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Thursday, 10 November 2011

Denis Stracqualursi

Nickname: The Stracq
Chant: Der, der, der... Dennis Stracq...

Stracqualursi is a hardworking forward who was on loan to Everton from Argentinian club Tigre during 2011/12 and was mainly used as a substitute, although when he did have a run in the team the firecracker made quite an impression on the Everton fans.

Did You Know? Denis is also known as "la Tortuga" Stracqualursi, a nickname given to him by his boyhood friends Tomas "el Bello" Aldaya and Nahuel Tunon because of the odd shape of his head which resembles a shell of a turtle.

Stracqualursi started his playing career in 2007 with Unión de Sunchales in the 3rd division of Argentine football. In 2008 he joined Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata, he scored his first goal for the club in a 1–0 win over Colón de Santa Fe.

On 3 February 2010 Stracqualursi scored 2 goals to help Gimnasia win the Clásico Platense 3–1, ending Estudiantes' run of five consecutive victories.

Stracqualursi joined Tigre for the 2010–11 Argentine Primera División season on a one year loan with the option to buy. While Gimnasia struggled to find the net, scoring only 13 goals in total during the 2010 Apertura tournament Straqualursi scored freely for Tigre. His 11th and last goal of the Apertura came in the postponed game with Independiente that was played on 6 February 2011. His tally of 11 goals made him the joint top scorer along Santiago Silva of Vélez Sársfield making him the first Tigre player ever to become top scorer in the Argentine Primera División.

Straqualursi continued his good goalscoring form in the Clausura tournament with nine goals in the first ten games including a hat-trick against Boca Juniors at the Bombonera on 17 April 2011 meaning that he had scored the same amount of goals as the whole Gimnasia team combined at that stage of the tournament.

In August 2011 Stracqualursi signed a season-long loan deal with Premier League club Everton and was given squad number 11. Stracqualursi made his first appearance as a substitute in a home game against Wigan.

He assisted in the third goal of a 3-1 victory. Stracqualursi made his first full start for Everton in a Carling Cup match at home to West Brom. Everton won the game 2-1.

He scored against Chelsea in February 2012 and Everton manager David Moyes said "He's got an iron lung I know that, the boy can keep going."

Denis returned to his parent club Tigre back in Argentina at the end of the 2011-12 season.

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