Leonel Galeano

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Leonel Galeano
Personal information
Date of birth (1991-08-02) 2 August 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Miramar, Argentina
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Godoy Cruz
Number 27
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Independiente 96 (7)
2013–2014 Rayo Vallecano 7 (0)
2015– Godoy Cruz 22 (0)
National team
2011 Argentina U-20 9 (0)
2010 Argentina 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:09, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

Leonel Galeano (born 2 August 1991) is an Argentine footballer who plays as a central defender for Godoy Cruz in the Argentine Primera División.

Club career[edit]

Born in Miramar, Buenos Aires Province, Galeano graduated from Independiente's youth setup, and played his first match as a professional on 21 August 2009, starting in a 0–1 home loss against Newell's Old Boys.[1] He scored his first goal for the club on 18 October, netting his side's only in a 1–1 draw with Chacarita Juniors.[2]

Galeano appeared in 34 matches during his debut campaign, overtaking veterans Carlos Matheu and Gabriel Vallés. He also featured regularly during the Copa Sudamericana's winning campaign, appearing in nine matches and scoring once.

Galeano fell through the pecking order in the following campaigns, after the arrivals of Gabriel Milito and Claudio Morel. He appeared in 23 matches in 2012–13, as the Diablos were relegated.

On 31 July 2013, Galeano signed a one-year deal with La Liga side Rayo Vallecano.[3] However, after a campaign marred by injuries, he was released by the Madrid side.[4]

International career[edit]

Galeano made his debut for the Argentine national team on 10 February 2010, in a 2–1 victory over Jamaica. The Argentine squad was formed exclusively by players of the Argentine league.

In 2011, Galeano was selected to play for the Argentina under-20 national football team the South American Youth Championship and, subsequently, the FIFA U-20 World Cup.




  1. ^ "A pura efectividad" [Pure effectiveness] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 21 August 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Se quedó con las ganas" [The desire stood] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 18 October 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Galeano ya es oficialmente nuevo jugador del Rayo" [Galeano is officially a Rayo player] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 31 July 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Galeano no seguirá en el Rayo" [Galeano will not stay in Rayo] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 

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