Alejandro Domínguez (footballer, born 1981)

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Alejandro Domínguez
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Domínguez playing for Olympiacos in 2015.
Personal information
Full name Alejandro Damián Domínguez
Date of birth (1981-06-10) 10 June 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Lanús, Argentina
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Olympiacos
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Quilmes 25 (6)
2001–2004 River Plate 29 (9)
2004–2007 Rubin Kazan 63 (21)
2007–2009 Zenit St. Petersburg 46 (7)
2009–2010 Rubin Kazan 23 (16)
2010–2012 Valencia 22 (0)
2011–2012 River Plate (loan) 33 (5)
2012–2013 Rayo Vallecano 33 (5)
2013– Olympiacos 72 (28)
National team
2003 Argentina 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 April 2016.


Alejandro Damián Domínguez (born 10 June 1981), also known as Chori, is an Argentine footballer who plays for Olympiacos F.C. in the Superleague Greece as an attacking midfielder or a second striker.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After playing for second league club Quilmes, Domínguez, nicknamed 'Chorí' since he was a teenager, was signed by Argentinian giants River Plate, crowning himself later on as three times Clausura champion with The Millionaires.

Rubin Kazan[edit]

Scouted by several European clubs, he ended up signing for Russian side Rubin Kazan, in 2004. During 2006 pre-season Rubin tried to sell him, but they were not satisfied with the amount offered for him and decided to keep him.[1]

Domínguez scoring in Zenit's 8–1 win over Luch

Zenit Saint Petersburg[edit]

Domínguez was signed by FC Zenit Saint Petersburg for €7 million before the start of 2007 Russian season, breaking the record transfer fee inside the Russian Premier League, however the record was exceeded in 2008, when Danny moved from FC Dynamo Moscow to Zenit Saint Petersburg for a fee well above 30 million euros.[2] One of Domínguez's most notable performances was in the 4–0 UEFA Cup victory over Bayern Munich which sent Zenit to the final of the competition for the first time in the history of the club. Domínguez played exceptionally well and provided 2 assists. Zenit's fans will never forget how Dominguez won them their first championship title in 2007. The Gazprom-sponsored side needed a win at now-defunct Saturn in order to finish top and had to defend a last-minute corner when leading 1-0. As the Zenit Saint Petersburg defence froze, Baffour Gyan's header seemed to be making its way into the net, only for Chori—one of the shortest players on the pitch at 5-foot-7 -- to miraculously jump on the line and head it onto the crossbar.[3]

Back to Rubin Kazan[edit]

On 13 March 2009, Rubin Kazan signed 'Chori' back from Zenit, where he had some problems with the coach Dick Advocaat.

In the 2009-10 UEFA Champions League, Domínguez played well for Rubin, providing the team with goals against Internazionale Milano and FC Dynamo Kiev. He also made an assist to Gökdeniz Karadeniz who scored a stunning match-winning goal against FC Barcelona during the group stage. Rubin Kazan failed to advance to the first knockout round due to a 2–0 loss against Internazionale.

He was named the best footballer in Russia of 2009 by the Russian Football Union, Sport Express newspaper and Russian weekly magazine Futbol.

Valencia[edit]

On 11 December 2009, it was announced that Domínguez would join Valencia. He signed a three and a half years long contract on 14 December 2009.[4] Valencia attacker Alejandro ‘Chori’ Dominguez has stated his desire to play as an offensive midfielder rather than as a striker for the club this season, as this is the position where he feels most comfortable. The summer transfer window saw the arrival of Roberto Soldado and Aritz Aduriz to compensate for the departure of David Villa, and Chori believes that coach Unai Emery will utilise him as the third option in attack.[5]

At the mid of 2010-11 season, Sky Sport Italia and Tuttosport claim that Juventus has been reached an agreement with the Spanish club for a loan with the option to make it a permanent move in the summer. There were doubts as to whether the deal would go through as voices suggested the striker lacked an EU passport, meaning Juventus would not be able to sign him. However, it has since been revealed he does have an Italian passport, making eligible to join Juve as he will not affect their non-EU quotas.[6]

River Plate[edit]

On the summer of 2011, the player contacted his employers at Valencia to negotiate a loan to former club River Plate, which had been relegated for the first time in its history to the second division of Argentina. With the transfer agreed in principle, all that remains to be finalised is the finer details of the contract with the 30-year-old, and he will be playing his trade from the Monumental stadium once again, after spending three seasons there earlier in his career.[7] His gesture was highly appreciated by the fans, and Domínguez featured as one of the team's stars in both attacking midfielder and forward roles for the club, scoring 5 goals, providing numerous assists and functioning as vice-captain.

Rayo Vallecano[edit]

In late June 2012, after he had achieved the return to the first division with River Plate, Domínguez was told he would not continue to play for River, as the club decided not to negotiate his transfer from Valencia. He left River Plate, alongside top scorer and former captain Fernando Cavenaghi, both stating irreconcilable differences with club president, Daniel Passarella.[8] He didn't stay in Valencia and was contracted at the beginning of August 2012 by Spanish Primera división club Rayo Vallecano, on a one-year deal. After signing the contract, he confessed the project they presented him was attractive, but he also chose the club because of the red stripe on the white home shirt, which reminded him of his home team River Plate's kit.[9]

Olympiacos[edit]

The 32-year-old Argentine was widely expected to remain in Spain following his 12-month spell at the Campo de Futbol de Vallecas, but has instead opted to join former Getafe and Sevilla boss Michel at the Karaiskakis Stadium.[10]

In July 2013, Domínguez Signed a two-year contract with Greek side Olympiakos.[11] On 1 December 2013, he scored his first goal with the club in Super League in a 3-0 home win against Ergotelis.[12] On 26 February 2014 after a miraculous night for the club that he scored one goal against Manchester United in the first leg of their last-16 of Champions League, he told UEFA's official site that : "I am so happy. I am very satisfied with the team's work and the victory we achieved. I believe we have made a big step – a giant leap forward".[13] Alejandro Dominguez did not leave in peace the English defense in this match, showing its large technical virtues.[14]

On 13 September 2014 Domínguez impressed again scoring a spectacular goal in a 3-0 home win against OFI.[15] He also impressed in Olympiacos' 3-2 home win against Atletico Madrid. He was subsequently named in the Champions League "Team of the Week". On 9 December 2014, Dominguez impressed again by scoring an amazing goal in a 4-2 home win against Malmö for UEFA Champions League.[16]

On 2 April 2015, the Argentine attacking midfielder has been an indispensable member of Olympiakos squad for yet another season and recently he pledged his future to the club by signing a new contract until 2017. Despite the offers from his homeland Dominguez decided to stay at Olympiakos as he is very happy with his life in Greece. “I'm glad that I signed a new deal. I'm very happy with that. My family is also happy here in Greece. That's why I decided to renew my contract. There were offers from Argentina but Olympiakos wanted me to stay here as well. I feel great playing at such a great club which competes for titles every season. I like living under pressure,” Dominguez underlined.[17] Dominguez made an incredible season (2014/15) with the club and besides being a champion he managed to score 15 goals(3rd in the league) and give 11 assists(1st in the league).

On 23 May 2015, Alejandro Domínguez scored a goal to remember as Olympiacos celebrated their 27th Greek Cup triumph thanks to a 3-1 victory against Skoda Xanthi at the Olympic Stadium. Receiving the ball inside his own half, Domínguez escaped two challenges, drove towards the area and unleashed a stunning curling effort.[18][19][20]

On 12 September 2015, Dominguez scored his first goal for the 2015-16 season in a home 3-1 win against Platanias. He had a long shot hit the post in the 44th but did not miss in the 52nd when he took a backheel pass from Brown Ideye inside the area, dribbled past a defender, and shot low just inside the right post.[21] On 13 December 2015, Dominguez helped his club, by scoring the only goal, to reach the 14th victory in a row for Greek Super League setting a new club record, by winning Panetolikos, in a home game with many controversial decisions from referee Giannis Papadopoulos. Panetolikos goalkeeper Dimitris Kyriakidis was shown a red card for handing the ball outside the area, despite previously Olympiakos forward Brown Ideye fouled him. Papadopoulos awarded Olympiakos another harsh penalty (the 8th in 14 matches) at 55', but Dominguez missed it.[22] On 3 January 2016, he scored the first goal helping his club to escape with a 3-1 away win against Panionios.[23] On 18 February 2016, in the 1st leg UEFA Europa League game for the round of 32 against RSC Anderlecht, Argentine midfielder Dominguez reached 100 matches with Olympiakos' jersey.[24]

On 25 August 2016, in a crucial second leg match for Europa League play offs, he entered in the field in the last minute of the game, and by scoring the first goal in extra time helped his club to escape with a 2-1 home win (3-1 on aggregate) against Portuguese club Arouca.[25]

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played 26 August 2016[26]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Quilmes AC 2000–01 25 6 0 0 0 0 25 6
Total 25 6 0 0 0 0 25 6
River Plate 2000–01 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2
2001–02 15 5 0 0 0 0 15 5
2002–03 12 2 0 0 0 0 12 2
Total 29 9 0 0 0 0 29 9
Rubin Kazan 2004 18 2 3 0 1 0 22 2
2005 22 6 2 0 0 0 24 6
2006 23 13 4 2 3 2 30 17
Total 63 21 9 2 4 2 76 25
Zenit St. Petersburg 2007 24 3 4 3 7 0 35 6
2008 22 4 1 0 5 0 28 4
Total 46 7 5 3 12 0 63 10
Rubin Kazan 2009 23 16 2 0 6 2 31 18
Total 23 16 2 0 6 2 31 18
Valencia CF 2009–10 13 0 1 0 0 0 14 0
2010–11 6 0 1 0 5 1 12 1
Total 19 0 2 0 5 1 26 1
River Plate 2011–12 33 5 1 1 0 0 34 6
Total 33 5 1 1 0 0 34 6
Rayo Vallecano 2012–13 33 5 2 1 0 0 35 6
Total 33 5 2 1 0 0 35 6
Olympiacos 2013–14 23 5 7 3 9 3 39 11
2014–15 30 15 4 1 8 2 42 18
2015–16 18 5 4 1 5 0 27 6
2016–17 1 1 0 0 4 1 5 2
Total 72 26 15 5 26 6 113 37
Career totals 342 94 36 12 52 10 431 117

Honors and awards[edit]

Domínguez (standing in the centre) alongside his Zenit team mates delighted to win Premier League trophy

Argentina[edit]

Russia[edit]

Greece[edit]

International[edit]

Personal[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kurban Berdyev's press conference" (in Russian). FC Rubin official website. 19 January 2006. Retrieved 2 April 2008. 
  2. ^ uefa.com
  3. ^ "Withou Mitroglou and Saviola, Dominguezcan step up for Olympiakos". espnfc.com. 24 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Domínguez swaps Rubin for Valencia". UEFA.com. 14 December 2009. Archived from the original on 19 December 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Want To Be Valencia's Playmaker - Alejandro Dominguez". www.goal.com. 6 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Juventus Close To Signing Alejandro Dominguez From Valencia". www.goal.com. 31 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Dominguez seals season-long loan switch from Valencia to River Plate - report". www.goal.com. 7 July 2011. 
  8. ^ ""Nos sentimos traicionados por Passarella", acusan Cavenaghi y "Chori"" (in Spanish). playfutbol. July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Chori Domínguez: "La franja roja es especial para mí"" (in Spanish). AS.com. 18 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Chori Dominguez opts for Olympiacos". uk.eurosport.yahoo.com. 3 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Alejandro Domínguez joins Olympiacos". Olympiacos.org. 2 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Olympiacos - Ergotelis 3-0". Olympiacos.org. 1 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Domínguez determined to finish United off". UEFA. 26 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "EUROPE BOWS TO OLYMPIAKOS". discoveryfootball.com. 27 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Win over OFI: done! Time now for Atletico!". Olympiacos.org. 13 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "Alejandro Dominguez Fantasic Goal ~ Olympiacos vs Malmö 2-1 HD (UCL) 09-12-2014". www.youtube.com. 
  17. ^ "Dominguez excited with new Olympiakos deal". www.sdna.gr. 2 April 2015. 
  18. ^ "Domínguez stunner helps Olympiacos to 27th cup". www.uefa.com. 23 May 2015. 
  19. ^ "Olympiakos beats Xanthi 3-1 in Greek Cup final". news.yahoo.com. 23 May 2015. 
  20. ^ "Olympiakos beats Xanthi 3-1 in Greek Cup final". www.charlotteobserver.com. 23 May 2015. 
  21. ^ "Olympiakos remains unbeaten in Greece, beats Platanias 3-1". www.kentucky.com. 12 September 2015. 
  22. ^ "Referee's decisions help Olympiakos win". www.sdna.gr. 13 December 2015. 
  23. ^ "Φεστιβάλ γκολ στην επανάληψη, 3-1 ο Ολυμπιακός τον Πανιώνιο". www.sport24.gr. 3 January 2016. 
  24. ^ "Dominguez reaches 100 matches with Olympiakos. He scored a crucial goal for Olympiakos against Arouca at 25/8/16 and made the score 1-1 at the game giving Olympiakos the qualificiation.". www.sdna.gr. 18 February 2016. 
  25. ^ "Alejandro Dominguez (Olympiakos) goal agaisnt (sic) Arouca (1-1) [2-1 on Agg.]". www.mpdb.us. 25 August 2016. 
  26. ^ "Alejandro Dominguez". uk.soccerway.com. 1 May 2015. 
  27. ^ Sport Express
  28. ^ Во вторник РФС вручил главные футбольные премии 2009 года
  29. ^ Алехандро ДОМИНГЕС ЛУЧШИЙ ПО ОПРОСУ "СЭ" ИГРОК ЧЕМПИОНАТА РОССИИ-2009

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