Lucas Licht

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Lucas Licht
Personal information
Full name Lucas Matías Licht
Date of birth (1981-04-06) 6 April 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Berisso, Argentina
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Gimnasia La Plata
Number 25
Youth career
Gimnasia La Plata
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Gimnasia La Plata 132 (8)
2006–2009 Getafe 70 (1)
2009–2012 Racing Club 56 (1)
2012– Gimnasia La Plata 124 (18)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 March 2017.

Lucas Matías Licht (born 6 April 1981) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata mainly as a left back but also as a left winger.

Football career[edit]

Born in Berisso, Licht grew up in the youth academy of Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, starting as a midfielder and making his professional debuts in 2001. For three years, Israeli club Maccabi Haifa F.C. had him on the club's transfer shortlist due to his Jewish heritage, as he would not count as a foreigner;[1] he eventually joined Maccabi Netanya F.C. for a trial, but they decided not to offer him a contract.

After one more trial in Israel, with Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona FC, Licht returned to Argentina where he played one last season with Gimnasia.[2] In 2006's Clausura, he struck from 40 meters to score the game's only goal away against Club Atlético Independiente.[3][4]

On 17 July 2006, Licht joined La Liga side Getafe CF, signing a four-year contract.[5] In his first season he only appeared in eight games as a backup to Javier Paredes, but, as the latter signed with Real Zaragoza, he became the undisputed starter; on 22 December 2007, he scored his first goal for the Madrid outskirts team in a 2–0 win at UD Almería,[6] adding eight appearances in their quarter-final run in the UEFA Cup.

On 13 December 2009, after having been deemed surplus to requirements by manager Míchel – he did not make the list of 18 in the vast majority of the official matches – Licht was released[7] and returned to his country, penning a three-year deal with Racing Club de Avellaneda.[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Bergerfreund, Doron (1 June 2004). בנאדו: "מוכן להרוויח פחות, אבל להרגיש רצוי" [Benado: "Ready to earn less, but to feel wanted"] (in Hebrew). Walla!. Retrieved 21 September 2009. 
  2. ^ Baram, Sagiv (13 June 2007). המסורת היהודית (in Hebrew). Walla!. Retrieved 30 June 2008. 
  3. ^ Gimnasia le dio otro golpe a Independiente (Gimnasia struck another blow at Independiente); Infobae, 19 February 2006 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Licht's half-volley; at YouTube
  5. ^ Lucas Licht se va a jugar al Getafe (Lucas Licht goes to play with Getafe); Torneos y Competencias, 17 July 2006 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Almeria 0–2 Getafe; ESPN Soccernet, 22 December 2007
  7. ^ Licht se desvincula del Getafe (Licht cuts ties with Getafe); Getafe CF, 13 December 2009 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Lucas Licht fue presentado como el primer refuerzo para 2010 (Lucas Licht presented as first 2010 signing); Racing Club, 2009 (in Spanish)

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