Norberto Araujo

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Norberto Araujo
Personal information
Full name Norberto Carlos Araujo López
Date of birth (1978-10-13) October 13, 1978 (age 35)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Central defender
Club information
Current team
LDU Quito
Number 2
Youth career
Renato Cesarini
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996 TPS 1 (0)
1996 Kultsu 10 (0)
1998–1999 Aldosivi 8 (0)
2000–2001 Arsenal de Sarandí 21 (0)
2001 Racing de Córdoba 0 (0)
2002–2003 Sport Boys 50 (4)
2004–2006 Sporting Cristal 115 (3)
2007– LDU Quito 230 (0)
National team
2011 Ecuador 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 27, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Araujo and the second or maternal family name is López.

Norberto Carlos Araujo López (born October 13, 1978 in Rosario) is an Ecuadorian [2] football central defender who plays for LDU Quito and the Ecuadorian national team.

Club career[edit]

Araujo (nicknamed Beto) started his career in Finland in 1996 playing with premier division side TPS and 1st division side Kultsu.[3][4] He then returned to Argentina where he played for Aldosivi, Arsenal de Sarandí and Racing de Córdoba in the 2nd division. In 2002 he moved to Peru where he played for Sport Boys and then Sporting Cristal where he won a Peruvian league title.

In 2007, Araujo joined LDU Quito where he helped the club to win the Serie A in his first season. In 2008 he was part of the team that won the 2008 Copa Libertadores, eliminating 3 Argentine teams, including his former club Arsenal de Sarandí and winning the cup. In 2009 he would achieve the South American treble by winning the 2009 Copa Sudamericana and 2009 Recopa Sudamericana. Later in 2010 he was part of the team that won the 2010 Ecuadorian Copa Credife and Recopa sudamericana 2010.

International career[edit]

In late 2010, Araujo legally obtained his Ecuadorian citizenship, allowing him to be called up to the Ecuadorian national team. Despite not being called up for a number of pre-tournament friendlies, Araujo was chosen to be part of Ecuador's squad for the 2011 Copa América.[5] He earned his first cap on June 25, 2011 versus Mexico in a friendly game prior to the start of the tournament. He went on to start in all three of Ecuador's group games in the Copa America.

Honors[edit]

Sporting Cristal

LDU Quito

References[edit]

  1. ^ LDU player card
  2. ^ Le conceden la nacionalidad ecuatoriana al argentino Araujo
  3. ^ Vuorinen, Juha; Kasila, Markku (2007). Pelimiehet – Suomen jalkapallon pelaajatilastot 1930–2006. Jyväskylä: The Sports Museum Foundation of Finland. p. 23. ISBN 978-952-99075-9-5. 
  4. ^ "Liigapelaajat". Veikkausliiga Hall of Fame. Veikkausliiga. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Se convocó La Tricolor para Copa América" [He called up the Tri-color for the Copa América] (in Spanish). ecuafutbol.com. June 16, 2011. Retrieved June 16, 2011. 

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