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Luciano Becchio

Luciano Héctor Becchio (born 28 December 1983) is an Argentina Association football who plays for Leeds United A.F.C. as a forward (association football). Born in Córdoba, Argentina, Becchio began Luciano Becchio career at Boca Juniors before moving to Europe on an Italy passport, where Luciano Becchio established himself in the Spanish lower leagues.

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Luciano Becchio biography

Luciano Héctor Becchio (born 28 December 1983) is an Argentina Association football who plays for Leeds United A.F.C. as a forward (association football). Born in Córdoba, Argentina, Becchio began Luciano Becchio career at Boca Juniors before moving to Europe on an Italy passport, where Luciano Becchio established himself in the Spanish lower leagues.

Luciano Becchio moved to England in the summer of 2008, signing for Leeds United after impressing the club's management during a trial period on a pre-season tour of Ireland. Luciano Becchio has since gone on to score over 60 goals for the Yorkshire club.


Early career

Born in Córdoba, Argentina, Becchio started Luciano Becchio career at Boca Juniors in Argentina, playing in their youth system, where Luciano Becchio would train with fellow youth players such as Carlos Tevez. But after failing to make a first team appearance for Boca, Becchio tried Luciano Becchio luck in Spain where Luciano Becchio was joined by Luciano Becchio parents who sold the family's Mexican restaurant and moved to Europe with Luciano Becchio younger brother Mathias. Luciano Becchio was known simply as Luciano in Spain. Luciano Becchio was signed by Real Mallorca coach Héctor Cúper from Boca Juniors and placed in the B team at Real Mallorca, in Luciano Becchio second season Becchio was loaned out to Ciudad de Murcia (who have been subsequently re-named Granada 74 CF).

After leaving Mallorca, Luciano Becchio joined Catalonia club Terrassa FC before joining European giants FC Barcelona. During Luciano Becchio season at FC Barcelona B, Becchio had to compete with Bojan Krkić and Giovani dos Santos for places up front, both of whom went on to make the Barcelona first team. Luciano Becchio became renowned as a lower-league talisman, scoring 28 goals in 50 appearances in all competitions, with 22 of Luciano Becchio goals scored in the Segunda División B for Mérida UD during the 2007–08 season. Luciano finished the season as Spain's Segunda División B top scorer, with six goals coming in the last four games, including a hat-trick on the final day against CD Baza. Becchio's goals also saw Mérida UD finish in 4th place and qualify for the playoffs, however they lost out on aggregate to Ponferradina over 2 legs in the playoffs. After Mérida UD hit financial problems, they had to sell Becchio to raise some funding to help cover their debts.

Leeds United

2008–09 season

In July 2008, Luciano Becchio joined Football League One side Leeds United A.F.C. on trial aiming to impress manager Gary McAllister in pre-season friendlies against Shelbourne F.C. and Barnet F.C.. Luciano Becchio was recommended to Leeds scout (sport) Gwyn Williams by former Spanish Newcastle defender Marcelino Elena. On 31 July, Luciano Becchio signed for Leeds on a three-year contract. Luciano Becchio made Luciano Becchio first start for Leeds in their 5–2 win over Chester City F.C. in the first round of the Football League Cup. Luciano Becchio was given Luciano Becchio first league start against Yeovil Town F.C. in a 1–1 draw; in which it took Luciano Becchio just 25 seconds to score Luciano Becchio first Leeds goal. Luciano Becchio scored Luciano Becchio second goal for the club in Luciano Becchio first start at Elland Road in a 4–0 victory over Crystal Palace F.C. in the League Cup. The following week, Luciano Becchio came off the bench to head home Luciano Becchio third Leeds goal in the 2–1 win over local rivals Bradford City A.F.C. in the Football League Trophy.

During the 2008–09 season, Becchio only missed one match in all competitions, which was due to suspension (punishment). In a sequence of appearances which saw Luciano Becchio start 24 consecutive matches – including the entire busy Christmas period and while deputising for the injured Jermaine Beckford – Luciano Becchio scored nine goals. With the loan (association football) signing of Lee Trundle from Bristol City F.C., and the January transfer window signing of Mike Grella, manager (football) Simon Grayson publicly stated that Becchio would be given a short resting period so that Luciano Becchio would be ready for the vital last few months of the season, although that never materialised as Becchio was insistent on retaining Luciano Becchio place in the team. Grayson frequently referred to Becchio as Lazarus of Bethany due to various points in the season where Luciano Becchio would be injured but would make a remarkable recovery to be fit and ready for the next match. In the final game of the season Luciano Becchio scored Luciano Becchio 18th goal of the season in all competitions, which in turn contributed to the relegation of Northampton Town F.C.. Luciano Becchio 19th of the season came against Millwall F.C. in the League One Football League One play-offs semi-final, in which Luciano Becchio rounded off a fine team move started by Ben Parker (footballer), with Beckford and Andy Robinson (footballer) also playing vital roles. Luciano Becchio scored 19 goals in Luciano Becchio debut season in English football at Leeds.

2009–10 season

Becchio scored Luciano Becchio first goal of the 2009–10 season in the 1–0 league win against Wycombe Wanderers F.C.. Luciano Becchio had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside in the League Cup tie against Liverpool F.C.; replays showed that Luciano Becchio was onside as Beckford flicked on Ľubomír Michalík's headed pass. Luciano Becchio missed the game against Milton Keynes Dons F.C. as Luciano Becchio wife was due to give birth. Becchio and Luciano Becchio wife welcomed their first daughter named Bianca who was born on 27 September 2009 at the Leeds General Infirmary. Luciano Becchio picked up a serious ankle injury in the game against Charlton Athletic F.C., when Luciano Becchio stepped on the ball whilst controlling it from a high pass, and had to be substitute (association football). Radio Leeds believed Becchio might have broken Luciano Becchio ankle, although the club were waiting to have a second scan on Luciano Becchio ankle after the swelling went down. The scan showed that Luciano Becchio had suffered ligament damage to Luciano Becchio ankle, according to Leeds assistant manager Ian Miller (footballer born 1955). Becchio did not play for the Leeds first team again until late November. In Luciano Becchio absence Leeds signed Welsh International striker Sam Vokes on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. until 2 January 2010 as cover.

On 25 November 2009, Becchio returned from injury and played in Leeds' reserve team game against Lincoln City F.C., to help boost Luciano Becchio match fitness. Becchio scored a goal in a 2–1 victory and also managed to get a full 90 minutes under Luciano Becchio belt. Luciano Becchio returned for the first team as a substitute in the FA Cup second round draw with Kettering Town F.C.. Two days later, Luciano Becchio came on as a substitute against Oldham Athletic A.F.C. and scored Luciano Becchio first goal since Luciano Becchio long layoff, this Luciano Becchio third of the season. Luciano Becchio returned to Leeds' starting lineup in the league at the expense of Sam Vokes against Brentford F.C.. Luciano Becchio fifth goal of the season was a header against Hartlepool United F.C. on boxing day, which took a heavy deflection.

Becchio played against Premier League team Manchester United F.C. when Leeds won 1–0 away at Old Trafford on 3 January 2010 in the FA Cup third round, but Luciano Becchio picked up an injury and was substituted in stoppage time. Becchio struggled for goals for Leeds since returning from injury, with Luciano Becchio being asked to play in more of a deeper strikers role to hold the ball up for the midfield. Against Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Becchio was dropped to the bench and replaced up front by Robert Snodgrass, although Luciano Becchio later came on in the second half after replacing midfielder Michael Doyle (footballer) as Leeds earned a replay against the Premier League side. Becchio's sixth goal of the season for Leeds came in the FA Cup replay against Tottenham, after Beckford's shot was parried by Heurelho Gomes and it fell into the path of Becchio who slotted it into the back of the net. Goals number seven and eight for Becchio came in the following game against Hartlepool. This was the first double Luciano Becchio scored in a competitive match for Leeds.

Becchio disputably scored Luciano Becchio ninth goal of the season with an injury time equaliser coming against Leyton Orient F.C. when Luciano Becchio goalbound shot was deflected in by Orient defender Charlie Daniels; the goal was credited to Daniels but Becchio said Luciano Becchio felt the goal should be Luciano Becchio as Luciano Becchio shot was goalbound. Becchio scored another two goals against Oldham, taking Luciano Becchio tally to 10 goals for the season. Luciano Becchio continued Luciano Becchio fine goal scoring form when Luciano Becchio scored Luciano Becchio 11th goal of the season in the Yorkshire derby against Huddersfield Town F.C., with the game finishing 2–2. Goal number 12 of the season came against Tranmere Rovers F.C., with Becchio scoring with a diving header.

Becchio was substituted early on in the first half against Norwich City F.C. after being knocked unconscious after a clash of heads with Michael Nelson (footballer). Becchio's head also landed heavily on the ground which caused Luciano Becchio to swallow Luciano Becchio tongue. Luciano Becchio was substituted by Mike Grella and due to the injury was ruled out against Swindon Town F.C..

Becchio returned from injury for Leeds when Luciano Becchio was named on the bench against Southend United F.C. and managed to score Luciano Becchio 13th goal of the season in the 83rd minute after Luciano Becchio replaced Beckford as a substitute in Leeds' 2–0 win. Goals number 14 and 15 came when Becchio scored a brace against Carlisle United F.C.. Becchio scored Luciano Becchio 16th of the season with a goal against Gillingham F.C. in Leeds 3–2 defeat. Becchio's 17th goal came against MK Dons in Leeds' 4–1 win. Becchio played an instrumental part as Leeds were promoted to the Football League Championship after finishing in 2nd place in League One and thus earning automatic promotion.

2010–11 season

Becchio started the opening game and scored Leeds' 1st goal of the Championship season against Derby County F.C. and slotted in an equaliser after a run by Jonny Howson, however Leeds lost 2–1. Becchio's second goal of the season came in Leeds' second match of the season in the Carling Cup against Lincoln City F.C.. Becchio scored Luciano Becchio 3rd goal of the season in the match against Swansea City. Despite being dropped for the game against Doncaster, Luciano Becchio returned to the side in the yorkshire derby vs Sheffield United as Leeds ran out 1–0 winners. Becchio scored Luciano Becchio 4th goal of the season against Preston North End. Becchio scored Luciano Becchio 5th goal of the season with a fine left footed volley and received the man of the match award against Middlesbrough. In the post match on-the-pitch interview with Sky Sports Luciano Becchio also famously swore live on air stating that it was a "fucking unbelievable win!"

Luciano Becchio sixth goal of the season came in the following game in the 2–1 loss against Leicester City. In November 2010 Becchio entered contract negotiations with Leeds over extending Luciano Becchio contract. In the game against Hull City A.F.C. Becchio suffered a black eye after being elbowed by Ian Ashbee Becchio scored Luciano Becchio 7th, 8th & 9th goals of the season with a 17 minute hatrick against Bristol City after coming on as a second half substitute
Becchio was praised by manager Simon Grayson after Luciano Becchio thrilling quick fire hat-trick vs Bristol City, Grayson said that it was a great performance by Becchio and Luciano Becchio is still young and can only get better. Becchio revealed that Luciano Becchio was looking to sign a new contract at Leeds.

On 3 December 2010, Becchio won The Championship PFA Player of the month Award for November beating off competition from Adel Taarabt, Lewis McGugan, Scott Sinclair and Jay Bothroyd for the award. Becchio scored Luciano Becchio 10th and 11th goals of the season when Luciano Becchio scored a brace against Crystal Palace F.C. from 1–0 down. Leeds confirmed that contract talks with Becchio were ongoing and had only been delayed due to translation issues. Becchio scored Luciano Becchio 12th goal of the season against Burnley.

On 18 December 2010, after the 2-0 home win against Queens Park Rangers which took Leeds to second place in the Championship, Becchio signed a new three and a half year contract with Leeds. "I'm very happy to sign," Luciano Becchio told the club's official website. "I love the fans, we are doing well and we want to get to the Premier League." 1 January 2011, Becchio scored Luciano Becchio 13th goal of the season with an injury time equaliser against Middlesbrough.

On 8 January, Becchio helped earn Leeds a 1-1 draw against Arsenal F.C., Leeds went 1-0 up when Robert Snodgrass scored a second half penalty, Arsenal F.C. equalised in the 90th minute when Cesc Fàbregas scored a penalty. However, on 18 January, Becchio was injured and missed the second leg which Arsenal went on to win 3-1. Becchio returned to Leeds' starting lineup against Portsmouth and scored Luciano Becchio 14th goal of the season, the goal also reached Luciano Becchio 50th goal milestone for Leeds in all
competitions. Becchio scored Luciano Becchio 15th goal of the season against Norwich City. Luciano Becchio 16th goal of the season came against Yorkshire rivals Barnsley, the game marked Luciano Becchio 100th league start for Leeds. Becchio's 17th goal of the season came in the 5-2 win against Doncaster Rovers. On 2 April, Becchio bagged Luciano Becchio 18th of the season in the 4-1 mauling of Nottingham Forest, and Luciano Becchio 19th at the New Den against Millwall a week later. Becchio scored Luciano Becchio 20th goal of the season against Watford in a 2-2 draw, however Becchio picked up an injury in the same game which caused Luciano Becchio to miss all the remaining games left in the season. During the summer Becchio was linked with a £3 million pound move to Swansea City. After doing some rehab on Luciano Becchio hamstring injury in Spain, Becchio returned to light training for Leeds in time for the start of pre season training.

2011–12 season

However, Becchio injured Luciano Becchio hamstring again before a pre season tour of Scotland. On 22 July, Becchio had surgery on Luciano Becchio hamstring injury. The injury would rule Becchio out for a few months and meant Luciano Becchio would miss the start of the 2011–12 season. After five months out injured Becchio returned to Leeds' first team when Luciano Becchio was named on the bench against Crystal Palace F.C. on 10 September, Luciano Becchio came on as a second half substitute and scored Luciano Becchio first goal of the season with a header in Leeds' 3–2 victory, the goal also marked Becchio's 50th 'League goal' milestone for the club. Becchio came on as a substitute against Bristol City F.C. on 1h September providing the assist for Ross McCormack's winning goal.

Becchio made Luciano Becchio first start of the season on 20 September, coming into the side against fierce rivals Manchester United F.C.. After being used as a substitute due to the form of Andy Keogh and Ross McCormack. On 22 October 2011, Becchio thought Luciano Becchio had scored a dramatic late winner against Peterborough United F.C. in a 3–2 win, however teammate Darren O'Dea was credited with the goal. After getting a rare start Becchio scored Luciano Becchio second goal of the season on 29 November in Leeds' emphatic 4-0 win against Nottingham Forest F.C..

During December, Becchio was linked with a move to fellow Championship side Middlesbrough. However, Leeds Chairman Ken Bates revealed Luciano Becchio wouldn't sell Becchio to one of the clubs closest rivals in the same league. Becchio's third goal of the season came as a consolation in Leeds' 4–1 loss against Barnsley on 31 December 2011.

Personal life

Luciano is married to Patricia Bosquet with whom Luciano Becchio has one daughter named Bianca.

Becchio's boyhood hero was former Boca Juniors, Fiorentina and AS Roma striker Gabriel Batistuta. Becchio's goal celebration is a homage to Luciano Becchio friend and former RCD Mallorca B and Ciudad de Murcia team mate Daniel Güiza who also had the same goal celebration. Güiza went on to win the 2008 European Championship in Spain.



Mérida UD

- Segunda División B: Playoff's Semi Finalist 2007/08.

Leeds United

- Football League One: The Football League 2009-10


- The Championship: Professional Footballers' Association Player of the month Award for November 2010
- Segunda División B: Pichichi Trophy Top Goalscorer: 2007/08 (22 Goals)


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