Marco Vanzini

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Marco Vanzini
Personal information
Full name Marco Eduardo Vanzini Casteres
Date of birth (1976-04-19) 19 April 1976 (age 41)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Danubio 18 (3)
1997 Banfield 3 (0)
1998–2003 Nacional 106 (13)
2003–2004 Braga 24 (0)
2004–2005 Terrassa 22 (0)
2005–2007 Nacional 26 (2)
2007 Juventude 12 (2)
2007–2009 Al-Hilal
Total 211 (20)
National team
1995–1996 Uruguay 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Marco Eduardo Vanzini Casteres (born 19 April 1976 in Montevideo) is a Uruguayan retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

In his country Vanzini represented hometown sides Danubio F.C. and Club Nacional de Football, playing in two different spells for the latter and winning a total of five first division championships. Nicknamed Palillo he first joined Nacional in 1988, and he made his last appearance for the club in 2007.[1]

Abroad, his first experience came in 1996, playing a couple of months with Argentina's Club Atlético Banfield. From 2003 to 2005 different fates befell him, as he helped Portuguese team S.C. Braga finish fifth and qualify for the UEFA Cup,[2] subsequently relegating in Spain with second level's Terrassa FC.

After two more years at Nacional, Vanzini played briefly in Brazil for Esporte Clube Juventude (top division, relegation) at age 31.[3] He retired in 2009 at the age of 33, after two seasons in Saudi Arabia with Al-Hilal FC.

International career[edit]

During one year, in the beginning of his professional career, Vanzini made three appearances for Uruguay, his debut coming in 1995.


  1. ^ Rosa, Daniel (7 June 2007). "La victoria final de Marco Vanzini" [Marco Vanzini's final win] (in Spanish). El País. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Marco Vanzini entrena, pero no se olvida" [Marco Vanzini trains, but he does not forget] (in Spanish). El País. 29 July 2003. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Urwicz, Tomer (15 July 2012). "En carrera hasta los 35" [Going at it until 35] (in Spanish). El País. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 

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