Romero playing for Argentina in 2011
|Full name||Sergio Germán Romero|
|Date of birth||22 February 1987|
|Place of birth||Bernardo de Irigoyen, Argentina|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|2013–||→ Monaco (loan)||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 August 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Sergio Germán Romero (born 22 February 1987) is an Argentine footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for club AS Monaco on loan from Sampdoria and also plays on the Argentina national team. Romero made his debut with Racing Club de Avellaneda in the Argentine Primera División in 2007 and then transferred to Dutch club AZ Alkmaar at the end of the season. In 2011, he joined U.C. Sampdoria. Romero has represented Argentina at the 2007 South American Youth Championship, 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2010 FIFA World Cup, and the 2008 Summer Olympics when Argentina won the gold medal.
Sergio Romero was born and grew up in a poor family in Bernardo de Irigoyen, Misiones, during another economic crisis in Argentina. His two older brothers became basketballers and due to his smaller stature in comparison to them, Romero earned the nickname 'chiquito' which means tiny.
Romero initially joined Racing Club de Avellaneda and signed his first professional contract aged nineteen in 2006.
Romero made his debut with Racing Club de Avellaneda in the Argentine Primera División and at the end of his first season in 2007 was transferred to Dutch club AZ Alkmaar managed at the time by Louis van Gaal for a fee of 1.5M euros.
In the 2007–08 season, Romero made 12 appearances, initially being third choice behind Boy Waterman and Joey Didulica before making the first team spot his own starting with a debut on 30 September 2007 in a 2–1 loss against Heracles Almelo in which he also picked up a yellow card.
It took until the 23 February 2008 for a league clean sheet to be kept in a 0–0 draw against FC Twente. Afte a series of poor performances from Boy Waterman van Gaal selected Romero until the season's end with AZ finishing eleventh in the Eredivisie.
Romero achieved 18 clean sheets in the subsequent 2008/9 season until he broke his hand in the team locker room in frustration after a quarterfinal cup loss against NAC Breda. In April, his team became Eredivisie champions in the 31st round of matches, with three games to spare. He returned to first team action in April of that season to cap off a fine season in which AZ only conceded 22 goals, nine less than the next team in the division. Romero himself set a personal record of not conceding a goal for 950 minutes and thus setting the fourth longest stretch of time for goalkeepers not to have conceded a goal.
Romero played with AZ until the 22 August 2011 when he joined serie B side Sampdoria for an undisclosed fee estimated to be € 3.5 million. He debuted on 26 August against Calcio Padova but injured in September in a match against U.C. AlbinoLeffe returning to action in October and being an ever present in the side that eventually won promotion back to serie A.
Romero represented Argentina at the 2007 South American Youth Championship in Paraguay and at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada where on 8 August 2007 Romero was first included in the Argentine selection for a friendly match against Norway and against Australia,which Argentina also went on to win,He replaced injured Oscar Ustari at the 2008 Summer Olympics football tournament.
Romero was called up to the full senior side by then coach Diego Maradona debuting on 9 September 2009 in a 1–0 win FIFA World Cup qualifier against Paraguay and playing in the win against Uruguay in Montevideo that saw Argentina qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He played in all five of Argentina's World Cup matches which ended at the quarter final stage.
Romero was part of Sergio Batista's 2011 Copa America squad in which Argentina the hosts lost to Uruguay on penalties in the quarter-finals. He retained his position as number one choice under new coach Alejandro Sabella for the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
|Argentina national team|
He is married to model/actress Eliana Guercio. Sergio's older brother, Diego Romero is a professional basketball player in Argentina, and played at Florida State University. On Tuesday 16 February 2010 Sergio became father of a daughter called Yazmín.
|1.||9 September 2009||Asunción, Paraguay||Paraguay||1–0||Lost||2010 World Cup qualification|
|2.||10 October 2009||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Peru||2–1||win||2010 World Cup qualification|
|3.||14 October 2009||Montevideo, Uruguay||Uruguay||0–1||win||2010 World Cup qualification|
|4.||14 November 2009||Madrid, Spain||Spain||2–1||Lost||Friendly|
|5.||3 March 2010||Munich, Germany||Germany||0–1||win||Friendly|
|6.||24 May 2010||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Canada||5–0||win||Friendly|
|7.||12 June 2010||Johannesburg, South Africa||Nigeria||1–0||win||2010 FIFA World Cup|
|8.||17 June 2010||Johannesburg, South Africa||South Korea||4–1||win||2010 FIFA World Cup|
|9.||22 June 2010||Polokwane, South Africa||Greece||0–2||win||2010 FIFA World Cup|
|10.||27 June 2010||Johannesburg, South Africa||Mexico||3–1||win||2010 FIFA World Cup|
|11.||3 July 2010||Cape Town, South Africa||Germany||0–4||Lost||2010 FIFA World Cup|
|12.||11 August 2010||Dublin, Republic of Ireland||Republic of Ireland||0–1||win||Friendly|
|13.||7 September 2010||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Spain||4–1||win||Friendly|
|14.||8 October 2010||Saitama, Japan||Japan||1–0||Lost||Friendly|
|15.||17 November 2010||Doha, Qatar||Brazil||1–0||win||Friendly|
|16.||9 February 2011||Geneva, Switzerland||Portugal||2–1||win||Friendly|
|17.||20 June 2011||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Albania||4–0||win||Friendly|
|18.||1 July 2011||La Plata, Argentina||Bolivia||1–1||Draw||2011 Copa América|
|19.||6 July 2011||Santa Fe, Argentina||Colombia||0–0||Draw||2011 Copa América|
|20.||11 July 2011||Córdoba, Argentina||Costa Rica||3–0||win||2011 Copa América|
|21.||16 July 2011||Santa Fe, Argentina||Uruguay||1–1(4–5 pen)||Draw||2011 Copa América|
|22.||2 September 2011||Kolkata, India||Venezuela||1–0||win||Friendly|
|23.||6 September 2011||Dhaka, Bangladesh||Nigeria||1–3||win||Friendly|
|24.||11 November 2011||Mendoza, Argentina||Bolivia||1–1||Draw||2014 World Cup qualification|
|25.||15 November 2011||Barranquilla, Colombia||Colombia||1–2||win||2014 World Cup qualification|
|26.||29 February 2012||Bern, Switzerland||Switzerland||1–3||win||Friendly|
|27.||2 June 2012||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Ecuador||4–0||win||2014 World Cup qualification|
|28.||9 June 2012||East Rutherford, United States||Brazil||4–3||win||Friendly|
|29.||15 August 2012||Frankfurt, Germany||Germany||1–3||win||Friendly|
|30.||7 September 2012||Córdoba, Argentina||Paraguay||3–1||win||2014 World Cup qualification|
|31.||11 September 2012||Lima, Peru||Peru||1–1||Draw||2014 World Cup qualification|
|32.||12 October 2012||Mendoza, Argentina||Uruguay||3–0||win||2014 World Cup qualification|
|33.||16 October 2012||Santiago, Chile||Chile||1–2||win||2014 World Cup qualification|
|34.||14 November 2012||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Saudi Arabia||0–0||Draw||Friendly|
- AZ online
- "AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Sergio Romero breaks hand". USA Today. 3 June 2009. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
- "2008/09 Dutch Eredivisie Table / Standings". Retrieved 21 February 2012.
- "Official: Sergio Romero joins Sampdoria from AZ". Goal.com. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
- Sergio Romero at National-Football-Teams.com
- Guardian statistics
- (Spanish) Argentine Primera statistics
- Sergio Romero career stats at Soccerbase
- (Spanish)