Luis Fariña

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Fariña and the second or maternal family name is Olivera.
Luis Fariña
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Fariña playing for Deportivo La Coruña
Personal information
Full name Luis Carlos Fariña Olivera
Date of birth (1991-04-20) 20 April 1991 (age 24)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Rayo Vallecano
(on loan from Benfica)
Number 12
Youth career
2000–2009 Racing Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Racing Club 51 (4)
2013– Benfica 0 (0)
2013–2014 Baniyas (loan) 23 (6)
2014–2015 Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 21 (1)
2015– Rayo Vallecano (loan) 3 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 October 2015.

† Appearances (goals)

Luis Carlos Fariña Olivera (born 20 April 1991) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Spanish club Rayo Vallecano, on loan from Portuguese club Benfica.

Club career[edit]

Born in Buenos Aires, Fariña graduated from Racing Club de Avellaneda's youth system. He made his professional debut on 28 August 2009, replacing Sebastián Grazzini in a 1–1 home draw against Club Atlético Colón for the Argentine Primera División championship.[1]

Fariña appeared sparingly in the following campaigns, mainly used as a backup. He was only utilized regularly in the 2012–13 campaign, after profitting from both Giovanni Moreno and Lucas Castro's departures.

Fariña scored his first professional goals on 19 November 2012, netting a brace in a 4–0 home win against Quilmes Atlético Club.[2] He finished the season with 28 matches and four goals, attracting the interest of S.L. Benfica, S.C. Braga and Sporting CP.[3][4][5]

On 24 July 2013 Fariña signed a five-year deal with the Eagles for €3.5 million, joining fellow Racing teammates José Shaffer and José Luis Fernández.[6][7] On 9 August, however, he was loaned to UAE Arabian Gulf League side Baniyas SC, in a season-long deal.[8]

On 27 July 2014, Fariña moved to Deportivo de La Coruña also in a temporary deal.[9] He made his La Liga debut on 23 August, starting in a 1–2 away loss against Granada CF.[10]

Fariña scored his first goal in the main category of Spanish football on 15 December, netting the winner in a home success over Elche CF.[11] On 13 August 2015 he joined Rayo Vallecano, on loan for one year.[12][13]

Personal life[edit]

Fariña's parents were born in Paraguay, with himself also holding a Paraguayan citizenship since December 2014.[14]


Racing Club


  1. ^ "Premio a la persistencia" [An award to the persistence] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 28 August 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Racing goleó a Quilmes y quedó a tres puntos de la cima" [Racing thrashed Quilmes and remained three points behind the leaders] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Benfica don't give up on Fariña". Footy News 24. 25 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Luis Fariña foi sondado mas sem efeito" [Luis Farina was asked but without effect] (in Portuguese). Record. 11 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Fariña em entrevista: "Benfica é um sonho e quero aproveitá-lo"" [Fariña in interview: "Benfica is a dream and I want to seize it"] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 16 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Fariña no Benfica por 3,5 milhões de euros" [Farina in Benfica for 3.5 million euros] (in Portuguese). Sapo Desporto. 16 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Benfica: sabe quem foram os últimos jogadores contratados ao Racing?" [Benfica:Do you know who were the last players Benfica bought from Racing?] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 16 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Benfica: Luis Fariña emprestado ao Baniyas FC" [Benfica:Luis Farina loaned to Baniyas FC] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 9 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Luis Fariña pasará mañana reconocimiento médico" [Luis Fariña will go through medical examinations tomorrow] (in Spanish). Deportivo's official website. 27 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Granada fight back for win". ESPN FC. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Depor back to winning ways". ESPN FC. 15 December 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Luis Fariña nuevo jugador del Rayo Vallecano" [Luis Fariña new player of Rayo Vallecano] (in Spanish). Rayo's official website. 13 August 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  13. ^ "Fariña emprestado ao Rayo Vallecano" [Luis Fariña loaned to Rayo Vallecano] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 13 August 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  14. ^ "Luis Fariña se nacionalizará paraguayo para jugar en la selección" [Luis Fariña will get a Paraguayan citizenship to play for the national team] (in Spanish). Pasión Libertadores. 3 December 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  15. ^ Luis Fariña profile at Soccerway. Retrieved 15 June 2015.

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