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Moise Bioty Kean (Italian pronunciation: ; born 28 February 2000) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Juventus and the Italy national team. In November 2016, he became the first player born in the 2000s to make an appearance in one of Europe's five major leagues, as well as in the UEFA Champions League. Later in May 2017, he became the first player born in the 2000s to score a goal in one of Europe's five major leagues. Born in Vercelli to Ivorian parents, Kean was first noticed by Renato Biasi, who inserted him in the youth teams of Asti before offering him to Torino. In 2010, however, instead of renewing with the Granata, he was signed by Torino's cross-city rivals Juventus (until a player is of 14 years of age, the contract is annual and in constant renewal).
|Full name||Moise Bioty Kean|
|Date of birth||(2000-02-28) 28 February 2000 (age 19)|
|Place of birth||Vercelli, Italy|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|2017–2018||→ Verona (loan)||19||(4)|
* 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 20 November 2018
In November 2016, he became the first player born in the 2000s to make an appearance in one of Europe's five major leagues, as well as in the UEFA Champions League. Later in May 2017, he became the first player born in the 2000s to score a goal in one of Europe's five major leagues.
Born in Vercelli to Ivorian parents, Kean was first noticed by Renato Biasi, who inserted him in the youth teams of Asti before offering him to Torino. In 2010, however, instead of renewing with the Granata, he was signed by Torino's cross-city rivals Juventus (until a player is of 14 years of age, the contract is annual and in constant renewal).
Kean made his professional debut for Juventus on 19 November 2016, at the age of 16, coming on in the 84th minute for Mario Mandžukić in a 3–0 win over Pescara in Serie A, thus becoming the first player born in the 2000s to compete in one of Europe's four major leagues. On 22 November, he became the first player born in the 2000s to feature in a UEFA Champions League match, after being substituted on in the 84th minute of a 3–1 away win over Sevilla. On 27 May 2017, Juventus' final match of the 2016–17 Serie A season, Kean scored his first goal for Juventus, the winning goal of a 2–1 away victory over Bologna, also becoming the first player born in the 2000s to score a goal in one of Europe's five major leagues.
On 31 August 2017, after extending his contract until 30 June 2020, Kean was loaned to Hellas Verona on a one-year deal. On 10 September he made his debut for Verona in Serie A as a substitute, replacing Alex Ferrari in the 46th minute in a 5–0 home defeat against Fiorentina. On 1 October, Kean scored his first goal for Verona in the 87th minute of a 2–2 away draw against Torino.
On 28 January 2018, Kean scored his first career Serie A brace in a 4–1 away win against Fiorentina, becoming only the second player born in the 2000s after Pietro Pellegri to have done so. He totalled 20 competitive appearances and four goals in his season at the club.
Since 2015, Kean has represented Italy at under-15 level. With the Italy U17 team he took part at the 2016 and 2017 editions of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship, scoring 1 goal in each tournament.
With the Italy U19 he took part in the 2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, and scored in the group stage against Norway and in the semi-final against France in a 2–0 win to help Italy reach the final of the tournament. He started the final against Portugal on the bench, but came on as a substitute and scored 2 goals in the second half, to take the tie to extra time, but the match ended in a 4–3 victory for Portugal.
He made his debut with the Italy U21 team on 11 October 2018, in a friendly match lost 1–0 against Belgium in Udine. He scored his first goal with the U21 side in the following friendly match, against Tunisia on 15 October 2018.
In November 2018, Kean was called up to the Italy senior side by manager Roberto Mancini. On 20 November, aged 18 years, 265 days, he made his senior debut with the Italy national team in a friendly match against the United States in Genk, which eventually ended in a 1–0 win to the Italians.
Regarded as one of Italian football's most promising prospects, Kean is a quick, tenacious, and physically strong forward, with good technical skills and an accurate shot. Naturally right-footed, his preferred role is in the centre as a main striker, although he is also capable of playing as a second striker or as a left forward. He is known in particular for his great pace, ability in the air, offensive movement, and powerful physique, which enable him to hold up the ball with his back to goal or take advantage of openings in the opposition's defence; a hard-working player, he has also been praised for his defensive contribution off the ball.
His older brother Giovanni (born 1993) is also a footballer.
|Verona (loan)||2017–18||Serie A||19||4||1||0||0||0||—||20||4|
|Italy national team|
Juventus F.C. – current squad