Facundo Sava

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Facundo Sava
Personal information
Full name Facundo Sava
Date of birth (1974-03-07) 7 March 1974 (age 42)
Place of birth Ituzaingó, Argentina
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1996 Ferro Carril Oeste 80 (9)
1996–1997 Boca Juniors 7 (0)
1997–2002 Gimnasia (LP) 182 (67)
2002–2004 Fulham 27 (6)
2004–2005 Celta Vigo 26 (3)
2005–2006 Lorca 38 (7)
2006–2008 Racing Club 66 (29)
2008–2009 Arsenal de Sarandí 21 (3)
2009–2010 Quilmes 21 (4)
2010 Ferro Carril Oeste 6 (2)
Total 474 (130)
Teams managed
2012 San Martín de San Juan
2013 Unión de Santa Fe
2014–2015 O'Higgins
2015 Quilmes
2016– Racing Club

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Facundo Sava (born 7 March 1974) is an Argentine former footballer. He played 17 years of professional football, mainly in Argentina, but also with spells in Spain and England. Outside his country, Sava is best known for his goal celebration where he donned a mask which was stored in one of his socks.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Sava started his career in Ferro Carril Oeste in 1993. In 1996, he moved to Boca Juniors. It wasn't long after his move to Boca, that he was sold on to Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata. In 2002, Sava was sold to Fulham for £2 million. Whilst at Fulham he is remembered for scoring a dramatic late equaliser against Middlesbrough[2] and scoring twice as Fulham beat Liverpool.[3] From there, he enjoyed a loan spell to Celta de Vigo. After a permanent move to Celta, he helped them secure promotion to the Spanish first division. He then moved to another Spanish second division team; Lorca Deportiva, but returned to Argentina in the middle of 2006 to play for Racing Club.

In 2008 he joined Arsenal de Sarandí and, the following season, he helped Quilmes achieve promotion to the Argentine Primera División. However, he did not stay with Quilmes in the Primera, instead returning to his first club, Ferro Carril Oeste, after 14 years.[4] With Ferro, he played 6 games in the 2010–11 season of the Primera B Nacional, before deciding to retire. He played his last game in an away draw against Belgrano on 11 September 2010.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

On 23 April 2012, Sava took his first coaching job as the head coach at San Martín de San Juan.[6]


  1. ^ The Guardian
  2. ^ "Late Fulham deny Boro". BBC. 24 August 2002. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sava stuns Liverpool". BBC. 23 November 2002. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Sava acordó su regreso a Ferro". Clarín (in Spanish). 20 July 2010. Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Damián Cáceres (11 October 2010). "El psicólogo del fútbol". Cancha Llena (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Sava, el nuevo entrenador". San Martín de San Juan official site (in Spanish). 23 April 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 

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