Daniel Fonseca

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Daniel Fonseca
Personal information
Full name Daniel Fonseca Garis
Date of birth (1969-09-13) September 13, 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1990 Nacional 14 (3)
1990–1992 Cagliari 50 (17)
1992–1994 Napoli 58 (31)
1994–1997 Roma 65 (20)
1997–2001 Juventus 40 (10)
2001–2002 River Plate 0 (0)
2002 Nacional 5 (2)
2002–2003 Como 2 (0)
Total 234 (83)
National team
1990–1997 Uruguay 30 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 September 2006.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 April 2007 (UTC)

Daniel Fonseca Garis (born 13 September 1969) is an Uruguayan former footballer, now a football agent [1]. As a forward, he played for Italy's S.S.C Napoli, A.S. Roma and Juventus.

Fonseca, nicknamed el castor ("the beaver"), started his football career at Nacional, his local team in Uruguay, in 1988. He played 14 games in two years and scored 3 goals.

In 1990, he moved to Cagliari, scoring 17 goals in 50 appearances, playing mostly on the left than in the centre.

In 1992 Napoli signed him and Fonseca managed a more impressive strike rate, scoring 31 goals in two seasons in Naples, including 5 goals against Valencia in the UEFA cup. This form brought attention from A.S. Roma, who promptly signed him in 1994.

During his time with Napoli, he would occasionally put on the socks of the Uruguayan national team, which is a shade lighter in colour than Napoli's socks, saying that they would bring him good luck.

However, his three seasons (from 1994 to 1997) were far from successful. He played as a second striker supporting the Argentine centre forward Abel Balbo, but, because of the many injuries he suffered, he played discontinuously.

Juventus signed Fonseca in 1997, but again was played out of position on the left as he had been at Cagliari and AS Roma. His goalscoring record in Serie A was very good considering he was not always first choice at AS Roma and at Juventus. Fonseca was always regarded as a super sub and scored important goals coming off the bench. He won one Serie A title, a Champions League runner-up medal and the Supercoppa Italiana whilst there.

Injury ruled him completely out of the 1999-2000 season, which saw him transferred to River Plate in Argentina. There, he infamously played only during the club's 2000 pre-season. His only match was a pre-season encounter against archrivals Boca Juniors, earning a win by scoring the final penalty in the shootout. A few days later, Fonseca would resign from his contract and join Como in 2001. He retired in 2003 after the coach said he wasn't in his first team plans [2].







  • 11 goals in 30 appearances for Uruguay

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