Esteban Cambiasso

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Cambiasso and the second or maternal family name is Deleau.
Esteban Cambiasso
Esteban Cambiasso - 2011.jpg
Cambiasso with Argentina in 2011
Personal information
Full name Esteban Matías Cambiasso Deleau
Date of birth (1980-08-18) 18 August 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Youth career
1995–1996 Argentinos Juniors
1996–1998 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 Independiente 98 (14)
2001–2002 River Plate 37 (12)
2002–2004 Real Madrid 41 (0)
2004–2014 Internazionale 315 (41)
Total 491 (67)
National team
Argentina U17 6 (1)
1997–1999 Argentina U20 11 (2)
2000–2011 Argentina 52 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 July 2011

Esteban Matias Cambiasso Deleau (born 18 August 1980), nicknamed "Cuchu" (Rioplatense Spanish: Old man), is an Argentine football midfielder who has spent the majority of his career playing for Internazionale in Serie A. During his professional career, Cambiasso has won 23 official titles (as of the end of 2011), being the Argentine footballer with most honours in history, one more than Alfredo Di Stéfano.[1] The majority of his titles were won during his ten seasons at Internazionale, including five Scudetti and the 2010 Champions League.

A full international since 2000, Cambiasso won 52 caps for Argentina, and represented the country at the 2006 World Cup and the Copa América in 2007 and 2011.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Cambiasso started his professional career with Argentinos Juniors in 1995, moving to Real Madrid in 1996 along with his brother Nicolás Cambiasso. In 1998, he moved back to Argentina, where he played for three years with Independiente and one with River Plate. During this time, he earned his nickname "Egg in a bun." With some good experience under his belt, he returned to Real Madrid in 2002. He helped Los Blancos win the UEFA Super Cup, La Liga, and the Intercontinental Cup in 2002 and the Spanish SuperCup in 2003.


Cambiasso training with Inter in 2013

In July 2004, Cambiasso signed with Internazionale in Milan after his contract with Real Madrid expired in June.[2] He helped Internazionale win the Coppa Italia in his first season with the club, playing regularly as a defensive midfielder, partnered in the middle of Inter's midfield with fellow Argentine Juan Sebastián Verón. In Italy, he became known as one of the outstanding players of the 2004–05 season, along with Milan's Kaká.

During the return match for the final of the 2006 Coppa Italia, Cambiasso scored an impressive goal, the first of the match, for the 3–1 victory over Roma. On 9 September 2006, he scored twice in the opening game of the season, with Inter defeating Fiorentina 3–2. On 7 November 2007, he along with Zlatan Ibrahimović scored a brace apiece to defeat CSKA Moscow 4–2 in the Champions League.[3] On 23 December, Cambiasso netted the winning goal for Inter as they came from behind to defeat city rivals Milan 2-1 in the Derby della Madonnina.[4]

On 23 March 2009, it was announced that Inter and Cambiasso had come to terms about a contract renewal, extending his contract at the club until 2014.[5] He was very important in the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League win as well, scoring the second goal of a 2–1 victory over Chelsea at the San Siro,[6] a result which ultimately helped Inter go on to win the final, 2-0, against Bayern Munich on 22 May 2010.[7] In a Champions League match against FC Twente on 24 November, Cambiasso scored the game's only goal, securing a place in the knockout round for the holders.[8] On 9 January 2011, Cambiasso scored twice as Inter came from a goal down to defeat Catania 2-1.[9]

Cambiasso received the first red card of his Inter career on 30 March 2013 for a reckless tackle on Sebastian Giovinco; he was suspended for one match.[10] On 22 September 2013, Cambiasso scored Inter's sixth goal in their 7–0 hammering of newly promoted club Sassuolo.[11] Four days later, Cambiasso helped Inter come from a goal down at home to Fiorentina, scoring Inter's first goal in their 2-1 victory.[12]

At the end of the 2013–14 season, Cambiasso left Inter as his contract expired and he was not offered an extension. Technical director Piero Ausilio said "He waited for our decision until now, and for that he must be thanked, but I'm convinced that in his future he'll have a role at Inter".[13]

International career[edit]

Esteban Cambiasso during a friendly match between Argentina and Portugal in Geneva, Switzerland on 9 February 2011

Cambiasso first represented Argentina in the youth squads, along with national teammates Juan Román Riquelme, Pablo Aimar, Walter Samuel, and others. He was in the squads for the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship, where he scored the first goal in the final even though he was the youngest player on the squad, and captained the team during the 1999 edition.

Cambiasso made his senior national debut in 2000 for Argentina. On 15 May 2006, he was named in the Argentinian national team for the 2006 World Cup.[14] On 16 June, he capped a 24-pass Argentine interplay with a finish to score the second goal in a 6–0 victory over Serbia and Montenegro.[15] In the quarter-finals match against Germany on 30 June 2006, the match went into penalties, where Cambiasso had his penalty kick saved, resulting in Argentina losing 4–2 and Germany progressing to the semi-final.[16]

Since Diego Maradona took over as Argentina coach, Cambiasso was only called-up once to the national team for a friendly game on 14 November 2009 against Spain, despite continuing to play a vital role for Inter and affirming his status as one of Europe's best central midfielders. On 12 May 2010, Cambiasso and Inter teammate Javier Zanetti were controversially left out of the 30-man provisional 2010 World Cup squad for Argentina.[17]

On 20 August 2010, new Argentina coach Sergio Batista recalled Esteban Cambiasso to the national team for the friendly against newly crowned world champions Spain. Argentina handed Spain their first defeat since becoming world champions two months prior, earning a resounding 4–1 win in a friendly at the Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires.[18]

Playing style[edit]

Cambiasso training for Internazionale

Eurosport said about Cambiasso, when José Mourinho was still managing Inter, "There is nothing glamorous about the bald Argentine, but he is the heartbeat of the Inter side that have become the dominant force in Italian football. Just the kind of determined, hard-running midfielder José Mourinho loves. Originally a destroyer, the 29-year-old has become increasingly adventurous and weighs in with six to eight goals per season.[19] said, "All in all, this player is one of the greatest players to have ever pulled an Inter shirt on and to grace the pitch in the Serie A. He is an intelligent midfielder, who has the capacity to change the shape of a game off his own boot. He is one of the most influential midfielders in Italian football, and for that reason and many more, he will certainly be remembered as one of the most talented players of all time."[20]

Personal life[edit]

Esteban Cambiasso taking a picture with a fan

Cambiasso was once married and still is but no longer has any contact with his ex-wife. On 22 November 2008, his ex-wife gave birth to their daughter Victoria before Cambiasso's match against Juventus.[21] After Inter won the Derby d'Italia, Cambiasso dedicated the win to his daughter.[22]

Like other Argentine footballers who share an Italian ancestry, Cambiasso also holds an Italian passport, due to his descent from Serra Riccò (GE), in Liguria, where his great-great-grandfather Francesco Cambiaso emigrated from in the 19th century.[23] Among the early family members who settled in Argentina, it must be said that a certain Antonio Cambiaso was the founder of Buenos Aires' Villa del Parque district in 1908.[24]

Esteban Cambiasso playing for Argentina against Portugal in 2011

International career statistics[edit]

Esteban Cambiasso lining up with Argentina against Portugal in 2011

Accurate as of 7 July 2011.[25]

Argentina national team
Year Apps Goals
2000 1 0
2001 0 0
2002 0 0
2003 5 0
2004 4 0
2005 10 1
2006 7 1
2007 13 1
2008 5 1
2009 1 0
2010 2 0
2011 4 1
Total 52 5


  • Golden Pirate: 2006[26]


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  2. ^ "Cambiasso signs Inter deal". Sky Sports. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Inter comeback eliminates CSKA". UEFA. 7 November 2007. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Internazionale vs. Milan 2-1". Soccerway. 23 December 2007. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Official: Esteban Cambiasso Signs New Deal With Inter". Goal. 23 March 2009. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Chelsea suffered a first leg defeat to former boss Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan in their Champions League last 16 tie.". BBC Sport. 24 February 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Jose Mourinho wrote his name into the history books as Diego Milito inspired Inter Milan to Champions League glory against Bayern Munich at the Bernabeu.". BBC Sport. 22 May 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Cambiasso strike takes Inter into knockout stage". UEFA. 24 November 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Catania 1-2 Inter: Esteban Cambiasso Brace Completes Comeback For Leonardo's Second Successive Victory". Goal. 9 January 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Cambiasso suspended for one match". ESPN FC. 1 April 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Sassuolo 0-7 Inter: Nerazzurri storm to rampant win". Goal. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Jonathan completes Inter comeback". ESPNFC. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  13. ^ Carminati, Nadi (18 May 2014). "Transfer news: Inter confirm Esteban Cambiasso will leave San Siro at end of season". Sky Sports News. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "World Cup 2006: Argentina". BBC Sport. 28 December 2006. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "World Cup's Greatest Goals: Esteban Cambiasso (2006, ARGENTINA vs. Serbia and Montenegro)". ESPNFC. 4 April 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Germany beat Argentina 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out after a tense quarter-final in Berlin ended 1-1 after extra-time.". BBC Sport. 30 June 2006. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "Javier Zanetti and Esteban Cambiasso out of Argentina World Cup squad". The Guardian. 12 May 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "Coloccini fails to make cut for Argentina party". BBC Sport (BBC). 19 May 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  19. ^ "Top 50 players: 40–31 – Yahoo! Eurosport UK". Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  20. ^ Editorial (31 December 2008). "The 50: Esteban Cambiasso (29)". Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  21. ^ staff, inter(a t) (22 November 2008). "F.C. Internazionale Milano". Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  22. ^ staff, inter(a t) (22 November 2008). "F.C. Internazionale Milano". Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  23. ^ "Cambiasso, da Serra Riccò al centrocampo nerazzurro". 11 March 2006. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  24. ^ "Suggellato il gemellaggio tra Serra Riccò e Villa del Parque". March 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  25. ^ Esteban Cambiasso at
  26. ^ staff, inter(a t) (17 November 2006). "F.C. Internazionale Milano". Retrieved 30 June 2010. 

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