Franco Niell

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Franco Niell
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Personal information
Full name Franco Niell
Date of birth (1983-05-22) May 22, 1983 (age 35)
Place of birth Trelew, Argentina
Height 5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Youth career
San Lorenzo de Almagro
2001–2004 Argentinos Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2012 Argentinos Juniors 75 (15)
2008D.C. United (loan) 7 (0)
2008–2009Gimnasia (loan) 29 (4)
2009–2010Deportivo Quito (loan) 32 (2)
2011–2012Querétaro (loan) 18 (3)
2012 Figueirense 0 (0)
2012–2013 Gimnasia 18 (5)
2013–2016 Rosario Central 67 (15)
2016–2018 Gimnasia 45 (7)
2018 Guillermo Brown 10 (1)
2019– Quilmes 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 March 2019

Franco Niell (born May 22, 1983 in Trelew, Chubut) is an Argentine football striker who plays for Quilmes Atlético Club.


Niell is of Scottish descent. Neill joined the Argentinos Juniors youth system in 2001, and debuted professionally on April 12, 2004. In his first match he came on as a substitute for Gustavo Oberman, and scored a goal in the 3–1 victory over Colón de Santa Fe.

On January 22, 2008, he signed on loan with D.C. United.[1][2] His first appearance for United was against Harbour View FC in the 2008 CONCACAF Champions Cup. On June 26, 2008 he was waived by D.C. United.[3]

On July 12, 2009, coming from the bench in the 18 m. of the ST, he scored arguably two of the most important goals of his career when he scored 2 goals with his team Gimnasia La Plata in the last minutes of the game (44 & 46 ST), goals that allowed Gimnasia to remain in the first division of the Argentinian League. Gimmnasia was playing with 9 men and needed 2 goals to keep the category against Atlético de Rafaela, team that did beat them 3–0 in the first match. The two goals were headers.[4]

In 2009 Niell was loaned to Deportivo Quito of Ecuador, and in 2011 he was loaned back to Querétaro F.C. of Mexico.[5]


  1. ^ "D.C. United Snap Up Tiny Argentine Niell". January 8, 2008. Retrieved March 19, 2008.
  2. ^ Goff, Steven (January 9, 2008). "Niell Close To Joining D.C. United". Washington Post. p. E02.
  3. ^ D.C. United: News: Article[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Clarin: News: Article in Spanish
  5. ^

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