Julio Enciso (footballer, born 2004)

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Julio Enciso
Personal information
Full name Julio César Enciso Espínola[1]
Date of birth (2004-01-23) 23 January 2004 (age 18)
Place of birth Caaguazú, Paraguay
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)[2]
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Brighton & Hove Albion
Number 20
Youth career
0000–2019 Libertad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2019–2022 Libertad 55 (18)
2022– Brighton & Hove Albion 1 (0)
National team
2019 Paraguay U15
2021– Paraguay 7 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 11:53, 04 September 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 18:57, 23 September 2022 (UTC)

Julio César Enciso Espínola (born 23 January 2004) is a Paraguayan professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion and the Paraguay national team.[3]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Enciso started playing football at his local club, at Caaguazú, Paraguay. At eleven years old he was recruited by the Club Libertad.[2] Enciso made his senior debut for Club Libertad on 17 March 2019, aged 15, in a 4–0 home victory against Deportivo Santaní.[4] He became the youngest player to debut with Libertad.[2]

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

On 17 June 2022, Enciso transferred to Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion for a transfer fee of £9.5 million plus future add-on fees, signing an initial four-year contract.[5][6] He made his Brighton debut on 24 August, playing 80 minutes of the 3–0 away win over League One side Forest Green Rovers in the EFL Cup second round, where he claimed assist to Steven Alzate's long range goal.[7]

International career[edit]

Enciso is a Paraguayan youth international, having played with the Paraguay U15 side at the 2019 South American U-15 Championship.[2] He first represented the senior Paraguay national team in a 3–1 2021 Copa América win over Bolivia on 14 June 2021.[8]

Honours[edit]

Club Libertad

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2022/23 Premier League squad lists". Premier League. 16 September 2022. Retrieved 18 September 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d "Julio Enciso: talento paraguayano classe 2004". World football scouting (in Italian). 18 December 2019.
  3. ^ J. Enciso at Soccerway. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Libertad vs. Deportivo Santaní - 17 March 2019 - Soccerway". int.soccerway.com. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Julio Enciso signs for Albion". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. 17 June 2022. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Brighton complete signing of Paraguay international Julio Enciso". The Athletic. 17 June 2022. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  7. ^ "Forest Green 0-3 Brighton: Albion to face Arsenal in third round - BBC Sport". BBC Sport Sport. 24 August 2022. Retrieved 2 September 2022.
  8. ^ "Paraguay vs. Bolivia - 15 June 2021 - Soccerway".

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