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Juanpi with the Venezuela team in 2019
Personal information
Full name Juan Pablo Añor Acosta
Date of birth 24 January 1994 (1994-01-24) (age 27)
Place of birth Caracas, Venezuela
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club Al-Ain
Number 10
Youth career
2005–2008 Loyola
2008–2009 Caracas
2009–2014 Málaga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2014 Málaga B 36 (11)
2014–2020 Málaga 121 (8)
2019 → Huesca (loan) 14 (2)
2020– Al-Ain 18 (5)
National team
2011 Venezuela U17 3 (0)
2013 Venezuela U20 2 (1)
2014– Venezuela 22 (1)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:04, 12 March 2021 (UTC)..

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:53, 10 October 2020 (UTC).

Juan Pablo Añor Acosta (born 24 January 1994), commonly known as Juanpi, is a Venezuelan footballer who plays for Al-Ain as an attacking midfielder.

Club career

Born in Caracas, Juanpi joined Málaga CF's youth system in 2009, aged 15, from hometown's Caracas FC. He spent several seasons in the Juvenil squad, and was promoted to the reserves in the 2013–14 campaign, appearing regularly in Tercera División.

Juanpi made his first-team – and La Liga – debut on 29 August 2014, replacing Luis Alberto in the 75th minute of a 0–3 loss at Valencia CF. On 19 December he signed a new contract until 2018, and scored his first professional goal on 6 January of the following year, netting the first in a 2−0 Copa del Rey home win against Levante UD.

Juanpi scored his first league goal on 23 January 2016, netting the equalizer in a 1–2 home loss against FC Barcelona. Seven days later he added another, netting the first in a 2–1 win at SD Eibar, and scored four goals during the campaign.

Juanpi switched from 28 to number 10 shirt ahead of the 2016–17 campaign, and scored the Andalusians' first goal of the competition, in a 1–1 home draw against CA Osasuna.

On 31 January 2019, Juanpi was loaned to SD Huesca in the top tier, until June. He was released by Málaga on 3 October of the following year, along with seven other first team players, due to a layoff.

On 11 October 2020, Juanpi was signed to Al-Ain in the Saudi Professional League.

International career

After appearing with the under-17 team at the 2011 South American Under-17 Championship, Juanpi was also a part of the squad selected for the 2013 South American Youth Championship, hosted in Argentina. On 29 January 2013 he was also called up to the main squad.

Juanpi made his full international debut on 14 November 2014, replacing Frank Feltscher in the 58th minute of a 0–5 loss against Chile at the Estadio CAP in Talcahuano. He played one game for the Vinotinto at the Copa América Centenario in the United States, as a substitute in the 4–1 quarter-final loss to Argentina, and on 6 September 2016 he scored his first international goal to open a 2–2 home draw with the same opponent in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.

Juanpi was also called up for the 2019 Copa América in Brazil. He played one match, a 3–1 win over Bolivia in Belo Horizonte that advanced the team to the quarter-finals.

Personal life

Juanpi's father Bernardo Añor, was also a footballer. His older brother, also named Bernardo, is also a footballer, currently playing for Caracas FC; he too was groomed in Caracas. He is also the cousin of Diego Lombardi, former football player who was supposed to be a star but an unfortunate injury ended his promising career.

Career statistics


Accurate as of 6 April 2017
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Málaga 2014–15 5 0 5 1 10 1
2015–16 29 4 1 0 30 4
2016–17 21 2 2 0 23 2
Total 55 6 8 1 63 7
Career totals 55 6 8 1 63 7

International goals

No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1. 6 September 2016 Estadio Metropolitano de Mérida, Mérida, Venezuela  Argentina 1–0 2–2 2018 World Cup qualification
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