Diego Rivarola

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Diego Rivarola
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Personal information
Full name Diego Gabriel Rivarola Popón
Date of birth (1976-07-14) July 14, 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth Mendoza, Argentina
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
River Plate
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 River Plate 0 (0)
1997–1998 Platense 8 (0)
1999 Santiago Morning 23 (13)
2000–2001 Universidad de Chile 57 (23)
2002 Atlas 9 (4)
2003–2005 Universidad de Chile 100 (37)
2006 Argentinos Juniors 17 (3)
2006–2007 Maracaibo 14 (6)
2007 Palestino 20 (5)
2008 Alki Larnaca 12 (1)
2008–2009 Santiago Morning 55 (29)
2010–2011 Universidad de Chile 63 (24)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 11, 2011.
† Appearances (Goals).

Diego Gabriel Rivarola Popón (born Mendoza, Argentina July 14, 1976) is a former Chilean-Argentine footballer. He played as striker, and his last club was Universidad de Chile.

Club career[edit]

Rivarola was formed in the lower River Plate,[1] but did not debut with the first team. Later he moved to Platense, where he played eight games.[2]

In 1997, he was hired by Santiago Morning, of Chile until 2000 when he would join Universidad de Chile. His first stint with the Santiago-based club would last five years (interrupted by a brief stay at Mexican Atlas in 2002), during which he became one of the most liked players of the team, due in part to his performances at the derbies against Colo-Colo. With Universidad de Chile, Rivarola would win the Chilean National Championship in 2000 and Apertura Tournament in 2004.

At the beginning of 2006, and after conflicts with then coach of the Universidad de Chile, Héctor Pinto, Rivarola signed with Argentinos Juniors, but failed to establish himself as part of the team's starting 11 and moved to the Venezuelan club UA Maracaibo few months later.

In mid-2007 and for Torneo de Clausura, he signed with Palestino of Chile, led by his former Universidad de Chile teammate, Luis Musrri.

After playing for Santiago Morning, Rivarola moved back to Universidad de Chile, eventually appearing in the 2010 Copa Libertadores. On 2011 he won the Apertura Tournament with La "U" after 6 years from his last championship.

On August 28, 2011 he scored his 100th goal with Universidad de Chile in a match against Universidad de Concepción for the Clausura Tournament.

Honours[edit]

Title Club Country Year
Primera División Universidad de Chile Chile 2000
Primera División Universidad de Chile Chile 2004
Primera División Universidad de Chile Chile 2011
Copa Sudamericana Universidad de Chile Chile 2011
Primera División Universidad de Chile Chile 2011

Club statistics[edit]

As of December 11, 2011[3]

Club Season League Continental Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Santiago Morning Torneo 1999 23 13 - - - - 23 13
Total 23 13 - - - - 23 13
Universidad de Chile Torneo 2000 27 11 3 1 4 5 30 12
Torneo 2001 30 12 4 2 - - 34 14
Apertura 2003 10 0 - - - - 10 0
Clausura 2003 16 11 - - - - 16 11
Apertura 2004 24 13 - - - - 24 13
Clausura 2004 16 4 - - - - 16 4
Apertura 2005 13 2 8 3 - - 21 5
Clausura 2005 21 7 2 0 - - 23 7
Total 157 60 17 6 4 5 178 71
Palestino Clausura 2007 20 5 - - - - 20 5
Total 20 5 - - - - 20 5
Santiago Morning Clausura 2008 18 7 - - - - 18 7
Apertura 2009 18 9 - - - - 18 9
Clausura 2009 19 13 - - - - 19 13
Total 55 29 - - - - 55 29
Universidad de Chile Torneo 2010 31 16 14 1 2 0 47 17
Apertura 2011 18 5 - - - - 18 5
Clausura 2011 17 3 1 0 4 2 22 5
Total 66 24 15 1 6 2 87 27
Career total 321 131 32 7 10 7 353 144

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