Esteban Fuertes

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Esteban Fuertes
Personal information
Full name Oscar Esteban Fuertes
Date of birth (1972-12-26) 26 December 1972 (age 44)
Place of birth Coronel Dorrego, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Club information
Current team
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992 Independiente 1 (0)
1992–1993 El Porvenir 26 (17)
1993–1995 Los Andes 68 (31)
1995–1996 Platense 29 (9)
1996–1997 Racing Club 33 (8)
1997–1999 Colón 62 (23)
1999 Derby County 8 (1)
2000 Colón 18 (17)
2000 RC Lens 26 (7)
2001–2002 Tenerife 26 (5)
2002–2003 River Plate 34 (12)
2003–2006 Colón 81 (35)
2007 Universidad Católica 35 (19)
2008–2012 Colón 122 (63)
2013 Sport Boys 11 (3)
Total 577 (250)
National team
2009 Argentina 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:03, 16 October 2013 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:20, 17 December 2010 (UTC)

Oscar Esteban "Bichi" Fuertes (born 26 December 1972 Coronel Dorrego, Buenos Aires) is a former Argentine football striker who played most of his career for Colón de Santa Fe.

Playing career[edit]


Fuertes has been used as a winger and as a striker in his career, he is a classic journeyman footballer, having played for 10 different teams in Argentina, France, England, Chile, and Spain.

Fuertes began his career at Primera División club Independiente in 1991, but he was soon released. He went to play for El Porvenir and then Los Andes in the Argentine second division.

He made his return to the Primera with Platense in 1995, but he only stayed there for one year before moving on to Independiente's fiercest rivals Racing Club de Avellaneda. Again he only spent one season with the club before he found his way to the club that has become his spiritual home; Colón de Santa Fe.

It was at Colón where he became the Primera's top scorer in 2000, he was Goleador with 17 goals in the Clausura tournament, this feat earned him a lucrative transfer to Europe.

In July 1999, Fuertes was purchased for £2.3m by Jim Smith, manager of Derby County in England. He scored two early goals, the winner against Everton in the league[1] and another against Swansea City in the League Cup.[2] However, weeks later, he was refused entry back into Britain when immigration officials discovered that his Italian passport was forged. Derby were able to sell him on to Lens in France for £2.8m.[3] His final European club was Tenerife in Spain.

Fuertes returned to Argentina in 2002 to join River Plate, where he won the Clausura 2003, but again he only stayed for one season before returning to Colón de Santa Fe. He has now become the club's all-time top goalscorer with 138 goals for the club.

Fuertes retired from professional football on 25 June 2012 in a match against Banfield scoring two goals.[4] A year following his retirement, Fuertes signed a six-month contract for Bolivian side Sport Boys Warnes which had been recently promoted to the Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano.[5] He officially retired on 6 December 2013 after 11 appearances and 3 goals scored for the club.[6]


On 20 May 2009 Fuertes made his international debut in a friendly match against Panama aged 36, making him the oldest player ever to make his debut for the Argentina national team.[7] The Argentina team made up of players based in the Primera División Argentina won the game 3–1.


River Plate


  1. ^ Andrews, Phil (28 August 1999). "Fuertes arrives with perfect timing". London: The Independent. Retrieved 6 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Sport: Football Everton slain by Oxford". BBC. 23 September 1999. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  3. ^ News of the World 8 December 2002 The bung busters demanded to see every letter, fax and document involving Derby's foreign transfers
  4. ^ Fuertes' last professional match. at Diario Olé (Spanish)
  5. ^ El Bichi Fuertes retorna al fútbol en el recién ascendido Sport Boys at (Spanish)
  6. ^ Se acaba la era 'Bichi' Fuertes en Sport Boys at (Spanish)
  7. ^ El "Bichi" Fuertes se convirtió en el jugador "más viejo" en debutar en la Selección at El Argento (Spanish)

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