Federico Insúa

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Federico Insúa
Personal information
Full name Federico Insúa
Date of birth (1980-01-03) January 3, 1980 (age 38)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Argentinos Juniors
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2002 Argentinos Juniors 114 (16)
2002–2003 Independiente 56 (14)
2003–2004 Málaga 31 (3)
2004–2005 Independiente 35 (9)
2005–2006 Boca Juniors 37 (11)
2006–2007 Borussia M'gladbach 32 (2)
2007–2010 Club América 30 (5)
2009 Necaxa (loan) 16 (2)
2009–2010 Boca Juniors (loan) 30 (3)
2010–2012 Bursaspor 24 (1)
2012–2014 Vélez Sarsfield 62 (9)
2014–2015 Independiente 18 (2)
2015 Millonarios 41 (10)
2016– Argentinos Juniors 3 (1)
National team
2003–2010 Argentina 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 January 2016

Federico Insúa (born January 3, 1980 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentine footballer currently playing for Argentinos Juniors. Usually a playmaker, he is well known for his vision and technique.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Nicknamed El Pocho, Insúa grew up in a middle-class family in Buenos Aires.[1] He moved to the youth teams of Argentinos Juniors from the Club Parque youth team, and debuted professionally on November 18, 1997.[2] After five seasons with the club, he transferred to Independiente in 2002. After winning a local championship with Independiente, he moved to Spanish first division Málaga CF in 2003, but after only one unsuccessful season he returned to Independiente.[1]

Boca Juniors[edit]

At the beginning of the 2005–06 season, Insúa again transferred, this time to Boca Juniors. He debuted for Boca in a 4–1 victory over Gimnasia de Jujuy. Even though he had a slow start, he succeeded in becoming Boca's playmaker, helping the team to win two league titles and two international cups by the end of 2006.

Germany and Mexico[edit]

On July 28, 2006, Insúa transferred for €4 million to German Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach, which hoped to fill a gap in its offensive midfield. The 26-year-old midfielder put pen to paper on a four-year deal. The Argentine international wore the number 10 shirt for Borussia.[1] On February 3, 2007, he scored his first Bundesliga goal in a game against Arminia Bielefeld.

After the relegation of Borussia in the 2006–07 Bundesliga, he was sold to Club América (Mexico) for US$7.5 million, for four years, with a salary of US$1,875,000 a year. He joined the squad on June 27, 2007. On July 27, 2008 Insúa opened the 1–0 score against Santos Laguna on the first match of the Apertua 2008 season. In early January 2009 he was loaned to Necaxa, but he could not help the team avoid relegation.

On July 18, 2009, Insúa was loaned to Boca Juniors for one year. Once the loan finished, he signed with Bursaspor to a two-year deal on June 17, 2010.[3]

Return to Argentina[edit]

Insúa returned to Argentina for the 2012 Clausura, joining Vélez Sársfield. With Vélez he obtained his fourth Argentine league title (with three different teams) after helping his team to win the 2012 Inicial, starting all 19 games and scoring once.[4] He also won with Vélez the 2012–13 Superfinal and helped the team to a semi-finalist campaign in the 2013 Copa Sudamericana.

In January 2014, the attacking midfielder returned to Independiente when the team was playing in the Primera B Nacional. He signed an 18-month contract with the club.[5] He played few matches in the tournament mostly as a substitute and the team was promoted back to the first division at the end of the season. He couldn't gain a single minute of play with new manager Jorge Almirón and in October 2014 he was fired by president Hugo Moyano.[6]


At the end of 2014 Insúa was hired by Colombian team Millonarios to start playing in the 2015 Categoría Primera A season.[7]

International career[edit]

Insúa debuted for the Argentina national football team in January 2003 and played for them on a sporadic basis over the following years.

National team statistics[edit]


Argentina national team
Year Apps Goals
2003 4 0
2004 1 0
2005 1 0
2006 2 0
2007 2 0
2008 0 0
2009 2 0
2010 2 0
Total 14 0


Boca Juniors
Club América
Vélez Sársfield


  1. ^ a b c Lustig, Jan (August 7, 2006). "Das Rätsel 'El Pocho'". kicker (in German). 64: 16. 
  2. ^ Dana, Fabio (August 8, 2005). "Insúa; ¿Nace un conductor xeneize?" (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. Retrieved February 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Un Pocho turco" (in Spanish). Diario Olé. June 18, 2010. Retrieved February 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Inicial '12 statistics". Argentine Soccer. Retrieved December 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Quería ayudar y mostrar todo lo que puedo dar" (in Spanish). Clarín. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  6. ^ "Moyano echó a Pocho Insúa" (in Spanish). Clarín. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  7. ^ "El Pocho Insúa se fue a Colombia" (in Spanish). Clarín. Retrieved 2014-12-17. 
  8. ^ "Federico Insúa". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 

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