Ariel Ortega

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Ariel Ortega
Ariel Ortega (cropped).jpg
Ortega in a River Plate shirt in 2013
Personal information
Full name Arnaldo Ariel Ortega
Date of birth (1974-03-04) 4 March 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Ledesma, Jujuy, Argentina
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1996 River Plate 134 (30)
1997–1998 Valencia 29 (9)
1998–1999 Sampdoria 27 (8)
1999–2000 Parma 18 (3)
2000–2002 River Plate 56 (23)
2002–2003 Fenerbahçe 14 (5)
2004–2006 Newell's Old Boys 53 (11)
2006–2012 River Plate 82 (12)
2008–2009 Independiente (RIV) (loan) 25 (4)
2011 All Boys (loan) 12 (0)
2011–2012 Defensores de Belgrano (loan) 27 (4)
Total 447 (109)
National team
1993–2010 Argentina 87 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Arnaldo Ariel Ortega is a retired Argentine football attacking midfielder. His nickname is "El Burrito" ("The Little Donkey"), thus he is called "Burrito Ortega".

Ariel Ortega first played for Club Atlético River Plate on 14 December 1991 and until 1996 and returned in 2000–02, 2006–08 and 2009–11.[1] Ortega's other clubs include Fenerbahçe, Parma, Sampdoria, Valencia, and Newell's Old Boys. Ortega played for his country in the 1994, 1998, and 2002 World Cups. He was also a member of the team that won the silver medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Biography[edit]

He is well known for his pace, ability and skills from dead ball situations, ball trickery, clever body feints and lobbed shots. At his prime he was one of the best dribblers in the world. Along with his skills, Ortega is infamously temperamental.

Europe[edit]

Ortega left Argentina in 1996. He played 1½ seasons for Valencia CF before being signed by Sampdoria in 1998 for 23 billion Italian lire (£8 million),[2] replacing Juan Sebastián Verón. After the club was relegated to Serie B, Ortega joined Parma AC, rejoining national and former club team-mate Hernán Crespo, replacing Verón again who left for Lazio. Parma paid Sampdoria 28 billion lire (£9.4 million).[3] However, in the following season he returned to Argentina with River Plate, to compensate unpaid 12 billion lire transfer fees of Crespo. (The 10% of the transfer fees to Lazio) Claudio Husaín also joined the club.[4] River Plate acquired 50% registration rights of Ortega for a reported 5.5 million dollars.[5] While, in Parma AC annual filing to Italian government, Ortega was sold for 11 billion lire.[6]

Fenerbahçe and ban[edit]

In May 2002, Fenerbahçe signed Ortega from River Plate for a fee of USD 7,500,000 (USD 2,500,000 of which was paid to Parma). Fenerbahçe also bought his image rights for a further USD 1,500,000. Ortega signed a 4-year contract.[7] He was one of the key players of the team, scoring 5 goals in 14 matches.

Fenerbahçe were forced to file a complaint to FIFA in April 2003 as Ortega had failed to return from international duty since 12 February 2003.[7] In June 2003 the FIFA Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC) ordered Ortega to pay Fenerbahçe USD 11,000,000 as compensation for breach of an employment contract and suspended him until 30 December 2003.[7] Ortega appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in July 2003 but the case was dismissed on 5 November.[7] Ortega served a 4-month suspension from that day.[7] After the ban he was without a club.

Return to Argentina[edit]

In 2004, when he could finally come back to football, he joined Newell's Old Boys after he was called by his friend Américo Gallego, who at the time was Newell's' coach. Newell paid an unknown sum to Fenerbahçe as part compensation for what Ortega owed the club. They won the Apertura 2004.

In June 2006, he went back to his first team River Plate, where he played for about half of the Apertura 2006,[8] before he stopped to begin treatment for alcoholism. On January 2007, during River's pre-season in Mar del Plata, and one day after playing an excellent game in which he scored, he surprised everyone with another alcoholic episode, after which River Plate's doctors suggested to the coach that Ortega should go back to Buenos Aires to resume treatment for his problem.

Coach Daniel Passarella later brought Ortega back, stating he was ready for a comeback. On 15 March 2007, in a Copa Libertadores 2007 match against LDU Quito, Ortega formed part of River's bench but was not given a chance to play. However, three days later, in a league match versus Quilmes, he came on during the second half to help break the opposing team's defense in a tight 0-0 up to that point. Ortega scored a controversial goal with his hand, in the 93rd minute, to give River the victory and himself a great comeback.

Upon the arrival of Diego Simeone as head coach of River, Ortega allegedly lost some "protections" he was rumoured to have and, despite being an important part of the team that achieved the Clausura 2008 title, Simeone left him out of the squad for the upcoming season, reasoning his decision on Ortega having several times not come to train as well as some episodes of alcoholism.[9][10][11] After some controversy[12] and rumours[13][14] in the winter window of Argentine market, he was loaned to Nacional B side Independiente Rivadavia,[15] signing a one-year contract where a twice a week trip to a Chilean Special Treatment Center for alcoholics[16] is one of the clauses. On 1 May 2009 the player has been let go by Independiente officials. The club decided to terminate his contract in advance. Ortega was on loan from River Plate. On his first game back in River Plate, 25 July 2009, he scored an outstanding chip shot goal to give River a 1-0 victory over Everton F.C. of England in Edmonton, Canada during the preseason. In the 2009 Apertura, Ortega scored a wonder lobbed goal against Chacarita Juniors to give River Plate a 4-3 victory. Later in the tournament, he scored a last minute equalizer against Estudiantes.

In the 2010 Clausura, Ortega started River's first two matches, but suffered another alcoholic relapse and missed the next ten games before returning against Newell's Old Boys in the 13th round of matches.

In 2011, he was loaned to Defensores de Belgrano.

On 8 April 2012, Fox Sports Argentina journlist Juan José Buscalia, confirmed that Ortega would join Chilean Primera División club Unión San Felipe in June 2012.

International[edit]

Ortega was included in the squad for the 1994 World Cup. His debut in the starting eleven occurred on 3 July 1994 when Argentina was knocked out of the competition by Romania.

Ortega was handed the #10 shirt for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, where he was expected to carry the mantle of the team's playmaker, and it was his first World Cup as an established star. Despite impressing in the early rounds to be considered a favorite as player of the tournament, Ortega was most notable for his sending-off in the quarter-finals against the Netherlands. Ortega received a second yellow card for head-butting Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar when van der Sar confronted him after a dive in the penalty area, for which Ortega was just getting his first yellow card. Shortly after Ortega's sending-off, Dennis Bergkamp scored the winning goal to make it 2–1, eliminating Argentina.

Ortega was also a member of the squad for the 2002 World Cup. Ortega missed a penalty in the last match against Sweden, which was then followed up and converted into the back of the net by Hernan Crespo), nonetheless the result meant that Argentina was knocked out in the first round.

On 24 September 2009, he was recalled to the Argentina national first-team squad,[17] but a couple of days later, it was announced that Ariel Ortega would miss the friendly match against Ghana due to an injury he picked up during the weekend in the Argentine Domestic League.[18]

In April 2010, 17 years after his Argentina debut, Ortega received a call-up again, this time against Haiti.[19] All the players in Diego Maradona's squad were from the Primera División Argentina. He played the match as starting XI on 5 May.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Argentina League Cup South America Total
1991–92 River Plate Primera División 14 1 ? ? ? ?
1992–93 27 5 ? ? ? ?
1993–94 29 4 ? ? ? ?
1994–95 25 7 ? ? ? ?
1995–96 23 7 ? ? ? ?
1996–97 16 6 ? ? ? ?
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
1996–97[21] Valencia La Liga 12 7 0 0 0 0 12 7
1997–98[21] 20 2 3 0 23 2
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1998–99 Sampdoria Serie A 27 8 ? ? ? ? ? ?
1999–2000 Parma 18 3 ? ? 2[22] 0 ? ?
Argentina League Cup South America Total
2000–01 River Plate Primera División 27 9 ? ? ? ?
2001–02 29 14 ? ? ? ?
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası Europe Total
2002–03[23] Fenerbahçe Süper Lig 14 5 0 0 6 0 20 5
Argentina League Cup South America Total
2004–05 Newell's Old Boys Primera División 24 5 ? ?
2005–06 29 6 7[24] 0 36 6
2006–07 River Plate 18 4 3 0 21 4
2007–08 26 4 9 2 35 6
2008–09 Independiente Rivadavia Primera B Nacional 25 4 25 4
2009–10 River Plate Primera División 13 2 2 0 2
Total Argentina 325 78 ? ? ? ?
Spain 32 9 ? ? ? ? ? ?
Italy 45 11 ? ? ? ? ? ?
Turkey 14 5 0 0 6 0 20 5
Career total 416 103 ? ? ? ? ? ?

National team statistics[edit]

[25]

Argentina national team
Year Apps Goals
1993 1 0
1994 10 0
1995 16 2
1996 7 3
1997 9 1
1998 13 5
1999 7 2
2000 11 3
2001 7 0
2002 4 0
2003 1 0
2004 0 0
2005 0 0
2006 0 0
2007 0 0
2008 0 0
2009 0 0
2010 1 0
Total 87 16

International[edit]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

River Plate
1991 Apertura, 1993 Apertura, 1994 Apertura, 1996 Apertura, 2002 Clausura, 2008 Clausura
1996
Parma
1999
Newell's Old Boys
2004 Apertura

National team[edit]

Argentina U-23
1995
1996

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Bartolozzi, Bruno (29 July 1998). "Ortega alla Samp per 23 miliardi, il Betis sonda Cesare Maldini". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Retrieved 2010-05-04. 
  3. ^ Monti, Fabio (4 July 1999). "Ortega, un affare da 28 miliardi". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Retrieved 2010-05-04. 
  4. ^ Laudisa, Carlo (10 August 2000). "Ortega dà l' addio al Parma Torna al River con Husain". La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 2010-05-04. 
  5. ^ "Ariel Ortega vuelve a River". La Nación (in Spanish). 9 August 2000. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  6. ^ AC Parma SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2011 (Italian), CCIAA Archive (require login and purchase)
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  9. ^ (Spanish) "Ortega said: I will leave River". Clarín. 
  10. ^ (Spanish) "Aguilar forced Ortega and Simeone to an agreement". Clarín. 
  11. ^ (Spanish) "Ortega is left out of River squad". Clarín. 
  12. ^ (Spanish) "New scandal by Ariel Ortega". La Nueva. 
  13. ^ (Spanish) "Ariel Ortega is too close to UAE". ESPN. 
  14. ^ (Spanish) "Dallas FC aims on Ariel Ortega". La Nación. 
  15. ^ (Spanish) "Ortega signs for Independiente Rivadavia". La Nación. 
  16. ^ (Spanish) "Ortega signs for Independiente Rivadavia". La Nación. 
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  18. ^ "La Selección se entrenará hoy y mañana por la tarde" (in Spanish). AFA. 28 September 2009. Archived from the original on 29 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  19. ^ "Diego Maradona dio la lista para el amistoso ante Haití". AFA (in Spanish) (Buenos Aires). 27 April 2010. Archived from the original on 13 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
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  39. ^ Match Report 24 February 1998
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  46. ^ International Matches 1999 - South America
  47. ^ Match Report 23 February 2000
  48. ^ International Matches 2002 - Intercontinental, July-December

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