Tomás Rincón

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Tomás Rincón
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Rincón with Genoa in 2015
Personal information
Full nameTomás Eduardo Rincón Hernández [1]
Date of birth (1988-01-13) 13 January 1988 (age 33)
Place of birth San Cristóbal, Venezuela
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) [2]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 88
Youth career
2003–2006 Maracaibo
Senior career*
2007–2008 Zamora 33 (1)
2008–2009 Deportivo Táchira 18 (0)
2009–2014 Hamburger SV 106 (0)
2014–2017 Genoa 78 (3)
2017–2018 Juventus 13 (0)
2017–2018Torino (loan) 21 (1)
2018– Torino 109 (5)
National team
2006–2007 Venezuela U20 6 (3)
2008– Venezuela [3] 104 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 18:01, 18 April 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 December 2020 (UTC).

Tomás Eduardo Rincón Hernández (Spanish pronunciation:  [to’mas riŋ’koŋ] ; born 13 January 1988) is a Venezuelan professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder or full-back for Serie A club Torino and the Venezuela national team, which he captains.


Club career

Early career

Rincón began his career at UA Maracaibo. Then he joined Zamora in January 2007, playing 33 games and scoring one goal, up to July 2008. [4] In July 2008, Rincón joined Deportivo Táchira and signed a contract up to 2010.

Hamburger SV

The 22-year-old midfielder played on loan at German Bundesliga side Hamburger SV. [5] On 30 January 2009, he signed a contract until 31 December 2009. Rincón played his first match for Hamburg on 4 March 2009 against Wehen Wiesbaden in the DFB-Pokal.

He debuted in the Bundesliga on 4 April 2009 as a substitute in the 87th minute in a 1–0 win against 1899 Hoffenheim. On 10 December 2009, Hamburger SV purchased him from his former club Deportivo Táchira. [6] Rincón signed a contract until 30 June 2014.


On 31 July 2014 Rincón was signed by Italian club Genoa on a free transfer, and on 24 August, he played his first official match with the Gialloblu in an away game, valid for the third qualifying round of the Coppa Italia, won 1–0 against Lanciano. He made his debut in Serie A on 31 August against Napoli. With Genoa he finished in 6th place, qualifying for the Europa League, but was denied because Genoa failed to obtain a UEFA license.

The next season Rincón made his debut in the league in the second round, in a home game won 2–0 against Hellas Verona. On 22 November 2015 he scored his first goal for Genoa in the game won against Sassuolo. Overall, he made 83 appearances and scored 3 goals with Genoa.


In the middle of the 2016–17 season, Rincón was linked with a move to defending Serie A champions Juventus during the January transfer window; he ultimately signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the Turin-based club on 3 January 2017 for a reported fee of 8 million, becoming the first Venezuelan ever to represent the Bianconeri, and was given the number 28 shirt. [7] He made his debut for the Turin side on 8 January, coming on as a substitute for Sami Khedira in a 3–0 home win over Bologna, in Serie A. [8] On 14 March, he made his UEFA Champions League debut with the club, coming on as a substitute for Paulo Dybala, in a 1–0 home win over Porto, in the second leg of the round of 16. [9]


On 11 August 2017, Rincón was loaned to Torino for the 2017–18 season for €3 million, with a €6 million conditional obligation to buy. [10] [11] After the player had reached the condition on appearance for Torino, the club bought him outright on 6 January 2018. [12] [13] The deal was officially confirmed by Juventus on 5 February. [14] [15]

International career

Rincón played for the Venezuela national under-20 team at Sudamericana sub-20, held in Paraguay. He played his first senior international game for Venezuela in 2008 in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier. On 22 July 2011, he was voted Adidas' Best Player at the 2011 Copa América, held in Argentina, receiving 65% of the total votes against ten candidates. [16] Venezuela finished the tournament in fourth place. [17] He later also took part at the 2015 Copa América, [18] and the Copa América Centenario in 2016 with Venezuela, [19] serving as his team's captain in the latter tournament. [20] He scored his first international goal on 16 November 2018, netting the equalising goal from the penalty spot in a 1–1 friendly away draw against Japan. [21] He was also a member of the Venezuelan team that took part at the 2019 Copa América in Brazil. [22] On 14 October 2019, Rincón made his 100th international appearance for Venezuela against Trinidad and Tobago. [23]

Style of play

Nicknamed el general (The General, in Spanish), Rincón is quick, physical, versatile, and hard-working player, who is capable of playing in several midfield and defensive positions. Although he is usually deployed in the centre, as a defensive midfielder in front of the back-line, he is also capable of playing as a full-back, wing-back, or wide midfielder along the right flank. He has even been deployed in a box-to-box role, or as an offensive-minded central midfielder on occasion, known as the mezzala role in Italy. A strong, tenacious, and well-rounded footballer, with solid technique, a powerful shot, and an ability to provide assists for his teammates, he is mainly known for his anticipation, tactical intelligence, energy, and ball-winning abilities, as well as his strong personality, tenacity, dedication, professionalism, strength of character, and leadership. [24] [25] [26] [27] [28] [29] [30] [31] [32]

Career statistics


As of match played 18 April 2021 [33]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Zamora 2007–08 Venezuelan Primera División 33122353
Deportivo Táchira 2008–09 Venezuelan Primera División18000180
Hamburger SV 2008–09 Bundesliga 10102 [lower-alpha 1] 040
2009–10 Bundesliga1700011 [lower-alpha 1] 0280
2010–11 Bundesliga19020210
2011–12 Bundesliga27030300
2012–13 Bundesliga20000200
2013–14 Bundesliga22040260
Genoa 2014–15 Serie A 29020310
2015–16 Serie A33310343
2016–17 Serie A17010180
Juventus 2016–17 Serie A130303 [lower-alpha 2] 0190
Torino (loan) 2017–18 Serie A36120381
Torino 2018–19 Serie A34331374
2019–20 Serie A321205 [lower-alpha 1] 0391
2020–21 Serie A281305 [lower-alpha 1] 0311
Career total3841029321043413
  1. 1 2 3 4 Appearance(s) in the UEFA Europa League
  2. Appearance(s) in the UEFA Champions League


As of match played 13 October 2020. [34]
National teamYearAppsGoals

International goals

Scores and results list Venezuela's goal tally first. [34]
1.16 November 2018 Ōita Bank Dome, Ōita, JapanFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 1–11–1 2018 Kirin Challenge Cup



Juventus [3]




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