|Full name||Matías Jesús Almeyda|
|Date of birth||21 December 1973|
|Place of birth||Azul, Argentina|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Azul, Buenos Aires Province, Almeyda started playing professionally for local and national powerhouse Club Atlético River Plate, first as understudy to Leonardo Astrada then as a starter, helping the team to the 1996 first division title after his insertion in the starting XI. Shortly after he moved to Sevilla FC in Spain, for a record fee for a player in the country of $9 million: he appeared regularly in his first and only season with the Andalusians, but suffered La Liga relegation.
In the following seven years Almeyda would play in Serie A of Italy, successively representing S.S. Lazio, A.C. Parma and Inter Milan, always partnered by compatriots, especially at the latter club: he spent three seasons in Rome with Lazio, becoming a firm fan favourite, especially after scoring a 35-yard goal against Parma's Gianluigi Buffon, his only of the 1999–2000 campaign, which ended with league and cup conquest; additionally, he was voted the competition's best player in 1998–99, and also won – as a starter – the last UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, against RCD Mallorca.
In the summer of 2002, Almeyda was exchanged with Vratislav Greško and moved to Inter, where he was again partnered by compatriots as in his previous clubs. Two years later he joined his final club in Italy, lowly Brescia Calcio, on a free transfer; the following year, after the team's relegation, as second from bottom, he returned to Argentina and agreed to play for Quilmes Atlético Club, which appeared at the Copa Libertadores, announcing his retirement after the team's elimination from that tournament.
After one 1/2-years away from football, in which he represented Argentina in a Showball tour around the world alongside Diego Maradona and participated in the Indoor Football World Cup in Spain, Almeyda joined Norwegian Premier League side FK Lyn in Oslo, in which he was accompanied by compatriot José Oscar Flores. The midfielder made his debut on 13 May 2007, but only played regularly in the reserves and in the domestic Cup, being released as the striker shortly after and again retiring from football.
On 16 January 2009, at almost 36, Almeyda, after nearly agreeing on a return to River, signed with modest Club Atlético Fénix in the fourth division. During his brief spell, he managed to be sent off on two occasions.
On 19 August 2009 veteran Almeyda finally re-joined his main club River Plate, teaming up with former club teammates Marcelo Gallardo and Ariel Ortega. In June 2011, the team was relegated to the second level for the first time in its history and he retired from football, being appointed team manager the following month.
Subsequently, Almeyda was selected for two FIFA World Cups: 1998 (playing all five matches as a starter as Argentina reached the quarterfinals) and 2002 (one group stage appearance, the 1–1 against Sweden, with the national team exiting after the first three contests).
Style of play
A tenacious and physically strong player, Almeyda excelled as a defensive midfielder, due to his stamina, work-rate, and ability to press opponents and break down opposition plays. A hard-tackling and aggressive player, he was also gifted with good feet and stood out for his leadership throughout his career.
- River Plate
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1998–99
- UEFA Super Cup: 1999
- Serie A: 1999–2000
- Coppa Italia: 1997–98, 1999–2000
- Supercoppa Italiana: 1998
- UEFA Cup: Runners-up 1997–98
- River Plate
- "Tenía muchas ganas" ("I wanted this very badly"); Olé, 19 August 2009 (Spanish)
- Almeyda's super goal; at YouTube
- "2002 World Cup profile". BBC Sport. 22 May 2002. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
- "Brescia boosted by Almeyda". UEFA.com. 24 August 2004. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
- Almeyda y el 'Turu' Flores regresan al fútbol en la Liga noruega (Almeyda and Turu Flores return to football in the Norwegian League); El Mundo, 26 March 2007 (Spanish)
- Almeyda: de refuerzo de River a la Primera C (Almeyda: from River signing to Primera C); DERF, 16 January 2009 (Spanish)
- Fine form and favoured targets; FIFA.com, 24 February 2010
- Matías Almeyda pasa de jugador a entrenador en River (Matías Almeyda goes from player to manager in River); Marca, 28 June 2011 (Spanish)
- Almeyda, el nuevo DT de Banfield (Almeyda, Banfield's new manager); Todo Noticias, 1 April 2013 (Spanish)
- Nicola Ghio (28 January 2014). "l Lìder Massimo: i 18 anni del Petroliere #8 (2002/03)" (in Italian). Sport Main. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
- Stefano Chioffi (29 March 2013). "Erbes, corsa e pressing: ecco un altro Almeyda" [Erbes, stamina and pressing: here is another Almeyda] (in Italian). Il Corriere dello Sport. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
- Argentine League statistics (Spanish)
- BDFutbol profile
- Stats at Tutto Calciatori (Italian)
- Matías Almeyda at National-Football-Teams.com
- Matías Almeyda – FIFA competition record
- Stats at Footballdatabase