Gabriel Heinze

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Gabriel Heinze
Gabriel Ivan Heinze.jpg
Heinze in 2007
Personal information
Full name Gabriel Iván Heinze
Date of birth (1978-04-19) 19 April 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Crespo, Argentina
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Newell's Old Boys 8 (0)
1997–2001 Valladolid 54 (1)
1998–1999 Sporting CP (loan) 5 (1)
2001–2004 Paris Saint-Germain 99 (4)
2004–2007 Manchester United 52 (1)
2007–2009 Real Madrid 44 (3)
2009–2011 Marseille 58 (7)
2011–2012 Roma 30 (0)
2012–2014 Newell's Old Boys 54 (3)
Total 404 (20)
National team
2004 Argentina Olympic 6 (1)
2003–2010 Argentina 72 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Gabriel Iván Heinze (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈeinse]; born 19 April 1978) is an Argentine retired footballer. He could operate as either a left or central defender.[1]

Nicknamed Gringo ("Blonde" in Argentine-Spanish slang),[2][3] he made a name for himself at Paris Saint-Germain, moving in 2004 to Manchester United and subsequently to Real Madrid, winning three major titles with the latter two clubs. He started and finished his 18-year professional career with Newell's Old Boys.

Heinze played 72 times with Argentina, representing the nation at two World Cups and as many Copa América tournaments.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Heinze was born in Crespo, Entre Ríos to a Volga German father[4] and an Italian mother, thus holding both nationalities.[5][6] He began his career in his home country with Newell's Old Boys and, following attention from various European clubs, the 19-year-old signed for Real Valladolid in Spain, not managing one single La Liga appearance in his first season and also being loaned to Sporting Clube de Portugal in the 1998 summer.

After the 2000–01 campaign, where he appeared in 36 league games to help the Castile and León club narrowly avoid top flight relegation, Heinze moved to Paris Saint-Germain, where he amassed over 100 overall appearances in three years, helping the capital side to the 2004 French Cup.

Manchester United[edit]

In June 2004, Heinze joined Manchester United for a fee of £6.9 million.[5] He marked his debut for the club in 11 September with a goal in a 2–2 away draw against Bolton Wanderers,[7] and immediately established himself as United's first choice left-back, being regularly lauded by United fans with the chant of "Ar-gen-tina!"[8] and eventually voted the club's best player for the 2004–05 season.

On 14 September 2005, Heinze was injured in a UEFA Champions League match with Villarreal CF and was ruled out of first-team action for the rest of the campaign. Previously, he had scored two goals in the same competition, the 3–0 second-leg qualifier away win over Debreceni VSC.[9] He made a comeback with the reserve team in April 2006, but a minor injury picked up in his third game back prevented him from making a first-team appearance before the end of the campaign. The consequence of this injury was Manchester United's signing of Patrice Evra, who went on to become the club's first-choice left-back in the following years.

Heinze returned to action for United in 2006–07, and eventually won a place in the side back as a central defender, due to an injury crisis. After the team had sealed the Premier League title, he was named captain for the last two games of the season, away to Chelsea[10] and at home to West Ham United.

After becoming disillusioned with manager Alex Ferguson by his lack of regular first-team action,[11] Heinze demanded a transfer to Liverpool during the close season.[12] United rejected the bid, believed to be in the region of £6.8 million.[13]

Real Madrid[edit]

Heinze playing with Real Madrid against Valencia in 2009

On 22 August 2007, Heinze joined Real Madrid on a four-year deal, becoming the third United player to join the Spaniards (after David Beckham and Ruud van Nistelrooy), for a reported £8 million fee.[14] He made his debut on 2 September against Villarreal, coming on as a substitute for Raúl. On 30 March 2008 he netted his first goal for the Merengues, in a 3–1 home win against Sevilla, and finished his debut season with 20 league appearances as the club won the league.

In his second year with Real Madrid, Heinze was more regularly used, but the club came out empty in silverware, with the exception of the that year's Supercopa de España.

Marseille[edit]

Heinze in action for Marseille

On 30 July 2009 Heinze joined Olympique de Marseille on a two-year deal, for an undisclosed fee, reuniting at the Ligue 1 club with countryman Lucho González.[15] In his first year he scored a career-best four league goals in 27 matches, as L'OM won both the national championship and the season's Coupe de la Ligue. On 27 March 2010 he was as starter as his team defeated Bordeaux in the latter competition's final, for Marseille's first major title since 1993;[16] on 5 May, he netted the opener in a 3–1 home win against Rennes, which clinched the league in favour of Marseille;[17] the club's manager Didier Deschamps later described the season's events as an "extraordinary human adventure".[18]

In the 2010–11 season, Heinze was again a defensive stalwart for Marseille. On 20 March 2011 he scored from a free kick to help defeat his former club PSG 2–1 at home, in the Clasico.[19]

On 1 June 2011, it was announced on Marseille's website that 33-year-old Heinze would leave the club at the end of the season.[20]

Later years[edit]

On 22 July 2011, Heinze joined Serie A side A.S. Roma, after being released by Marseille at the end of June.[21] He made his official debut on 11 September, against Cagliari Calcio.

On 19 March 2012, after appearing in his 25th official game, Heinze had his contract automatically renewed for another year.[22] However, just five months later, it was announced on Roma's official website that he was being released from his contract with immediate effect;[23] the day after his release[24] he joined his original club, Newell's Old Boys, on a two-year deal.[25]

International career[edit]

Heinze first represented Argentina on 30 April 2003, in a friendly away win with Libya.[26] The following year, he won a gold medal in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, scoring in a 6–0 group stage win against Serbia and Montenegro.[27]

Despite missing most of 2005–06 with Manchester United due to injury, Heinze was called up for the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals in Germany. In the quarter-final clash against the hosts, he started as Argentina lost on penalties.[28]

Heinze participated in the 2007 Copa América, scoring with his head from a Juan Román Riquelme free kick in the semifinals against Mexico, a 3–0 win for the eventual runners-up.[29] In the 2010 FIFA World Cup he played in four of Argentina's five matches in South Africa, netting the game's only goal – his third international – in a group stage win against Nigeria.[30]

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 17 August 2005 Ferenc Puskás, Budapest, Hungary  Hungary 1–2 1–2 Friendly
2 11 July 2007 Polideportivo Cachamay, Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela  Mexico 0–1 0–3 2007 Copa América
3 12 June 2010 Ellis Park, Johannesburg, South Africa  Nigeria 1–0 1–0 2010 FIFA World Cup

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Paris Saint-Germain
Manchester United
Real Madrid
Marseille
Newell's Old Boys

International[edit]

Argentina

Individual[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 13 May 2012[31]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Argentina League Cup League Cup South America Total
1997–98 Newell's Old Boys Primera División 8 0 0 0 8 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
1997–98 Valladolid La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Total
1998–99 Sporting Primeira Liga 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
1999–00 Valladolid La Liga 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
2000–01 36 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 36 1
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2001–02 Paris Saint-Germain Ligue 1 31 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 33 0
2002–03 35 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 39 2
2003–04 33 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 33 2
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2004–05 Manchester United Premier League 26 1 4 0 2 0 7 0 39 1
2005–06 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 6 2
2006–07 22 0 6 1 2 0 8 0 38 1
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
2007–08 Real Madrid La Liga 20 1 2 0 0 0 4 0 26 1
2008–09 24 2 1 0 0 0 7 0 32 2
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2009–10 Marseille Ligue 1 27 4 0 0 2 0 7 2 36 6
2010–11 31 3 0 0 0 0 8 1 39 4
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2011–12 Roma Serie A 30 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 32 0
Total Argentina 8 0 0 0 8 0
Spain 98 4 3 0 0 0 11 0 112 4
Portugal 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
France 157 11 0 0 2 0 21 3 180 14
England 52 1 10 1 4 0 17 2 83 4
Italy 30 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 32 0
Career total 350 17 16 1 6 0 49 5 421 23

International[edit]

Argentina
Year Apps Goals
2003 4 0
2004 14 0
2005 10 1
2006 5 0
2007 9 1
2008 9 0
2009 11 0
2010 9 1
Total 71 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gabriel Heinze". FIFA.com. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Fuimos locales otra vez" [We played at home again] (in Spanish). Misión Mundial. 12 June 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Zona mixta, personalidades distintas" [Mixed area, different personalities] (in Spanish). La Nación. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Gabriel Heinze: El hijo de Titina y la garra de un pueblo" [Gabriel Heinze: The son of Titina and the spunk of a people] (in Spanish). Estación Plus. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Man Utd secure Heinze deal". BBC Sport. 11 June 2004. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "2010 World Cup profile". BBC Sport. 
  7. ^ "Bolton 2–2 Man Utd". BBC Sport. 11 September 2004. Retrieved 16 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "Is Fergie Serious About Heinze?". Vital Football. Retrieved 22 August 2007. 
  9. ^ "Debrecen 0–3 Man Utd". BBC Sport. 24 August 2005. Retrieved 16 September 2009. 
  10. ^ "Report: Chelsea 0 Manchester United 0". Manchester United. Retrieved 22 August 2007. 
  11. ^ "Heinze blasts Ferguson treatment". BBC Sport. 26 August 2007. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  12. ^ Heinze sorry for Ferguson feud; ESPN Soccernet, 22 February 2011
  13. ^ Liverpool's Gabriel Heinze bid rejected; The Daily Telegraph, 20 July 2007
  14. ^ "Heinze & Robben complete Real switch". BBC Sport. 23 August 2007. Retrieved 23 August 2007. 
  15. ^ "Official: Agreement reached for Gabriel Heinze". L'OM. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2009. 
  16. ^ "Girondins de Bordeaux 1–3 Olympique de Marseille: Coupe de la Ligue win ends 17 years of OM hurt". Goal.com. 27 March 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  17. ^ "Senegal striker Niang fires Marseille to French title". BBC Sport. 6 May 2010. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  18. ^ "Didier Deschamps hails Marseille's 'extraordinary' Ligue 1 title win". The Guardian (London). 6 May 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  19. ^ "Marseille march up to second with Clasico win". Ligue 1. 20 March 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  20. ^ "Gracias señor Heinze!" [Thanks Mr.Heinze!] (in French). Olympique de Marseille. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  21. ^ "Official: Roma land Gabriel Heinze from Marseille". Goal.com. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  22. ^ "Roma, rinnova Heinze: Marquinho, niente bonus" [Roma, Heinze renews: Marquinho, no bonus] (in Italian). Calcio Mercato. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  23. ^ "Heinze: Club statement". AS Roma. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  24. ^ "Heinze: "Thank you all, and forza Roma!"". AS Roma. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  25. ^ "Gabriel Heinze ya es refuerzo de Newell's" [Gabriel Heinze already a Newell's addition]. Newell's Old Boys (in Spanish). 11 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  26. ^ "Argentina player profiles". MSN. Archived from the original on 17 November 2007. Retrieved 22 August 2007. 
  27. ^ Gabriel HeinzeFIFA competition record
  28. ^ "Clinical Germany win on penalties". BBC Sport. 30 June 2006. Retrieved 22 August 2007. 
  29. ^ "Argentina routs Mexico in Copa America". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 18 August 2007. Retrieved 22 August 2007. 
  30. ^ "Heinze hits home for Argentina". BBC Sport. 12 June 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  31. ^ "G. Heinze". Soccerway. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 

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