José Ernesto Sosa
Sosa playing for Argentina against Switzerland in 2012
|Full name||José Ernesto Sosa|
|Date of birth||19 June 1985|
|Place of birth||Carcarañá, Argentina|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|Current club||Metalist Kharkiv|
|2010||→ Estudiantes LP (loan)||17||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Sosa played for Estudiantes between 2002 and 2007. He was a favorite of interim coach Carlos Bilardo, and together with Marcelo Carrusca started helping the team improve their standing in the Argentine league.
The highlight of his tenure with Estudiantes was being a key piece in the 7–0 defeat of derby rivals Gimnasia on 15 October 2006, and then his role in helping the team win their first league title since 1983 by scoring the equalizing goal from a free kick against Boca Juniors in the 2006 Apertura final playoff game.
On 24 February 2007, a deal was announced between Estudiantes and Bayern Munich, and four days later, details of the transfer were disclosed. Estudiantes received €6 million plus ten percent of any future transfer. Sosa stayed with Estudiantes for the remainder of the Clausura 2007 tournament.
On 29 October 2009, Bayern Munich announced that the Argentine midfielder will be loaned to his former club Estudiantes for the remainder of the season, even though he was not registered to play the 2009 World Club Championship finals. By the end of his loan deal, on 30 August 2010, Sosa joined Italian side Napoli for an undisclosed fee signing a four-year deal.
On 26 July 2011, it was announced that Jose Sosa had joined Ukrainian outfit FC Metalist Kharkiv. For his tenure with Metalist, Sosa adopted the number 11 jersey honoring his admired ex-teammate Juan Sebastián Verón, and has been instrumental in the team's successful Europa League campaign.
On 28 June 2012, Jose Sosa was named as the new captain of FC Metalist Kharkiv.
National coach Alfio Basile drafted Sosa for the senior national team on 28 February 2007. Sosa said to the press that he will "never forget this Tuesday" in which he achieved two of his childhood dreams (the transfer to a major European club and the call to the national team).
He made his debut as a substitute at a friendly match against Mexico on 9 March 2007. He started his first match against Chile, on 18 April 2007. His first goal with the Albiceleste arrived on 23 January 2010, in a 3–2 win in a friendly match against Costa Rica, scoring the opening goal of the game with a header on 10 minutes.
Sosa was not called to the World Cup 2010 team by then-manager Diego Maradona, but was reinstated by new coach Alejandro Sabella for the World Cup 2014 qualifiers, and has been featured in several games since 2011.
|Argentina national team|
|1||26 January 2010||San Juan, Argentina||Costa Rica||1–0||3–2||Friendly|
|Apertura 2006||Estudiantes||Primera Division Argentina|
|2007||Bayern Munich||German League Cup|
- "FC Bayern leiht Sosa zurück nach Argentinien aus" (in German). transfermarkt.de. 29 October 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2009.
- "Sosa completes switch to Napoli". Bayern Munich. 30 August 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
- "Sosa wechselt nach Charkiw" (in German). kicker.de. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
- "Exóticos destinos para José Sosa y Felipe Melo" (in Spanish). mercafutbol.com. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
- "Ese martes no me lo voy a olvidar nunca" (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 November 2008.
- "José Ernesto Sosa career stats". Football Database.eu. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
- "José Ernesto Sosa European stats". UEFA.com. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
- "Argentine Primera Statistics". futbolxxi.com. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
- "Sosa José Ernesto Serie A stats". LegaSerieA.it. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
- "José Ernesto Sosa". National Football Teams. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to José Ernesto Sosa.|
- Argentine Primera statistics (Spanish)
- José Ernesto Sosa at fussballdaten.de (German)
- José Ernesto Sosa at National-Football-Teams.com