Leandro Somoza

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Leandro Somoza
Personal information
Full name Leandro Daniel Somoza
Date of birth (1981-01-26) 26 January 1981 (age 34)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Vélez Sarsfield
Youth career
Vélez Sársfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Vélez Sarsfield 124 (6)
2006–2008 Villarreal 25 (0)
2007–2008 Real Betis (loan) 15 (0)
2008–2010 Vélez Sarsfield 53 (4)
2011–2013 Boca Juniors 83 (0)
2013–2014 Lanús 45 (1)
2015– Vélez Sarsfield 0 (0)
National team
2006– Argentina 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 02:29, 15 January 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 02:29, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

Leandro Daniel Somoza (born 26 January 1981) is an Argentine football midfielder who plays for Vélez Sarsfield in the Argentine Primera División.

Club career[edit]

Somoza began his professional career playing for Vélez Sársfield in the Argentine Primera in 2001. He played for the club for five years, and was a key player in the 2005 Clausura tournament winning team.

In 2006, Somoza was transferred to La Liga's club Villareal CF on a five-year contract. At Villarreal he joined fellow countrymen Juan Román Riquelme, Gonzalo Rodríguez, Rodolfo Arruabarrena, Fabricio Fuentes and Mariano Barbosa. However, he spent only one season in Villarreal, being loaned in August 2007 to Real Betis. The Argentine midfielder was presented to the media on 14 August and made his first appearance in a friendly against Real Zaragoza two days later. His first competitive debut came in the season against Recreativo Huelva, on 26 August.

After his second season in Spain, Somoza returned to Argentina for the 2008–09 season to play again for Vélez Sársfield. During the 2009 Clausura, he was part of the squad that won the Argentine league championship, but did not participate in any of the games due to an injury he had suffered at the end of the previous tournament.

Somoza scored for the first time after his injury on a 1–1 draw with Lanús, on the 9th fixture of the 2009 Apertura.[1]

On 14 January 2011, Somoza signed on to play with Boca Juniors.[2] With the xeneizes Somoza won the 2011 Apertura and 2012 Copa Argentina and was runnner-up of the 2012 Copa Libertadores.

For the 2013–14 Argentine Primera División season Somoza joined Lanús. With his new club the midfielder won the 2013 Copa Sudamericana, playing all 10 games.[3]

In 2015, Somoza agreed on a free transfer to Vélez Sarsfield, his third spell with the club.[4]

International career[edit]

Somoza debuted for Argentina by then new manager Alfio Basile in the friendly international against Brazil at the Emirates Stadium in London, England during 2006. Two years later, while playing for Vélez, he was called again by Basile for the match against Chile, although he remained on the bench.

After four years, the midfielder rejoined the national team upon Alejandro Sabella's call up to play the Superclásico de las Américas. Sabella also called Somoza for the FIFA World Cup qualifying games against Peru and Uruguay in 2013.

Honours[edit]

Vélez Sársfield
Boca Juniors
Lanús

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Match report". Argentine Soccer. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Como pintada". Horacio Garcia. Diario Olé. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "South American Cup '13 statistics". Argentine Soccer. Retrieved 2015-01-14. 
  4. ^ "Vélez Sarsfield presentó a Mariano Pavone y Leandro Somoza". ESPN FC (in Spanish). 2015-01-14. Retrieved 2015-01-14. 

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