Julio Arca

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Julio Arca
Julio Arca 2013 2.jpg
Arca warming up for Sunderland in Jody Craddock's testimonial match in 2014
Personal information
Full name Julio Andrés Arca[1]
Date of birth (1981-01-31) 31 January 1981 (age 37)
Place of birth Quilmes, Argentina
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Central midfielder / Left wingback
Club information
Current team
South Shields
Youth career
1992–1999 Argentinos Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Argentinos Juniors 36 (0)
2000–2006 Sunderland 157 (17)
2006–2013 Middlesbrough 160 (9)
2015– South Shields
National team
2001 Argentina U20 12 (2)
2000 Argentina U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:05, 21 March 2017 (UTC)

Julio Andrés Arca (born 31 January 1981) is an Argentine semi-professional footballer who plays as a left-back or central midfielder for Northern Premier League Premier Division club South Shields. Arca has spent the majority of his career in the North East of England, firstly for Sunderland from 2000 to 2006, and then for Middlesbrough from 2006 to 2013. He retired from professional football following his release from Middlesbrough, and subsequently played Sunday League football for Willow Pond for the 2014–15 season. He later signed for South Shields, in addition to his return to Sunderland as part of the club's youth coaching staff.

During his professional career, he was seen as an attack minded player, with his key attributes including good long and short passing, as well as being a hard worker.

Club career[edit]

Sunderland[edit]

Sunderland's manager Peter Reid signed Arca in 2000 from Argentinos Juniors with a £3.5 million five-year deal, while holding off competition from Newcastle United and Leeds United.[2] He was an immediate success, scoring on his debut at the Stadium of Light against West Ham United.[2] Peter Reid spotted him in an U21 match playing against England at Craven Cottage and tracked him until completing the signing in July 2000.[2]

Arca played for his previous club and national team at left-back, but was successfully converted to left midfield by Reid.[2] Arca was Reid's most expensive signing of that summer and was then second only behind Stefan Schwarz as the club's record buy.[citation needed] The youngster was tipped for the brightest of futures and full international honours in the near future.[citation needed]

Arca scored three times for the Black Cats in his first season in the Premiership.[3] However, like so many Sunderland players, Arca's 2001–02 campaign was disappointing as he was troubled by a series of niggling injuries.[citation needed] He did not manage to rediscover his form of the previous season and was out of action from February.[4]

At the start of the 2002–03 campaign, Arca, who had then played 54 games for the club, stated his determination to get back to his best – both in fitness and form.[citation needed] He became a regular once again after Sunderland's relegation that season and was arguably their best player as they returned to the Premiership under manager Mick McCarthy, winning the Football League Championship in 2004–05.[5][6] Arca was also named in the PFA Team of the Year for the First Division in 2004 and for the Championship team in 2005.[7][8]

Sunderland were relegated again in the 2005–06 season.[6]

Middlesbrough[edit]

Arca with Middlesbrough in 2008

On 26 July 2006, it was announced that Arca had signed a five-year contract with Premier League side Middlesbrough, for a reported transfer fee of £1.75 million, becoming new manager Gareth Southgate's first ever senior signing; they beat Spanish club Espanyol to signing the player.[9] He was a replacement for Franck Queudrue, who moved to Fulham.[10]

Arca made his Premier League debut for Middlesbrough against Reading on the opening day of the 2006–07 season; he broke his foot and was substituted at half-time for Andrew Davies.[11][12] After regaining fitness he proved a revelation. With the progress of Andrew Taylor at left-back, Arca had been utilised as central midfielder.[2] He scored his first goal for the club against Charlton Athletic in December 2006.[13]

He is still liked strongly by most Sunderland fans despite moving to their local rivals and in the 2007 Tees–Wear derby at the Riverside, when he went off injured after scoring against them, he was cheered by the visiting Sunderland supporters.[14] Unfortunately, following this injury Arca struggled to regain his excellent form in the months prior to it.

In January 2008, Arca was named club captain, replacing George Boateng. His first game as captain was against Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League in a 1–1 draw.[15] After only a few games leading the team, he was replaced by Emanuel Pogatetz.[16]

Arca regained fine form towards the end of 2010, scoring in Middlesbrough's 2–1 win over Chesterfield in the League Cup and scoring his first league goal for over three years from a penalty kick, to give Middlesbrough a 1–0 victory over Cardiff.[2][17] He scored his second of the season against Hull City and later that week, he scored his third of the campaign on a 2–1 win over Coventry City.[18]

His contract ended at the end of the 2010–11 season and he was voted the club's supporters' and players' Player of the Year.[19] Arca re-signed with a two-year contract on 12 August 2011, having previously been released at the beginning of that same transfer window.[19] Two days after signing the contract, Arca came on as a substitute in an away league match at Leeds United and passed to Marvin Emnes to score the only goal of the game.[20] Arca later retired from professional football after his Middlesbrough contract expired in 2013.[21]

South Shields[edit]

Arca played for Willow Pond, a second-division pub side in the Sunderland Sunday League.[22] In July 2015, he returned to Sunderland to join the club's youth coaching staff.[23]

On 4 September 2015, Arca joined Northern League Division Two club South Shields.[24] He scored on his debut for the club, in a 1–1 draw with Stokesley Sports Club at Mariners Park.[25] He later scored a goal against Ryton and Crawcrook Albion as the Mariners won 4–0 in front of a crowd of 1,045, while his third goal for South Shields came when he scored a free-kick in a 4–0 victory at Esh Winning.[26][27]

Arca went on to score 12 times in his first season with the Mariners as they were promoted to Division One of the Northern League as champions.[28][29]

International career[edit]

Arca was the captain of the Argentina Youth Team which featured players like Javier Saviola, Nicolás Burdisso and Maxi Rodríguez in the same squad.[30] He won his only U21 cap in a 1–0 friendly defeat to England on 22 February 2000.[31]

After his successful first season in the Premier League with Sunderland, Arca captained the Argentina Under-20 team which won the FIFA U-20 World Cup tournament in Buenos Aires, Argentina.[32] They beat the Ghana U-20 team 3–0 in the final to win their fourth title.[32] Earlier in the season he had been a part of the U20 team which had finished as runners-up in the 2001 South American U20 Championship.[31][33]

Honours[edit]

Arca playing for Sunderland in Jody Craddock's testimonial match in 2014

Club[edit]

Sunderland

South Shields

International[edit]

Argentina

Individual[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 4 May 2013
Club performance League National Cup League Cup Total
Club Season League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Argentinos Juniors 1999–2000 Argentine Primera División 19 0 0 0 19 0
2000–01[38] 17 0 0 0 17 0
Total 36 0 0 0 36 0
Sunderland 2000–01[3] Premier League 27 2 1 0 2 1 30 3
2001–02[39] 22 1 1 0 1 0 24 1
2002–03[40] 13 0 4 1 1 1 18 2
2003–04[41] First Division 31 4 6 2 0 0 37 6
2004–05[5] Championship 40 9 1 0 1 0 42 9
2005–06[42] Premier League 24 1 2 1 0 0 26 2
Total 157 17 15 4 5 2 177 23
Middlesbrough 2006–07[13] Premier League 21 2 7 1 0 0 28 3
2007–08[15] 24 2 5 0 0 0 29 2
2008–09[43] 18 0 3 0 0 0 21 0
2009–10[44] Championship 34 0 1 0 1 0 36 0
2010–11[18] 32 3 1 0 2 1 36 4
2011–12[45] 28 0 1 0 2 0 31 0
2012–13[46] 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0
Total 160 7 18 1 7 1 185 9
Career total 3 24 33 5 1 3 398 32

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