Daniel Fonseca

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Daniel Fonseca
Personal information
Full name Daniel Fonseca Garis
Date of birth (1969-09-13) 13 September 1969 (age 47)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1990 Nacional 14 (3)
1990–1992 Cagliari 50 (17)
1992–1994 Napoli 58 (31)
1994–1997 Roma 65 (20)
1997–2001 Juventus 40 (10)
2001–2002 River Plate 0 (0)
2002 Nacional 5 (2)
2002–2003 Como 2 (0)
Total 234 (83)
National team
1990–1997 Uruguay 30 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 September 2006.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 April 2007 (UTC)

Daniel Fonseca Garis (born 13 September 1969) is an Uruguayan former footballer, now a football agent.[1] As a forward, he notably played for Italy's S.S.C Napoli, A.S. Roma and Juventus.[1]

Club career[edit]

Fonseca, nicknamed el castor ("the beaver"), started his football career at Nacional, his local team in Uruguay, in 1988. He played 14 games in two years and scored 3 goals.[citation needed]

In 1990, he moved to Cagliari, scoring 17 goals in 50 appearances, playing mostly on the left rather than in his more habitual central position.[2]

In 1992 Napoli signed him and Fonseca managed a more impressive strike rate, scoring 31 goals in two seasons in Naples, including 5 goals against Valencia in the UEFA Cup. His form and performances drew attention from A.S. Roma, who promptly signed him in 1994.[2]

During his time with Napoli, he would occasionally put on the socks of the Uruguay national team, which is a shade lighter in colour than Napoli's socks, saying that they would bring him good luck.[2]

However, his three seasons (from 1994 to 1997) were far from successful. Fonseca usually played as a second striker, supporting the Argentine centre forward Abel Balbo, but, because of the many injuries he suffered, he played discontinuously.[2]

Juventus signed Fonseca in 1997, but he was once again played out of position on the left wing, as he had been at Cagliari and AS Roma. His goalscoring record in Serie A was very good considering he was not always a first choice player with Roma]] and Juventus. Fonseca was always regarded as a "super sub", and scored several important goals coming off the bench. During his time with the Turin club, he won one Serie A title, a Champions League runner-up medal and the Supercoppa Italiana.[2]

Injury ruled him completely out of the 1999–2000 season,[3] which saw him transferred to River Plate in Argentina.[citation needed] There, he infamously played only during the club's 2000 pre-season. His only match was a pre-season encounter against archrivals Boca Juniors, and Fonseca helped his club to earn a win by scoring the final penalty in the shootout. A few days later, Fonseca would resign from his contract and join Como in 2001.[citation needed] He retired in 2003 after the coach told him that he was no longer a part of the first team's plans.[1]

International career[edit]

Fonseca represented the Uruguay national football team on 30 occasions, scoring 11 goals.[4] He was a member of the team that won the 1995 Copa América.[5]

Style of play[edit]

A dynamic, opportunistic, hard-working, and forward, Fonseca was a quick, opportunistic, and hard-working striker, with good dribbling skills, vision, and a powerful shot from distance, which made him capable of both scoring goals and creating chances for team-mates.[2] A versatile and well-rounded attacker, Fonseca was also effective in the air, and was capable of playing in several offensive positions, due to his pace, technique, defensive work-rate, and passing ability; he was also an accurate penalty kick and set-piece taker.[2]







In April 2016, he was named in the Panama Papers.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Fonseca about deciding to quit football". Soccerway. 11 February 2003. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Stefano Bedeschi (18 September 2013). "Gli eroi in bianconero: Daniel FONSECA" (in Italian). Tutto Juve. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  3. ^ Paolo Forcolin (7 October 1999). "Nella Juve si rivede Fonseca "Sto meglio, avrò il mio spazio"" [At Juve Fonseca returns "I'm doing better, I will find space"] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Daniel Fonseca at National-Football-Teams.com
  5. ^ a b Michele Bresciani (31 May 2011). "Copa América, storia di un mito – Uruguay 1995" (in Italian). Calcio Sudamericano.it. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Daniel Fonseca". Eurosport. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "Panama Papers: Daniel Fonseca, ex calciatore". L'espresso (in Italian). 7 April 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 

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