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Facundo Ferreyra

Facundo Ferreyra
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Ferreyra in July 2013
Personal information
Full name Facundo Ferreyra[1]
Date of birth (1991-03-14) 14 March 1991 (age 28)[2]
Place of birth Lomas de Zamora, Argentina
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Espanyol
(on loan from Benfica)
Number 9
Youth career
Banfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008-2012 Banfield 56 (15)
2012-2013 Vélez Sársfield 22 (16)
2013-2018 Shakhtar Donetsk 74 (43)
2014-2015 -> Newcastle United (loan) 0 (0)
2018- Benfica 5 (1)
2019- -> Espanyol (loan) 5 (1)
National team?
2011 Argentina U-20 12 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 March 2019
? National team caps and goals correct as of 17 February 2019

Facundo Ferreyra (Spanish pronunciation: [fa'kundo fe'rei?a]; born 14 March 1991), nicknamed "Chucky",[3][4][5] is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Spanish club RCD Espanyol on loan from Portuguese side Benfica as a forward.

Club career

Banfield

Ferreyra came through the youth system at his home town club of Banfield, and was promoted to the first team in the 2008-09 season. He made six appearances in that season, three as a substitute, scoring one goal. His debut goal was a header against Argentinos Juniors in a 2-2 draw on 6 December 2008.

Ferreyra's next first team appearances came in the 2010-11 season, when he scored six goals in 19 games, including one against Boca Juniors to secure a 1-1 draw on 4 June 2011.[6] He was among the 15 top league goalscorers for the season.[7] On 3 January 2011, he signed a new three-year contract with Banfield.[8]

Vélez Sársfield

Following Banfield's relegation at the end of the 2011-12 Argentine Primera División season, Ferreyra was transferred to Vélez Sársfield. During his first season playing for Vélez, Ferreyra was the top goalscorer for the team in their 2012 Inicial winning campaign, scoring 13 goals in 15 games.[9] He was also joint top scorer of the championship along Ignacio Scocco. Ferreyra also started in the 2012-13 Superfinal, in which Vélez defeated Newell's Old Boys.

Shakhtar Donetsk

On 9 July 2013, Ferreyra signed a five-year contract with Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk in a US$9 million transfer.[10] He rarely featured for the club during his first season in Ukraine, but did manage to score six league goals from five starts as Shakhtar won their ninth league title.[11][deprecated source]

Due to personal security concerns over the war in Donbass and the recent Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash, Ferreyra along with five other foreign teammates refused to return to Ukraine after a friendly match against Lyon on 20 July 2014.[12][13] With the relocation of Shakhtar's training base to Kiev and home games to be played in Lviv for the 2014-15 season[14] and following talks with CEO Sergei Palkin, Ferreyra and his teammates returned to the club in late July.[15][16][17]

Loan to Newcastle United

On 3 August 2014, Newcastle United signed Ferreyra on a season-long loan. The deal included a £6 million option to buy at the end of the season.[18] However, Ferreyra struggled with the physical demands of English football, stating in an interview in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle "When I got here [Newcastle] I struggled to adapt ... it is a very physical league."[19] On 29 May 2015 it was announced that Newcastle would not take up the option to buy Ferreyra and he would return to Shakhtar Donetsk without having played a single minute of first team football for Newcastle.[20]

Return to Shakhtar

Ferreyra scored the first goal in the 2018 Ukrainian Cup Final as Shakhtar beat rivals Dinamo Kiev 2-0.[21]

Benfica

On 6 June 2018, Ferreyra signed a four-year contract with Portuguese club S.L. Benfica.[22] The following 31 January, after being rarely used, he moved to La Liga side RCD Espanyol on loan until June 2020.[23] He scored 1 goal in 9 games in La Liga in the second half of the 2018-19 season.

International career

Ferreyra is a former Argentina under-20 youth international. He was joint second top scorer at the 2011 South American Youth Championship with four tournament goals, helping Argentina to third place.[24][25] He also played with the team at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Career statistics

Club

As of 17 February 2019[6]
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Super Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Banfield 2008-09 Primera División 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
2009-10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010-11 18 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 6
2011-12 32 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 8
Total 56 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 56 15
Vélez Sársfield 2012-13 Primera División 22 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 3[c] 1 25 17
Shakhtar Donetsk 2013-14 Ukrainian Premier League 13 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 7[d] 0 22 6
2015-16 11 3 5 2 0 0 0 0 7[e] 2[f] 23 7
2016-17 20 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 7[g] 3 28 16
2017-18 30 21 3 4 0 0 1 2 8[h] 3 42 30
Total 74 43 11 6 0 0 1 2 29 8 115 59
Newcastle United (loan) 2014-15 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Benfica 2018-19 Primeira Liga 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3[i] 0 9 1
Espanyol (loan) 2018-19 La Liga 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Career total 160 75 12 6 0 0 1 2 35 9 208 92
  1. ^ Argentina - Copa Argentina; Ukraine - Ukrainian Cup
  2. ^ England - League Cup; FA Cup
  3. ^ Appearances in the Copa Libertadores
  4. ^ Five appearances in the UEFA Champions League, two appearances in the UEFA Europa League
  5. ^ One appearance in the UEFA Champions League, six appearances in the UEFA Europa League
  6. ^ Two goals in the UEFA Europa League
  7. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Europa League
  8. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Champions League
  9. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Champions League

Honours

Club

Vélez Sársfield

Shakhtar Dontesk

Benfica

International

Argentina U-20

Individual

References

  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League: notification of shirt numbers" (PDF). Premier League. p. 14. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Ferreyra - official profile". S.L. Benfica. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ Wilson, Jonathan (4 August 2014). "Newcastle United's Facundo Ferreyra has quality but needs confidence". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ Atkins, Chris (28 July 2014). "Ferreyra worth a gamble up front". ESPN FC. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "El Shakhtar ficha a 'Chucky' Ferreyra". Marca (in Spanish). 10 July 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ a b c Facundo Ferreyra at Soccerway
  7. ^ "Primera A: top scorers". FIFA. Retrieved 2011.
  8. ^ "Facundo Ferreyra signs on for another three seasons (Spanish)". Club Atlético Banfield. 3 January 2011. Archived from the original on 2 July 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  9. ^ "Statistics". Argentine Soccer. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ a b c d "Facundo Ferreyra - Shakhtar player". FC Shakhtar Donetsk. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ "Facundo Ferreyra completes Newcastle loan from Shakhtar with future option for permanent deal worth £6.5m". Daily Mail. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ "Shakhtar Donetsk players go AWOL". ESPN FC. 20 July 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  13. ^ "Shakhtar stars 'won't risk lives'". ESPN FC. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  14. ^ "Shakhtar to relocate, stars still AWOL". ESPN FC. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  15. ^ "Facundo Ferreyra again with the team". FC Shakhtar Donetsk. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  16. ^ "Facundo Ferreyra: I apologize to everyone". FC Shakhtar Donetsk. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  17. ^ "Shakhtar players return to training". ESPN FC. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  18. ^ Marshall, Anthony (3 August 2014). "United Complete Ferreyra Capture". Newcastle United F.C. Retrieved 2014.
  19. ^ "The curious case of Facundo Ferreyra is one that Newcastle United must learn from". Newcastle Chronicle. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  20. ^ "Newcastle United confirm futures of five players". The Mag. 29 May 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  21. ^ https://us.soccerway.com/matches/2018/05/09/ukraine/cup/fc-dynamo-kyiv/joint-stock-company-fc-shakhtar-donetsk/2780207/?ICID=PL_MS_01
  22. ^ Rebelo, Marco (6 June 2018). "Welcome, Ferreyra!". S.L. Benfica. Retrieved 2018.
  23. ^ "Facundo Ferreyra, incorporación para el ataque" [Facundo Ferreyra, new addition for the attack] (in Spanish). RCD Espanyol. 31 January 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  24. ^ "Brazil become under-20 champions" (in Spanish). CONMEBOL. 13 February 2011. Archived from the original on 30 June 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  25. ^ "Argentina's U-20 side fails to make London 2012" (in Spanish). Buenos Aires Herald. Retrieved 2011.
  26. ^ "Shakhtar Donetsk win 10th Ukrainian title". dailystar.com/lb. 6 May 2017.
  27. ^ a b Ferreyra confirmed that he is leaving Shakhtar ( ?, ). Sport Arena. 20 May 2018
  28. ^ "São estes os campeões nacionais pelo Benfica em 2018/19" [These are the national champions for Benfica in 2018-19]. Record (in Portuguese). 18 May 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  29. ^ Ferreyra is the best scorer of the UPL season ( -- ). Sport Arena. 20 May 2018

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