Gabriel Cichero

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Gabriel Cichero
Personal information
Full name Gabriel Alejandro Cichero Konarek
Date of birth (1984-04-25) 25 April 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Caracas, Venezuela
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Left back / Centre back
Club information
Current team
Deportivo Lara
Youth career
2001–2002 Montevideo Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Montevideo Wanderers 35 (0)
2006 Lecce 4 (0)
2006 Vihren Sandanski 1 (0)
2007–2009 Deportivo Italia 23 (0)
2008 New York Red Bulls (loan) 8 (0)
2009 Caracas (loan) 13 (3)
2009–2013 Caracas 26 (3)
2010–2011 Newell's Old Boys (loan) 23 (1)
2011–2012 Lens (loan) 8 (0)
2012–2013 Nantes (loan) 31 (2)
2013–2014 Nantes 5 (0)
2014–2016 Sion 14 (0)
2014–2015 Mineros de Guayana (loan) 21 (4)
2017– Deportivo Lara 15 (0)
National team
2004– Venezuela 61 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 August 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 March 2015

Gabriel Alejandro Cichero Konarek (born 25 April 1984) is a Venezuelan football defender. He is currently plays for Deportivo Lara. Cichero also plays for the Venezuela national football team.

His older brother Alejandro is a defender who last played for Deportivo Anzoátegui of the Venezuelan Primera División.

Club career[edit]

Cichero began his professional career with Uruguayan Primera División side Montevideo Wanderers, appearing in 35 matches and scoring 1 goal. During January 2006 transfer window he was loaned to Serie A side U.S. Lecce for the remainder of the season. He then returned to Uruguay and in 2007 was transferred to Vihren Sandanski, in the Bulgarian championship.[1] Following his stay in Bulgaria Cichero returned to his native Venezuela and signed with Deportivo Italia.

Cichero was loaned out to New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer on 11 July 2008 in a deal that was to end in December 2008, but had an option to be extended into 2009.[2] Numerous blunders in the handful of key late-season games he played meant that the loan was never extended and Cichero was not offered a contract. After being released by New York, he was loaned out to Caracas FC for the 2009 season.

Cichero joined Newell's Old Boys on loan for the 2010–11 Argentine Primera División season.[3] He played 23 matches and scored once.

On 4 August 2011 it was confirmed his transfer to French side RC Lens, in a one-year loan with a buy option for two more years.[4]

In October 2011, Cichero was banned for 10 months, 5 of them suspended, for assaulting SC Bastia director Alain Seghi after being sent off late in the 2–2 draw between the teams on 15 October. Cichero kicked Seghi in the face, breaking his jaw, nose and eye socket, but claims he was assaulted first.[5]

On 23 June 2012, Cichero joined Ligue 2 outfit FC Nantes on a season-long loan deal with an option to make it permanent.[6] Nantes ended the 2012–13 season promoted back to the Ligue 1 and then he signed a permanent deal with the French top-flight team. However, he failed to find a regular first team place in the 2013–14 season and moved to Swiss side FC Sion on 27 January 2014.[7] He was loaned out to Mineros de Guayana on 8 July 2014.[8]

International career[edit]

Gabriel Cichero has 51 caps for the Venezuela national team, and has scored four goals including the winner against Chile in the 2011 Copa América quarterfinal.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Venezuela's goal tally first.[9]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 30 April 2008 Alfonso López, Bucaramanga, Colombia  Colombia 1–1 2–5 Friendly
2. 17 July 2011 Bicentenario, San Juan, Argentina  Chile 2–1 2–1 2011 Copa América
9 September 2014 International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan  Japan 2–2 0–3 CON Friendly
3. 27 March 2015 Catherine Hall Sports Complex, Montego Bay, Jamaica  Jamaica 1–0 1–2 Friendly



New York Red Bulls


  1. ^ Peshev, Georgi (2007-03-26). "Габи Сичеро аут от "Вихрен" за месец". Sofia, Bulgaria: Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  2. ^ Cichero joins New York
  3. ^ "Gabriel Cichero ya se faja en Rosario". Fútbol Report (in Spanish). 16 June 2010. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Gabriel Cichero s'engage avec le Racing (Commitment of Gabriel Cichero with Racing) RC Lens official website, 4 August 2011. (French)
  5. ^ Lens defender Gabriel Cichero suspended for five months after assaulting Bastia director 26 November 2011.
  6. ^ Gabriel Cichero rejoint le FC Nantes ! FC Nantes, 23 June 2012. (French)
  7. ^ Gabriel Cichero quitte le FC Nantes (Gabriel Cichero leaves FC Nantes) FC Nantes, 27 January 2014. (French)
  8. ^ "Gabriel Cichero llega a reforzar la zaga minerista" (in Spanish). ACCD Mineros de Guayana. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Cichero, Gabriel". National Football Teams. Retrieved 25 April 2017. 

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