Schelotto in 2012
|Full name||Ezequiel Matías Schelotto|
|Date of birth||23 May 1989|
|Place of birth||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|2009–2011||→ Cesena (loan)||57||(6)|
|2011||→ Catania (loan)||14||(1)|
|2013–2014||→ Sassuolo (loan)||11||(1)|
|2014||→ Parma (loan)||16||(4)|
|2014–2015||→ Chievo (loan)||29||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 February 2016.
Ezequiel Matías Schelotto (Italian pronunciation: [skeˈlɔtto]; born 23 May 1989) is an Argentine-born Italian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Portuguese club Sporting Clube de Portugal. He is nicknamed El Galgo ("The Greyhound" in Spanish) because of his running skills or, less frequently, El Mosquetero ("The Musketeer").
Ezequiel Schelotto joined Italian Lega Pro Prima Divisione side Cesena in July 2008. Then, in April 2009, his transfer was finally cleared by FIFA. During that season, following his approved transfer, Schelotto played six matches out of a possible seven for Cesena, scoring one goal and helping Cesena to promotion back up to the second tier Serie B.
In June 2009, Schelotto was signed by Serie A side Atalanta on a co-ownership deal for €250,000 and, in July 2009, he was instantly loaned back to his previous club, Cesena. During the 2009–10 Serie B campaign, Schelotto made 40 league appearances for the side, scoring six goals. Of his 40 matches, 33 of them were from the starting XI. He earned just €82,750 in 2009–10 season.
On 24 June 2010, Schelotto was signed outright by Atalanta for an additional €2.5 million fee, which were just relegated to the Serie B following an 18th-place finish during the 2009–10 Serie A, whilst Cesena earned their second consecutive promotion as the club earned promotion to the top flight following a top three Serie B finish. Following his purchase, the player was again loaned back to the Emilia-Romagna-based club, along with veteran midfielder Fabio Caserta and central defender Maximiliano Pellegrino. Schelotto wage was also increased significantly. As he left the club in January 2011, he earned €268,333.31 from Cesena for the first 7 months of 2010–11 season.
Schelotto had a bitter Serie A season with Cesena, one in which the team started brightly, even topping the league table by round three, but then endured a landslide that saw the team drop to 18th place and into the relegation places by November. He lost his starting place on 24 October as the coach used Luis Jiménez as a new supportive striker in the three forward formation. Since then, he only made four starts to replace Giuseppe Colucci (who was injured) and Stephen Appiah (twice), respectively, as one of the midfielders. His last start — and last match — with Cesena was on 23 January 2011, a match where Cesena fielded an inferior squad against Milan where the three forwards, Schelotto, Igor Budan, and Dominique Malonga, were not regular starters.
During the first half of the 2010–11 campaign, Schelotto made 17 league appearances with one goal. On 31 January 2011, he was transferred to Serie A side Catania on loan.
On 31 January 2011, Schelotto transferred to Catania in Sicily, on loan from Atalanta. In his transfer deal, Catania were sold the option to sign the player on a co-ownership basis at the conclusion of the current campaign. Schelotto started his first match for the Sicilians on 6 February 2011, a match that Catania lost 1–0 away to Bologna, in part due to an early red card by Argentine defender Pablo Álvarez.
Return to Atalanta
Schelotto returned to Atalanta on 1 July 2011. He was included in the first team squad of Atalanta for 2011–12 Serie A campaign, which the club was promoted back to the top tier as the champions of Serie B in May 2011. During his 1½ seasons with the Serie A club, he earned a transfer to F.C. Internazionale Milano for €6 million transfer fee in January 2013, despite in a cash-plus-player deal.
Schelotto joined Italian giants Internazionale on 31 January 2013 for €3.5 million cash plus 50% "card" of Marko Livaja (Inter valued 50% rights of Livaja for €2.5 million but bought the rights back from Cesena for €1.5 million cash). Schelotto made his debut on 3 February in a 3–1 loss against Siena, playing the first 45 minutes before giving way to Mateo Kovačić. He scored his first goal for the club in the 1–1 draw against city rivals Milan on 24 February 2013.
Schelotto spent two seasons on loan to other Italian clubs from 2013–14 season to 2014–15 season; on 31 August 2015, It was agreed between the two parties Schelotto would terminate his contract by a mutual consent.
On 25 August 2014, Schelotto joined Chievo on a seasons long loan.
On 20 November 2015, Schelotto joined Portuguese side Sporting Clube de Portugal on a three-and-a-half year contract, after being released by Internazionale in the summer of that year.
Thanks to his Italian ancestry, Schelotto was eligible for Italian citizenship. In November 2009, he was called up to the Italian national under-21 team, and was immediately featured in the starting lineup in a game against Hungary on 13 November.
Since making his debut, he played all available 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification matches, and unusually as right back in the last qualification match against Wales in September. In that match, Italy beat Wales 1–0 and narrowly topped Wales as the group winner. He assisted Stefano Okaka to score the second goal in the first leg of the playoff round against Belarus, but missed the second leg due to suspension. Italy were eventually eliminated due to a 0–3 loss against Belarus in Borisov.
Born in Argentina, Schelotto also holds an Italian passport due to his Italian descent from Cogoleto (GE), in Liguria, where his great-great-grandfather Giovanni Battista Francesco Schelotto emigrated from in the late 19th century. He is the fifth of seven children — including 5 males — two of whom are also football players.
- Lega Pro Prima Divisione: 2008–09
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- "Arrivato il transfer di Schelotto" (in Italian). AC Cesena. 4 April 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2010.
- AC Cesena SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2010 (in Italian)
- "Dott. Augusto Carpeggiani / Sig. Ezequiel Matias Schelotto" (PDF). Tribunale Nazionale di Arbitrato per lo Sport (in Italian). Italian National Olympic Committee. 6 June 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
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- "Matias Ezequiel Schelotto al Catania" (in Italian). Calcio Catania. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
- AC Cesena S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2013 (in Italian)
- FC Internazionale Milano SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2013 (in Italian)
- "Transfers, Schelotto moves to Sassuolo". FC Internazionale Milano. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
- "Jonathan Rossini and Ezequiel Schelotto presented by general manager Pietro Leonardi". Parma FC. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
- "Sporting sign Schelotto". Football Italia. 20 November 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
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- "Europei U.21, l'Italia vince e si qualifica per i playoff". Corriere dello Sport – Stadio (in Italian). 7 September 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2010.
- "U-21: No replacements". Football Italia. 9 October 2010. Retrieved 13 October 2010.
- "England 2–1 Italy". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- "Schelotto, parla il "levriero": "Dopo il ko ci rialzeremo"". ecodibergamo.it. 10 October 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
- "Schelotto wants Azzurri career". football-italia.net. 10 October 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
- Profile at AIC.Football.it (Italian)
- Profile at Cesena (Italian)
- Ezequiel Schelotto profile at Soccerway