Aldo Duscher

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Aldo Duscher
Personal information
Full name Álvaro Pedro Duscher
Date of birth (1979-03-22) 22 March 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth Esquel, Argentina
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
1995–1997 Newell's Old Boys
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Newell's Old Boys 31 (1)
1998–2000 Sporting CP 55 (6)
2000–2007 Deportivo La Coruña 157 (0)
2007–2008 Racing Santander 34 (5)
2008–2010 Sevilla 37 (0)
2010–2012 Espanyol 19 (0)
2011–2012 Barcelona SC (loan) 7 (0)
2012 Enosis Neon 8 (0)
2013 Veria 0 (0)
Total 348 (12)
National team
1995 Argentina U17 6 (0)
1999 Argentina U20 4 (0)
2000 Argentina U23 7 (0)
2005 Argentina 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Álvaro 'Aldo' Pedro Duscher (born 22 March 1979) is an Argentine retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder.

Renowned for his physical presence on the pitch, he also held an Austrian passport, and spent most of his professional career in Spain, playing in more than 300 official games for four different clubs – most notably at Deportivo.

Over the course of 11 seasons, Duscher amassed La Liga totals of 247 games and five goals. He also had a two-year spell in Portugal with Sporting.

Club career[edit]

Born in Esquel, Chubut Province, Duscher made his professional debuts in 1996, with Newell's Old Boys. In 1998 the 19-year-old moved to Europe to play with Sporting Clube de Portugal, where he won the Portuguese League in his second season.

Duscher was then signed by Deportivo de La Coruña, for a price of 13 million. After just five La Liga appearances in his first season he featured more in the following years, as a complement and future replacement to veteran Brazilian Mauro Silva; on 10 April 2002 his tackle led to a breakage in David Beckham's metatarsal in a UEFA Champions League game against Manchester United, which almost cost the English player his FIFA World Cup presence.[1]

Although he fully established himself as first-choice in midfield, Duscher's contract with Depor expired in 2007, and he eventually signed in July for Racing de Santander, where he was a key member on a side that obtained a first-ever qualification to the UEFA Cup in the 2007–08 campaign.[2] On 9 December 2007, during a 3–1 home win against RCD Mallorca, he scored his first goal in the Spanish top division, in what was then his eighth season.[3][4]

In August 2008, Duscher joined Sevilla FC on a three-year deal.[5] He scored his first goal for the Andalusians on 4 February 2009, in the first leg of the semifinals of the Copa del Rey, a 2–1 home win against Athletic Bilbao[6] (eventually 2–4 aggregate loss).

In the 2009–10 season Sevilla finished fourth and returned to the Champions League, but Duscher only appeared in ten games (three complete). Subsequently he rescinded his contract and signed with fellow first-divisioner RCD Espanyol, for one year.[7]

In late July 2011 Duscher joined Barcelona Sporting Club from Ecuador, on a one-year loan.[8] The following summer, after being released by the Catalans, he signed for Enosis Neon Paralimni FC in the Cypriot First Division,[9] where he stayed for only three months.

In early February 2013 Duscher joined Veria F.C. in Greece.[10][11] He retired shortly after at the age of 34, however, after failing to appear officially for the club.[12]

International career[edit]

Duscher was capped three times for the Argentine national team, all appearances coming in 2005.


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