|Full name||Fernando Ezequiel Cavenaghi|
|Date of birth||21 September 1983|
|Place of birth||O'Brien, Argentina|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Current club||River Plate|
|2010||→ Mallorca (loan)||11||(2)|
|2011||→ Internacional (loan)||13||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 September 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Fernando Ezequiel Cavenaghi (Italian pronunciation: [kaveˈnaɡi]; born 21 September 1983 in O'Brien) is an Argentine football player who currently plays for River Plate. He is a striker who is efficient in front of goal with either foot and from any range.
Cavenaghi made his debut for River Plate in the 2000/2001 season in which he scored one goal in 5 appearances. In his first full season he scored 17 goals in 23 appearances including a hat-trick against Estudiantes. He left River at the beginning of the 2004/2005 season joining Spartak Moscow for a fee of £6.5 million. During his time at River he scored 55 times in 88 league appearances.
In the 2005 season, playing for Spartak Moscow, Cavenaghi scored 7 goals in 26 appearances (compared with 14 for Kirichenko – the season's top-scorer) and played his part in helping Spartak win a UEFA Champions League place. It was a difficult first season for Cavenaghi, however, as he struggled to cope with an unfamiliar style of play, the artificial pitches and the Russian language. Although he started the 2006 season better than the previous one, he faded in the second half and transfer rumors began to surface. On 22 January 2007, Cavenaghi was sold to French division club Girondins de Bordeaux for an undisclosed fee, although the Russian media speculated that the deal was worth approximately €11 million with possible future fees.
On 3 February 2007 he played his first Ligue 1 match for Bordeaux against Nice. During the 2007/08 season enjoyed great success as he scored 22 goals in 35 appearances for Bordeaux. This form also brought him to the attention of Alfio Basile who called him up for the Argentina national team and gave him his debut against Egypt on 26 March 2008. The following season Cavenaghi helped Girondins de Bordeaux to its first Ligue 1 title in ten years scoring 13 goals in 29 league matches. The following seasons his role with the club diminished and in 2010 he was sent on loan to La Liga side Mallorca. Cavenaghi remained with the Spanish club a short time but did manage to score 6 goals in 13 appearances.
On 25 January 2011 it was announced that Cavenaghi would join Brazil's Internacional along with fellow Argentine Mario Bolatti. Due to foreign player restrictions in the Brazilian league Cavenaghi did not have a major role with the squad. He scored his first goal with Internacional on 10 April 2011 in a 6–2 victory over Canoas. He also helped the club capture the 2011 Campeonato Gaúcho title.
On the summer of 2011, Fernando returned to his childhood club River Plate in order to help out after the historic relegation to the second division. Cavenaghi, who had great success in River Plate during the early years of his career and at Bordeaux, and was appointed captain of the team. He voiced his intentions to stay at River Plate until retirement. Throughout the season he had a fantastic scoring form with 19 goals in 37 matches in league play, including a notable performance against Gimnasia de Jujuy where he scored four goals. In his one season back with River Plate he helped the historic club capture the 2011-12 Primera B Nacional and gain promotion to the first division.
On 9 August 2012 it was announced that Cavenaghi would return to European football signing with newly relegated Villarreal. In his debut, he scored two goals in a 2–1 victory against Real Madrid Castilla.
(Correct as of 17 January 2013)
- Argentina Primera Division:
- Primera B Nacional:
- Winner (1): 2011–12 Primera B Nacional
- Ligue 1:
- Winner (1): 2008–09
- Trophée des Champions:
- Coupe de la Ligue:
- "Player Profile (Spanish)". http://www.cariverplate.com. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
- Jones, Steven. "Goal.com Profile: Fernando Cavenaghi". Goal.com. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
- "Tactical Formation". Football-Lineups.com. Retrieved 4 March 2008.
- "Ligue 1 Top Scorer of the Month February, 2008". frenchleague.com. Retrieved 3 March 2008.
- "Una Remontada Para Empezar 2–1". villarrealcf.es. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
- "Fernando Cavenaghi, Pachuca!". www.oem.com.mx/. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
- Fernando Cavenaghi Liga MX stats at Medio Tiempo.com (Spanish)
- Argentine Primera statistics (Spanish)
- Statistics at Irish Times
- Goal.com profile
- Cavenaghi vuelve a River (Spanish)
- Video : Cave in France
- Video : Cave in Argentina