Italy national team. He is currently Chelsea's vice-captain behind César Azpilicueta.[3]

Jorginho
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Jorginho playing for Chelsea in 2019
Personal information
Full name Jorge Luiz Frello Filho[1]
Date of birth (1991-12-20) 20 December 1991 (age 27)[2]
Place of birth Imbituba, Brazil
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Chelsea
Number 5
Youth career
2007–2010 Verona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2014 Verona 89 (11)
2010–2011Sambonifacese (loan) 31 (1)
2014–2018 Napoli 133 (2)
2018– Chelsea 48 (3)
National team
2016– Italy 22 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:30, 2 November 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:36, 18 November 2019 (UTC)

Born in Brazil, Jorginho moved to Italy at the age of 15, and began his professional career with the Verona youth team, before being promoted to the senior team. During the 2010–11 season, he was sent on loan to Sambonifacese. In January 2014, he moved to Napoli, where he soon after won the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana. He totaled 160 games for the club before a £50 million move to Chelsea in 2018, where he won the UEFA Europa League in his first season.

At international level, he has represented Italy, making his senior debut in 2016, while his competitive debut came the following year.

Early lifeEdit

Jorginho was born in Imbituba in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina[4] but moved to Italy at the age of 15.[5][6] He is of Italian descent through his paternal great-great grandparent Giacomo Frello who is from Lusiana, Veneto,[7] and earned Italian citizenship thanks to his grandfather, a Brazilian who holds it.[8][9]

He has credited his mother with encouraging his love of football.[10]

Club careerEdit

Hellas VeronaEdit

Jorginho was a youth player of Verona. In June 2010, Jorginho was loaned out to Serie C2 side, A.C. Sambonifacese, where he played his first full senior season for the Veneto club – appearing 31 times and scoring one goal whilst providing ten assists from his central midfield position.[11]

He made his Verona debut on 4 September 2011, in a match against Sassuolo as a substitute in the 76th minute.[12]

NapoliEdit

 
Jorginho (in sky blue) and Barcelona's Jordi Alba in August 2014

On 18 January 2014, he joined Napoli in a co-ownership deal with Verona for four and a half years.[13] On 12 February, he scored the last goal as Napoli overturned a 3–2 first-leg deficit to beat Roma and reach the 2014 Coppa Italia Final.[14] In the final, on 3 May, Jorginho played the full 90 minutes as Napoli defeated Fiorentina 3–1.[15]

 
Jorginho in 2016

In the 2014 Supercoppa Italiana in Doha on 22 December 2014, Jorginho entered the game against Juventus in the second half of extra time in place of Jonathan de Guzmán. He took Napoli's first spot-kick in the penalty shootout, and although Gianluigi Buffon saved it, Napoli were eventually victorious.[16] While initially struggling to get into manager Rafael Benítez's lineup, Jorginho's fortunes changed with the appointment of Maurizio Sarri who was key to his development.[17] In 2017 Jorginho had a breakthrough season with Napoli and was integral to their Serie A title challenge.[18]

ChelseaEdit

On 14 July 2018, Jorginho signed for English team Chelsea on a five-year contract on the same day as Sarri was hired at the club. He joined for a transfer fee of £50m with £7m in potential add-ons, and was assigned the number 5 shirt.[19][20] According to Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, he was previously close to joining Manchester City.[21] Jorginho made his debut on 5 August in the 2018 FA Community Shield at Wembley Stadium against that very opponent, and was booed by City fans in Chelsea's 2–0 loss.[22] Six days later, he played his first Premier League match, in which he scored a penalty in a 3–0 win at Huddersfield Town.[23] In Chelsea's third league match of the campaign, a 2–1 win away at Newcastle United, Jorginho completed 158 passes, which was a new record for most successful passes by a Chelsea player in a single match in the Premier League, and the second all-time in the league, behind İlkay Gündoğan's 167 completed passes for Manchester City against Chelsea from the prior season.[24] Jorginho went on to break the attempted passes record in Chelsea's sixth league match of the season on 23 September, attempting 180 passes in a 0–0 draw away at West Ham United, breaking the record of 173 attempted passes again set by Gündoğan in the same Manchester City–Chelsea match the year before.[25] On 24 February 2019, following a 0–0 draw after extra-time in the 2019 EFL Cup Final against cup holders Manchester City, Jorginho missed Chelsea's first penalty in the resulting shoot-out, which ultimately saw Manchester City triumph 4–3.[26] On 29 May, Jorginho featured in Chelsea's 4–1 victory over Arsenal in the 2019 UEFA Europa League Final.[27]

In the 2019 UEFA Super Cup against Liverpool on 14 August, Jorginho scored the equalising goal from the penalty spot in extra-time an eventual 2–2 draw. The match subsequently went to a penalty shoot-out; although Jorginho was able to net Chelsea's first penalty, Liverpool ultimately won the shoot-out 5–4.[28] He scored his first league goal of the season, also from the penalty spot, in a 2–0 home win over Brighton & Hove Albion on 28 September.[29] On 5 November, he scored twice from the penalty spot as Chelsea came from behind to earn a 4–4 home draw against Ajax in the Champions League.[30]

International careerEdit

As Jorginho holds both Italian and Brazilian citizenship, he was eligible to play for both the Italian and Brazilian national teams. In 2012, he was called up for the first time for Italy U21.[31]

In 2014, Jorginho expressed his desire to represent Italy rather than Brazil internationally,[32] and he received his first call up to the Italy senior squad in March 2016, under manager Antonio Conte, for the team's international friendlies against Spain and Germany.[33] He made his international debut for Italy on 24 March, coming on as a last-minute substitute for Marco Parolo in a 1–1 draw against Spain at the Stadio Friuli in Udine.[34] After initially being included in Conte's preliminary 30-man squad for UEFA Euro 2016, on 31 May, Jorginho was later excluded from the final 23-man squad.[35]

In spite of his positive club form for Napoli, Jorginho was not initially called up to the Italian side under Conte's successor, Gian Piero Ventura. Although rumours circled in the media regarding the possibility of Brazil's coach Tite calling Jorginho up to his squad in autumn 2017, as he had not yet appeared for Italy in a competitive match, Jorginho denied rumours that he wanted to switch to the Brazilian national team.[36][37][38][39][40] He later made his first competitive appearance for Italy under manager Ventura in a 0–0 home draw against Sweden on 13 November, in the second leg of the World Cup play-offs against Sweden, at the San Siro in Milan; however, Italy's 1–0 away loss in the first leg on 10 November saw Sweden advance on aggregate, meaning that Italy had failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.[41]

On 7 September 2018, in Italy's first UEFA Nations League match at home to Poland in Bologna, Jorginho scored his first international goal from the penalty spot to secure a 1–1 draw.[42][43] On 8 September 2019, he scored his second international goal, from the penalty spot once again, in a 2–1 away win over Finland, in a Euro 2020 qualifier.[44] On 12 October, Jorginho scored his third international goal, once again from a penalty kick, in a 2–0 home win over Greece, which sealed Italy's qualification for Euro 2020.[45] He scored his fourth international goal from the penalty spot once again on 18 November, in a 9–1 home win over Armenia in Italy's final Euro 2020 qualifier, also assisting Nicolò Zaniolo's second goal during the match.[46]

Style of playEdit

Jorginho is known for his composure and versatility as a footballer, which allows him to be fielded in any midfield position. Due to his work-rate, technique, football intelligence, ability to break down possession, vision, and passing accuracy, he is usually deployed as central midfielder in a three-man midfield in a 4–3–3 formation. Although he is not imposing physically, due to his slender build and relatively short stature, he is also capable of playing both in a box-to-box role or in a defensive role as a ball winner, courtesy of his tactical intelligence, positional sense, awareness, and ability to read the game, which enables him to cover ground, press opponents further up the pitch, intercept passes, and start attacking plays after winning back the ball. However, he usually operates in a more withdrawn creative role, as a deep-lying playmaker in front of the back-line, a position which allows him more time on the ball to control the tempo of his team's play with his short, precise, horizontal passing game on the ground.[5][47][48][49][50][51][52][53][54] He is also an accurate penalty taker.[55]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 5 November 2019[56]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sambonifacese (loan) 2010–11 Lega Pro
Seconda Divisione
31 1 2 0 0 0 33 1
Verona 2011–12 Serie B 30 2 1 0 2[c] 0 33 2
2012–13 Serie B 41 2 3 0 0 0 44 2
2013–14 Serie A 18 7 1 0 0 0 19 7
Total 89 11 5 0 2 0 96 11
Napoli 2013–14 Serie A 15 0 4 1 0 0 19 1
2014–15 Serie A 23 0 1 1 8[d] 0 1[e] 0 33 1
2015–16 Serie A 35 0 1 0 2[f] 0 0 0 38 0
2016–17 Serie A 27 0 0 0 4[g] 0 0 0 31 0
2017–18 Serie A 33 2 1 0 5[h] 2 0 0 39 4
Total 133 2 7 2 19 2 1 0 160 6
Chelsea 2018–19 Premier League 37 2 2 0 3 0 11[f] 0 1[i] 0 54 2
2019–20 Premier League 11 1 0 0 1 0 4[g] 2 1[j] 1 17 4
Total 48 3 2 0 4 0 15 2 2 1 71 6
Career total 301 17 16 2 4 0 34 4 5 1 360 24
  1. ^ Includes Coppa Italia, FA Cup
  2. ^ Includes EFL Cup
  3. ^ Appearances in Serie B promotion play-offs
  4. ^ Two appearances in UEFA Champions League, six in UEFA Europa League
  5. ^ Appearance in Supercoppa Italiana
  6. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  7. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  8. ^ Four appearances and two goals in UEFA Champions League, one appearance in UEFA Europa League
  9. ^ Appearance in FA Community Shield
  10. ^ Appearance in UEFA Super Cup

InternationalEdit

As of match played 18 November 2019[57]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Italy 2016 2 0
2017 1 0
2018 10 1
2019 9 3
Total 22 4

International goalsEdit

As of match played 18 November 2019. Italy score listed first, score column indicates score after each Jorginho goal.[57]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 7 September 2018 Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna, Italy   Poland 1–1 1–1 2018–19 UEFA Nations League A
2 8 September 2019 Tampere Stadium, Tampere, Finland   Finland 2–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification
3 12 October 2019 Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy   Greece 1–0 2–0
4 18 November 2019 Stadio Renzo Barbera, Palermo, Italy   Armenia 7–0 9–1

HonoursEdit

Napoli

Chelsea

Individual

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