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Juraj Kucka (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈjuɾaj ˈkutska]; born 26 February 1987) is a Slovak footballer who plays as a midfielder for Italian top division club Parma and Slovakia.[1]

Juraj Kucka
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Kucka in 2014
Personal information
Full name Juraj Kucka
Date of birth (1987-02-26) 26 February 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth Bojnice, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Parma
Number 33
Youth career
2001–2002 Prievidza
2002–2004 Radvaň
2004–2006 ŽP ŠPORT Podbrezová
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 ŽP ŠPORT Podbrezová 42 (3)
2007–2008 Ružomberok 48 (9)
2009–2011 Sparta Prague 45 (11)
2011–2015 Genoa 122 (9)
2015–2017 AC Milan 59 (4)
2017–2019 Trabzonspor 33 (3)
2019– Parma 29 (6)
National team
2007–2008 Slovakia U21 11 (0)
2008– Slovakia 72 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:08, 8 December 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2019

Club careerEdit

Kucka made his Slovak Super Liga debut for MFK Ružomberok on 11 March 2007. He played six games in his first season. Overall, Kucka played 49 games and scored eight goals for Ružomberok. Czech manager Michal Bílek, coaching Ružomberok in 2008, recommended Kucka for Sparta Praha. In January 2009, he has signed a three-year contract for Sparta. In 2009–10 Czech First League season he won the champions.

GenoaEdit

On 6 January 2011, he signed a four-and-a-half-year contract for €3.55 million transfer fee[2] with Genoa C.F.C. (later extended one more year to 30 June 2016).[2][3] He made his debut in the Coppa Italia match against Inter on 12 January 2011. He was voted man of the match by Genoa fans after 1–1 draw against Milan on 6 February 2011. Kucka proved immediately to fit fine in the squad, showing a remarkable physical strength and good technical skills, resulting the second best player of Genoa.[4] He scored his first goal for Genoa in a 2–1 away win against Lazio on 18 September 2011.

On 31 August 2011, the last day of transfer window, Inter and Genoa came to an agreement to swap co-ownerships of Juraj Kucka (€8 million) and Emiliano Viviano (€5 million). In June 2012 Kucka returned to Genoa where he spent 2011–12 season on loan for just €6.5 million, co-currently Samuele Longo returned to Inter for €7 million.[5][6]

MilanEdit

On 28 August 2015, Kucka was signed by A.C. Milan[7] for €3 million transfer fee.[8] However, Milan also paid an unknown parties an additional €1 million.[9] He made his debut on 29 August 2015 in a 2–1 home win against Empoli, and scored his first Milan goal on 9 January 2016 to equalize against Roma in a 1–1 draw.

TrabzonsporEdit

On 7 July 2017, Kucka was signed by Trabzonspor on a three-year contract worth €2.25 million a season,[10] for a transfer fee of €5 million.[11] He became a third Slovak player to join Trabzonspor in 2016–17 period, after Matúš Bero and Ján Ďurica. The trio was later joined by left-back Tomáš Hubočan, on a loan from Marseille. By the start of 2018–19 season, Kucka was the only remaining Slovak in the team. In total, Kucka scored 3 goals in 38 competitive games for Trabzonspor.

ParmaEdit

Kucka returned to Italy on 14 January 2019, when he joined Parma. He commented that he intended to score more goals in Parma and improve from where he left of, when he left Italy a year and a half ago.[1]

He debuted for Parma in his first opportunity, when he came on as a substitute for Alessandro Deiola in the 73rd minute of a Serie A away fixture against Udinese. Parma won the game 2–1 by goals of Roberto Inglese and Gervinho.[12]

In his third appearance for Parma, Kucka got his first two assists with the side. On 2 February, he assisted Barillà in the 64th minute and Ivorian international Gervinho in the 74th minute. Parma had managed to upset Juventus away, who were at the top of the league table, by coming back from a two-goal margin twice, to tie the game 3–3. Kucka played 86 minutes of the game.[13]

He scored his first goal after the return to Italy in his fifth match, on 16 February 2019 against Cagliari after an assist from Massimo Gobbi, setting the score to 1–0 for Parma. However two second-half goals by Leonardo Pavoletti meant Parma lost the game 1–2.[14]

Parma completed the season 14th with 41 points, three points above the relegation zone. Kucka scored a total of 4 goals, connecting one each against Genoa, Chievo Verona and Sampdoria.

International careerEdit

Kucka, a former Slovakia under-21 player, made his senior international debut in a friendly match against Liechtenstein on 19 November 2008. Slovakia manager Vladimír Weiss called him up for the 2010 FIFA World Cup despite the fact that Kucka had not played in any qualification matches. He played in three games at the World Cup: against New Zealand, Italy and The Netherlands.

Kucka was called up to the squad for the Euro 2016 tournament in France.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 8 December 2019.[15]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ružomberok 2006–07 Super Liga 6 0 6 0
2007–08 24 5 24 5
2008–09 18 3 18 3
Total 48 8 48 8
Sparta Praha 2008–09 First League 12 3 12 3
2009–10 20 5 2 0 5 1 27 6
2010–11 13 3 11 2 24 5
Total 45 11 2 0 16 3 63 14
Genoa 2010–11 Serie A 17 0 1 0 18 0
2011–12 26 2 1 0 27 2
2012–13 33 3 2 0 35 3
2013–14 11 2 1 0 12 2
2014–15 34 2 0 0 34 2
2015–16 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 122 9 5 0 127 9
Milan 2015–16 Serie A 29 1 5 0 34 1
2016–17 30 3 2 1 1[a] 0 33 4
Total 59 4 7 1 1 0 67 5
Trabzonspor 2017–18 Süper Lig 25 3 3 0 28 3
2018–19 8 0 2 0 10 0
Total 33 3 5 0 38 3
Parma 2018–19 Serie A 18 4 0 0 18 4
2019–20 11 2 1 0 12 2
Total 29 6 1 0 30 6
Career total 336 41 20 1 16 3 1 0 373 45
  1. ^ Appearance in Supercoppa Italiana

InternationalEdit

As of 19 November 2019
Slovakia national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 1 0
2009 4 0
2010 9 0
2011 6 1
2012 6 0
2013 9 1
2014 4 2
2015 6 0
2016 9 2
2017 3 0
2018 7 1
2019 8 2
Total 72 9

International goalsEdit

As of match played 10 October 2019. Slovakia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Kucka goal.[15]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 10 August 2011 Wörthersee Stadion, Klagenfurt, Austria 17   Austria 1–0 2–1 Friendly
2 15 November 2013 Stadion Miejski, Wrocław, Poland 35   Poland 1–0 2–0
3 9 October 2014 Štadión pod Dubňom, Žilina, Slovakia 37   Spain 1–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualification
4 15 November 2014 Philip II Arena, Skopje, Macedonia 39   North Macedonia 1–0 2–0
5 29 May 2016 WWK Arena, Augsburg, Germany 46   Germany 3–1 3–1 Friendly
6 11 November 2016 Anton Malatinský Stadium, Trnava, Slovakia 54   Lithuania 2–0 4–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 16 November 2018 64   Ukraine 2–0 4–1 2018–19 UEFA Nations League B
8 11 June 2019 Bakcell Arena, Baku, Azerbaijan 67   Azerbaijan 2–0 5–1 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification
9 10 October 2019 Anton Malatinský Stadium, Trnava, Slovakia 70   Wales 1–1 1–1

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Sparta Prague[16]

Milan

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "OFICIÁLNE: Juraj Kucka sa vracia do Serie A!". Šport7.sk (in Slovak). 14 January 2019. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b Genoa CFC SpA Report and Accounts on 31 December 2011 (in Italian)
  3. ^ "Kucka definitívne hráčom Janova, podpísal 4,5-ročnú zmluvu" (in Slovak). profutbal. 6 January 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
  4. ^ Only Kakha Kaladze did better than him according to the Italian sports newspaper la Gazzetta dello Sport, see Filippo Grimaldi, Marcello Pirovano, Carrarmato Kucka: che affare
  5. ^ Genoa CFC SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2012 (in Italian)
  6. ^ FC Internazionale Milano SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2012 (in Italian)
  7. ^ "MILANELLO: ARRIVATO JURAJ KUCKA" (in Italian). A.C. Milan. 28 August 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  8. ^ Genoa C.F.C. S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 31 December 2015, PDF purchased from CCIAA (in Italian)
  9. ^ A.C. Milan S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 31 December 2015, PDF purchased from CCIAA (in Italian)
  10. ^ "Signing Agreement" (Press release) (in Turkish). Trabzonspor. 7 July 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2017 – via Turkish Public Disclosure Platform (KAP).
  11. ^ "Results or Ending of Transfer Meetings" (Press release) (in Turkish). Trabzonspor. 7 July 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2017 – via KAP.
  12. ^ "VIDEO Kucka má za sebou vydarený debut: Parma zdolala Udinese". Športky.sk (in Slovak). Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  13. ^ LiveScore, SofaScore com. "Juventus Parma live score, video stream and H2H results - SofaScore". www.sofascore.com. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  14. ^ s, SPORT SK, s r o & Ringier Axel Springer Slovakia a. "VIDEO: Juraj Kucka dal hlavou pekný gól, Piatek vybavil výhru AC Miláno". Šport.sk. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  15. ^ a b Juraj Kucka at Soccerway
  16. ^ https://int.soccerway.com/players/juraj-kucka/35495/

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