Edinson Roberto Cavani GÃ³mez
Cavani began his career playing for Danubio in Montevideo, where he played for two years, before moving to Italian side Palermo in 2007. He spent four seasons at the club, scoring 34 goals in 109 league appearance. In 2010, Cavani signed for Napoli, who signed him on an initial loan deal before buying him for a total fee â¬17 million. In the 2011â12 season, he won his first club honour, the Coppa Italia, in which he was top scorer with 5 goals. With Napoli, Cavani went on to score 33 goals each in his first two seasons.
Cavani is a Uruguayan international and made his debut and scored against Colombia on 6 February 2008. He has since participated in two major tournaments, the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2011 Copa AmÃ©rica. He scored once at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, to help Uruguay to fourth place in the tournament. He went on to win the 2011 Copa AmÃ©rica with Uruguay, being part of the Uruguay squad, that won a record 15th Copa AmÃ©rica title.
Cavani was born in Salto, Uruguayâs second largest city, on 14 February 1987, to Berta Gomez
After his breakthrough at the 2007 South American Youth Championship, several big teams were reportedly interested in signing Cavani, including Juventus and Milan.
Cavani made his debut on 11 March 2007 in a home league match against Fiorentina, In his second season with the Rosanero, Cavani found himself fighting for a first team place with Fabrizio Miccoli and Amauri.
After Amauri's departure to Juventus in June 2008, Cavani cemented his place in the starting lineup, forming a striking partnership with Fabrizio Miccoli and scoring a total 14 goals in the 2008â09 season. He retained his place for the 2009â10 season under new boss Walter Zenga, and also under successor Delio Rossi, being instrumental in the team's successful run in Serie A which took Palermo to European qualification and potential qualification to the UEFA Champions League with two games remaining. In April 2010, he penned a new contract with Palermo valid to June 2014.
In July 2010, Cavani signed a reported five-year contract with Napoli. As Napoli only had two more games of the season, it meant that his season was over and that he wouldn't be able to regain his top position in the Serie A scoring charts, as Antonio Di Natale had surpassed him with 26 goals.
Cavani signed a new five-year contract on 19 May, keeping him at Napoli until 2016.
On 14 September, Cavani scored the opener in Napoli's first game of their Champions League campaign, a 1â1 away draw at Manchester City.
On 17 February 2012, Cavani scored two goals against Fiorentina, helping Napoli go in fifth place ahead of Internazionale.
Cavani's first goal of the Serie A season came on 26 August, netting the final goal of Napoli's 3â0 defeat of former club Palermo.
On 8 November, Cavani scored all four goals, including a half volley from outside the box and a tremendous free kick, as Napoli came back from 2â1 down to defeat Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 4â2 in the group stage of the Europa League.
In January 2007, Cavani was selected to join the Uruguay national football team Under-20 squad to play in the 2007 South American Youth Championship in Paraguay. Cavani finished the tournament as top scorer with seven goals in nine games, helping Uruguay to finish in third place, earning them a place in the World Youth Championship.
On 6 February 2008, Cavani made his first senior appearance for the Uruguay national team, and immediately scored a goal in his debut with the Celeste, a 2â2 tie with Colombia. He scored an unbelievable strike from his own area on the counterattack from a corner and was praised by Andre Villas Boas as "... a player with an immense capacity for the technical ability of scoring goals of tremendous skill and magnificent technique" . He on 10 July 2010, he scored against Germany in the third place match in the 2010 FIFA World Cup making the game 1â1; Germany went on to win 3â2. On 8 October, he scored his first international hat-trick in a friendly match against Indonesia.