Diego Gavilán

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Diego Gavilán
Personal information
Full name Diego Antonio Gavilán Zarate
Date of birth (1980-03-01) 1 March 1980 (age 38)
Place of birth Asunción, Paraguay
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Youth career
1996–1998 Cerro Porteño
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Cerro Porteño 24 (7)
2000–2003 Newcastle United 7 (1)
2002–2003 UAG (loan) 14 (1)
2003 Internacional (loan) 39 (5)
2003–2004 Udinese (loan) 0 (0)
2004–2005 Internacional 57 (2)
2005–2007 Newell's Old Boys 26 (1)
2007 Grêmio 17 (0)
2008 Flamengo 4 (0)
2008 Portuguesa 22 (0)
2009 Independiente 5 (0)
2010 Olimpia Asunción 2 (0)
2011 Juan Aurich 4 (0)
2011 Independiente CG 0 (0)
National team
1999–2006 Paraguay 43 (0)
Teams managed
2013 Cerro Porteño U15
2014 Olimpia Itá
2015 Sport Colombia
2015 Independiente CG
2016 Olimpia Itá
2017 Deportivo Capiatá
2017 Sportivo Trinidense
2017 Sol de América
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Diego Antonio Gavilán Zarate (born 1 March 1980, Asunción) is a Paraguayan former footballer and current coach. He was most recently in charge of Sol de América.[1] As a national team player, he earned 43 caps for his country.


Gavilán's nickname pampero - meaning the horse that runs like the wind - offers a fair indication of his purposeful and hard-running style. He began his top-flight career at Cerro Porteño, and he became the first ever Paraguayan to play in England, when he signed for Newcastle United in 2000.[2]

Gavilán cost Newcastle £2m when he left his native Paraguay behind at the age of just 19. He made his Premiership debut in a 2-2 draw at Sunderland. He struggled however, to stake a real claim for a first team place, making some appearances for the club as a substitute. He scored once in the league, against Coventry in a 2-0 win in April 2000.[3]

Gavilán was loaned out to Tecos UAG in Mexico for the year 2002, by which time he had played only two further games for the club.

In 2003, he joined Internacional of Brazil. In 2006, Gavilán signed with the Argentinian side Newell's Old Boys. He signed the following year with Grêmio, returning to the city of Porto Alegre in Brazil.

Gavilán then joined Independiente on loan, and is currently with Portuguesa until November.

In 2011, the players signs with Independiente CG.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

Gavilán coached Cerro Porteño U15 as of 2013. He coached Sergio Díaz.[5]

In May 2015, Gavilán was announced as coach of Independiente Campo Grande in Paraguay´s Division Intermedia, second division.[6]


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