Burdisso with Argentina in 2011
|Full name||Nicolás Andrés Burdisso|
|Date of birth||April 12, 1981|
|Place of birth||Altos de Chipión, Córdoba, Argentina|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 July 2011.
† Appearances (Goals).
Previously of Boca Juniors and Inter Milan, Burdisso played 49 internationals for Argentina from his debut in 2003. He was selected for two FIFA World Cups and two Copa Americas, and was part of the team which won Gold at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Burdisso is the product of Argentine club Boca Juniors's youth system. He began his professional career with them in 1999 at age 18. With Boca Juniors, he won two Argentine Championships (2000 Apertura and 2003 Apertura), three Copa Libertadores (2000, 2001, 2003), and two Intercontinental Cups (2000, 2003).
In 2004, he moved to Internazionale, signing a four-year contract. However, he missed almost all of the 2004–05 season with Inter helping his daughter to fight leukemia. Returning to the squad in mid-2005, he won the 2006 Coppa Italia. On 31 August 2006, he extended his contract until 2009. During 2006, when Giacinto Facchetti died, Burdisso was given the number 16 jersey for the retirement of Facchetti's beloved number 3 jersey. In spite of being a defender, he has scored a number of goals, including two goals scored with headers on 29 November 2006 in the 4–0 victory against Messina. He again scored twice on 24 January 2007, in the 3–0 victory against Sampdoria. He has scored many goals from headers off of corner-kicks.
During the Champions League tie between Valencia CF and Inter on 5 March 2007, a fracas broke out between players of the two teams. Burdisso suffered a broken nose from a punch in the face from Valencia defender David Navarro. As punishment for his part in the brawl, Burdisso was handed a six match ban from all European club competitions with an additional two match suspension. Navarro was sentenced to a seven-month ban from domestic, European, and international matches. He returned to duty on 12 March 2008 in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League match against Liverpool but was sent off in the 60th minute after receiving his second yellow card of the game. With Internazionale, he played left and right back and central defender as a key member of the squad in three different competitions.
On 22 August 2009, Burdisso was signed by A.S. Roma on loan, which offered him €3.04 million (gross) salary per year. He played the opening match of the league on 23 August. Burdisso scored his first goal for Roma on 20 December 2009, opening the scoring in a 2–0 win over Parma.
He was then signed by A.S. Roma on 28 August 2010 for a €8 million transfer fee. He signed a four-year contract, in which he would earn €3.8 million (pre-tax) his first year, increasing to €4.5 million pre-tax in the next 3 years.
He scored his fifth goal (first in season 2011–12) for Roma against Milan on 29 October. Roma lost that game 3–2. So far he has scored five goals for Roma. On 15 November 2011 he had serious injury of his left knee, that will force him to stay out of the field for six months.
In 2012–13 season under Zdenek Zeman he was moved to bench. He played only 8 matches in the first part of the season. He scored an opener in a 4–2 win over AC Milan. Things remained the same after arrival of Garcia. He is the third choice for centre-back, behind Benatia and Castan.
On 15 May 2006, he was named as a squad member for the 2006 FIFA World Cup by his youth U-20 coach José Pekerman and went on to play in all three group matches. He also played for Argentina in the Copa América 2007.
On 4 June 2008, Burdisso scored his second goal for Argentina during a friendly against Mexico in San Diego, California. Burdisso was selected to the Argentina squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup by manager Diego Maradona.
On 15 November 2011, Burdisso injured his left knee during a World Cup Qualifying match against Colombia. During a disputed ball with Colombian James Rodriguez, Burdisso partially tore his left knee ligaments and initially assessments predicted a recovering period of six to eight months.
National team statistics
|Argentina national team|
|1.||26 March 2008||Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt||Egypt||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2.||4 June 2008||Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, USA||Mexico||1–0||4–1||Friendly|
Burdisso has a younger brother, Guillermo Burdisso, who previously played for AS Roma. The Burdisso brothers also hold Italian passports due to their ancestry from Collegno (TO) and Revello (CN), in Piemonte, their grandparents' birthplaces.
- Argentine Primera División (2): Apertura 2000, Apertura 2003
- Copa Libertadores (3): 2000, 2001, 2003
- Intercontinental Cup (2): 2000, 2003
- Serie A (4): 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
- Coppa Italia (2): 2004–05, 2005–06
- Supercoppa Italiana (4): 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010
Argentina national team
- FIFA U-20 World Cup (1): 2001
- CONMEBOL Men Pre-Olympic Tournament (1): 2004
- Gold Medal at the Summer Olympics (1): 2004 Athens
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- "Quiero retirarme en Boca" – Diario Olé (Spanish)
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