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Pablo Daniel Osvaldo
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Personal information
Date of birth January 12, 1986 (1986-01-12) (age 24)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Espanyol
Number 17
Youth career
1995–1999 Lanús
1999–2000 Banfield
2000–2005 Huracán
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 Huracán 33 (11)
2006 Atalanta 3 (1)
2006–2007 Lecce 31 (18)
2007–2009 Fiorentina 21 (5)
2009 Bologna 13 (3)
2010– Espanyol (Loan) 0 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Italy U-21 12 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of January 10, 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 15, 2008

Pablo Daniel Osvaldo (born January 12, 1986 in Capital Federal, Buenos Aires) is an Argentine-born Italian footballer, currently playing for RCD Espanyol on a loan from Bologna.

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Club career

Osvaldo made his competitive football debut in the Argentine 2nd Division for Club Atlético Huracán in 2005. After less than a year he was signed by Italian side Atalanta, where he played only three matches with a single goal in the Serie B 2005–06. In 2006 Atalanta agreed to a co-ownership deal which sent the player to Lecce, another Serie B team, where Osvaldo had the opportunity to play regularly, scoring eight goals in 31 appearances with the giallorossi. Following such a fairly impressive season, Atalanta regained the full player's property and sold him to Fiorentina for €4.5 million. He played his first Serie A match on September 29, 2007, scoring two goals in a 3–0 away win to Livorno.

On March 2, 2008 he headed in a cross from team mate Papa Waigo N'Diaye to give Fiorentina a 3–2 win in stoppage time over their fiercest rivals, Juventus. He was then sent off for his goal celebration, after having been booked earlier in the match, when he removed his team jersey and pretended to machine gun his own fans in a similar fashion to Fiorentina legend Gabriel Batistuta's goal celebration. His most important goal was a spectacular overhead kick against Torino on May 18, 2008.[1] The victory of that match allowed Fiorentina to finish two points ahead of Milan and qualify for UEFA Champions League.

He left ACF Fiorentina on 20 January 2009 and joined Bologna F.C. 1909 where he signed a five year contract. On August 23 2009 Osvaldo scored the season opening goal for Bologna against his former club Fiorentina and gave his team a tie. RCD Espanyol is trying to sign Osvaldo to reenforce their team. The last match against Catania (Catania 1 - Bologna 0) Osvaldo didn't play at all, maybe this would confirm that he is joining RCD Espanyol on a loan for the rest of the season. On 10 January 2010, RCD Espanyol announced that they signed the Italo-Argentine forward on loan until June 2010, pending a medical examination[2].

International career

On November 9, 2007 Osvaldo, a dual Italian and Argentine citizen, accepted to be called-up by Pierluigi Casiraghi to become part of the Italian Under-21 national team.

On May 29, 2008 Osvaldo scored the game winning and only goal against Chile in the final of the 2008 Toulon Tournament. It was his only goal during this event.

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