Gabriel Mercado

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Gabriel Mercado
Gabriel Mercado.jpg
Mercado with River Plate in 2016
Personal information
Full name Gabriel Iván Mercado
Date of birth (1987-03-18) 18 March 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Sevilla
Number 24
Youth career
Racing Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Racing Club 96 (1)
2010–2012 Estudiantes LP 66 (10)
2012–2016 River Plate 94 (5)
2016– Sevilla 15 (2)
National team
2007 Argentina U-20 11 (0)
2010– Argentina 12 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07 January 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2016

Gabriel Iván Mercado (born 18 March 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Sevilla FC. Mainly a right back, he could also play as a central defender.

He began his career with Racing Club and Estudiantes before joining River Plate in 2012, going on to win six domestic and international tournaments including the 2015 Copa Libertadores. In 2016, he joined Sevilla for €2.5 million.

Mercado made his international debut for Argentina in 2010, and was part of their squad that came runners-up at the Copa América Centenario.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Mercado made his professional debut for Racing Club on 21 February 2007 in a 0–1 home defeat to San Lorenzo. He went to establish himself as a regular member of the Racing first team.

In July 2010, Mercado joined Estudiantes de La Plata for $800,000 and 50% of his rights.[1]

In July 2012, he signed for River Plate.

Sevilla[edit]

On 4 August 2016, La Liga side Sevilla FC signed Mercado from River Plate on a three-year deal for a reported fee of €2.5 million, with River retaining 20% of a subsequent transfer fee. He was signed by compatriot manager Jorge Sampaoli to replace former captain Coke.[2]

He scored his first goal for the team on 20 September, deflecting Samir Nasri's free kick for the only one in a home Seville derby win over Real Betis.[3]

International career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Mercado represented the Argentina Under-20 team at the 2007 South American Youth Championship in Paraguay and at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada.

Senior career[edit]

Mercado made his full international debut for the Argentina national team after being called up to join Diego Maradona's squad of Argentina-based players who beat Jamaica 2–1 on 10 February 2010.

Mercado was first-choice in his position for Argentina in the 2016 Copa América Centenario squad, playing in the final against Chile for the full 120-minutes, a 4–2 loss on penalties.[2]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first

No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1
24 March 2016 Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Santiago, Chile  Chile
2–1
2–1
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2
29 March 2016 Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Córdoba, Argentina  Bolivia
1–0
2–0
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Estudiantes
River Plate

International[edit]

Argentina U-20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mercado, nuevo jugador de Estudiantes". ESPN Deportes (in Spanish). 2010-07-06. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  2. ^ a b "Sevilla sign Argentina right-back Gabriel Mercado to help replace Coke". ESPN FC. Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  3. ^ "Gabriel Mercado leads Sevilla past Betis; Malaga beat Eibar for first win". ESPN FC. 20 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 

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