Facundo Hernán Quiroga

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Facundo Quiroga
Personal information
Full name Facundo Hernán Quiroga
Date of birth (1978-01-10) 10 January 1978 (age 41)
Place of birth San Luis, Argentina
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Right-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Newell's Old Boys 22 (1)
1998–2004 Sporting CP 73 (2)
2000–2001Napoli (loan) 28 (0)
2004–2008 VfL Wolfsburg 90 (1)
2008–2010 River Plate 25 (1)
2010–2011 Huracán 31 (1)
2011–2013 All Boys 54 (0)
Total 323 (6)
National team
2002–2004 Argentina 16 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Facundo Hernán Quiroga (born 10 January 1978) is an Argentine retired professional footballer. Mainly a central defender, he could also play as a right-back.[1]

Club career[edit]

Born in San Luis, Quiroga began his career at Newell's Old Boys in the Argentine Primera División in 1997. The following year he was signed by Sporting CP in Portugal, playing six years for them, until 2002, except for a season-long loan (in 2000–01) at Italian side Napoli. He was an important player in the Lisbon team's conquest of the Primeira Liga in 1999–2000, playing alongside another Newell's graduate, Aldo Duscher, who also signed in 1998; during his season at Napoli, he played with former Sporting teammate Luís Vidigal, as the team suffered relegation from Serie A.

In 2004, Quiroga moved to VfL Wolfsburg, a club that acquired a number of Argentine players in that timeframe (Oscar Ahumada, Andrés D'Alessandro, Diego Klimowicz and Juan Carlos Menseguez). A regular in the lineups from 2004 to 2007, he only appeared in 12 Bundesliga matches in his last season, subsequently returning to Argentina and joining River Plate.

In 2010, Quiroga signed for Huracán. He retired three seasons later, with All Boys, also in his country's top division.

International career[edit]

Quiroga gained 16 caps for the Argentina national team between 2002 and 2004, going on to represent the country at the 2004 Copa América. His debut came on 17 April 2002 in a friendly away win against Germany (1–0), playing the entire match and being booked. He was eventually overlooked for the squad at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

Honours[edit]

Sporting CP

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facundo Quiroga". Worldfootball. Retrieved 21 October 2012.

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