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Juan Camilo Zúñiga

Juan Camilo Zúñiga
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Zúñiga with Napoli in 2010
Personal information
Full name Juan Camilo Zúñiga Mosquera
Date of birth (1985-12-14) 14 December 1985 (age 33)
Place of birth Chigorodó, Colombia
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)[1]
Playing position Wing-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2008 Atlético Nacional 121 (9)
2008–2009 Siena 28 (0)
2009–2018 Napoli 125 (4)
2016Bologna (loan) 9 (0)
2016–2017Watford (loan) 21 (1)
2018Atlético Nacional (loan) 4 (0)
Total 308 (14)
National team
2005 Colombia U20 4 (0)
2005–2015 Colombia 61 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 July 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:53, 26 June 2015 (UTC)

Juan Camilo Zúñiga Mosquera (American Spanish: [ˈxwaŋ kaˈmilo ˈsuɲiɣa mosˈkeɾa];[a] born 14 December 1985) is a Colombian retired footballer who played as a wing-back.[2] Zúñiga has previously played for Italian clubs Siena and Napoli, having won two Coppa Italia titles with the latter; he was also sent on loan by Napoli to Bologna and Watford in 2016. At international level, Zúñiga was part of the Colombian national football team that played in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and has also represented his nation in three Copa América tournaments.

Club career

Atlético Nacional

Born in Chigorodó, Antioquia, Zúñiga made his professional debut with Colombian giant Atlético Nacional. With Nacional, he gained three titles while being at the club for seven seasons. In total, he made 129 league appearances and scored 9 goals.

Siena

Zúñiga left Atlético Nacional in the summer of 2008 and was contracted by Italian side Siena.[3] The transfer fee was €2.32 million.[4] While at Siena, Zúñiga gave impressive performances, which attracted several clubs. In total, he made 28 leagues appearances, failing to score a goal.

Napoli

On 9 July 2009, Napoli signed the Colombian from Siena on a five-year deal for €8.5 million.[5][6][7] Zúñiga then usually featured on the left-hand side of the 3–5–2 formation, as the left wingback, since Christian Maggio often occupies the right-hand side.

After the arrival of Andrea Dossena in January 2010, he lost his starting place and became a backup wingback on both flanks in the 2010–11 Serie A season.

Zúñiga scored his first Serie A goal for Napoli against Catania on 20 February 2011. His second goal was on 15 May 2011 against Internazionale in the 46th minute. His third, spectacular goal occurred against Genoa on 21 December 2011.

In late August 2013, Zúñiga suffered an injury. Weeks later, it was confirmed that he would be forced to have knee surgery and be out for a month, likely causing him to miss the rest of the season for 2013.[8] Nevertheless, Zúñiga signed a new contract in October 2013.[9]

In April 2014, it was announced after 5 months that Zúñiga had finally recovered from his knee injury and would continue regularly for Napoli.[10]

In the first half of the 2015–16 Serie A season, he was left out of the squad.

Bologna (Loan)

On 13 January 2016, Zúñiga signed for Bologna on loan until the end of the season.[11] He made his league debut for the club on 17 January 2016, in a 2-2 draw with Lazio. He replaced Emanuele Giaccherini in the 71st minute.[12]

Watford (Loan)

On 13 July 2016, it was announced that Zúñiga would join Watford on a season-long loan, with an option to buy, reuniting with former Napoli teammates Miguel Britos and Valon Behrami, as well as manager Walter Mazzarri.[13] On 18 September 2016, Zúñiga came on in the 83rd minute for Étienne Capoue and scored against Manchester United in his side's 3–1 win. In what was only his third appearance for Watford in the Premier League,[14][15] he subsequently won a penalty, converted by Troy Deeney, for Watford's third goal.[16][17] It was reported that Zúñiga returned to Naples after the loan, for his final year of contract.[18]

Return to Atlético Nacional

After spending the first half of the 2017–18 season out of Napoli's squad, Zúñiga joined his first club Atlético Nacional on a free transfer on 30 January 2018.[19]

Retirement

In 2018, Zúñiga announced his retirement from football.[20]

International career

Zúñiga played for Colombia in the 2005 World Youth Cup before progressing to the senior national team in 2005. He was regarded as being similar to other famous adventurous full-backs such as Cafu and Roberto Carlos by the Italian press during the under-20 World Youth Cup, because of his attacking nature. Zúñiga started most of Colombia 2014 World Cup qualifiers, only missing two games: against Venezuela after being given permission to leave the team for the birth of his son,[21] and against Peru due to injury.

He was called up for the 2014 World Cup and appeared in four of the five matches that Colombia played in the tournament.[22] On 4 July 2014, while Colombia's quarter-final match against hosts Brazil was nearing its end, Zúñiga landed his right knee in Neymar's lower back while challenging for the ball. Neymar was stretchered off and further examinations showed that Neymar suffered a fractured third lumbar vertebra, ruling him out of the rest of the World Cup.[23][24] After the match, which Colombia lost 2–1, Zúñiga insisted that he had not meant to injure Neymar.[24][25] Neymar's teammate Thiago Silva defended Zúñiga, stating that he is not the type of player who would purposely cause an injury to any player.[26] Conversely, Brazilian legend Ronaldo said that he believed that Zúñiga's violent challenge was a foul committed with the intention of causing harm.[27] The day after the match, it was revealed that Zúñiga had sent a letter of apology to Neymar, saying that he was "deeply sorry and sad" for unintentionally causing the injury.[28] Neymar later accepted the apology.[29][30] Though Zúñiga publicly apologized to Neymar, his Instagram and Twitter accounts were flooded with racial insults and death threats to him and his family by some Brazilian fans.[31][32]

A year later, at the 2015 Copa América, Zúñiga would participate in his team's second group match of the tournament against Brazil, during which an on-pitch brawl broke out following Colombia's 1–0 victory; the Brazilian captain at the time Neymar was judged to have deliberately kicked the ball at his opponent Pablo Armero and attempted to headbutt Colombian matchwinner Jeison Murillo, earning a red card. As a result, Colombian forward Carlos Bacca retaliated by pushing Neymar over, and was himself sent off.[33] CONMEBOL fined Neymar $10,000 and suspended him for four matches, ruling him out for the remainder of the tournament,[34] while Bacca was suspended for two matches.[35]

International goals

Scores and results lists Colombia's goal tally first.[36]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 September 2012 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia  Uruguay
4–0
4–0
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

Style of play

A quick, energetic, versatile, and hard-working player, Zúñiga is capable of playing in several positions along the left flank, and has been deployed as an attacking full-back, as a wing-back, and as a winger; he is also capable of playing on the right, courtesy of his stronger right foot.[37] Once regarded as a possible heir of Cafu,[38] he is mainly known for his pace, strength, technique, and dribbling skills, as well as his powerful striking ability from outside the area; these attributes make him a dangerous offensive threat, and enable him both to score and create goals for teammates.[39][40]

Career statistics

As of 01 April 2017 [41][42]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Atlético Nacional 2002 Categoría Primera A 4 0 4 0
2003 Categoría Primera A 1 0 1 0
2004 Categoría Primera A 23 0 23 0
2005 Categoría Primera A 23 2 23 2
2006 Categoría Primera A 24 1 24 1
2008 Categoría Primera A 32 4 32 4
2008 Categoría Primera A 14 2 14 2
Total 121 9 121 9
Siena 2008–09 Serie A 28 0 0 0 28 0
Napoli 2009–10 Serie A 22 0 2 0 0 0 24 0
2010–11 Serie A 27 2 2 0 8 0 37 2
2011–12 Serie A 31 2 5 0 7 0 43 2
2012–13 Serie A 32 0 1 0 7 0 40 0
2013–14 Serie A 6 0 0 0 2 0 8 0
2014–15 Serie A 7 0 0 0 3 0 10 0
2015–16 Serie A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 125 4 10 0 27 0 162 4
Bologna (loan) 2015–16 Serie A 9 0 0 0 9 0
Watford (loan) 2016–17 Premier League 17 1 0 0 0 0 17 1
Career total 295 14 10 0 0 0 27 0 332 14

Honours

Club

Atletico Nacional
Napoli

Notes

  1. ^ In isolation, Juan is pronounced [ˈxwan].

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