Facundo Roncaglia

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Facundo Roncaglia
Personal information
Full nameFacundo Sebastián Roncaglia
Date of birth (1987-02-10) 10 February 1987 (age 32)
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) 7 (0)
National team
2013– Argentina 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 07:56, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2017

Facundo Sebastián Roncaglia (Spanish pronunciation:  [faˈkundo 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.

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Valencia CF Spanish association football club

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RC Celta de Vigo Spanish association football club

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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.

Chajarí City in Entre Ríos, Argentina

Chajarí is a city in the northeast of the province of Entre Ríos, Argentina. It has 45.000 inhabitants per the 2010 census [INDEC], and it is the largest city in the Federación Department. It lies on Provincial Route 2, about 2 km east of the intersection with National Route 14 and west of the Salto Grande reservoir on the Uruguay River, 330 km from the provincial capital Paraná.

Entre Ríos Province Province of Argentina

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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 2 May 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 701030110
Career total2691320161235016



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