Diego Mateo

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Diego Mateo
Personal information
Full name Diego Mateo Alustiza
Date of birth (1978-08-07) 7 August 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Roldán, Argentina
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Newell's Old Boys
Number 5
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2000 Newell's Old Boys 92 (4)
2000–2001 Lecce 8 (0)
2001–2004 Racing Santander 90 (4)
2005 Valladolid 18 (0)
2005–2006 San Lorenzo 26 (0)
2006–2007 Hércules 27 (0)
2007–2009 Gimnasia Jujuy 58 (1)
2009– Newell's Old Boys 128 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 1 December 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Mateo and the second or maternal family name is Alustiza.

Diego Mateo Alustiza (born 7 August 1978) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Newell's Old Boys as a defensive midfielder.

Football career[edit]

Born in Roldán, Santa Fe, Mateo started his professional career in 1996 with Newell's Old Boys, where he made over 100 overall appearances, scoring four goals in the top division. In 2000 he joined U.S. Lecce in Italy, but left the club after appearing in only one fourth of the Serie A games during the season, with the Apulia side narrowly avoiding relegation.

In 2001 Mateo moved to Spain, where he would spend a great portion of his career: first, he was instrumental in helping Racing de Santander return to La Liga by scoring four times in 32 matches, and was relatively used in the following two top flight campaigns. In January 2005 he returned to the second division, playing for Real Valladolid.

Mateo returned to Argentina for a spell at San Lorenzo de Almagro, then went again to Spain and its second level after signing with Hércules CF. He then played two years in his country with Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy but, after the team's relegation in 2009, the 31-year-old returned to his first club Newell's.

Honours[edit]

Newell's Old Boys

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