Roberto Colautti

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Roberto Colautti
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Personal information
Full name Roberto Damián Colautti
Date of birth (1982-05-24) 24 May 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Córdoba, Argentina
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
AEK Larnaca F.C.
Number 9
Youth career
Boca Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Boca Juniors 6 (1)
2002 Lugano 9 (0)
2002–2003 Banfield 32 (10)
2003–2004 Boca Juniors 11 (1)
2004–2007 Maccabi Haifa 90 (39)
2007–2010 Borussia Mönchengladbach 57 (9)
2010–2013 Maccabi Tel Aviv 71 (20)
2013–2014 Anorthosis Famagusta 32 (15)
2014- AEK Larnaca F.C.
National team
2006–2010 Israel 21 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:02, 18 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:30, 9 October 2010 (UTC)

Roberto Damián Colautti (Hebrew: רוברטו קולאוטי‎; born 24 May 1982) in Córdoba, Argentina and he is a naturalized Israeli footballer who plays as a striker for AEK Larnaca F.C. in the first Cypriot division, and internationally for the Israel national football team.

Personal life[edit]

In March 2006, Colautti married his Israeli girlfriend, Elvit Strauss (the sister of Sagi Strauss), allowing him to receive Israeli citizenship and to play for the Israel national football team. He is of Italian descent.[1]

Club career[edit]

Maccabi Haifa[edit]

Colautti joined Israeli team Maccabi Haifa from Boca Juniors in 2004. In his first season with Maccabi he was the top scorer in the 2004–05 Israeli Premier League with 19 goals from 30 appearances in Haifa's championship season. In the 2005–06 Israeli Premier League, Colautti was the league's second top scorer with 13 strikes from 28 matches in Haifa's successful title defence. He was also involved in their victory in the 2005–06 Toto Cup. In the 2006–07 Israeli Premier League, Colautti scored seven times in 32 matches, where Haifa finished the league in fifth place.

In the first round of the 2006–07 UEFA Cup, Roberto Colautti scored Maccabi Haifa's third goal against Litex Lovech, giving the Israeli side a 4–2 aggregate victory. Then, in the group stage, Colautti secured a 3–1 victory over the French side AJ Auxerre at home, scoring Maccabi Haifa's third goal in the 58th minute, with Colautti rounding the Auxerre goalkeeper Fabien Cool, before slotting the ball home from a tight angle. Arguably Colautti's and Maccabi Haifa's most important goal, however, was his equalizer against AS Livorno Calcio in Livorno, Italy. In the second half, deep into injury time, in the 93rd minute, he dispatched Gustavo Boccoli's cross with a close-range header to deny Livorno a win, ending the match with a result of 1–1. The goal in the second leg of the Round of 32 encounter with PFC CSKA Moscow, in the 14th minute, proved to be the winning goal, with Maccabi Haifa having drawn the first leg in Vladikavkaz, Russia, 0–0. Colautti's goal sent Maccabi Haifa through against CSKA, the team that had won the UEFA Cup only two years previously.

Colautti played 90 league matches for Maccabi Haifa, scoring 39 goals. He won two championship titles with The Greens and was a key part of their successful UEFA Cup campaign.

Borussia Mönchengladbach[edit]

He joined second-division German side Mönchengladbach on 1 August 2007 for an undisclosed fee,[2] and dealt with injuries for most of this season. He did however manage to score 3 goals in his 10 appearances. Mönchengladbach finished first in the 2. Bundesliga to gain promotion to the Bundesliga for the 2008–09 season.

Colautti's second season at Borussia Park was again interrupted by injuries, and Colautti only played 24 Bundesliga matches out of a possible 34; of which ten were starts. He did score a crucial goal for Mönchengladbach on 10 May 2009 against Schalke in the 90th minute to score a valuable 1–0 win in his side's fourth last league match of the season.[3] This was the Israeli forward's only goal of the season; although he did score two goals in an 8–1 victory over VfB Fichte Bielefeld in a DFB Pokal tie. This late strike proved to be instrumental in securing Borussia's survival in the Bundesliga, as they finished one point clear of being forced to play-off for their position in the league, and just two points ahead of Karlsruher SC, who finished bottom.

Maccabi Tel Aviv[edit]

On 29 March 2010, he signed a contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. and returned to Israel in July that year.[4] On 1 August 2010, Colautti scored his first goal at Maccabi Toto Cup win against Maccabi Netanya. His first season in yellow was a tough one after the club underperformed and Colautti himself struggled to score. He lost his place with the first 11 and remained a substitute for the rest of the season. After all, Colautti managed to score nine league goals for Maccabi and an overall of 13 goals in 40 appearances during the season.

International career[edit]

On 2 September 2006, Colautti made his debut for the Israel national football team, having received clearance from FIFA only two days before the match. His debut saw Israel defeat Estonia 1–0 in Tallinn, Estonia. Colautti scored the only goal of the match in the 9th minute.[5] He has scored a brace against Croatia and further goals against Andorra, Macedonia and another goal against Estonia. All of his goals have come in Israel's EURO 2008 qualifiers; in his first seven matches, he had six international goals to his name.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
01. 2 September 2006 Lilleküla Stadium, Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia
0 – 1
0 – 1
Euro 2008 qualifying
02. 15 November 2006 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel  Croatia
1 – 0
3 – 4
Euro 2008 qualifying
03. 15 November 2006 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel  Croatia
3 – 4
3 – 4
Euro 2008 qualifying
04. 28 March 2007 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel  Estonia
2 – 0
4 – 0
Euro 2008 qualifying
05. 2 June 2007 National Arena Philip II of Macedon, Skopje, Macedonia  Macedonia
1 – 2
1 – 2
Euro 2008 qualifying
06. 6 June 2007 Estadi Comunal d'Aixovall, Andorra La Vella, Andorra  Andorra
0 – 2
0 – 2
Euro 2008 qualifying

Honours[edit]

Team honours[edit]

Maccabi Haifa
Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Borussia Mönchengladbach

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview mit Roberto Colautti Teil I: »Borussia ist ein großer Verein«" (in German). fohlen-hautnah.de. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Roberto Colautti". skysports.com. Retrieved 31 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Borussia Monchengladbach 1–0 Schalke". espnstar.com. 10 May 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Gladbachs Colautti zieht es zurück in die Heimat" (in German). Focus. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Group E Round-Up". Report on skysports.com. 2 September 2006. Retrieved 1 June 2009. 

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