Sergio Zárate

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Zárate and the second or maternal family name is Riga.
Sergio Zárate
Personal information
Full name Sergio Fabián Zárate Riga
Date of birth (1969-10-14) October 14, 1969 (age 44)
Place of birth Haedo, Argentina
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1990 Vélez Sarsfield 72 (13)
1991–1992 1. FC Nuremberg 42 (9)
1992–1993 Ancona 11 (2)
1993–1994 1. FC Nuremberg 27 (13)
1994 Hamburger SV 11 (1)
1995–1997 Necaxa 93 (29)
1997–1998 Club América 28 (6)
1998–1999 Necaxa 33 (10)
1999–2000 Vélez Sarsfield 8 (1)
2000–2001 Puebla 36 (6)
2002–2003 Deportivo Merlo 11 (1)
National team
1992 Argentina 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 15, 2007.
† Appearances (Goals).

Sergio Fabián Zárate Riga (born October 14, 1969 in Haedo, Morón Partido) is a former Argentine football player. He spent most of his career in Germany and Mexico apart from his native Argentina.

Zárate started his career with Vélez Sarsfield where he spent four years in the Argentinan Primera División. He then moved to Europe where he would eventually make 80 appearances in the Bundesliga for 1. FC Nuremberg and Hamburg as well as a season in Italy with Ancona. In 1995 Zárate moved to Mexico where he played 190 games for Necaxa, Club América and Puebla during two stints.

Zárate won his only cap for Argentina in 1992.

Sergio is the eldest of five brothers of whom four became professional footballers; Ariel (currently at All Boys) played in Spain for Málaga among other teams, Rolando (also an Argentinian international) currently plays for Huracán and youngest brother Mauro is an U-20 World Cup winner currently playing for West Ham United. Sergio works as an agent for his brothers.[1]

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