Ernesto Farías

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Ernesto Farías
Personal information
Full name Ernesto Antonio Farías
Date of birth (1980-05-29) 29 May 1980 (age 38)
Place of birth Trenque Lauquen, Argentina
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Football Club Argentino
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2004 Estudiantes 206 (93)
2004–2005 Palermo 13 (0)
2005–2007 River Plate 67 (35)
2007–2010 Porto 54 (23)
2010–2014 Cruzeiro 25 (5)
2012–2013Independiente (loan) 42 (12)
2014–2015 Danubio 7 (1)
2015–2017 América Cali 69 (29)
National team
1999 Argentina U20 3 (0)
2005 Argentina 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 September 2017

Ernesto Antonio Farías (born 29 May 1980) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Born in Trenque Lauquen, Buenos Aires Province, Farías started playing professionally in 1997 for Estudiantes de La Plata, making his Primera División debut in a 2–2 draw against Club Atlético Lanús, 19 days shy of his 18th birthday. From his third season onwards he never scored less than 14 league goals, including 12 in the 2003 Apertura alone, a competition-best, as his team ranked in midtable.[1]

Farías left Estudiantes as their fifth-ever goal scorer, netting nearly one goal every two games.[2][3] He signed with Italian club U.S. Città di Palermo for the 2004–05 campaign, teaming up with compatriot Mariano González and appearing in only 13 Serie A matches, going scoreless in the process.

Subsequently, Farías returned to his country and joined Club Atlético River Plate, being crowned top scorer in the 2006 edition of the Copa Libertadores at five (tied with 13 other players) as the Buenos Aires side reached the quarter-finals. In late July 2007, after a failed transfer to Deportivo Toluca F.C. for personal reasons, he signed a four-year contract for FC Porto in a 4 million deal.[4]

During his three-year spell in Portugal, Farías was mostly used as a substitute, consecutively barred by Lisandro López, Hulk and Radamel Falcao.[5][6] He still managed to contribute solidly to the conquest of five major titles by scoring 34 official goals, 23 of those coming in the Primeira Liga.

In January 2010, Farías had everything arranged with Cruzeiro Esporte Clube as part of the deal involving Kléber,[7] but the move eventually collapsed. In late July he finally joined the Brazilians, agreeing on a three-year contract;[8] he scored his first goal for the club on 5 September, in a 3–2 away win over Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras.[9]

In late January 2012, Farías returned to his country and signed with Club Atlético Independiente, on loan.[10]

International career[edit]

On 3 September 2005, Farías won his first – and only – cap for the Argentina national team, in a 0–1 away loss against Paraguay for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.[11] Previously, in 1999, he appeared for the under-20s in the World Cup held in Nigeria, playing in three games in an eventual round-of-16 exit.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Farías was nicknamed El Tecla ("The key"), because in his early adolescence years his uneven teeth were likened to a piano.[13][14]







  1. ^ "Ernesto Farías, vigente a los 36: "Volví a sentirme un goleador"" [Ernesto Farías, still going at 36: "I felt like a scorer again"]. La Nación (in Spanish). 29 December 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Ernesto Farías conjuga la habilidad con los goles" [Ernesto Farías combines skill with goals]. El Día (in Spanish). 23 December 1999. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  3. ^ ""Mi sueño es retirarme acá en Estudiantes"" [“I dream of retiring here at Estudiantes”]. El Día (in Spanish). 6 July 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Porto pluck Farías from River Plate". UEFA. 25 July 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  5. ^ "Farías vs. Falcão e o posicionamento de Hulk" [Farías vs. Falcão and Hulk's positioning] (in Portuguese). Relvado. 11 August 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  6. ^ "F. C. Porto nas asas de Falcao" [F. C. Porto on the wings of Falcao]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 29 August 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). FC Porto. 28 January 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 August 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  8. ^ "Official: Farias leaves Porto for Cruzeiro". PortuGOAL. 22 July 2010. Archived from the original on 20 September 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  9. ^ "Palmeiras vacila em casa, e Cruzeiro consegue grande virada" [Palmeiras falter at home, and Cruzeiro manage great comeback] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 5 September 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  10. ^ "¡Bienvenido!" [Welcome!] (in Spanish). C.A. Independiente. 26 January 2012. Archived from the original on 28 January 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
  11. ^ "Una victoria para festejar largo tiempo" [A win to celebrate a long time] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 4 September 2005. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  12. ^ Ernesto FaríasFIFA competition record
  13. ^ "La suerte del '6' se acabó para River en gol del 'Tecla' Farías" ['6' Lucky charm over for River with 'Tecla' Farías goal] (in Spanish). Terra. 19 July 2006. Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  14. ^ "Ernesto 'Tecla' Farías está en la mira del Corinthians para su centenario en 2010" [Ernesto 'Tecla' Farías targeted by Corinthians for their century in 2010] (in Spanish). Soitu. 20 October 2009. Retrieved 12 May 2011.

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