From scoring a goal against Chelsea for the Premier League to playing for Federal A: the story of Denis Stracqualursi




On the eve of the date of the classics, we review the career of the striker who gave Gimnasia the last victory against Estudiantes.


Denis Stracqualursi was born on October 20, 1987 in Rafaela, Santa Fe.. He performed the lower ones in Athletic Club Penarol of Rafaela, made his debut as a first division footballer with Gymnastics in 2008 and was the scorer of the Opening 2010 with the t-shirt Tiger, so he ended up emigrating to the Premier league in 2011 to play in the Everton. His soccer present is very far from what he had ten years ago, but the fanatic striker of Colón knew how to be the hero of the classic platense more than ten years ago.

The forward from Santa Fe debuted in the first division with the shirt of Wolf on November 22, 2008, and just six days later he scored his first goal: he scored the only goal for the striker in the victory against Colonthe club of his loves. The best performance of him with the shirt of Gymnastics was on February 3, 2010, when he double-dialed Students for his team to win the classic 3-1 after five years. At the end of that season, he was released and went to Tigre, where he would show one of the best versions of his career.

Stracqua arrived at Bullfighter in July 2010, and in his first tournament with the team from Victory scored 11 goals in 19 games, and together with the Uruguayan Santiago Silvawho played in VelezHe became the top scorer in the Opening Tournament 2010being the first player in the history of Tigre to achieve it. At Closure 2011 he maintained his level, and scored 9 goals in that tournament, although all in the first ten games. On date 10, he scored a hat-trick against Boca at the legendary Bombonera and became the first player in the club’s history to score in triplicate at the Xeneize stadium, in what was a 3-3 draw.

Denis Stracqualursi

Stracqualursi’s brief stint in the Premier League

His 20 goals in one season made the Everton from Englandwho at that time was a member of the Premier leagueput his eyes on the Argentine center forward. In August 2011 his arrival at the English club was made official, in which he made his official debut against wigan by League Cupin what was a 3-1 victory for his team. His first match in Premier league occurred only in January 2012 against bolton trampsand scored his first goal with the Everton before him Fulham in a 2-1 victory in the fourth round of the FA Cup. One of his most memorable games with this shirt was the 2-0 victory against Chelsea, where the Argentine scored one of the goals for his team’s victory against the Blues.

Denis Stracqualursi

When the season ended, the English team got rid of the striker from Santa Fe, who signed a contract with San Lorenzo de Almagro. then went through Emelec from Ecuador, Baniyas from the United Arab Emirates, Lanúsagain Emelec, Independent from Santa Fe de Colombia, Tigre, Aldosivi, Atlético Rafaela and Taranto FC from Italian Fourth Division. Finally, in January 2021, she made the decision to return to Union of Sunchalesclub where he made his debut as a footballer in 2007, and continues his career there to this day.

The day that Denis Stracqualursi was the figure of the classic platense

On February 3, 2010, Gymnastics received to Students at Juan Carmelo Zerillo Stadium after five consecutive years in which he played as a local in the classic in the Unique Stadium of La Plata. The Wolfdirected by Diego CocaI had to face the click what two months earlier he had played the final of the Club World Cup against Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona.

The match ended 3-1 in favor of Gymnasticsand the great figure of the party was the santafesino Denis Stracqualursiwho scored two goals and missed a penalty. The first goal was towards the end of the first half: after a center from the left sent by Diego Villar and diverted by Juan Sebastian Veron, Stracqua he jumped on the popcorn and made it 1-0 for the Wolfthat went with that result to the rest.

Greater emotions were experienced in the second half. Before 10 minutes, Nestor Pitana charged penalty for Gymnastics after an offense committed by German Re to Colombian Mark Perez. the same Stracqualursi took charge of executing the penalty, but the goalkeeper Orion held him back and kept hoping Students to reach a draw. Anyway, this did not happen, and the number 22 of the premises redialed.

At 35 minutes of complement, Stracqua got rid of Leandro Desabatoand with a right cross he made it 2-0 for Gymnasticswho was closing in on victory in the derby after five years, but with two minutes remaining in the match the click discounted. After a failure in the triple defense, Veron stood hand in hand with him Cat Sessa and put the game 2-1, putting everything on hold.

already with Students played in attack in search of the tie, the Wolf made a counter that settled the game: Luciano Aued rejected the ball that fell to Orionbut the goalkeeper failed in his clearance and left John Caves alone in front of the goal without any resistance, and put the final 3-1.

That summer afternoon of 2010 was the last time Gimnasia was able to beat its classic rival. This weekend the Wolf will once again receive Students in the Forest, with the illusion of breaking the negative streak of 12 years without celebrations in the La Plata classic.

Denis Stracqualursi

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