Fernando Cavenaghi

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Fernando Cavenaghi
Fernando Ezequiel Cavenaghi 9.jpg
Personal information
Full name Fernando Ezequiel Cavenaghi
Date of birth (1983-09-21) 21 September 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth O'Brien, Argentina
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[1]
Playing position striker
Club information
Current team
APOEL
Number 79
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 River Plate 88 (55)
2004–2007 Spartak Moscow 51 (12)
2007–2011 Bordeaux 83 (33)
2010 Mallorca (loan) 11 (2)
2011 Internacional (loan) 2 (1)
2011–2012 River Plate 37 (19)
2012–2013 Villarreal 18 (4)
2013–2014 Pachuca 21 (4)
2014–2015 River Plate 41 (21)
2015– APOEL 1 (2)
National team
2003 Argentina U20 12 (11)
2008 Argentina 4 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 August 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 June 2008

Fernando Ezequiel Cavenaghi (Italian pronunciation: [kaveˈnaɡi]; born 21 September 1983 in O'Brien) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Cypriot club APOEL FC. He is a striker who is efficient in front of goal with either foot and from any range.[2]

Club career[edit]

Cavenaghi made his professional debut for River Plate in the 2000–01 season in which he scored one goal in five appearances. In his first full season he scored 17 goals in 23 appearances, including a hat-trick against Estudiantes. He left River at the beginning of the 2004–05 season, joining Spartak Moscow for a fee of £6.5 million. During his time at River he scored 55 times in 88 league appearances.

In the 2005 season, playing for Spartak Moscow, Cavenaghi scored 7 goals in 26 appearances (compared with 14 for Dmitri Kirichenko – the season's top-scorer) and played his part in helping Spartak win a UEFA Champions League place. It was a difficult first season for Cavenaghi, however, as he struggled to cope with an unfamiliar style of play, the artificial pitches and the Russian language. Although he started the 2006 season better than the previous one, he faded in the second half and transfer rumors began to surface. On 22 January 2007, Cavenaghi was sold to French division club Girondins de Bordeaux for an undisclosed fee, although the Russian media speculated that the deal was worth approximately €11 million with possible future fees.

On 3 February 2007 he played his first Ligue 1 match for Bordeaux against Nice.[3][4] During the 2007–08 season enjoyed great success as he scored 22 goals in 35 appearances for Bordeaux. This form also brought him to the attention of Alfio Basile who called him up for the Argentina national team and gave him his debut against Egypt on 26 March 2008. The following season Cavenaghi helped Girondins de Bordeaux to its first Ligue 1 title in ten years scoring 13 goals in 29 league matches. The following seasons his role with the club diminished and in 2010 he was sent on loan to La Liga side Mallorca. Cavenaghi was with the Spanish club for only a short time but did manage to score 6 goals in 13 appearances.

On 25 January 2011 it was announced that Cavenaghi would join Brazil's Internacional on loan along with fellow Argentine Mario Bolatti. Due to foreign player restrictions in the Brazilian league Cavenaghi did not have a major role with the squad. He scored his first goal with Internacional on 10 April 2011 in a 6–2 victory over Canoas. He also helped the club capture the 2011 Campeonato Gaúcho title.

In the summer of 2011, Fernando returned to his childhood club River Plate following the club's historic relegation to the second division. Cavenaghi, who had great success in River Plate during the early years of his career, was appointed captain upon his return to the team. Throughout the season he had fantastic scoring form with 19 goals in 37 matches in league play, including a notable performance against Gimnasia de Jujuy where he scored four goals. In his one season back with River Plate he helped the club capture the 2011-12 Primera B Nacional and gain promotion back to the first division.

On 9 August 2012, it was announced that Cavenaghi would return to European football, signing with recently relegated Spanish side Villarreal. In his debut, he scored two goals in a 2–1 victory against Real Madrid Castilla.[5] However, his second spell in Spain was again short-lived and in January of 2013 Cavenaghi signed for Pachuca of the Mexican Liga MX.[6]

In early 2014, Cavenaghi again re-joined River Plate. His third spell with the club. He would wear his number 9 throughout his 3rd stay. River Plate became Champion in Argentina's Primera División 2014, making them eligible to several continental/international tournaments in 2014-15.

As 1st club captain, Cavenaghi, lead River Plate on achieving a sweep of 3 out of 3 international championships: 2014 Copa Sudamericana, 2015 Recopa Sudamericana, & 2015 Copa Libertadores (the Ultimate South American club Championship: equivalent to the UEFA Champions League Title). During these campaigns, it included the elimination of arch-rival Boca Juniors twice from 2 international tournaments. Winning Copa Libertadores would make River Plate eligible to play in the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan representing CONMEBOL (South America Confederation) against possible European Powerhouse: FC Barcelona in December 2015.

Locally, He was the 2nd top goal scorer in Argentina's Primera División 2015 with 11 goals. After the Final Libertadores game in Buenos Aires, "Captain Fernando" expressed the end of his cycle in River Plate and exited the team as Club Champion of CONMEBOL in the South American Continent. Fernando Cavenaghi (El Torito) played 211 official games with the club and had 8 titles overall with River Plate surpassing both legends: Enzo Francescoli (El Príncipe)& Ariel Ortega (El Burrito).

On 25 August 2015, he moved back to Europe signing a two-year contract with Cypriot club APOEL FC.[7] On 30 August 2015, he scored twice on his APOEL debut — including an amazing back-heel goal — in his team's 6–2 home victory against Pafos FC for the Cypriot First Division.[8]

International career[edit]

Cavenaghi was a part of the Argentina Under-20 squad that finished fourth in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship.

His play with Bordeaux brought him to the attention of Alfio Basile who called him up for the Argentina national team and gave him his debut against Egypt on 26 March 2008..

Career statistics[edit]

As of 30 August 2015
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
River Plate 2000–01 5 1 3 2 8 3
2001–02 23 17 6 2 29 19
2002–03 33 20 11 7 44 27
2003–04 27 17 11 6 38 23
Total 88 55 31 17 119 72
Spartak Moscow 2004 9 1 9 1
2005 25 6 1 1 26 7
2006 17 5 4 0 21 5
Total 51 12 1 1 4 0 56 13
Bordeaux 2007 9 2 9 2
2007–08 23 15 5 2 7 5 35 22
2008–09 29 13 2 1 5 1 36 15
2009–10 20 3 3 4 3 0 26 7
2010–11 2 0 2 0
Total 83 33 10 7 15 6 108 46
Mallorca (loan) 2010 11 2 2 4 13 6
Total 11 2 2 4 13 6
Internacional (loan) 2011 8[a] 2 7 4 4 0 25 6
Total 8 2 7 4 4 0 19 6
River Plate 2011–12 37 19 1 0 38 19
Total 37 19 1 0 38 19
Villarreal 2012–13 18 4 1 0 19 4
Total 18 4 1 0 19 4
Pachuca 2012–13 10 2 3 3 13 5
2013–14 11 2 3 1 14 3
Total 21 4 6 4 27 8
River Plate 2014 20 8 0 0 20 8
2014 3 2 0 0 3 0 6 2
2015 18 11 2 0 7 0 27 11
Total 41 21 2 0 10 0 53 21
River Plate Totals 166 95 3 0 41 17 210 112
APOEL 2015–16 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 2
Total 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 2
Career Totals 359 154 30 20 64 23 453 197
  1. ^ Including 6 matches and 1 goal in 2011 Campeonato Gaúcho.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

River Plate
Internacional
FC Girondins de Bordeaux

International[edit]

Argentina Under-20

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.cariverplate.com.ar/ver-jugador-fernando-cavenaghi-9
  2. ^ Jones, Steven. "Goal.com Profile: Fernando Cavenaghi". Goal.com. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tactical Formation". Football-Lineups.com. Retrieved 4 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "Ligue 1 Top Scorer of the Month February, 2008". frenchleague.com. Retrieved 3 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "Una Remontada Para Empezar 2–1". villarrealcf.es. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Fernando Cavenaghi, Pachuca!". www.oem.com.mx/. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Σύναψη συμφωνίας με τον ποδοσφαιριστή Fernando Cavenaghi (in Greek). APOEL FC. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  8. ^ [hhttp://www.apoelfc.com.cy/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=13942&tt=graphic&lang=l2 APOEL FC 6-2 Paphos F.C.]. APOEL FC. 30 August 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2015. 

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