Diego Klimowicz

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Diego Klimowicz
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Personal information
Full name Diego Fernando Klimowicz
Date of birth (1974-07-06) 6 July 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1996 Instituto 57 (12)
1996–1997 Rayo Vallecano 46 (12)
1998–1999 Valladolid 41 (4)
1999–2001 Lanús 77 (41)
2001–2007 VfL Wolfsburg 149 (57)
2007–2008 Borussia Dortmund 38 (6)
2009–2010 VfL Bochum 26 (8)
2011 Instituto 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 05:33, 26 August 2011 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Diego Fernando Klimowicz (born 6 July 1974) is a retired Argentine footballer who last played for Instituto.

Career[edit]

Klimowicz started his career at Instituto in the Argentine Primera B Nacional (second division) in 1993.[1] In 1996, he was sold to Rayo Vallecano of the Spanish La Liga but at the end of that first season with the club, they were relegated to the Segunda División (second division).[2] In his second season, Rayo finished eighth, failing to regain their place in the first division, but halfway through, in January 1998 he was sold to Real Valladolid of La Liga, and after only one and a half seasons with the club he returned to Argentina to play for Lanús.[3] In 2001 there were talks of him playing either for the Ukraine national football team or the Poland national football team, but at the end nothing became materialized. In December 2001, he was transferred to VfL Wolfsburg.[4] In May 2007, he joined Borussia Dortmund on a two.year contract.[5][6] In the winter transfer window 2008–09, he transferred to VfL Bochum. On 2 March 2010, he announced his retirement from professional football due to a hip injury.[7]

However, on 24 December 2010, Klimowicz decided to come back from retirement and re-joined his first team, Instituto, in the Argentine second division. He signed a one-year contract.[8]

Club performance League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Argentina League Cup Total
1993–94 Instituto Nacional B
1994–95
1995–96
Spain League Copa del Rey Total
1996–97 Rayo Vallecano Primera División 34 11
1997–98 Segunda División 12 1
1997–98 Real Valladolid Primera División 20 3
1998–99 21 1
Argentina League Cup Total
1999–00 Lanús Primera División 33 16 33 16
2000–01 30 17 30 17
2001–02 14 8 14 8
Germany League DFB-Pokal Total
2001–02 VfL Wolfsburg Bundesliga 17 10 1 0 18 10
2002–03 25 7 2 2 27 9
2003–04 33 15 2 1 35 16
2004–05 27 7 1 0 28 7
2005–06 26 12 1 1 27 13
2006–07 21 6 3 4 24 10
2007–08 Borussia Dortmund 28 6 6 4 34 10
2008–09 10 0 1 1 11 1
2008–09 VfL Bochum 11 4 0 0 11 4
2009–10 15 4 2 1 17 5
Argentina League Cup Total
2010–11 Instituto Nacional B 8 1 8 1
Total Argentina 0 0
Spain
Germany 213 71 19 14 232 85
Career total

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Borussia Dortmund

Personal life[edit]

Diego is the older brother of Javier Klimowicz, who plays for the Ecuadorian national team. His grandfather was born in Poland before Second World War in territory, which belongs to Ukraine now.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Klimowicz: Tourist oder Debütant" (in German). kicker.de. 6 December 2001. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mercato: Diego Klimowicz, Marcell Jansen" (in Spanish). footgol. 25 May 2007. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  3. ^ ""Gegen 80.000 ist es besonders schwer"" (in German). bundesliga.de. 25 September 2007. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Diego Klimowicz – Saison 2001/2002" (in German). VfL Wolfsburg. Retrieved 5 March 2012. [dead link]
  5. ^ 1. FC Köln: Interview mit Diego Klimowicz
  6. ^ "Interview mit Diego Klimowicz" (in German). 1. FC Köln. Retrieved 5 March 2012. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Klimowicz: Scout in Argentinien" (in German). vfl-bochum.de. Retrieved 5 March 2012. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Granadero para la Gloria". Olé (in Spanish). 24 December 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "Klimowicz woli Polskę od Ukrainy?" (in Polish). sport.pl. 7 May 2002. Retrieved 5 March 2012.