Gustavo Neffa

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Neffa and the second or maternal family name is Rodríguez.
Gustavo Neffa
Personal information
Full name Gustavo Alfredo Neffa Rodríguez
Date of birth (1971-11-30) 30 November 1971 (age 45)
Place of birth Asunción, Paraguay
Playing position Left winger, striker
Youth career
1987–1988 Olimpia Asunción
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989 Olimpia Asunción 28 (20)
1989–1992 Cremonese 46 (3)
1992 Unión de Santa Fe 16 (3)
1992–1994 Boca Juniors[1] 19 (0)
1995 Estudiantes ? (?)
1996–1998 Sol de América ? (?)
2000 Dallas Burn 0 (0)
National team
1992 Paraguay U23
1989–1991 Paraguay 15 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Gustavo Alfredo Neffa Rodríguez (born 30 November 1971 in Asunción) is a retired footballer from Paraguay.

He started his career on Olimpia Asunción, and at the age of 18, noted by Juventus, Neffa moved on loan to Serie A club U.S. Cremonese, where he failed to make his breakthrough. He returned in South America in 1992, playing for Unión de Santa Fe, Boca Juniors and Estudiantes, before leaving football and marrying tennis player Rossana de los Ríos, who gave him a daughter. He also made a short comeback as a player/coach to Dallas Burn in 2000, just appearing on one pre-season match.[2] He also appeared at the 1992 Summer Olympics in the Paraguayan football team, playing a single match against Ghana; it was during this experience that Neffa met his future wife Rossana.

Italian musician Neffa took his name as a homage to Gustavo. Today they are known to be good friends .[3]


Neffa made his international debut for the Paraguay national football team on 1 July 1989 in the 1989 Copa América match against Peru (5-2) win, in which he scored once (2-1). He obtained a total number of 15 international caps, scoring four goals for the national side.


  1. ^ Todos los extranjeros que jugaron en Boca Juniors
  2. ^ Preseason vs Kansas City
  3. ^ (Italian) Gustavo, il paraguaiano che ha dato il nome a Neffa (

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