Ernesto Farías

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Ernesto Farías
Personal information
Full name Ernesto Antonio Farías
Date of birth (1980-05-29) 29 May 1980 (age 35)
Place of birth Trenque Lauquen, Argentina
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
América de Cali
Number 9
Youth career
Football Club Argentino
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2004 Estudiantes 206 (93)
2004–2005 Palermo 13 (0)
2005–2007 River Plate 67 (35)
2007–2010 Porto 54 (23)
2010–2014 Cruzeiro 25 (5)
2012–2013 Independiente (loan) 42 (12)
2014-2015 Danubio 7 (1)
2015– América de Cali 10 (6)
National team
1999 Argentina U20 3 (0)
2005 Argentina 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 May 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ernesto Antonio Farías (born 29 May 1980) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Colombian club América de Cali as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Born in Trenque Lauquen, Buenos Aires, Farías started playing professionally in 1997 for Estudiantes de La Plata, making his top division debut in a 2–2 draw against Club Atlético Lanús, 19 days shy of his 18th birthday. From his third season onwards he never scored less than 14 league goals, including 12 in the 2003 Apertura alone, a competition best, as his team ranked in midtable.

Farías left Estudiantes as the club's fifth-ever goal scorer, netting nearly one goal every two games. He signed with Italian club U.S. Città di Palermo for the 2004–05 campaign, teaming up with compatriot Mariano González and appearing in only 13 Serie A matches, going scoreless in the process.

Subsequently Farías returned to his country and joined Club Atlético River Plate, being crowned top scorer in the 2006 edition of the Copa Libertadores at five (tied with 13 other players) as the Buenos Aires side reached the quarterfinals. In late July 2007, after a failed transfer to Deportivo Toluca F.C. for personal reasons, he signed a four-year contract for F.C. Porto, in a 4 million deal.[1]

During his three-year spell in Portugal Farías was mostly used as a substitute, consecutively barred by Lisandro López, Hulk and Radamel Falcao. He still managed to contribute solidly to the conquest of five major titles by scoring 34 official goals, 23 of those coming in the league.

In January 2010 Farías had everything arranged with Cruzeiro Esporte Clube, as part of the deal involving Kléber,[2] but the move eventually collapsed. In late July he finally joined the Brazilian, agreeing on a three-year contract;[3] he scored his first goal for the club on 9 June, in a 3–2 win over Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras.

In late January 2012 Farías returned to his country and signed with Club Atlético Independiente, on loan.[4]

International career[edit]

On 3 September 2005 Farías gained his first – and only – cap for the Argentine national team, in a 0–1 away loss against Paraguay for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Previously, in 1999, he appeared for the under-20s in the World Cup held in Nigeria, playing in three games in an eventual round-of-16 exit.[5]





Personal life[edit]

Farías is nicknamed El Tecla ("The key"), because in his early adolescence years his uneven teeth were likened to a piano.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Porto pluck Farías from River Plate". 25 July 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). F.C. Porto. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Official: Farias leaves Porto for Cruzeiro". PortuGOAL. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "¡Bienvenido!" [Welcome!] (in Spanish). C.A. Independiente. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Ernesto FaríasFIFA competition record
  6. ^ "La suerte del '6' se acabó para River en gol del 'Tecla' Farías" ['6' Lucky charm over for River with 'Tecla' Farías goal] (in Spanish). Terra. 19 July 2006. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Ernesto 'Tecla' Farías está en la mira del Corinthians para su centenario en 2010" [Ernesto 'Tecla' Farías targeted by Corinthians for century in 2010] (in Spanish). Soitu. 20 October 2009. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 

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