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Juan Román Riquelme
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Personal information
Full name Juan Román Riquelme
Date of birth June 24, 1978 (1978-06-24) (age 31)
Place of birth San Fernando, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Boca Juniors
Number 10
Youth career
1985-1992 La Carpita de Villa Libertad
1992-1995 Argentinos Juniors
1995-1996 Boca Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2002 Boca Juniors 150 (38)
2002–2003 Barcelona 30 (3)
2003–2007 Villarreal 106 (36)
2007 Boca Juniors (loan) 15 (2)
2008– Boca Juniors 46 (7)
National team
1997–2008 Argentina 54 (18)
2008 Argentina Olympic 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:09, 9 October 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 September 2008

Juan Román Riquelme (born June 24, 1978 in San Fernando, Buenos Aires) is an Argentine footballer who currently plays for Boca Juniors of the Argentine Primera División as an attacking midfielder.

A longtime Argentine international, Riquelme is best known for his spells with Boca Juniors and Villarreal. A playmaker, his main assets[citation needed] are his passing and setting the tempo of play.

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Club career

Early career

Riquelme was born into a family of ten in poverty, and grew up in Don Torcuato. Argentine clubs Boca Juniors and River Plate spotted him when he was a youth player for Argentinos Juniors. He chose to move to Boca in 1995 - for US$800,000 - as he had been a fan of the club since childhood. A year later, on 10 November 1996, Riquelme played his first professional match in a 2-0 win over Unión de Santa Fe. Two weeks later, he scored his first senior goal, in Boca's 6-0 win over Huracán.

Barcelona

In 2002, after seven successful seasons with Boca Juniors, Riquelme was transferred to Barcelona for a reported 11 million.[1] Shortly before his departure from Boca, his brother, Cristian, was kidnapped. Riquelme negotiated for his brother's release and eventually paid the ransom. He stated this was one of the reasons why he chose to leave Boca, although it was also noted Riquelme was in dispute with Boca over his contract at the time.[citation needed] Louis van Gaal described Riquelme as a "political signing"[2] and treated him with indifference. When Van Gaal did play him, he did so rarely, deploying him on the flanks; thus, the player was unable to find his form during a period of largely substitute appearances, losing his place in the first team. He played mainly - as a starter - in the Spanish Cup, and netted the game's only in a rare UEFA Champions League first XI opportunity, at Club Brugge.

Villarreal

Riquelme would be loaned to fellow La Liga side Villareal for the following two years; there, he played alongside compatriots Juan Pablo Sorín and Rodolfo Arruabarrena, as well as two other Argentines and three Brazilians. At the end of 2004-05, Spanish sports newspaper Diario Marca awarded him the title of Artistic Player, and he also earned a nomination for the 2005 FIFA World Player of the Year award. In an effort to keep hold of him, Villarreal bought up 75% of Riquelme's rights from Barcelona for up to €8 million, depending on Villarreal performance in the next two seasons, and gave the player a four-year contract.[3] A 25% transfer fee would also given to Barça if Villarreal resold him.

A peculiar contract situation arose when, on 7 December 2005, Villarreal beat French club Lille OSC 1-0 to win its UEFA Champions League group, knocking out English giants Manchester United, and advancing to the lucrative knockout stages in the club's debut season in the main continental competition. Because of a clause in the transfer contract with Barcelona, Villarreal had to pay €1 million to the Catalan club; additionally, the contract included another two €1 million clauses; one if Villarreal finished in one of the top four league positions in 2005-06, and an identical clause for the 2006-07 season.

As Villarreal reached the last-four in the Champions League, in the second leg against Arsenal, Jens Lehmann saved a Riquelme penalty that would have taken the match to extra time; it ended 0-0 at El Madrigal.[4]

Boca return

Following a tense situation between player, board of directors and manager Manuel Pellegrini, Riquelme accepted a five-month loan back to Boca Juniors, in February 2007.[5][6] He went on to play a significant part in Boca's success in the 2007 Libertadores Cup, scoring against Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield in the round of 16, Club Libertad in the quarter finals and Cúcuta Deportivo in the semis, earning Boca a place in the finals. In the first leg of the final against Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, Riquelme scored a goal, adding two more in the return, crowning Boca champions. He also won the award for the competition's Most Valuable Player.

In August 2007, it was reported that Boca had given up hope of re-signing Riquelme. However, a few days later the situation changed, as the Argentine team's director Juan Carlos Crespi expressed confidence in Riquelme's return "within 10 days". The negotiations stalled when Villarreal's offer to give up Riquelme in exchange for €4 million, Rodrigo Palacio and half the rights to either Mauro Boselli or Jonathan Maidana was rejected by Boca. It was announced on 30 August that Riquelme had been signed by Atlético Madrid for a fee of €8 million. This transfer, however, fell through at the last minute, and Riquelme remained a Villareal player, being awarded the 16 shirt.

On 26 November 2007, Riquelme reached an agreement with the Spaniards and was allowed to re-join Boca Juniors after the transfer window re-opened in January 2008.[7] The player managed no official appearances whatsoever for Villarreal during the first half of 2007-08.

Upon his official return to the club in 2008, Riquelme played in the 2008 Clausura and the 2008 Copa Libertadores. Boca Juniors would make it through to the semi-final's of the tournament. Riquelme guided Boca out of the group stage where which they were nearly eliminated after losing 2-0 to Colo-Colo. Riquelme did not play in the return game against Colo-Colo when Boca dramatically won 4-3 but managed to help Boca win 3-0 in their final group stage game against Venezuela's Maracaibo, first by assisting Gabriel Paletta with a goal and then scoring one him self in the 74th minute [8][9][10]. Riquelme was the influence in Boca's win's over Cruzeiro and Atlas until loosing in the semi-final's to Brazil's Fluminense. Overall, Riquelme had scored 4 goals in the Copa Libertadores, he helped Boca win the 2008 Apertura tournament by playing some of his best football. He scored two goals in an important 2-1 win against Racing de Avellaneda in La Bombonera [11] and on November 9, 2008 following the death of club chairmen Pedro Pompillo, Roman scored a trademark free kick against Arsenal de Sarandi to win the game 1-0 [12][13]. Boca would then finish with in the top 3 when San Lorenzo and Tigre were level on points with Boca resulting in a 'triangular final' of each team to play against each other. Roman's influence in Boca's successful campaign earned his club the 2008 Apertura tournament.

International career

Riquelme won the South American Youth Championship and the FIFA U-20 World Cup, both in 1997 with coach José Pekerman. And would receive a call-up, but did not play in the 1998 or 2002 FIFA World Cups.

World Cup 2006

During the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Argentina were defeated in the quarter-final by Germany on penalties, after a 1-1 draw after extra-time. Germany equalised moments after Riquelme was substituted off the pitch. Riquelme had delivered the corner from which Roberto Ayala scored Argentina's goal.

Following the loss of Argentina and Pekerman's resignation as head coach, Riquelme was tipped by many to take over the reins of skipper for the Albicelestes in place of the outgoing Sorín. However, after captaining the team for the first friendly match under new coach Alfio Basile, he announced on 13 September 2006 his decision to retire from the Selección, claiming that the frequent critics from sectors of the press and public had negatively affected his mother's health, who was hospitalized twice in two months after the 2006 World Cup.[14][15] At that point, Riquelme had played 37 matches for Argentina, scoring eight goals.

On 26 June 2007, Riquelme was recalled to the national team by Basile as part of the 23-man squad to represent Argentina in the Copa América.[16] Riquelme illustrated his array of skills by scoring two goals – a header and a free kick – against Colombia in the second match of the Copa's group stage. In the quarter-finals against Peru, Riquelme scored two of Argentina's four goals and assisted Lionel Messi for another goal to lead Argentina into the semifinals with a 4-0 win. He scored his fifth goal of the competition in a penalty during the semifinal clash against Mexico, completing Argentina's 3-0 win. After that Argentina was trashed against arch-rivals, Brazil, 3-0 in the final.

On 14 October 2007, Riquelme emerged from three months of inactivity at Villarreal to score two free kicks in a 2-0 win against Chile to get his team off to a winning start in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers. On 17 November, he netted twice again in Argentina's 3-0 victory against Bolivia. Having scored four in the qualifiers, he decided to retire from the national team after a disagreement with coach Diego Maradona.[17]

Argentina included Riquelme as one of the three permitted overage players in the squad for the Olympic Games Football tournament in Beijing.[18] Riquelme captained to the gold medal, scoring once, against Brazil in the semi-final.[19]

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. April 30, 2003 Tripoli, Libya  Libya 3-1 Win Friendly
2. November 17, 2004 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Venezuela 3-2 Win 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)
3. June 8, 2005 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Brazil 3-1 Win 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)
4. June 15, 2005 Cologne, Germany  Tunisia 2-1 Win 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup
5. June 18, 2005 Nuremberg, Germany  Australia 4-2 Win 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup
6. June 21, 2005 Nuremberg, Germany  Germany 2-2 Draw 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup
7. October 9, 2005 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Peru 2-0 Win 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)
8. November 16, 2005 Doha, Qatar  Qatar 3-0 Win Friendly
9. July 2, 2007 Maracaibo, Venezuela  Colombia 4-2 Win Copa América 2007
10. July 2, 2007 Maracaibo, Venezuela  Colombia 4-2 Win Copa América 2007
11. July 8, 2007 Barquisimeto, Venezuela  Peru 4-0 Win Copa América 2007
12. July 8, 2007 Barquisimeto, Venezuela  Peru 4-0 Win Copa América 2007
13. July 11, 2007 Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela  Mexico 3-0 Win Copa América 2007
14. October 13, 2007 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Chile 2-0 Win 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)
15. October 13, 2007 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Chile 2-0 Win 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)
16. November 17, 2007 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Bolivia 3-0 Win 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)
17. November 17, 2007 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Bolivia 3-0 Win 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)

Club statistics

Club Season League National
Cup
Primary
Continental
Secondary
Continental
Continental
Super Cup
International Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Argentina Boca Juniors 1996–97 A 8 2 - - - - - - - - - - - -
C 13 2
1997–98 A 13 0 - - - - - - - - - - - -
C 6 0
1998–99 A 19 3 - - - - 6 0 - - - - - -
C 18 7
1999–2000 A 17 2 - - 11 3 5 0 - - - - - -
C 7 2
2000–01 A 16 5 - - 12 3 1 0 - - - - - -
C 11 5
2001–02 A 13 7 - - 4 0 1 0 - - - - - -
C 9 3
Subtotal 148 36 - - 27 6 13 0 - - - - - -
Spain Barcelona 2002–03 29 3 - - 11 2 - - - - - - 40 5
Subtotal 29 3 - - 11 2 - - - - - - 40 5
Spain Villarreal 2003–04 33 8 - - - - 12 4 - - - - 45 12
2004–05 31 15 - - - - 9 3 - - - - 40 18
2005–06 25 12 - - 12 2 - - - - - - 37 14
2006–07 13 1 - - - - - - - - - - 13 1
Subtotal 106 36 - - 12 2 21 7 - - - - 135 45
Argentina Boca Juniors 2006–07 A - - - - 11 8 - - - - - - - -
C 15 2
2007–08 A - - - - 10 4 - - - - - - - -
C 10 1
2008–09 A 16 5 - - - - - - - - - - - -
C - -
2009–10 A - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C - -
Subtotal - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Honors

Club

Argentina Boca Juniors

Spain Villarreal

International

Individual

References

  1. ^ "Barça take up Riquelme option". UEFA.com. 2002-11-26. http://www.uefa.com/competitions/ucl/news/kind=1/newsid=44002.html. 
  2. ^ Cowley Cara de Chota, Jason (2006-06-18). "Lonesome Riquelme is the go-to man". Guardian Unlimited. http://football.guardian.co.uk/worldcup2006/story/0,,1800201,00.html. Retrieved 2006-08-12. 
  3. ^ "Riquelme leaves Barça for good". UEFA.com. 2005-06-21. http://www.uefa.com/competitions/ucl/news/kind=1/newsid=308912.html. 
  4. ^ "Arsenal joy as Villarreal pay price". UEFA.com. 2006-04-25. http://www.uefa.com/competitions/ucl/history/season=2005/round=2204/match=1107459/report=rp.html. 
  5. ^ The end is nigh for a player unable to cross great divide; The Guardian, 22 January 2007
  6. ^ Román dio el sí (Román said yes); Diario Olé, 7 February 2007 (Spanish)
  7. ^ "Riquelme set to return home". UEFA.com. 2007-11-26. http://www.uefa.com/footballeurope/news/kind=2/newsid=626379.html. 
  8. ^ http://www.conmebol.com/competiciones_evento_reporte.jsp?evento=1081&ano=2008&dv=2&flt=3&id=104&slangab=S
  9. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Copa_Libertadores_Second_Stage
  10. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Copa_Libertadores
  11. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primera_Divisi%C3%B3n_Argentina_2008%E2%80%9309
  12. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOGaVrXLdFc
  13. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5Bn8TuqIDc&feature=related
  14. ^ Homewood, Brian (2006-09-13). "Riquelme says he is quitting Argentina". yahoo.sports. http://sports.yahoo.com/sow/news?slug=reu-riquelme&prov=reuters&type=lgns. Retrieved 2006-09-14. 
  15. ^ "Riquelme renunció a la Selección: "Antes que nada está mi familia"" (in Spanish). Clarín (newspaper). 2006-09-13. http://www.clarin.com/diario/2006/09/13/um/m-01270823.htm. Retrieved 2006-09-13. 
  16. ^ Riquelme quiere sumarse a selección argentina (Riquelme wants to join Argentine squad) (Spanish)
  17. ^ "Juan Roman Riquelme quits Argentina after Maradona row". telegraph.co.uk. 2009-03-11. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/international/4973953/Juan-Roman-Riquelme-quits-Argentina-after-Maradona-row.html. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  18. ^ "Messi, Agüero, Riquelme named to Argentine Olympic team". sl.com. 2008-07-03. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/soccer/07/03/argentina.olympic/index.html. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  19. ^ "Angel delivers Argentina gold". FIFA.com. 2008-08-23. http://www.fifa.com/mensolympic/matches/round=250025/match=300051812/summary.html. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 

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