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 40)
Place of birth Esquel, Argentina
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 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)
2011–2012Barcelona 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 338 official matches for four clubs – most notably at Deportivo.

Over 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 debut in 1996, with Newell's Old Boys. In 1998 the 19-year-old moved to Europe to play with Sporting CP, where he won the Primeira Liga in his second season.[1]

Duscher was then signed by Deportivo de La Coruña, for a price of 13 million. After just five La Liga appearances in his first year 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 presence in the FIFA World Cup.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4][5]

In August 2008, Duscher agreed to a three-year contract at Sevilla FC.[6] He scored his first goal for the Andalusians on 4 February 2009, in the first leg of the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey, a 2–1 home win against Athletic Bilbao[7] (eventually 2–4 aggregate loss).

In 2009–10, Sevilla finished fourth and returned to the Champions League, but Duscher only appeared in ten games (three complete). Subsequently, he terminated his contract and signed with fellow league side RCD Espanyol, for one year.[8]

In late July 2011, Duscher joined Barcelona S.C. from Ecuador on a one-year loan.[9] The following summer, after being released by Espanyol, he signed for Enosis Neon Paralimni FC in the Cypriot First Division,[10] where he stayed for only three months.

In early February 2013, Duscher joined Veria F.C. in Greece.[11][12] He retired shortly after at the age of 34, however, after failing to appear officially for the club.[13]

International career[edit]

Duscher was capped three times for the Argentina national team, all appearances coming in 2005.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Duscher: "Fui campeão e até me custava correr"" [Duscher: "I was champion and I even had a hard time running"] (in Portuguese). O Jogo. 10 September 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  2. ^ Man Utd beats Deportivo 3–2 to make semifinals; Sports Illustrated, 10 April 2002
  3. ^ "El Racing se mete por primera vez en la UEFA al ganar a Osasuna (1–0)" [Racing reach UEFA for the first time after beating Osasuna (1–0)] (in Spanish). 20 minutos. 18 May 2008. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  4. ^ Racing Santander 3–1 Mallorca; ESPN Soccernet, 9 December 2007
  5. ^ Jorge López, pichichi, y estreno de Duscher (Jorge López, pichichi, and Duscher debut); El Diario Montañés, 10 December 2007 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Racing's Duscher destined for Sevilla; UEFA, 8 August 2008
  7. ^ Last-gasp Acosta gives Sevilla narrow advantage; UEFA, 4 February 2009
  8. ^ Espanyol swoop for Duscher; FIFA, 30 August 2010
  9. ^ Álvaro Pedro Duscher, nuevo jugador de Barcelona Sporting Club (Álvaro Pedro Duscher, new Barcelona Sporting Club player); Barcelona SC, 27 July 2011 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Aldo Pedro Duscher στο δυναμικό της ομάδας μας! (Aldo Pedro Duscher in our team!); Enonis Neon, 16 August 2012 (in Greek)
  11. ^ Συμφώνησε η Βέροια με Ντούσερ και Μοκακέ (Veria agreed to sign Duscher and Mokake); Sport 24, 30 January 2013 (in Greek)
  12. ^ Η παρουσίαση των νέων παικτών (Presentation of the new players); Veria FC, 2 February 2013 (in Greek)
  13. ^ Duscher anuncia su retirada del fútbol (Duscher announces retirement from football); Estadio Deportivo, 23 March 2013 (in Spanish)
  14. ^ "Bolivia 1–2 Argentina... 32 años después, ganan pamperos en La Paz" [Bolivia 1–2 Argentina... 32 años later, pamperos win in La Paz] (in Spanish). Medio Tiempo. 26 March 2005. Retrieved 23 May 2017.

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