|Full name||Diego Antonio Gavilán Zarate|
|Date of birth||1 March 1980|
|Place of birth||Asunción, Paraguay|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive Midfielder|
|2002–2003||→ UAG (Loan)||14||(1)|
|2003||→ Internacional (Loan)||39||(5)|
|2003–2004||→ Udinese (Loan)||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 February 2010.
† Appearances (Goals).
Gavilán's nickname pampero - meaning the horse that runs like the wind - offers a fair indication of his purposeful and hard-running style. He began his top-flight career at Cerro Porteño, and he became the first ever Paraguayan to play in England, when he signed for Newcastle United in 2000.
Gavilán cost Newcastle £2m when he left his native Paraguay behind at the age of just 19. He made his Premiership debut in a 2-2 draw at Sunderland. He struggled however, to stake a real claim for a first team place, making some appearances for the club as a substitute. He scored once in the league, against Coventry in a 2-0 win in April 2000.
Gavilán was loaned out to Tecos UAG in Mexico for the year 2002, by which time he had played only two further games for the club.
In 2003, he joined Internacional of Brazil. In 2006, Gavilán signed with the Argentinian side Newell's Old Boys. He signed the following year with Grêmio, returning to the city of Porto Alegre in Brazil.
Gavilán then joined Independiente on loan, and is currently with Portuguesa until November.
- "Newcastle 2 - 0 Coventry". 4TheGame. 29 April 2000. Retrieved 19 November 2009.
- (Spanish) Argentine Primera Statistics