Cristian Riveros

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Cristian Riveros
Personal information
Full name Cristian Miguel Riveros Núñez
Date of birth (1982-10-16) October 16, 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth Juan Augusto Saldívar, Paraguay
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 16
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999 Cristóbal Colón
2000–2005 Tacuary 108 (16)
2002 Sportivo San Lorenzo (loan) 24 (0)
2006–2007 Libertad 50 (8)
2007–2010 Cruz Azul 111 (17)
2010–2012 Sunderland 14 (1)
2011–2012 Kayserispor (loan) 39 (3)
2012–2013 Kayserispor 31 (0)
2013– Grêmio 46 (4)
National team
2005– Paraguay 85 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 5, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Cristian Miguel Riveros Núñez (born 16 October 1982) is a Paraguayan professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Grêmio.

A full international for Paraguay since 2005, he earned 85 caps for his country, playing at two Copa Américas and two FIFA World Cups.


Riveros started his career with Cristobal Colón in his hometown of Juan Augusto Saldivar and then moved to other Paraguayan teams such as San Lorenzo and Tacuary before playing for Libertad.

On 12 July 2007 he signed for the Mexican club Cruz Azul.[1]


On 11 May 2010, Riveros signed for Sunderland of the English Premier League on a three-year-deal, saying "The league is very competitive and I look forward to being very successful with Sunderland. The Premier League is the best league in the world and Sunderland are a very big club with many passionate supporters. I look forward to meeting them."[2]

He made his Premier League debut on 14 August 2010 as a 63rd-minute substitute for Steed Malbranque in a 2–2 draw against Birmingham City in the opening game of the season.[3] However, Riveros quickly fell out of favour and played just 14 league games for, the club, scoring his only goal on the final day of the season in a 3–0 win over West Ham United.[4]


Riveros joined Kayserispor of the Turkish Super League on 6 July 2011 on a season-long loan from Sunderland, and signed a permanent contract on 1 May 2012.


On 7 June 2013, Cristian joined Grêmio, signing a two-year contract.

International career[edit]

Riveros during a friendly match against Australia in October 2010

Riveros played in Paraguay's first two matches at the 2006 World Cup and played efficiently on the left wing. He picked up his first international goal for Paraguay in a 3–2 defeat to Chile. He also played for Paraguay in the Copa América 2007.

On 4 May 2010, he was named in Paraguay's preliminary 30-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup,[5] and also made the 23-man penultimate selection alongside club team-mate da Silva.[6]

On 20 June 2010 at the World Cup, Riveros scored a second goal in a 2–0 win over Slovakia, which was set up by former Sunderland defender Paulo Da Silva. Riveros scored a penalty in Paraguay's shoot-out win against Japan in the Round of 16 stage, after the match finished goalless after extra time.

International goals[edit]





  1. ^ Transfer to Cruz Azul (Spanish)
  2. ^ "Sunderland sign Cruz Azul midfielder Cristian Riveros". BBC Sport (BBC). 11 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  3. ^ Whyatt, Chris (14 August 2010). "Sunderland 2 - 2 Birmingham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Darling, Kevin (22 May 2011). "West Ham 0-3 Sunderland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Paraguay name their 30-man preliminary World Cup squad". BBC Sport (BBC). 4 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  6. ^ "Da Silva and Riveros make the cut". (Sunderland A.F.C.). 1 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 

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