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Player of the Week - Leonardo Ulloa

Player of the Week - Leonardo Ulloa

Ulloa scores twice in a fantastic win for the Foxes!

Leonardo Ulloa scored two goals at the weekend, when Leicester City played a memorable match to beat Manchester United 5-3 at the King Power Stadium. It was the first time in Premier League history that Manchester United had lost a match after leading by 2 goals (0-2 and 1-3). It was also the first time that The Foxes had scored 5 Premier League goals in a match since March 2000 (5-2 against Sunderland). Ulloa celebrates his second against Man Utd.There were Leicester heroes all over the pitch, including Ulloa's strike partner, Jamie Vardy, who scored 1 and was fouled for 2 penalties. But, Ulloa with 2 goals was the difference between the two sides. Ulloa now has 5 Premier League goals this season, and only Chelsea's Diego Costa is ahead of him in the race for the Premier League's Golden Boot.

"It's nice for Leo to score another 2 goals. I'm really pleased with his all-round game but it's important for him to continue scoring."  Nigel Pearson - Leicester City manager.

What do we know about Leonardo Ulloa?

Ulloa was born in July 1986 in General Roca, a small city in the north of Patagonia in Argentina. He signed for local second division club, C.A.I, but only made 7 appearances before moving to San Lorenzo in Argentina's top division. He helped San Lorenzo win the Argentinian league title in 2007, before short spells at 2 other Argentinian clubs - Arsenal Sarandi and Olimpo.Ulloa scoring from the spot.In 2008, Ulloa made the move to Europe, when he signed for Spanish second division club, Castellon. After leaving Castellon he signed for Spanish top division team, Almeria and scored 39 goals in 90 appearances. 

"I am enjoying my time here at Leicester. I am enjoying the training every day. It is good." Leonardo Ulloa.

When did Ulloa move to England?

Ulloa moved to the UK in January 2013, but he didn't move to the Premier League. He signed for Brighton & Hove Albion, who play in the Championship, the division below the Premier League. He had a great time on the south coast of England. He scored on his debut against Arsenal, who Brighton were playing in an FA Cup match, and also became the first player to score a hat-trick at the AMEX Stadium, which Brighton had moved to at the beginning of that season.Celebrating with Leicester manager - Nigel Pearson.Ulloa helped Brighton reach the play-offs at the end of the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons but the team failed to reach the Premier League. Leicester City finished top of the Championship that season and made Ulloa their record signing (£8 million). He is now Leicester's main striker in their first season back in the Premier League in over 10 years.

"I don’t think about setting myself goals targets, I just think about helping the team." Leonardo Ulloa.

What other sport is Ulloa interested in?

Ulloa celebrating with teammates.In 2015, the Rugby World Cup is coming to England and one of the host cities will be Leicester. Leicester has a strong tradition as a rugby city, and for a short time, Leicester City and Leicester Tigers (Leicester's rugby team) shared a stadium. Argentina's rugby team will play two games in Leicester and there will be many Argentinians who make the long trip for the games. Ulloa and his Argentinian teammate at Leicester, Esteban Cambiasso can't wait to greet them!

"Maybe Argentina is more famous for football than rugby, but I’m sure the team will get great support from the people of Leicester – and, of course, from Esteban and me. Vamos Argentina!”  Leonardo Ulloa.

Which other lower league strikers have been successful in the Premier League? 

Ulloa was playing in the Championship last season.Leonardo Ulloa has already scored 5 Premier League goals this season, after playing the last few seasons in the English and Spanish second divisions. But, Ulloa is not the only player who scored a lot of goals in lower divisions before making it big in the Premier League. 

  • Jay Rodriguez has scored over 20 Premier League goals for Southampton but started at, then, Championship club, Burnley.
  • Darren Bent has scored over 100 Premier League goals for Aston Villa, Fulham, Sunderland, Spurs and Charlton, but started in the Championship with Ipswich Town.
  • Ricky Lambert, now with Liverpool, was top scorer for Southampton in the last two seasons, but also scored lots of goals in the lower leagues with teams such as Rochdale and Bristol Rovers.
  • Kevin Phillips started off in the Championship with Watford, but won the European Golden Boot while with Sunderland in the Premier League.
  • Ian Wright was playing non-league football before he signed for Crystal Palace, and became Arsenal's all-time top scorer before the record was broken by Thierry Henry.

“It’s different because in the Premier League there’s more quality and more intensity than in the Championship." Leonardo Ulloa.

Leonardo Ulloa celebrates his second goal against Manchester United, Getty.

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Ulloa scores twice in a fantastic win for the Foxes!

Leonardo Ulloa scored two goals at the weekend when Leicester City played a memorable match to beat Manchester United 5-3 at the King Power Stadium. It was the first time in Premier League history that Manchester United had lost a match after leading by 2 goals (0-2 and 1-3). It was the first time that The Foxes had scored 5 Premier League goals in a match since March 2000 (5-2 against Sunderland). There were Leicester heroes all over the pitch including Ulloa's strike partner, Jamie Vardy who scored 1 and forced 2 penalties. But, Ulloa with 2 goals was the difference between the two sides. Ulloa now has 5 Premier League goals this season, and only Chelsea's Diego Costa is ahead of him in the race for the Premier League's Golden Boot.

"It's nice for Leo to score another 2 goals. I'm really pleased with his all-round game but it's important for him to continue scoring."  Nigel Pearson - Leicester City manager.

What do we know about Leonardo Ulloa?

Ulloa was born in July 1986 in General Roca, a small city in the north of Patagonia in Argentina. He signed for local second division club, C.A.I, but only made 7 appearances before moving to San Lorenzo in Argentina's top division. He helped San Lorenzo win the Argentinian league title in 2007 before short spells at 2 other Argentinian clubs - Arsenal Sarandi and Olimpo.In 2008, Ulloa made the move to Europe when he signed for Spanish second division club, Castellon. After leaving Castellon he signed for Spanish top division team, Almeria and scored 39 goals in 90 appearances. 

"I am enjoying my time here at Leicester. I am enjoying the training every day. It is good." Leonardo Ulloa.

When did Ulloa move to England?

Ulloa moved to the UK in January 2013, but he didn't move to the Premier League. He signed for Brighton & Hove Albion, who play in the Championship, the division below the Premier League. He had a great time on the south coast of England. He scored on his debut against Arsenal, who Brighton were playing in an FA Cup match and also became the first player to score a hat-trick at the AMEX Stadium, which Brighton had moved into at the beginning of that season.Ulloa helped Brighton reach the play-offs at the end of the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons but the team failed to reach the Premier League. Leicester City finished top of the Championship that season and they made Ulloa their record signing (£8 million). He is now leading the attack in Leicester's first season back in the Premier League for over 10 years.

"I don’t think about setting myself goals targets, I just think about helping the team." Leonardo Ulloa.

What other sport is Ulloa interested in?

In 2015, the Rugby World Cup is coming to England and one of the host cities will be Leicester. Leicester has a strong tradition as a rugby city, and for a short time, Leicester City and Leicester Tigers (Leicester's rugby team) shared a stadium. Argentina's rugby team will play two games in Leicester and there will be many Argentinians who make the long trip for the game. Ulloa and his Argentinian teammate at Leicester, Esteban Cambiasso can't wait to greet them!

"Maybe Argentina is more famous for football than rugby, but I’m sure the team will get great support from the people of Leicester – and, of course, from Esteban and me. Vamos Argentina!”  Leonardo Ulloa.

Which other lower league strikers have been successful in the Premier League? 

Leonardo Ulloa has already scored 5 Premier League goals this season, after playing the last few seasons in the English and Spanish second divisions. But, Ulloa is not the only player who scored a lot of goals in lower divisions before making it big in the Premier League. 

  • Jay Rodriguez has scored over 20 Premier League goals for Southampton but started at then Championship club, Burnley.
  • Darren Bent has scored over 100 Premier League goals for Aston Villa, Fulham, Sunderland, Spurs and Charlton, but started in the Championship with Ipswich Town.
  • Ricky Lambert, now with Liverpool, was top scorer for Southampton in the last two seasons, but also scored lots of goals in the lower leagues with teams such as Rochdale and Bristol Rovers.
  • Kevin Phillips started off in the Championship with Watford, but won the European Golden Boot while with Sunderland in the Premier League.
  • Ian Wright was playing non-league football before he signed for Crystal Palace, and became Arsenal's all-time top scorer before the record was broken by Thierry Henry.

“It’s different because in the Premier League there’s more quality and more intensity than in the Championship." Leonardo Ulloa.

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Did you know......?

  • When leading by 2 goals, Man Utd have won 363, drawn 11 and lost 1 Premier League game!
  • Manchester Utd conceded 5 goals for the first time in 25 years against a newly promoted team.
  • Gary Lineker, top scorer at the 1986 World Cup, is a Leicester supporter and ex-Leicester striker.
  • Leicester City's owner is Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha from Thailand.
  • Leicester City's mascot is called Filbert Fox and Leicester's nickname is The Foxes.
Leicester City won promotion last season, Getty.

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Is Leicester 5-3 Man Utd the biggest shock of the season so far?

Where will Leicester and Man Utd finish this season?

Leonardo Ulloa has played in lower league football for much of his career. Can you think of any other lower league players that have been successful in the Premier League?

 

 

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Gabriel Amaral's picture
Gabriel Amaral
09/06/2021
BR
1512
points

I just can remember Jamie Vardy, Ulloa's teammate at that time.


Gabriel Amaral's picture
Gabriel Amaral
09/06/2021 22:28
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

I just can remember Jamie Vardy, Ulloa's teammate at that time.

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
20/06/2020
TR
6472
points

Leonardo Ulloa had a fantastic season with Leicester as a substitute.


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
20/06/2020 22:15
Turkey
Manchester United
6472

Leonardo Ulloa had a fantastic season with Leicester as a substitute.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
03/07/2016
GH
4768
points

As a united fan it was my biggest shock of the season


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
03/07/2016 06:12
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

As a united fan it was my biggest shock of the season

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
02/07/2016
GH
4768
points

As a united fan it was my biggest shock of the season


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
02/07/2016 11:31
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

As a united fan it was my biggest shock of the season

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
27/03/2016
TR
1761
points

It's very difficult to be successful in upper division after come from lower division but it's not impossible.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
27/03/2016 05:53
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

It's very difficult to be successful in upper division after come from lower division but it's not impossible.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
27/03/2016
TR
1761
points

I have no idea about where they will finish.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
27/03/2016 05:51
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

I have no idea about where they will finish.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
27/03/2016
TR
1761
points

That was amazing.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
27/03/2016 05:50
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

That was amazing.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
23/02/2016
PS
3705
points

I think Leicester will finish in the second part of the table and Man UTD will finish in the top five.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
23/02/2016 11:50
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

I think Leicester will finish in the second part of the table and Man UTD will finish in the top five.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
23/02/2016
PS
3705
points

Yes it is.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
23/02/2016 11:48
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

Yes it is.

nikosonris
16/12/2015
UA
2453
points

Leicester is just unstoppable!


nikosonris
16/12/2015 14:57
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Leicester is just unstoppable!

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
30/11/2015
ME
3557
points

When Leicester and Man.Utd are playing it is an adventure!


aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
30/11/2015 21:00
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

When Leicester and Man.Utd are playing it is an adventure!

nikosonris
04/12/2015
UA
2453
points

It's amazing how the underdog can turn into the leader)) Wishing Leicester good luck in Wales!


nikosonris
04/12/2015 17:21
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

It's amazing how the underdog can turn into the leader)) Wishing Leicester good luck in Wales!

nikosonris
17/11/2015
UA
2453
points

Yes, it was, but would you call their start to this season a shock?)


nikosonris
17/11/2015 13:47
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Yes, it was, but would you call their start to this season a shock?)

Rich's picture
Rich
19/11/2015
ES
594
points

I would say it was definitely a surprise!


Rich's picture
Rich
19/11/2015 08:01
Spain
Liverpool
594

I would say it was definitely a surprise!

nikosonris
20/11/2015
UA
2453
points

And they are about to face a pretty tough run of fixtures. Let's see how high they can fly)


nikosonris
20/11/2015 15:39
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

And they are about to face a pretty tough run of fixtures. Let's see how high they can fly)

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
02/11/2015
ME
3557
points

Yes, I believe it was.


aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
02/11/2015 19:50
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Yes, I believe it was.

almirpereira's picture
almirpereira
25/10/2015
BR
1315
points

Very good


almirpereira's picture
almirpereira
25/10/2015 21:26
Brazil
Chelsea
1315

Very good

kabithos's picture
kabithos
25/09/2014
CO
50
points

I think that 5 goals are strong reasons, it's the biggest shock of the season. Manchester United was losing its normal play and Leicester had its best presentation on years. If Mant Ud. has been the main team by much years is because never played bad. Nowhere some team wins every games. That's football.


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kabithos
25/09/2014 19:20
Colombia
Manchester United
50

I think that 5 goals are strong reasons, it's the biggest shock of the season. Manchester United was losing its normal play and Leicester had its best presentation on years. If Mant Ud. has been the main team by much years is because never played bad. Nowhere some team wins every games. That's football.

Rich's picture
Rich
25/09/2014
ES
594
points

Hi Kabithos -
I see you are from Argentina. Is Leonardo Ulloa well known in Argentina or is it a surprise that he played better than Di Maria?
Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
25/09/2014 20:01
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Kabithos -
I see you are from Argentina. Is Leonardo Ulloa well known in Argentina or is it a surprise that he played better than Di Maria?
Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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