Pablo Aimar

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Pablo Aimar
Pablo Aimar playing against.jpg
Aimar playing for Johor Darul Takzim in 2014
Personal information
Full name Pablo César Aimar Giordano
Date of birth (1979-11-03) 3 November 1979 (age 34)
Place of birth Río Cuarto, Argentina
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Youth career
1985–1993 Estudiantes Río Cuarto
1993–1997 River Plate
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2000 River Plate 82 (21)
2001–2006 Valencia 162 (27)
2006–2008 Zaragoza 53 (5)
2008–2013 Benfica 107 (12)
2013–2014 Johor Darul Takzim 8 (2)
National team
1995 Argentina U17 6 (2)
1997 Argentina U20 7 (1)
1999–2009 Argentina 52 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Aimar and the second or maternal family name is Giordano.

Pablo César Aimar Giordano (born 3 November 1979) is an Argentine professional footballer. An attacking midfielder with a vast array of skills,[1] he also holds a Spanish passport.[2]

After starting out at River Plate he amassed La Liga totals of 215 games and 32 goals over the course of eight seasons, mainly with Valencia. He also played several years in Portugal with Benfica, winning nine major titles between the two teams combined.

Aimar gained 52 caps for Argentina during one full decade, representing the nation in two World Cups and as many Copa América tournaments.

Club career[edit]

River Plate / Valencia[edit]

Born in Río Cuarto, Córdoba, Aimar began his ascent to stardom with Club Atlético River Plate, whose first team he joined permanently in the 1997–98 season and with whom he quickly established himself as one of the best young players in Argentina.

Valencia CF of Spain signed Aimar in January 2001, at a price of 24 million. The purchase proved justified as he helped lead the team to a first-place finish in La Liga in 2001–02 (with 33 games and four goals), as well as to a runner-up finish in the previous seasons's UEFA Champions League, being defeated by FC Bayern Munich; he also won the 2004 UEFA Cup, appearing in eight scoreless matches during the campaign – this included the final against Olympique de Marseille, where he replaced Francisco Rufete with 30 minutes to go.

On 12 April 2006 Aimar was hospitalized after being diagnosed with acute viral meningitis,[3] but made a quick recovery and returned to play for his team. During his career with the Che, he was also often troubled with injuries.[4][5][6]

Zaragoza[edit]

During the summer of 2006, Aimar joined fellow top flight club Real Zaragoza for €12 million.[7] He made his league debut on 27 August in a 2–3 away loss against Deportivo de La Coruña, and scored two goals in his first four matches.

The Aragonese side were relegated at the end of 2007–08, with the playmaker appearing in 22 contests without scoring while also often hindered with injuries.[8] During that season, he teamed up with former Valencia teammate Roberto Ayala.

Benfica[edit]

On 17 July 2008, after a period of intense negotiations, Aimar signed a four-year contract with S.L. Benfica from Portugal, for a fee of €6.5 million.[9] After a difficult first half of the season, he managed to overcome his constant injuries and finished it in good shape.

In the 2009–10 campaign Aimar was in better physical conditions, and displayed a good offensive chemistry with countryman Javier Saviola, newly signed, as Benfica had the best offensive record of the competition, with the help of top scorer Óscar Cardozo, winning the club's 32nd championship after a five-year wait. He played 46 games in the following season all competitions comprised and scored seven goals, but the Reds only conquered the domestic League Cup.

On 6 June 2013, after 179 official appearances and 17 goals, 33-year-old Aimar announced he was leaving Benfica, thanking the club for "five wonderful years".[10]

Johor Darul Takzim[edit]

On 7 August 2013 Tunku Ismail Ibrahim, Johor Darul Takzim F.C. president, confirmed that Aimar had signed a two-year contract with the team.[11][12] He made his debut in the Malaysia Super League six months after signing, in a 2–0 win against Perak FA.[13]

Aimar was released on 21 April 2014, due to injury problems.[14]

International career[edit]

Aimar first represented Argentina at youth levels. Along with future senior team stars Esteban Cambiasso and Juan Román Riquelme he won the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship, and went on to gain over 50 full caps since his debut in 1999;[15] he played in the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups.

In the 2002 World Cup, for which he was picked ahead of Riquelme, Aimar appeared against England, subbing in for Juan Sebastián Verón in the 0–1 loss, which led coach Marcelo Bielsa to start him against Sweden at the latter's expense.

Aimar scored the last goal of the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup during Argentina's 1–4 loss in the final to champions Brazil, also appearing with the national side in the 2007 Copa América (losing in the final to the same team, this time 0–3).

After several months in the sidelines, Aimar received another international callup in October 2009, for decisive 2010 World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Uruguay. In the match against the former he repaid the faith placed in him by coach Diego Maradona, assisting Gonzalo Higuaín for Argentina's opener with a sublime through ball, in an eventual 2–1 win.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 16 August 2000 Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Paraguay 1–1 1–1 2002 World Cup qualification
2. 27 March 2002 Geneva, Switzerland  Cameroon 2–1 2–2 Friendly
3. 30 April 2003 June 11 Stadium, Tripoli, Libya  Libya 3–1 3–1 Friendly
4. 6 September 2003 Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Chile 2–0 2–2 2006 World Cup qualification
5. 9 September 2003 Estadio Olímpico, Caracas, Venezuela  Venezuela 1–0 3–0 2006 World Cup qualification
6. 15 November 2003 Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Bolivia 3–0 3–0 2006 World Cup qualification
7. 29 June 2005 Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Germany  Brazil 1–4 1–4 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup
8. 28 June 2007 José Pachenco Romero, Maracaibo, Venezuela  United States 3–1 4–1 2007 Copa América

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

River Plate
Valencia
Benfica
Johor

Argentina[edit]

Argentina U-17
Argentina U-20
Argentina

Individual[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 18 April 2014[17][18]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
River Plate 1996–97 1 0
1997–98 16 4
1998–99 18 2
1999–00 32 13
2000–01 15 2 5 1 20 3
Total 82 21 5 1 87 22
Valencia 2000–01 10 2 10 2
2001–02 33 4 1 0 6 2 40 6
2002–03 31 8 2 0 11 3 44 11
2003–04 25 4 5 0 8 0 38 4
2004–05 31 4 1 0 6 2 37 6
2005–06 32 5 2 0 1 0 35 5
Total 162 27 10 0 32 7 204 34
Zaragoza 2006–07 31 5 1 0 32 5
2007–08 22 0 2 0 1 0 25 0
Total 53 5 3 0 1 0 57 5
Benfica 2008–09 22 1 2 0 1 0 4 1 29 2
2009–10 25 4 1 0 11 1 4 0 41 5
2010–11 23 5 6 1 12 1 5 0 46 7
2011–12 24 2 2 0 12 1 4 0 42 3
2012–13 13 0 3 0 3 0 2 0 21 0
Total 107 12 14 1 39 3 18 1 178 17
Johor Darul Takzim 2014 8 2 0 0 8 2
Total 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 2
Career Total 412 67 27 1 77 11 18 1 534 80

International[edit]

Argentina
Year Apps Goals
1999 2 0
2000 5 1
2001 7 0
2002 6 1
2003 9 4
2004 2 0
2005 6 1
2006 6 0
2007 7 1
2008 - -
2009 2 0
Total 52 8

Personal[edit]

Aimar's younger brother, Andrés, is also a professional footballer and a midfielder. He represented several teams in his country – starting his career at River Plate – also playing for a few months in Israel.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aimar's divine improvisation; UEFA.com, 23 September 2004
  2. ^ Aimar jura la Constitución y será jugador comunitario (Aimar swears the constitution and will play as a non-foreign); El Periódico de Aragón, 14 June 2007 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Aimar hospitalized with meningitis; UEFA.com, 13 April 2006
  4. ^ Aimar agony for Valencia; UEFA.com, 18 November 2002
  5. ^ Aimar concern for Valencia; UEFA.com, 20 September 2004
  6. ^ Aimar absence vexes Valencia; UEFA.com, 1 November 2004
  7. ^ Aimar adds zest for Zaragoza; UEFA.com, 29 July 2006
  8. ^ Zaragoza lose Aimar inspiration; UEFA.com, 30 January 2007
  9. ^ Aimar leaves Zaragoza for Benfica; UEFA.com, 17 July 2008
  10. ^ "Pablo Aimar despede-se do Benfica: "Foram cinco anos maravilhosos"" [Pablo Aimar says goodbye to Benfica: "I had five wonderful years"] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Tunku Ismail Ibrahim has confirmed that the former Benfica player, Pablo Aimar, will join Johor Darul Takzim next season". Goal.com. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Johor Darul Takzim confirm addition of Pablo Aimar for next season". Fanatix. 7 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Johor Darul Ta'zim 2–0 Perak: Southern Tigers overcome defensive Seladangs". Goal.com. 18 January 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Troppi infortuni: club malese scarica Pablo Aimar" [Misfortunes galore: Malaysian club releases Pablo Aimar] (in Italian). Sky Sport. 21 April 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  15. ^ Argentina – Record International Players; at RSSSF Archived 17 January 2010 at WebCite
  16. ^ Gala 108.° aniversário do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (Sport Lisboa and Benfica's 108th anniversary gala); Magalhães SAD SLB, 29 February 2012 (Portuguese)
  17. ^ "P. Aimar". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  18. ^ Pablo Aimar at ESPN FC
  19. ^ "Pablo Aimar: "Cuando hablamos con Andrés le digo que Estudiantes va a salir de esta situación"" [Pablo Aimar: "When i talk with Andrés i tell him that Estudiantes will turn things around"] (in Spanish). Telediario Digital. June 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 

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