Jorginho, full name Jorge Luiz Frello Filho is a Brazilian-born Italian midfielder. He is a renowned deep-lying playmaker and midfield metronome who maintains the tempo of his team by the swift circulation of the ball.
Born in Brazil, Jorginho moved to Italy at the age of 15 joining Hellas Verona youth setup. He made a senior debut for the team in September 2011.
Napoli entered a co-ownership deal with Verona in 2014. He signed a four and half year deal. After struggling to break into the first team when Rafael Benitez was the coach, he will experience a breakthrough under Maurizio Sarri.
He became the mainstay of the team midfield as they made a push to wrestle the Scudetto from Juventus in the 2017/18 season. They finished second with 91 points four points shy of the eventual winners, Juventus.
In his time at Napoli, Jorginho made 160 appearances, scoring six goals and creating 14 for his teammates.
Despite strong interest from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, Jorginho decided that Chelsea will be ideal for his development. This was also necessitated by the arrival of his former Napoli coach, Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea. Sarri was the coach that trusted him and made him a starter at Napoli
He signed a five-year contract with Chelsea in July 2018. A regular for Chelsea under Sarri, he will make 54 appearances in his debut season as Chelsea won the Europa League.
The arrival of Frank Lampard’s ahead of 2019/20 saw his importance and influence at Chelsea grow. He was named the vice-captain of the team. In the 2020/21 season, he continued to become a regular starter for Chelsea. He was paired with either Kovacic or Kante. Jorginho is also Chelsea’s chief penalty taker.
The arrival of Thomas Tuchel midway through the season saw Jorginho wIn his first Champions League as Chelsea defeated Manchester City. He added the UEFA Super Cup to his trophy hall after Chelsea beat Villareal after a penalty shootout. He converted his own penalty. Jorginho will win the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award in August 2021.
Jorginho is eligible to play for both Brazil and Italy. He opted for Italy and got his first call under Antonio Conte in March 2016. He was ever-present as Italy made all its way to the Euro 2020 crown. In the final, they met the Three Lions of England. After a 1-1 draw in the normal time, he will miss his spot-kick but eventually, Italy won. He has 38 appearances for Italy, scoring five goals in the process.
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