Sebastián Saja

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Sebástian Saja
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Personal information
Full name Diego Sebástian Saja
Date of birth (1979-06-05) 5 June 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth La Plata, Argentina
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Racing Club
Number 1
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2008 San Lorenzo 145 (11)
2003 Brescia (loan) 4 (0)
2004 Rayo Vallecano (loan) 20 (0)
2004 Club América (loan) 4 (0)
2005 Córdoba (loan) 23 (0)
2007 Grêmio (loan) 30 (1)
2008–2011 AEK Athens 89 (0)
2011– Racing Club 85 (3)
National team
1997–1999 Argentina U20 24 (0)
2002–2003 Argentina 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Diego Sebastián Saja (born 5 June 1979 in La Plata, Buenos Aires Province) is an Argentine footballer who plays for Racing Club de Avellaneda as a goalkeeper.

Club career[edit]

San Lorenzo[edit]

Saja had nearly 200 overall appearances for Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro, being voted South America's best goalkeeper in 2002. In 2001 he helped the side win the Clausura and the Copa Mercosur, adding the following year's Copa Sudamericana.

Saja split the 2003–04 season with Brescia Calcio and Rayo Vallecano, being first-choice and dropping down a level with the latter. Moving to another side in Spain and in the second division for the following campaign, he would also be relegated with Córdoba CF.

After a brief spell in Mexico with Club América Saja returned to San Lorenzo for 2005–06: he made 33 appearances and scored five goals in the Primera División, but was eventually sent out on loan for the fifth time, this time to Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense after falling out of favour with new manager Ramón Díaz.

AEK[edit]

Released in 2008 Saja signed a three-year contract with AEK Athens FC, earning approximately 400.000. He appeared in 29 games in his first year to help his team finish fourth in the Superleague, but it was also quickly eliminated from UEFA Cup contention.[1]

On 31 May 2009 Saja agreed to a new three-year deal with the Greek club,[2] continuing to be first-choice and winning the 2011 edition of the Greek Cup.

Return to Argentina[edit]

On 29 June 2011, Saja and AEK agreed to terminate his contract one year before it expired.[3] Shortly after, the 32-year-old returned to his homeland and joined Racing Club de Avellaneda,[4] netting his first goal for his new team on 29 September of the following year, through a penalty against former club San Lorenzo in a 4–0 win; he was also the goalkeeper with the least goals conceded in the 2011 Apertura, breaking a club record for a short tournament held by Carlos Roa since 1992.[5]

On 10 June 2013, again from the penalty spot, Saja scored against Boca Juniors (2–0 home triumph).

On 22 February 2014, Saja scored from the penalty spot against Arsenal de Sarandi - Although still losing.

International career[edit]

Saja gained four caps for Argentina, making his debut against Wales on 13 February 2002 (1–1 in Cardiff).[6]

In the following year he appeared in a further three friendlies, with Honduras (3–1), Mexico (1–0) and the United States (1–0).[7]

Honours[edit]

Team[edit]

San Lorenzo
Grêmio
AEK

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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