Moise Kean

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).

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Moise Kean
Personal information
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 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Juventus
Number 18
Youth career
2007 Asti
2007–2010 Torino
2010–2016 Juventus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016– Juventus 6 (3)
2017–2018Verona (loan) 19 (4)
National team
2015 Italy U15 6 (2)
2015 Italy U16 4 (3)
2015–2017 Italy U17 17 (8)
2017 Italy U19 6 (4)
2018– Italy U20 1 (2)
2018– Italy U21 3 (2)
2018– Italy 1 (0)
* 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

Moise Bioty Kean (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmɔize kɛn];[1] 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.

Club career

Youth career

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.[2] 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).[3][4]

Juventus

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.[5][6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

Loan to Verona

On 31 August 2017, after extending his contract until 30 June 2020, Kean was loaned to Hellas Verona on a one-year deal.[9][10] 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.[11] On 1 October, Kean scored his first goal for Verona in the 87th minute of a 2–2 away draw against Torino.[12]

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.[13][14][15] He totalled 20 competitive appearances and four goals in his season at the club.[16]

Juventus return

On 12 January 2019, Kean scored in a 2–0 away win over Bologna in the Coppa Italia.[17] On 8 March 2019, Kean scored two goals in the first half against Udinese, of an eventual 4–1 home win.[18]

International career

Although born in Italy, Kean remains eligible to play for both the Italy and Ivory Coast senior national teams, as his father is from the latter country.[19][20]

Since 2015, Kean has represented Italy at under-15 level.[21] 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[22] and in the semi-final against France in a 2–0 win to help Italy reach the final of the tournament.[23] 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.[24][25][26]

He made his debut with the Italy U21 team on 11 October 2018, in a friendly match lost 1–0 against Belgium in Udine.[27] He scored his first goal with the U21 side in the following friendly match, against Tunisia on 15 October 2018.[28]

In November 2018, Kean was called up to the Italy senior side by manager Roberto Mancini.[29] 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.[30]

Style of play

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.[31] 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.[32][33][34]

Personal life

His older brother Giovanni (born 1993) is also a footballer.[35]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 8 March 2019[36]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
LeagueAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Juventus 2016–17 Serie A 31001041
2018–19 3211100053
Total 6311200094
Verona (loan) 2017–18 Serie A 1941000204
Career total 2572120298

International

As of 20 November 2018[36][37]
Italy national team
YearAppsGoals
201810
Total10

Honours

Club

Juventus[36]

International

Italy U19

References

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  3. "Moise Kean, il talento che sfida il tempo. Il "Nuovo Balo" che non vuol essere Balotelli".
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  5. "Juventus 3–0 Pescara". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
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  8. "MOISE KEAN MAKES HISTORY, SEALS FINAL WIN FOR JUVENTUS". beinsports.com. 27 May 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
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  10. "UFFICIALE: KEAN È GIALLOBLÙ, SANE ALLA JUVENTUS". hellasverona.it. 31 August 2017.
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  15. "Napoli beat Bologna to leapfrog Juve in Serie A; Milan edge Lazio". ESPN FC. 28 January 2018. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  16. "Games played by Moise Kean in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  17. "Bologna 0–2 Juventus". BBC Sport. 12 January 2019. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  18. "Juventus v Udinese - teenager Kean scores twice". 2019-03-08. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  19. Joe Ball (18 January 2017). "Kean learner Manchester United star Paul Pogba Facetimes Juventus youngster Moise Kean to give him advice". The Sun. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
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  22. "Kean fires Italy level after Håland's penalty". UEFA. 22 July 2018. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  23. "Italy to face Portugal in Under-19 European Championship final". Sky Sports. 26 July 2018. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  24. "Italy 3-4 Portugal". UEFA. 30 July 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  25. "Domingos Quina, Moise Kean, Joao Filipe impress at Under-19 Euros". Sky Sports. 30 July 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  26. 1 2 "Under-19 - Portugal win epic U19 EURO final". UEFA. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  27. "Al 'Friuli' prove d'Europeo: il Belgio passa nel finale, gli Azzurrini si fermano al palo" (in Italian). FIGC. 11 October 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  28. "L'Italia riprende la corsa verso l'Europeo: battuta 2-0 la Tunisia con i gol di Parigini e Kean" (in Italian). FIGC. 15 October 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  29. "Breaking: Kean to receive Italy call-up" (in Italian). www.calciomercato.com. 16 November 2018. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  30. "Kean the 21st Century boy". Football Italia. 20 November 2018.
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  32. Blair Newman; Luca Hodges-Ramon; Richard Hall; Franco Ficetola; Mark Neale; Emmet Gates (24 January 2017). "The 50 best young footballers in Italy". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
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  34. Alessandro Aliberti (22 January 2016). "Juventus. il futuro dei bianconeri si chiama Kean" (in Italian). Tutto Sport. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  35. "Rieti, ufficializzato l'ingaggio dell'attaccante Giovanni Kean" (in Italian). Corriere di Rieti. 28 July 2018. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  36. 1 2 3 "Moise Kean Socceway Profile". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
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