Nicolás Stefanelli

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Nicolás Stefanelli
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Personal information
Full name Nicolás Marcelo Stefanelli
Date of birth (1994-11-22) 22 November 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth Quilmes, Argentina
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Unión La Calera
Number 29
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2017 Defensa y Justicia 34 (11)
2014–2015Villa Dálmine (loan) 27 (5)
2017– AIK 34 (15)
2019Anorthosis Famagusta (loan) 12 (2)
2019–Unión La Calera (loan) 8 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 October 2019

Nicolás Marcelo Stefanelli (Spanish pronunciation: [nikoˈlas maɾˈθelo stefaˈneli]; born 22 November 1994 in Quilmes, Buenos Aires Province) is an Argentine footballer who plays for Unión La Calera on loan from AIK.

Club career[edit]

Defensa y Justicia[edit]

In 2014, Defensa y Justicia were promoted for the first time ever to the Argentine Primera División. During the following pre-season, in July 2014, Stefanelli was moved up to the A squad from the U19 squad. It was, however, decided that he would benefit from being loaned out, so he would have to wait another 18 months for his debut in the first tier.

Villa Dálmine[edit]

On 15 August 2014 Stefanelli started a loan spell at Villa Dálmine, contributing to their promotion from Primera B Metropolitana, the third tier of Argentine football, to Primera B Nacional, the second tier. His league debut came on 1 September 2014 in a 1-0 win over Club Atlético Atlanta. He came on as a substitute in the 75th minute, replacing Gabriel Sanabria.[1] He scored his first goal for Dálmine three weeks later in a 1-1 draw with Chacarita Juniors. The goal came in the 75th minute, six minutes after he had been brought on off the bench.[2]

Return to Defensa y Justicia[edit]

On 1 January 2016 Stefanelli returned to Defensa and the Argentine Primera Division. During 18 months he scored a total of 11 goals in 35 appearances. The club finished fourth in Zone 2 of the 2016 Argentine Primera División, which qualified them for the 2017 Copa Sudamericana. Defensa y Justicia finished tenth in the 2016–17 season and were therefore qualified for the 2018 Copa Sudamericana.

AIK[edit]

On 1 July 2017 AIK, of the Swedish first tier Allsvenskan, announced that they had signed Stefanelli on a three-and-a-half-year contract, from 15 July 2017 to 31 December 2020.[3] He made his Allsvenskan debut on 16 July 2017, a 1–0 home win against IFK Norrköping. Stefanelli was praised by both pundits and AIK fans afterwards, even though he didn't manage to score. On 1 October 2017 he scored a hattrick when AIK won 5–2 win against Elfsborg.[4]

Anorthosis Famagusta[edit]

On 18 January 2019 it was announced that Stefanelli had signed a loan deal with Anorthosis Famagusta in the Cypriot First Division.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 11 November 2018[6]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Villa Dálmine (loan) 2014 Primera B Metropolitana 13 4 0 0 13 4
2015 Primera B Nacional 14 1 1 0 15 1
Total 27 5 1 0 28 5
Defensa y Justicia 2016 Primera División 15 4 2 0 17 4
2016–17 19 7 1 1 2 1 22 9
Total 34 11 3 1 2 1 39 13
AIK 2017 Allsvenskan 16 9 1 1 2 0 19 10
2018 18 6 4 0 3 1 25 7
Total 34 15 5 1 5 1 44 17
Career total 95 31 9 2 7 2 111 35

Personal life[edit]

Stefanelli is a dual national; he holds an Italian EU passport as well as an Argentine passport. He grew up and went to school in Quilmes, Argentina.[7] Stefanelli is nicknamed "Chicho" in Argentina and "Nico" by his Swedish teammates.

Honours[edit]

AIK

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://us.soccerway.com/matches/2014/09/02/argentina/prim-b-metro/villa-dalmine/club-atetico-atlanta/1765713/
  2. ^ https://us.soccerway.com/matches/2014/09/24/argentina/prim-b-metro/villa-dalmine/club-atletico-chacarita-juniors/1765737/
  3. ^ "Nicolás Stefanelli klar för AIK Fotboll | AIK Fotboll". AIK Fotboll (in Swedish).
  4. ^ https://us.soccerway.com/matches/2017/10/01/sweden/allsvenskan/allmanna-idrottsklubben/idrottsforening-elfsborg/2380354/
  5. ^ https://www.aikfotboll.se/nyheter/nicolas-stefanelli-lanas-ut-under-varen
  6. ^ "N. STEFANELLI". soccerway.com. Soccerway. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Wesström om Stefanelli: "En spelare vi normalt sett inte kommer åt"". 30 June 2017.

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