Duván Zapata

Duván Zapata
Zapata playing for Napoli in 2014
Personal information
Full name Duván Esteban Zapata Banguero
Date of birth (1991-04-01) 1 April 1991
Place of birth Cali, Colombia
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Atalanta (on loan from Sampdoria)
Number 91
Youth career
2004–2008 América de Cali
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 América de Cali 38 (7)
2011–2013 Estudiantes 44 (19)
2013–2018 Napoli 37 (11)
2015–2017Udinese (loan) 63 (18)
2017–2018Sampdoria (loan) 31 (11)
2018– Sampdoria 0 (0)
2018–Atalanta (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2011 Colombia U20 5 (1)
2017– Colombia 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 August 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 March 2018

Duván Esteban Zapata Banguero (American Spanish: [duˈβan saˈpata]; born 1 April 1991) is a Colombian professional footballer who plays for Italian club Atalanta, on loan from Sampdoria, and the Colombia national team as a striker.

Club career

América de Cali

Zapata began his football career playing for the youth set-up of América de Cali. He was soon promoted to the first team in 2008, the same year he made his professional debut. As time progressed, he gradually made himself a regular starter. On 13 February 2011, Zapata not only scored his first goal but also his first hat trick in a 3–2 victory against Deportivo Pereira. After taking part in the Colombian squad that disputed the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup, it was announced that Zapata would join Argentine club Estudiantes de La Plata on a one-year loan.


In 2011, Zapata joined Estudiantes on loan for a fee of $120,000 with an option to buy for $1.2 million.[1][2]

On his debut, Zapata netted a goal in a 3–2 win over Belgrano. During his first year with Estudiantes, Zapata would occasionally make appearances with their reserve team. Despite this, he still managed to score 4 goals in 8 games in the Torneo Clausura 2012. That year, within both the Apertura and Clasura, Zapata scored 5, achieving this tally in 11 matches. During the summer of 2012, Estudiantes bought half of Zapata's registration rights from América de Cali.

For the 2013–13 season, Zapata broke in the starting eleven. He eventually turned into a fundamental part for the team and at the same started to attract interest from European clubs.[3][4]

In July 2013, English Premier League club West Ham United applied for a British work permit for Zapata ahead of a possible transfer from Estudiantes to the club. Although not meeting the usual requirements for a permit West Ham attempted to secure his arrival by claiming he was a 'special talent' who would enhance the English game.[5] However, the owners soon announced on social media they were pulling out of the deal.[6]


On 25 August 2013, Zapata officially transferred to Italian side Napoli.[7]

On 28 September 2013, he made his first start in Serie A against Genoa, which Napoli won 2–0.[8] On 22 October 2013, he scored his first goal in the UEFA Champions League against Marseille. A game which Napoli won 1–2.[9]

Loan to Udinese

On 22 July 2015, Zapata joined Udinese on a two-year loan deal with the option to purchase him after his first year at the club.[10]


On 31 August 2017, Zapata joined Sampdoria on a season-long loan deal with obligation to buy.[11]


On 12 July 2018, Zapata joined Atalanta on a two-season loan deal with the option to buy.[12]

International Career

Zapata received his first call up to the Colombia national football team for 2018 World Cup qualifying against Bolivia and Ecuador in March 2017. [13] He made his debut that month when he came on as a subsistute agsinst Bolivia.[14]

In May 2018 he was named in Colombia’s preliminary 35 man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[15] However, he did not make the final cut to 23.[16]

Personal Life

He is the cousin of fellow Colombia intentional footballer and AC Milan player Christian Zapata.[17]

Career statistics


As of match played on 23 August 2018[18]
Club Season League Cups Other Total
América de Cali 2009 Categoría Primera B 60000060
2010 Categoría Primera B 1920000192
2011 Categoría Primera A 1352100156
Total 3872100408
Estudiantes 2011–12 Primera División 1150000115
2012–13 Primera División 311323003316
2013–14 Primera División 21000021
Total 441923004622
Napoli 2013–14 Serie A 165105[lower-alpha 1]2227
2014–15 Serie A 216109[lower-alpha 2]2318
Total 3711201445315
Udinese (loan) 2015–16 Serie A 2581000268
2016–17 Serie A 381011003911
Total 631821006519
Sampdoria (loan) 2017–18 Serie A 311110003211
Atalanta (loan) 2018–19 10005262
Career totals 214669519624277
  1. Three appearances in UEFA Champions League, Two appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. Eight appearances in UEFA Europa League, One appearance in UEFA Champions League


As of 14 November 2017
Colombia national team




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  3. "West Ham apply for work permit for Colombian forward Duván Zapata". The Guardian. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  4. Jones, James (18 July 2013). "West Ham pull plug on Zapata deal - West Ham World".
  5. "Napoli sign Estudiantes' Zapata". ESPN FC. 25 August 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
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  7. FT. "Marseille vs. Napoli - Football Match Stats - October 22, 2013 - ESPN". Espnfc.com. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  8. "Allan to Naples". S.S.C. Napoli. 22 July 2015.
  9. "Zapata è blucerchiato: temporaneo con obbligo di riscatto". U.C. Sampdoria. 31 August 2017.
  10. "Sampdoria, Duvan Zapata passa all'Atalanta". tuttomercatoweb. 12 July 2018.
  11. "Duvan Zapata gets debut Colombia call". Football Italia. 2017-03-18. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  12. "AreaNapoli.it - Notizie Calcio Napoli". m.areanapoli.it. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  13. "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - Final 23-man lists". Goal.com. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  14. Matt Dorman. "Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez named in Colombia's World Cup squad". Goal.com. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  15. "Euro round-up: Duvan Zapata gets family bragging rights". Rte.ie. 2017-09-24. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  16. "D. Zapata". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
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