Mariano Andújar

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Mariano Andújar
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Andújar playing for Napoli in March 2015
Personal information
Full name Mariano Gonzalo Andújar
Date of birth (1983-07-30) 30 July 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 12 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Napoli
Number 45
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Huracán 60 (0)
2005–2006 Palermo (loan) 11 (0)
2006–2009 Estudiantes 105 (0)
2009–2014 Catania 135 (0)
2012 Estudiantes (loan) 18 (0)
2014– Napoli 12 (0)
2014 Catania (loan) 11 (0)
National team
2009– Argentina 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 March 2015

Mariano Gonzalo Andújar (born 30 July 1983) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Serie A club Napoli.

Club career[edit]

In 2009, Andújar was the first team goalkeeper in Estudiantes' Copa Libertadores winning team. Andújar did not concede a single goal in any of the eight games in La Plata and he set a new tournament record of 800 minutes without conceding a goal, beating Hugo Gatti's 767 minutes.[2]

On 24 June 2009, Italian club Catania officially announced that the club had signed the player to a four-year deal.[3]

On 24 January 2014, Napoli's official website posted that Andújar was in Naples completing a medical in preparation for his move to the Italian club.[4] Four days later a co-ownership deal was reached with Andújar being loaned back to Catania for the remainder of the season. He will join Napoli at the start of the 2014–15 campaign.[5] He made his debut in Naples on 11 December 2014, in a match against Slovan Bratislava (winning 3-0), in the 2014-15 UEFA Europa League, in the last match of the group stage.

During The 2014-15 season second half Andujar secured his place in the starting lineup, thanks to good performances and the decline of Napoli first-choice keeper Rafael. On 24 April 2015 Andujar led Napoli to the Europa League semifinals with a solid performance against Wolfsburg. Napoli advanced from the tie with a 6-3 aggregate.

International career[edit]

Andújar made his debut for the Argentina national football team in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Colombia on 6 June 2009.[6]

During the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2011 Copa América, Andújar served as understudy to Sergio Romero, the first choice goalkeeper for the Albiceleste.[6]

In June 2014, Andújar was named in Argentina's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[7]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Estudiantes
Napoli

Country[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. 11 June 2014. p. 2. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Copa Libertadores review at fifa.com
  3. ^ "Andujar al Catania" (in Italian). calciocatania.net. 24 June 2009. Retrieved 24 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Napoli, visite mediche per Andujar a Castelvolturno" (in Italian). S.S.C. Napoli Ufficiale. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Il Napoli ufficializza l'acquisto di Andujar" (in Italian). S.S.C. Napoli Ufficiale. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Mariano ANDUJAR". FIFA. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Argentina World Cup 2014 squad". The Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 

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