Ezequiel Schelotto

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Ezequiel Schelotto
Schelotto BHA Pre Season.jpg
Schelotto in 2018
Personal information
Full nameEzequiel Matías Schelotto [1]
Date of birth (1989-05-23) 23 May 1989 (age 30) [2]
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) [2]
Playing position Full-back/Winger
Club information
Current team
Brighton & Hove Albion
Number 21
Youth career
1995–2003 Vélez Sársfield
2003–2008 Banfield
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2008–2009 Cesena 6 (1)
2009–2013 Atalanta 53 (2)
2009–2011Cesena (loan) 57 (6)
2011Catania (loan) 14 (1)
2013–2015 Internazionale 12 (1)
2013–2014Sassuolo (loan) 11 (1)
2014Parma (loan) 16 (4)
2014–2015Chievo (loan) 29 (0)
2015–2017 Sporting CP 37 (0)
2017– Brighton & Hove Albion 20 (0)
2019Chievo (loan) 4 (0)
National team
2009–2010 Italy U21 7 (0)
2012 Italy 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 09:05, 1 July 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 August 2012

Ezequiel Matías Schelotto (Spanish pronunciation:  [eseˈkjel maˈti.as eskeˈloto] , Italian:  [skeˈlɔtto] ; born 23 May 1989) is an Argentine-Italian footballer who plays as a right back for Brighton & Hove Albion of the Premier League. He is nicknamed El Galgo ("The Greyhound" in Spanish) because of his running skills or, less frequently, El Mosquetero ("The Musketeer").

Contents

Club career

Cesena

Schelotto joined Lega Pro Prima Divisione side Cesena in July 2008. [3] Then, in April 2009, his transfer was finally cleared by FIFA. [4] During that season, following his approved transfer, Schelotto played six matches out of a possible seven for Cesena, scoring one goal and helping Cesena to promotion back up to the second tier Serie B.

Atalanta

Cesena (loan)

In June 2009, Schelotto was signed by Serie A side Atalanta on a co-ownership deal for €250,000 [5] and, in July 2009, he was instantly loaned back to his previous club, Cesena. During the 2009–10 Serie B campaign, Schelotto made 40 league appearances for the side, scoring six goals. Of his 40 matches, 33 of them were from the starting XI. He earned just €82,750 in 2009–10 season. [6]

On 24 June 2010, Schelotto was signed outright by Atalanta for an additional €2.5 million fee, [5] which were just relegated to the Serie B following an 18th-place finish during the 2009–10 Serie A, whilst Cesena earned their second consecutive promotion as the club earned promotion to the top flight following a top three Serie B finish. Following his purchase, the player was again loaned back to the Emilia-Romagna-based club, along with veteran midfielder Fabio Caserta and central defender Maximiliano Pellegrino. [7] Schelotto wage was also increased significantly. As he left the club in January 2011, he earned €268,333.31 from Cesena for the first 7 months of 2010–11 season. [6]

Schelotto had a bitter Serie A season with Cesena, one in which the team started brightly, even topping the league table by round three, but then endured a landslide that saw the team drop to 18th place and into the relegation places by November. He lost his starting place on 24 October as the coach used Luis Jiménez as a new supportive striker in the three forward formation. Since then, he only made four starts to replace Giuseppe Colucci (who was injured) and Stephen Appiah (twice), respectively, as one of the midfielders. His last start — and last match — with Cesena was on 23 January 2011, a match where Cesena fielded an inferior squad against Milan where the three forwards, Schelotto, Igor Budan, and Dominique Malonga, were not regular starters.

During the first half of the 2010–11 campaign, Schelotto made 17 league appearances with one goal. On 31 January 2011, he was transferred to Serie A side Catania on loan.

Catania (loan)

On 31 January 2011, Schelotto transferred to Catania in Sicily, on loan from Atalanta. In his transfer deal, Catania were sold the option to sign the player on a co-ownership basis at the conclusion of the current campaign. [8] Schelotto started his first match for the Sicilians on 6 February 2011, a match that Catania lost 1–0 away to Bologna, in part due to an early red card by Argentine defender Pablo Álvarez.

Return to Atalanta

Schelotto returned to Atalanta on 1 July 2011. He was included in the first team squad of Atalanta for 2011–12 Serie A campaign, which the club was promoted back to the top tier as the champions of Serie B in May 2011. During his 1½ seasons with the Serie A club, he earned a transfer to F.C. Internazionale Milano for €6 million transfer fee in January 2013, despite in a cash-plus-player deal.

Internazionale

Schelotto joined Italian giants Internazionale on 31 January 2013 for €3.5 million cash plus 50% "card" of Marko Livaja (Inter valued 50% rights of Livaja for €2.5 million but bought the rights back from Cesena for €1.5 million cash). [9] [10] Schelotto made his debut on 3 February in a 3–1 loss against Siena, playing the first 45 minutes before giving way to Mateo Kovačić. He scored his first goal for the club in the 1–1 draw against city rivals Milan on 24 February 2013.

Schelotto spent two seasons on loan to other Italian clubs from 2013–14 season to 2014–15 season; on 31 August 2015, it was agreed between the two parties Schelotto would terminate his contract by a mutual consent.

Sassuolo (loan)

On 29 August 2013, Schelotto signed on loan with Serie A side Sassuolo. [11] On 29 September he scored his first league goal for Sassuolo in a 2–2 draw with Lazio. [12]

Parma (loan)

On 22 January 2014, Schelotto joined Parma along with his Sassuolo compatriot, Jonathan Rossini, signing on a loan deal. [13]

Chievo (loan)

On 25 August 2014, Schelotto joined Chievo on a seasons long loan.

Sporting C.P.

On 20 November 2015, Schelotto joined Portuguese side Sporting Clube de Portugal on a three-and-a-half year contract, after being released by Internazionale in the summer of that year. [14]

Brighton & Hove Albion

2017–18

Schelotto playing for Brighton & Hove Albion. Ezequiel Schelotto 2017.jpg
Schelotto playing for Brighton & Hove Albion.

On 31 August 2017, Schelotto completed a transfer to Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion, signing a three-year contract at the south coast club. [15] Schelotto made his Albion debut on 1 October 2017 coming on as a substitute in the 2–0 away defeat to Arsenal in the league. [16] In his next game for the Sussex club he came on again as a substitute this time away to West Ham where Brighton won 3–0. [17] Schelotto made his home debut for The Seagulls on 20 November coming on as a sub in a 2–2 draw against Stoke City. [18] Schelotto made his first start for Brighton in an away match in the league against Spurs where they lost 2–0 on 13 December. [19]

2018–19 - Loan to Chievo

After not making any appearances for Brighton in the first half of the 2018–19 season, Schelotto signed on loan to Chievo Verona for the rest of the season on 28 January 2019. [20]

International career

Thanks to his Italian ancestry, Schelotto was eligible for Italian citizenship. In November 2009, he was called up to the Italian national under-21 team, [21] and was immediately featured in the starting lineup in a game against Hungary on 13 November.

Since making his debut, he played all available 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification matches, and unusually as right back in the last qualification match against Wales in September. [22] In that match, Italy beat Wales 1–0 and narrowly topped Wales as the group winner. He assisted Stefano Okaka to score the second goal in the first leg of the playoff round against Belarus, but missed the second leg due to suspension. [23] Italy were eventually eliminated due to a 0–3 loss against Belarus in Borisov.

On 10 August 2012, he was called up by Cesare Prandelli to the Italian senior team for a friendly against England, where he made his debut in the 2–1 defeat. [24]

Personal life

Born in Buenos Aires, [2] Schelotto also holds an Italian passport due to his Italian descent from Cogoleto (GE), in Liguria, where his great-great-grandfather Giovanni Battista Francesco Schelotto emigrated from in the late 19th century. He is the fifth of seven children — including 5 males — two of whom are also footballers. [25] [26]

Career statistics

Club

As of end of 2018–19 season [27]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague CupOtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Cesena 2008–09 Lega Pro Prima Divisione 61002 [lower-alpha 1] 081
2009–10 Serie B 40620426
2010–11 Serie A 17011181
Total6373120688
Catania (loan) 2010–11 Serie A14100141
Atalanta 2011–12 Serie A37210382
2012–13 Serie A16020180
Total53230562
Internazionale 2012–13 Serie A1211000131
Sassuolo (loan) 2013–14 Serie A11110121
Parma (loan) 2013–14 Serie A16400164
Chievo (loan) 2014–15 Serie A29000290
Sporting CP 2015–16 Primeira Liga 140003000170
2016–17 Primeira Liga23000003 [lower-alpha 2] 0260
Total370003030430
Brighton & Hove Albion 2017–18 Premier League 2002010230
2018–19 Premier League00000000
2019–20 Premier League00000000
Total200201000230
Chievo (loan) 2018–19 Serie A400040
Career total25916101405027817

International

As of match played on 15 August 2012 [27]
Italy national team
YearAppsGoals
201210
Total10

Honours

Cesena

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