Ignacio Scocco

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Ignacio Scocco
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Scocco with UNAM Pumas in 2007
Personal information
Full name Ignacio Martín Scocco[1]
Date of birth (1985-05-29) 29 May 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Hughes, SF, Argentina
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder, Winger, Forward
Club information
Current team
Newell's Old Boys
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Newell's Old Boys 76 (16)
2006–2008 UNAM Pumas 53 (18)
2008–2011 AEK Athens 88 (26)
2011–2013 Al Ain 19 (9)
2012–2013 Newell's Old Boys (loan) 33 (24)
2013–2014 Internacional 17 (3)
2014 Sunderland 6 (0)
2014– Newell's Old Boys 0 (0)
National team
2004–2006 Argentina U20 12 (3)
2012– Argentina 1 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ignacio "Nacho" Martín Scocco (born 29 May 1985) is an Argentine professional football player who plays as a forward for Newell's Old Boys.

Club career[edit]

Newell's Old Boys[edit]

The Newell's Old Boys youth program quickly picked this young man up, and he was just nineteen when he made his debut in the Argentine top flight against San Lorenzo. He scored 17 goals in 75 games and played alongside players such as Fernando Belluschi and Ariel Ortega in the championship winning team of Apertura 2004. He also scored a very important goal for Newell's Old Boys against Boca Juniors scoring in the 82nd minute making his club 1–0 up. In the summer of 2006 Scocco signed for Pumas UNAM for a fee of $3.5m, but Scocco stated to the newspaper «Reforma» that one day he will return to Newell's Old Boys.

"El Tucán", was a regular fixture in the Newell's Old Boys setup, and during the Clausura 2006 season he scored 9 goals in 18 games, but better was to come in the 2006 edition of the Libertadores where Newell's reached the knockout stage. Scocco’s 4 goals in just 5 starts were crucial to their campaign. Scocco wore the number 32 in the famous red and black shirts.

When Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti took over Pumas UNAM, and his main strikers Joaquín Botero and Bruno Marioni left he was willing to sign Scocco for $3.5m.

Club Universidad Nacional[edit]

In 2006, Scocco joined Mexican side Pumas for $3.5 million. He made his debut against Chiapas, and during his second appearance against Veracruz he scored his first goal, from the goal kick. Scocco also scored a hat-trick for Pumas against Querétaro. Scocco scored his last goal for Pumas UNAM against Veracruz, gaining Pumas UNAM 4–2. Scocco was a mainstay in the Pumas starting team, he's strike partner was Esteban Solari. Scocco ended his career at Pumas with 53 appearances and 18 goals.

Scocco reinforces the Deportivo Toluca borrowed from the Pumas UNAM order by Americo Gallego in the quarter finals of the Copa Libertadores 2007.

AEK Athens[edit]

Scocco signed a three-year contract with AEK Athens on 18 June 2008. AEK Athens signed Scocco for a fee of €1.5 million and will be earning €400,000 per year.[2] In his latest interviews Scocco also stated that this was a huge opportunity for his career and that playing in Europe was a dream for him. Scocco is the fourth Argentine AEK Athens player. The others are Sebastián Saja, Ismael Blanco and Cristian Nasuti. During his time at AEK, Scocco has been mostly used as a right winger and sometimes also as a second striker which is his preferred position.

Scocco has attracted varies teams from the Serie A, such as Fiorentina, Udinese and Genoa and other leagues such as Boca Juniors from Argentina and S.L. Benfica from Portugal due to his impressive performances in the Greek Super League and the Europa League. He also attracted the two Greek giants Olympiacos and Panathinaikos.

Scocco also scored 2 goals past Olympiakos on 6 January 2010 and won AEK the match 1–2 away in the Karaiskakis Stadium. This performance earned him the Man Of The Match award and certainly his remarkable 40 yard free kick, his second goal, will be considered one of the best goals of the season, the following week he scored against Atromitos and then Panathinaikos. Scocco also scored a phenomenal goal against Panthrakikos and an outstanding free kick against Panionios 1 minute before the end of the match making the score 1–1.

On 16 September 2010, Scocco scored the third and final goal on AEK's first European match against Hajduk Split. This was the first goal of the season for Scocco. AEK won the match 3–1. Three days later Scocco scored an outstanding 30 yard shot against Asteras Tripolis. On 17 October 2010, Scocco scored an equally spectacular 40 yard strike against Aris Thessaloniki, and followed up with a second goal for a 4–0 victory.

On 25 November 2010, Scocco renewed his contract with AEK signing a new three-year deal which will keep him at the club until 2013. Scocco's contract is worth €3.6 million, earning €1 million per year and a buy-out clause worth €3 million for foreign teams[3]

On 18 May 2011 Scocco scored a 38-yard shot against PAOK Thessaloniki for AEK to take the lead in a 2–1 defeat.

Al Ain FC[edit]

In June 2011, Scocco joined Al Ain FC for €2.8m signing a contract worth €4.8 million per season plus a €1 million bonus if Al Ain win the UAE Championship. In the season 2011–12 UAE Pro-League, Al Ain won the championship and later he left UAE by not signing new contract deal due to family reasons. In August 2011, Scocco was loaned to Newell's Old Boys to return to Argentina and his family after four years of absence from his homecountry.

Return to Argentina and Newell's[edit]

Scocco returned to his homeland, Argentina to join Newell's Old Boys, his first professional team, as well as other Argentine stars such as Gabriel Heinze and Maxi Rodríguez. Newell's finished second for the Championship, as a result to enter to Copa Libertadores of the next season. Scocco played an important role for his team, scoring 13 goals and became the top scorer of the league alongside Facundo Ferreyra of Vélez Sársfield. During the season Newells rejected a €3 million offer from Fenerbahce considering the offer too low, having set Scocco 7m buy out clause. His impressive performances in Argentina Primera Division, Copa Libertadores and his two-goal debut in the national team against Brazil attracted the interest of Atletico Madrid.[4]

Scocco also led his team to win the 2013 Torneo Final championship and procced to the Final of the Argentine Primera Division against the 2012 Torneo Inicial winners, Vélez Sársfield, the team who deprived Newell's of the first place. Scocco scored 11 goals for his team and retained his position as top scorer of the Championship in 2013 season, sharing his position, this time with Emanuel Gigliotti of Colón. On 30 June, Newell's lost 1–0 on the final of the Championship although dominating in all the duration of the match.

Internacional[edit]

On 1 July 2013, Scocco joined Internacional for €4.25 million rejecting the offer from São Paulo FC.[5] On 15 August, Scocco scored two goals in a minute against Botafogo in a 3–3 draw.

Sunderland[edit]

On 30 January 2014, Sunderland completed the signing of Scocco, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal.[6] but on 23 July 2014, Sunderland confirmed his departure back to Argentina, returning for his third spell with Newell's Old Boys.[7]

International career[edit]

Argentina Under-20[edit]

Scocco started his youth international career in 2004, Scocco has had 12 appearances and scored three goals, he made his debut against Colombia on 27 July 2004. On 3 November 2004, Scocco made his second appearance against Paraguay and scored in the 77th minute making Argentina 2–0 up. Scocco was also called up to be part of the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship. Scocco played two matches in the tournament against Uzbekistan on 1 December 2005 and against Mali on 4 December 2005. Scocco also played alongside Lionel Messi and Sergio Agüero.

Argentina[edit]

On 15 April 2005, José Pekerman called up Scocco for a friendly against Chile but didn't make an appearance. On 3 June 2005, Scocco was called up for another friendly for Argentina against Puerto Rico, but pulled a hamstring and was forced out for a couple of weeks and was not included in the match.

After impressing Argentine coach Alfio Basile, Scocco was called up for an unofficial friendly match against Guatemala on 6 February 2008, Scocco played 20 minutes in the match and came on for Ezequiel Lavezzi. Scocco was also included in the 21 man squad against Venezuela on 20 August 2008.

Scocco was included in the squad for the 2012 Superclásico de las Américas. He made his debut on the senior team playing the second leg, scoring two goals and also his penalty at the penalty shootout.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Newell's Old Boys
AEK Athens
Al Ain

Personal[edit]

Top scorer of Primera Division Argentina
2012-13
Awards Nova Superleague
2009–10

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