Leonardo Biagini

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Leonardo Biagini
Personal information
Full name Leonardo Ángel Biagini
Date of birth (1977-04-13) 13 April 1977 (age 38)
Place of birth Arroyo Seco, Argentina
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1995 Newell's Old Boys 33 (5)
1995–1997 Atlético Madrid 50 (4)
1997–1998 Mérida 27 (1)
1998–2003 Mallorca 68 (13)
2002 Portsmouth (loan) 8 (2)
2003–2004 Rayo Vallecano 28 (7)
2004–2006 Sporting Gijón 46 (13)
2006–2007 Albacete 25 (5)
2007–2008 Arsenal Sarandí 13 (3)
Total 298 (53)
National team
1993 Argentina U17 3 (2)
1995 Argentina U20 5 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

Leonardo Ángel Biagini (born 13 April 1977) is an Argentine retired footballer who played as a striker.

Most of his professional career was spent in Spain, where he arrived at the age of 18, going on to represent six clubs in more than one decade with totals of 244 games and 43 goals, 145/18 in La Liga.

He was part of Atlético Madrid's squad when it conquered the double in 1996, although he did not feature prominently with the team. In 2007, in his 30's, he returned to his country.

Football career[edit]

Born in Arroyo Seco, Santa Fe, Biagini started his career at Newell's Old Boys in the Argentine first division, in 1993. In 1995, he was a main part of the Argentina under-20 team that won the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.[1]

Biagini signed for Atlético de Madrid at just 18, being an important offensive element as the capital club won the double in his first year. He was mainly and regularly used as a substitute for countryman Juan Esnáider and Kiko during his spell and, after a poor second season, moved to fellow league side CP Mérida in the 1997 summer, where he would be eventually relegated.

Biagini then played five seasons with RCD Mallorca where, safe for his first year where he scored a career-best 11 goals (also helping the team to the final of the 1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup by scoring the 1–0 winner against Chelsea in the last-four's second leg, in a 2–1 aggregate success[2]), he would be very scarcely used, also serving a six-month loan to England's Portsmouth in the Championship,[3] where he found the net against Millwall[4] and Wimbledon.[5]

Biagini returned to Spain for 2002–03, being part of the side than won the campaign's Copa del Rey and being subsequently released by Mallorca. After four additional years in the Spanish second division, in representation of three teams, he returned home and joined Arsenal de Sarandí.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Atlético Madrid
Mallorca
Arsenal Sarandí

Country[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leonardo BiaginiFIFA competition record
  2. ^ "Real Mallorca 1 Chelsea 0 (Agg: 2–1)". Sporting Life. 24 April 1999. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Pompey's Biagini hope; BBC Sport, 13 February 2002
  4. ^ "Portsmouth 3–0 Millwall". BBC Sport. 9 March 2002. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Portsmouth 1–2 Wimbledon". BBC Sport. 12 March 2002. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 

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