Alejandro Domínguez (Argentine footballer)

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Alejandro Domínguez
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Domínguez playing for Rubin Kazan in 2009
Personal information
Full name Alejandro Damián Domínguez
Date of birth (1981-06-10) 10 June 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Lanús, Argentina
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Olympiacos
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Quilmes 25 (6)
2001–2004 River Plate 29 (9)
2004–2007 Rubin Kazan 63 (21)
2007–2009 Zenit St. Petersburg 46 (7)
2009–2010 Rubin Kazan 23 (16)
2010–2012 Valencia 19 (0)
2011–2012 River Plate (loan) 33 (5)
2012–2013 Rayo Vallecano 33 (5)
2013– Olympiacos 27 (7)
National team
2002–2004 Argentina U23 8 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alejandro Damián Domínguez (born 10 June 1981) is an Argentine footballer who plays for Olympiacos F.C. in the Superleague Greece, as an attacking midfielder or a second striker.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After playing for second league club Quilmes, Domínguez, nicknamed 'Chori' since he was a teenager, was signed by Argentinian giants River Plate, crowning himself later on as three times Clausura champion with The Millionaires.

Rubin Kazan[edit]

Scouted by several European clubs, he ended up signing for Russian side Rubin Kazan, in 2004. During 2006 pre-season Rubin tried to sell him, but they were not satisfied with the amount offered for him and decided to keep him.[1]

Domínguez scoring in Zenit's 8–1 win over Luch

Zenit Saint Petersburg[edit]

Domínguez was signed by FC Zenit Saint Petersburg for €7 million before the start of 2007 Russian season, breaking the record transfer fee inside the Russian Premier League, however the record was exceeded in 2008, when Danny moved from FC Dynamo Moscow to Zenit Saint Petersburg for a fee well above 30 million euros.[2] One of Domínguez's most notable performances was in the 4–0 UEFA Cup victory over Bayern Munich which sent Zenit to the final of the competition for the first time in the history of the club. Domínguez played exceptionally well and provided 2 assists. Zenit's fans will never forget how Dominguez won them their first championship title in 2007. The Gazprom-sponsored side needed a win at now-defunct Saturn in order to finish top and had to defend a last-minute corner when leading 1-0. As the Zenit Saint Petersburg defence froze, Baffour Gyan's header seemed to be making its way into the net, only for Chori -- one of the shortest players on the pitch at 5-foot-7 -- to miraculously jump on the line and head it onto the crossbar.[3]

Back to Rubin Kazan[edit]

On 13 March 2009, Rubin Kazan signed 'Chori' back from Zenit, where he had some problems with the coach Dick Advocaat.

In the 2009-10 UEFA Champions League, Domínguez played well for Rubin, providing the team with goals against Internazionale Milano and FC Dynamo Kiev. He also made an assist to Gökdeniz Karadeniz who scored a stunning match-winning goal against FC Barcelona during the group stage. Rubin Kazan failed to advance to the first knockout round due to a 2–0 loss against Internazionale.

He was named the best footballer in Russia of 2009 by the Russian Football Union, Sport Express newspaper and Russian weekly magazine Futbol.

Valencia[edit]

On 11 December 2009, it was announced that Domínguez would join Valencia. He signed a three and a half years long contract on 14 December 2009.[4]

River Plate[edit]

On the summer of 2011, the player contacted his employers at Valencia to negotiate a loan to former club River Plate, which had been relegated for the first time in its history to the second division of Argentina. His gesture was highly appreciated by the fans, and Domínguez featured as one of the team's stars in both attacking midfielder and forward roles for the club, scoring 5 goals, providing numerous assists and functioning as vice-captain.

Rayo Vallecano[edit]

In late June 2012, after he had achieved the return to the first division with River Plate, Domínguez was told he would not continue to play for River, as the club decided not to negotiate his transfer from Valencia. He left River Plate, alongside top scorer and former captain Fernando Cavenaghi, both stating irreconcilable differences with club president, Daniel Passarella.[5] He didn't stay in Valencia and was contracted at the beginning of August 2012 by Spanish Primera división club Rayo Vallecano, on a one year deal. After signing the contract, he confessed the project they presented him was attractive, but he also chose the club because of the red stripe on the white home shirt, which reminded him of his home team River Plate's kit.[6]

Olympiacos[edit]

In July 2013, Domínguez Signed a two-year contract with Greek side Olympiakos.[7] On 1 December 2013, he scored his first goal with the club in Super League in a 3-0 home win against Ergotelis.[8] On 26 February 2014 after a miraculous night for the club that he scored one goal against Manchester United in the first leg of their last-16 of Champions League, he told UEFA's official site that : "I am so happy. I am very satisfied with the team's work and the victory we achieved. I believe we have made a big step – a giant leap forward".[9] On 13 September 2014 Domínguez impressed again scoring a spectacular goal in a 3-0 home win against OFI.[10] He also impressed in Olympiacos' 3-2 home win against Atletico Madrid. He was subsequently named in the Champions League "Team of the Week".

Club statistics[edit]

As of 5 September 2014
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Quilmes AC 2000–01 25 6 0 0 0 0 25 6
Total 25 6 0 0 0 0 25 6
River Plate 2000–01 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2
2001–02 15 5 0 0 0 0 15 5
2002–03 12 2 0 0 0 0 12 2
Total 29 9 0 0 0 0 29 9
Rubin Kazan 2004 18 2 3 0 1 0 22 2
2005 22 6 2 0 0 0 24 6
2006 23 13 4 2 3 2 30 17
Total 63 21 9 2 4 2 76 25
Zenit St. Petersburg 2007 24 3 4 3 7 0 35 6
2008 22 4 1 0 5 0 28 4
Total 46 7 5 3 12 0 63 10
Rubin Kazan 2009 23 16 2 0 6 2 31 18
Total 23 16 2 0 6 2 31 18
Valencia CF 2009–10 13 0 1 0 0 0 14 0
2010–11 6 0 1 0 5 1 12 1
Total 19 0 2 0 5 1 26 1
River Plate 2011–12 33 5 1 1 0 0 34 6
Total 33 5 1 1 0 0 34 6
Rayo Vallecano 2012–13 33 5 2 1 0 0 35 6
Total 33 5 2 1 0 0 35 6
Olympiacos 2013–14 23 5 7 3 8 3 38 11
2014–15 4 2 0 0 2 0 6 1
Total 27 7 7 3 10 3 44 13
Career totals 296 76 28 10 37 8 361 94

Honors and awards[edit]

Domínguez (standing in the centre) alongside his Zenit team mates delighted to win Premier League trophy

Argentina[edit]

Russia[edit]

Greece[edit]

International[edit]

Personal[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kurban Berdyev's press conference" (in Russian). FC Rubin official website. 19 January 2006. Retrieved 2 April 2008. 
  2. ^ uefa.com
  3. ^ "Withou Mitroglou and Saviola, Dominguezcan step up for Olympiakos" (in English). espnfc.com. 24 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Domínguez swaps Rubin for Valencia". UEFA.com. 14 December 2009. Archived from the original on 19 December 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2009. 
  5. ^ ""Nos sentimos traicionados por Passarella", acusan Cavenaghi y "Chori"" (in Spanish). playfutbol. July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Chori Domínguez: "La franja roja es especial para mí"" (in Spanish). AS.com. 18 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Alejandro Domínguez joins Olympiacos". Olympiacos.org. 2 Jule 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  8. ^ "Olympiacos - Ergotelis 3-0". Olympiacos.org. 1 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Domínguez determined to finish United off". UEFA. 26 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Win over OFI: done! Time now for Atletico!". Olympiacos.org. 13 September 2014. 
  11. ^ Sport Express
  12. ^ Во вторник РФС вручил главные футбольные премии 2009 года
  13. ^ Алехандро ДОМИНГЕС ЛУЧШИЙ ПО ОПРОСУ "СЭ" ИГРОК ЧЕМПИОНАТА РОССИИ-2009

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