Daniel Montenegro

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Daniel Montenegro
Personal information
Full name Daniel Gastón Montenegro Casella
Date of birth (1979-03-28) 28 March 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Independiente
Number 23
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Huracán 79 (19)
1999 Independiente 19 (7)
2000–2002 Marseille 6 (1)
2000–2001 Zaragoza (loan) 28 (2)
2001–2002 Osasuna (loan) 10 (0)
2002 Huracán (loan) 18 (11)
2002–2003 Independiente 37 (7)
2003–2004 River Plate 30 (5)
2004–2005 Saturn 24 (2)
2005–2006 River Plate 29 (6)
2006–2009 Independiente 104 (41)
2009–2012 América 111 (22)
2013– Independiente 59 (12)
National team
1999 Argentina U20 4 (0)
2007–2009 Argentina 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 September 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Montenegro and the second or maternal family name is Casella.

Daniel Gastón Montenegro Casella (born 28 March 1979) is an Argentine footballer who plays for Club Atlético Independiente mainly as an attacking midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Buenos Aires, Montenegro began his professional career at Club Atlético Huracán in 1997. He subsequently signed for Club Atlético Independiente, going on to represent the club on three different spells and teaming up with sibling Ariel in the first.

In the 1999 January transfer window Montenegro moved to France with Olympique de Marseille, being loaned several times by the Ligue 1 side for the duration of his contract, namely to clubs in Spain (Real Zaragoza – where he contributed with four matches to the club's conquest of the Copa del Rey – and CA Osasuna, both in La Liga). He then played in quick succession for Independiente and Club Atlético River Plate, before spending parts of two seasons in the Russian Premier League with FC Saturn Moscow Oblast.

Montenegro returned to his main club for the 2006–07 season, going on to often act as the Avellaneda club's team captain and scoring in double digits in three of his first four years, including a career-best 15 goals in the 2008–09 campaign. In 2009 he moved abroad again, signing with Mexico's Club América for $3 million after lengthy negotiations; he made his unofficial debut vs Chelsea in a friendly, and made his officiail debut for his new team against Deportivo Toluca FC, scoring from his own half in a 7–2 routing.

In 2012, aged 33, Montenegro re-joined Independiente.

International career[edit]

Montenegro represented the Argentina under-20 team at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship,[1] and made his debut with the full side on 18 April 2007, against Chile.

He gained the last of his three caps on 1 April 2009, appearing as a late substitute in the Albiceleste's 1–6 loss in Bolivia for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.[2]

Honours[edit]

Zaragoza
Independiente
River Plate

Personal[edit]

Montenegro's older brother, Ariel, was also a footballer and a midfielder. They shared teams at Independiente, and he spent most of his career in Spain.[3]

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