Sebastián Abreu

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Sebastián Abreu
Sebastian Abreu 2011.jpg
Abreu training for Uruguay in 2011
Personal information
Full name Washington Sebastián Abreu Gallo
Date of birth (1976-10-17) 17 October 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth Minas, Uruguay
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Rosario Central (loan from Nacional)
Number 13
Youth career
1994–1996 Defensor
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996 Defensor 24 (13)
1996–1997 San Lorenzo 43 (26)
1998–2004 Deportivo La Coruña 15 (3)
1998 Grêmio (loan) 7 (1)
1999–2000 Tecos (loan) 33 (27)
2000–2001 San Lorenzo (loan) 25 (10)
2001 Nacional (loan) 18 (16)
2002–2003 Cruz Azul (loan) 39 (34)
2003 América (loan) 16 (3)
2004 Tecos (loan) 17 (5)
2004–2005 Nacional 31 (16)
2005–2006 Sinaloa 34 (22)
2006 Monterrey 16 (7)
2007 San Luis 14 (6)
2007–2008 Tigres 15 (7)
2008 River Plate (loan) 17 (2)
2008 Beitar Jerusalem 0 (0)
2008–2009 River Plate 0 (0)
2009 Real Sociedad (loan) 18 (11)
2009–2010 Aris 8 (3)
2010–2012 Botafogo 93 (55)
2012 Figueirense (loan) 5 (0)
2013– Nacional 11 (2)
2013– Rosario Central (loan) 27 (7)
National team
1996–2012 Uruguay 70 (26)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Abreu and the second or maternal family name is Gallo.

Washington Sebastián Abreu Gallo (Spanish pronunciation: [seβasˈtjan aˈβɾeu]; born 17 October 1976) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Rosario Central on loan from Club Nacional de Football as a striker.

Best known by his nickname El Loco (Madman in Spanish), the prolific goalscorer – for club and national team – played for more than 20 teams during his professional career, in seven different countries.[1]

A Uruguayan international during more than 15 years, Abreu represented the country in two World Cups and three Copa América tournaments.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Minas, Lavalleja Department, Abreu played in numerous clubs throughout the Americas (Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico and Brazil). He also had an unsuccessful stint with Spain's Deportivo de La Coruña, which loaned him several times for the duration of his contract.[2]

In his sole season in La Liga, which started in January 1998, having been signed from Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro, Abreu scored for the Galicians in a 3–1 home win against FC Barcelona on 25 January.[3]

River Plate: First Term[edit]

After having joined Mexico's Tigres de la UANL in 2007, Abreu was able to rescind his contract with them in order to join Club Atlético River Plate – the Mexican Football Federation stalled on recognizing the transfer because of an imposed moratorium between the clubs. With Tigres he became the only foreigner to score in the Clasico Regio (Tigres vs. Club de Fútbol Monterrey, which he represented the previous year) against each team.

Beitar Jerusalem[edit]

In the summer of 2008, after exhausting negotiations, Abreu signed a contract with Israeli League champions Beitar Jerusalem FC.[4][5] He appeared in 5 games for Beitar Jerusalem:

In the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions League:

  • 1) On 30 July 2008, in a win 2:1 vs. Wisla Krakow in which Abreu gave an assist to Aviram Baruchyan who scored the 2 goals of Beitar Jerusalem.[6]
  • 2) On 6 August 2008, in a defeat 0:5 vs. Wisla Krakow and Beitar Jerusalem was disqualified.[7]

Abreu next games in Beitar Jerusalem were in Toto Cup of 2008-2009 Season:

Arcadi Gaydamak hoped that he could finance Abreu 1 Million USA Dollars contract by success in UEFA Champions League but the failure of beitar made it impossible, and Abreu was released on 31 August 2008.

River Plate: Second Term[edit]

Abreu re-signed with River Plate in September 2008 after rescinding his link with Beitar, with a deal lasting until June 2009. Due to a being a late addition, he was not able to play for the side in the national championship, only featuring in the Southamerican Cup; the next year, he was eligible for both the domestic and Libertadores Cup fronts.

Real Sociedad[edit]

In early January 2009 Abreu returned to Spain after a ten-year absence, being loaned by River to second level side Real Sociedad, which had lost habitual first-choice Iñigo Díaz de Cerio for the season due to a serious leg injury.[11]

On 14 March, he netted a hat-trick in a 3–1 away win against league leaders Xerez CD.[12] His club, however, ultimately failed in returning to the top flight.

Botafogo[edit]

On 13 June 2009, Greek club Aris Thessaloniki F.C. signed Abreu from River Plate.[13] However, in January of the following year, the 33-year-old changed teams and countries again, agreeing on a two-year contract with Brazil's Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas.

On 18 April 2010 Abreu scored the second goal in Botafogo's 2–1 victory against Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, which gave the team the Carioca Championship title. In July he had his link extended until 31 December of the following year with a release clause of US$11.3 million, with the player declaring he had previously held talks with Club Universidad de Chile and Trabzonspor of Turkey.

On 6 February 2011, Abreu was involved in a dramatic match against Fluminense Football Club: as Botafogo was losing 1–2, his team was awarded a penalty kick, and he shot it in Panenka-style, with Diego Cavalieri saving the shot by simply standing still. Just five minutes later Botafogo won another penalty, and Abreu shot it in the same fashion, this time into the right-hand corner of the goal, as Cavalieri dived the other way; a few minutes later, Botafogo scored again and won the game.[14]

On 5 July 2012, Abreu was loaned to fellow Série A outfit Figueirense Futebol Clube. However, as the season went on to end in relegation, his contract was ended via Twitter on 24 November, one day before the last game against Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense.[15]

International career[edit]

Abreu played for Uruguay at the 2002 FIFA World Cup – two matches – and the 1997 and 2007 Copa América editions, netting twice in the latter.[16] He made his debut for the national side on 17 July 1996 in a friendly with China, going on to gain 70 caps.[17]

On 27 May 2010, Abreu stood only five goals short of Uruguayan all-time goalscoring record, held by Héctor Scarone for 79 years. He was selected for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where he appeared three times as a substitute: in the quarterfinals against Ghana he was charged with taking the decisive penalty shootout attempt (1–1 after 120 minutes), and scored it in Panenka-style, sending Uruguay to the semifinals for the first time in 40 years.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

San Lorenzo
Nacional
River Plate
Botafogo

International[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ World Cup 2010: Uruguay's Sebastian Abreu 'as mad as he is intelligent'; The Daily Telegraph, 4 July 2010
  2. ^ Uruguayan set for Deportivo return; UEFA.com, 25 April 2002
  3. ^ El Barça no gana en el 98 (Barça does not win in 98); El Mundo Deportivo, 26 January 1998 (Spanish)
  4. ^ Beitar strengthened for Wisla challenge; UEFA.com, 1 July 2008
  5. ^ The 5 games of Sebastian Abreu in Beitar Jerusalem F.C. are mentioned here: http://www.tapuz.co.il/forums2008/viewmsg.aspx?forumid=290&messageid=175473796 in Hebrew, with scores, dates, source artices and listings of Sebastian Abreu (Hebrew: סבסטיאן אבראו) as a player in each game.
  6. ^ A report in Hebrew is found here: http://sports.walla.co.il/?w=/7/1321979mentions Abreu (Hebrew: סבסטיאן אבראו) as a participant.
  7. ^ http://sports.walla.co.il/?w=/7/1325534 mentions Abreu (Hebrew: סבסטיאן אבראו) as a participant.
  8. ^ A report in Hebrew is found here: http://sports.walla.co.il/?w=/157/1326846 mentions Abreu (Hebrew: סבסטיאן אבראו) as a participant.
  9. ^ A report in Hebrew is found here: http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-3588110,00.html mentions Abreu (Hebrew: סבסטיאן אבראו) as a participant.
  10. ^ A report in Hebrew is found here: http://www.one.co.il/Article/122216.html mentions Abreu (Hebrew: סבסטיאן אבראו) as a participant.
  11. ^ El "Loco" Abreu ficha por la Real Sociedad ("Loco" Abreu signs for Real Sociedad); Liga Fútbol, 9 January 2009 (Spanish)
  12. ^ Un hat-trick de Abreu tumba al Xerez (Hat-trick by Abreu downs Xerez); Diario AS, 14 March 2009 (Spanish)
  13. ^ O Sebastian Abreu στον ΑΡΗ! (Greek)
  14. ^ The Panenka fail & success: Loco Abreu has a crazy five minutes (Botafogo-Fluminense); Goal.com, 7 February 2011
  15. ^ Figueirense utiliza twitter para anunciar rescisão com Loco Abreu (Figueirense uses twitter to announce rescision with Loco Abreu); Gazeta Esportiva, 24 November 2012 (Portuguese)
  16. ^ Sebastián AbreuFIFA competition record
  17. ^ Washington Sebastian Abreu – Goals in International Matches; at RSSSF

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