Claudio Bieler

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Claudio Bieler
Personal information
Full name Claudio Daniel Bieler
Date of birth (1984-03-01) March 1, 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Vera, Santa Fe, Argentina
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
CA Belgrano
Number 12
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Colón 12 (0)
2006–2007 Atlético Rafaela 36 (16)
2007–2008 Colo-Colo 15 (3)
2008–2009 LDU Quito 63 (35)
2010–2012 Racing 36 (8)
2011 Newell's Old Boys (loan) 13 (3)
2011–2012 LDU Quito (loan) 32 (18)
2012 LDU Quito 15 (4)
2013–2014 Sporting Kansas City 44 (13)
2015–2016 Quilmes 27 (14)
2016– CA Belgrano 24 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 January 2016.

Claudio Daniel Bieler (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈklauðio ˈβjeler]; born March 1, 1984) is an Argentine footballer who plays as a forward for CA Belgrano.

Club career[edit]

Rise in career[edit]

In 2005 Bieler made his professional debut with Primera División Argentina squad Colón de Santa Fe. The following year he was loaned to Primera B Nacional Argentina squad Atlético Rafaela, where he led the league with sixteen goals. In 2007, he caught the eye of fellow Argentine Claudio Borghi who signed him to Colo-Colo. Bieler attained the 2007 Clausura championship in Chile with Colo Colo.

LDU Quito[edit]

At LDU Quito, he built a reputation as a very capable striker. He was an integral part of the squad that won the 2008 Copa Libertadores (where he had a goal wrongfully disallowed for offsides in the final game) and the squad that was the runner-up of the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup. He was the team's top-scorer in 2008 with 17 goals, and was the Ecuadorian Serie A's top-scorer in 2009 with 22 goals. He provided the winning goal in Liga's win in the first leg of the 2009 Recopa Sudamericana and scored one of three goals in the second leg at home. In the 2009 Copa Sudamericana, he was the tournament's top-scorer with eight goals, including two hat-tricks against Argentine team Lanús and Uruguayan team River Plate.

He scored his first hat-trick for Serie A on February 12, 2012, in the match between LDU Quito and Olmedo, where LDU Quito won 5-0. He garnered interest from Mexican clubs, although he expressed his wish to retire with Liga de Quito.

Racing Club[edit]

On January 6, 2010 Racing Club de Avellaneda signed the striker to a three-and-a half year contract with 50% of the Bieler sporting rights.[1]

Sporting Kansas City[edit]

Bieler signed with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer as a designated player on December 18, 2012.[2] Sporting paid an undisclosed transfer fee to LDU Quito to obtain Bieler.

Bieler was released by Kansas City on January 20, 2015.[3]

Belgrano[edit]

On 6 January 2016 Bieler signed with CA Belgrano.[4]

International career[edit]

Due to his performance playing for LDU Quito, elements of the Ecuadorian press has suggested that Bieler should play for the Ecuadorian national team. When asked to comment on the remarks, he has publicly stated that he would change nationalities to play for Ecuador.[5][6] However, on February 4, 2010, he was called up by Argentine manager Diego Maradona,[7] but ended up not playing because of a suspected injury.[8] In May 2010, Bieler returned to Ecuador to undergo the naturalization process.[9] However, he is not eligible to play for the Ecuador national team.[10]

Titles[edit]

Colo-Colo[11]
LDU Quito[11]
Sporting Kansas City[11]

Personal life[edit]

Bieler became a citizen of Ecuador in 2011 since he is in a free union with Ecuadoran girlfriend.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Olé' asegura que Bieler firmó esta madrugada por Racing". futbolecuador.com. January 6, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Sporting KC signs Claudio Bieler as Designated Player | Sporting Kansas City". Sportingkc.com. December 18, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Sporting Kansas City agree to part ways with forward Claudio Bieler". Archived from the original on July 7, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Claudio Bieler ya es de Belgrano" [Claudio Bieler is already with Belgrano]. mundod.lavoz.com.ar. January 6, 2016. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ 07h38 (October 21, 2009). "A Claudio Bieler le gustaría nacionalizarse ecuatoriano". El Universo (in Spanish). Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ [2] Archived February 7, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Dudas por Bieler" [Doubts about Bieler]. futbolecuador.com (in Spanish). February 20, 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  9. ^ "El Taca será ecuatoriano" [El Taca will be an Ecuadorian]. futbolecuador.com (in Spanish). May 17, 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  10. ^ http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/affederation/generic/01/66/54/21/fifastatutes2012e.pdf FIFA. (PDF)
  11. ^ a b c Claudio Bieler at Soccerway
  12. ^ "Claudio Bieler ya tiene cédula para jugar como ecuatoriano" [Claudio Bieler already naturalized to play as Ecuadorian] (in Spanish). El Universo. July 22, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 

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