Facundo Roncaglia

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Facundo Roncaglia
Personal information
Full nameFacundo Sebastián Roncaglia
Date of birth (1987-02-10) 10 February 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Chajarí, Argentina
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
(on loan from Celta)
Number 4
Youth career
Boca Juniors
Senior career*
2007–2012 Boca Juniors 88 (6)
2009–2010Espanyol (loan) 21 (0)
2010–2011Estudiantes (loan) 25 (0)
2012–2016 Fiorentina 67 (4)
2014–2015Genoa (loan) 32 (0)
2016– Celta 64 (2)
2019–Valencia (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2013– Argentina 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 11:42, 31 January 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2017

Facundo Sebastián Roncaglia (Spanish pronunciation:  [roŋˈkaɣlja] ; Italian:  [roŋˈkaʎʎa] ; born 10 February 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Valencia CF on loan from RC Celta de Vigo. Mainly a central defender, he can also play as a right back.


Club career

Born in Chajarí, Entre Ríos Province of Italian descent, [1] Roncaglia made his professional debut with Boca Juniors, his first Primera División match being on 21 October 2007 in a 1–1 draw against Estudiantes de La Plata. He helped the capital team win the 2008 Apertura.

On 27 July 2009, Roncaglia signed with La Liga side RCD Espanyol on loan, [2] being part of a squad that also featured five compatriots – including manager Mauricio Pochettino and former Boca teammate Juan Forlín. He returned to his previous team at the end of the season, only to move to Estudiantes immediately in the same situation. [3]

Roncaglia left Boca in July 2012 as a free agent, [4] having scored in the first leg of the 2012 Copa Libertadores final against Sport Club Corinthians Paulista late in the previous month (1–1 home draw, 1–3 aggregate loss). [5] He joined ACF Fiorentina in Italy immediately after, [6] going on to appear in an average of 22 Serie A matches during his spell and also being loaned to fellow league club Genoa CFC. [7]

On 12 July 2016, Roncaglia returned to Spanish football after agreeing to a four-year deal with RC Celta de Vigo. [8] On 11 May 2017, he headed home in a 1–1 away draw against Manchester United for the second leg of the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League, but was also sent off following a spat with Eric Bailly and his team was also ousted 1–2 on aggregate. [9]

On 31 January 2019, Roncaglia was loaned to Valencia CF until June. [10]

International career

Roncaglia made his debut for Argentina on 15 November 2013, playing 63 minutes in a 0–0 friendly draw in Ecuador. He was selected by coach Gerardo Martino for the 2015 Copa América [11] and started in the team's opening fixture, a 2–2 draw against Paraguay in La Serena. [12]

Career statistics


As of 19 January 2019 [13]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Boca Juniors 2008–09 22200100322
2011–12 31241111464
Espanyol (loan) 2009–10 2102060290
Estudiantes (loan) 2010–11 2500090340
Fiorentina 2012–13 2432000263
2013–14 13320100253
2015–16 3010030331
Genoa (loan) 2014–15 3200000320
Celta 2016–17 3127091473
2017–18 2101000220
2018–19 1201000130
Valencia (loan) 2018–19 00000000
Career total2621319158233916



Boca Juniors






  1. "Roncaglia ha già in mente l'obiettivo per la sua Fiorentina: "Vogliamo un posto in Europa. E battere la Juve"" [Roncaglia with sights set on goal for his Fiorentina: "We want to reach Europe. And beat Juve"] (in Italian). Goal. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
  2. "Boca: Confirmado, Facundo Roncaglia se va cedido al Espanyol" [Boca: Confirmed, Facundo Roncaglia loaned to Espanyol] (in Spanish). Goal. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  3. "Con Rorro y el Torito" [With Rorro and Torito]. Olé (in Spanish). 26 June 2010. Retrieved 27 June 2010.
  4. "Roncaglia y una renovación que se complica cada día más" [Roncaglia and an increasingly difficult renewal] (in Spanish). Muy Boca. 4 May 2012. Archived from the original on 23 June 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  5. "La final sigue abierta" [Still an open final]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 28 June 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  6. "Roncaglia alla Fiorentina? Il difensore anticipa l'annuncio ufficiale: "Ho firmato per quattro anni"" [Roncaglia to Fiorentina? Defender beats official announcement: "I have signed for four years"] (in Italian). Goal. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  7. "Genoa, dalla Fiorentina arriva Roncaglia" [Genoa, Roncaglia arrives from Fiorentina] (in Italian). Rai Sport. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  8. "Celta strenghten[sic] its defense signing Argentinian international Facundo Roncaglia". Celta Vigo. 12 July 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  9. Wallace, Sam (11 May 2017). "Man Utd 1 Celta Vigo 1 (2–1 on agg): United dice with danger but cling on to make it through to the final". The Daily Telegraph . Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  10. "Official Statement | Facundo Roncaglia". Valencia CF. 31 January 2019. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  11. "Gerardo Martino confirmó la lista de 23 convocados y mantuvo a Casco para la Copa América" [Gerardo Martino confirmed list of 23 selected and kept Casco for the Copa América]. La Nación (in Spanish). 27 May 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  12. "Argentina 2–2 Paraguay". BBC Sport. 13 June 2015. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  13. "F. Roncaglia". Soccerway. Retrieved 10 May 2017.