Scocco with UNAM Pumas in 2007
|Full name||Ignacio Nacho Martín Scocco|
|Date of birth||30 May 1985|
|Place of birth||Hughes, SF, Argentina|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Newell's Old Boys|
|2003–2006||Newell's Old Boys||76||(16)|
|2012–2013||→ Newell's Old Boys (loan)||33||(24)|
|2014–||Newell's Old Boys||36||(10)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 February 2016.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Honours
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Newell's Old Boys
The Newell's Old Boys youth program quickly picked this young man up, and he was just nineteen when he made his debut in the Argentine top flight against San Lorenzo. He scored 17 goals in 75 games and played alongside players such as Fernando Belluschi and Ariel Ortega in the championship winning team of Apertura 2004. He also scored a very important goal for Newell's Old Boys against Boca Juniors scoring in the 82nd minute making his club 1–0 up. In the summer of 2006 Scocco signed for Pumas UNAM for a fee of $3.5m, but Scocco stated to the newspaper «Reforma» that one day he will return to Newell's Old Boys.
"El Tucán", was a regular fixture in the Newell's Old Boys setup, and during the Clausura 2006 season he scored 9 goals in 18 games, but better was to come in the 2006 edition of the Libertadores where Newell's reached the knockout stage. Scocco’s 4 goals in just 5 starts were crucial to their campaign. Scocco wore the number 32 in the famous red and black shirts.
Club Universidad Nacional
In 2006, Scocco joined Mexican side Pumas for $3.5 million. He made his debut against Chiapas, and during his second appearance against Veracruz he scored his first goal, from the goal kick. Scocco also scored a hat-trick for Pumas against Querétaro. Scocco scored his last goal for Pumas UNAM against Veracruz, gaining Pumas UNAM 4–2. Scocco was a mainstay in the Pumas starting team, he's strike partner was Esteban Solari. Scocco ended his career at Pumas with 53 appearances and 18 goals.
Scocco signed a three-year contract with AEK Athens on 18 June 2008. AEK Athens signed Scocco for a fee of €1.5 million and will be earning €400,000 per year. In his latest interviews Scocco also stated that this was a huge opportunity for his career and that playing in Europe was a dream for him. Scocco is the fourth Argentine AEK Athens player. The others are Sebastián Saja, Ismael Blanco and Cristian Nasuti. During his time at AEK, Scocco has been mostly used as a right winger and sometimes also as a second striker which is his preferred position.
Scocco has attracted varies teams from the Serie A, such as Fiorentina, Udinese and Genoa and other leagues such as Boca Juniors from Argentina and S.L. Benfica from Portugal due to his impressive performances in the Greek Super League and the Europa League. He also attracted the other two Greek giants Olympiacos and Panathinaikos.
Scocco also scored 2 goals past Olympiakos on 6 January 2010 and won AEK the match 1–2 away in the Karaiskakis Stadium. This performance earned him the Man Of The Match award and certainly his remarkable 40 yard free kick, his second goal, will be considered one of the best goals of the season, the following week he scored against Atromitos and then Panathinaikos. Scocco also scored a phenomenal goal against Panthrakikos and an outstanding free kick against Panionios 1 minute before the end of the match making the score 1–1.
On 16 September 2010, Scocco scored the third and final goal on AEK's first European match against Hajduk Split. This was the first goal of the season for Scocco. AEK won the match 3–1. Three days later Scocco scored an outstanding 30 yard shot against Asteras Tripolis. On 17 October 2010, Scocco scored an equally spectacular 40 yard strike against Aris Thessaloniki, and followed up with a second goal for a 4–0 victory.
On 25 November 2010, Scocco renewed his contract with AEK signing a new three-year deal which will keep him at the club until 2013. Scocco's contract is worth €3.6 million, earning €1 million per year and a buy-out clause worth €3 million for foreign teams
On 18 May 2011 Scocco scored a 38-yard shot against PAOK Thessaloniki for AEK to take the lead in a 2–1 defeat. Due to financial problems, AEK Athens had to sell Scocco (cheaper from his buy-out clause, if necessary), to get rid his expensive contract.
He left the club having 117 appearances (33 goals, 31 assists) in all competitions.
Al Ain FC
In June 2011, Scocco joined Al Ain FC for €2.8m signing a contract worth €4.8 million per season plus a €1 million bonus if Al Ain win the UAE Championship. In the season 2011–12 UAE Pro-League, Al Ain won the championship and later he left UAE by not signing new contract deal due to family reasons. In August 2011, Scocco was loaned to Newell's Old Boys to return to Argentina and his family after six years of absence from his homecountry.
Return to Argentina and Newell's
Scocco returned to his homeland, Argentina, to join Newell's Old Boys, his first professional team, as well as other Argentine stars such as Gabriel Heinze and Maxi Rodríguez. Newell's finished second for the Championship, as a result to enter to Copa Libertadores of the next season. Scocco played an important role for his team, scoring 13 goals and became the top scorer of the league alongside Facundo Ferreyra of Vélez Sársfield. During the season Newells rejected a €3 million offer from Fenerbahce considering the offer too low, having set Scocco 7m buy out clause. His impressive performances in Argentina Primera Division, Copa Libertadores and his two-goal debut in the national team against Brazil attracted the interest of Atletico Madrid.
Scocco also led his team to win the 2013 Torneo Final championship and proceed to the Final of the Argentine Primera Division against the 2012 Torneo Inicial winners, Vélez Sársfield, the team who deprived Newell's of the first place. Scocco scored 11 goals for his team and retained his position as top scorer of the Championship in 2013 season, sharing his position, this time with Emanuel Gigliotti of Colón. On 30 June, Newell's lost 1–0 on the final of the Championship although dominating in all the duration of the match. Newell's reached 2013 Copa Libertadores semi final, that they were eliminated by Ronaldinho's Atlético Mineiro in a penalty shootout (2-0 loss in the real time, in a 2-2 aggregate followed by the newell's 2-0 victory on the first leg). Scocco scored 6 goals in the tournament and finished second scorer alongside Diego Tardelli, behind Jô.
On 30 January 2014, Sunderland completed the transfer of Scocco for €3.65 million, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal,as one of Gus Poyet's four transfer window signings.  Asked about Scocco in April, South American football expert Tim Vickery wrote in his weekly BBC Sport column: "He might not be a big target man centre-forward, but he has some penalty area presence and moves outside the area with fluidity and intelligence." Although Sunderland avoided relegation the one-cap Argentina international failed to score in eight appearances, all of which came from the bench. He was an unused substitute as the side lost the 2014 Football League Cup Final 3–1 to Manchester City on 2 March.
Newell's Old Boys, third spell
On 13 July 2014, Scocco joined Newell's Old Boys for €2.7 million, on a five years' contract. On his presentation at Estadio Marcelo Bielsa, 7,000 fans were gathered in the stadium to cheer up their beloved player in the beginning of his 3rd spell with the team. He was given his favourite number, "32".
After the 2014-15 season Scocco's future at Newell's Old Boys has been in doubt and AEK have been reportedly very interested in resigning the Argentine attacking midfielder. Speaking to an Argentine radio station, his agent, Fabian Soldini, revealed that AEK's offer is the best so far.“AEK's president wants to send the club's technical director here for negotiations with Nacho. The offer from Greece is by far the best. AEK are very eager to buy Scocco,” he said. The player himself would be open for a return to the Greek club, however he has not taken a final decision yet as he is committed to Newell's with a five-year contract. Eventually, despite the improved offer by AEK, Nacho Scocco has decided to stay at Newell's Old Boys.
Scocco started his youth international career in 2004, Scocco has had 12 appearances and scored three goals, he made his debut against Colombia on 27 July 2004. On 3 November 2004, Scocco made his second appearance against Paraguay and scored in the 77th minute making Argentina 2–0 up. Scocco was also called up to be part of the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship. Scocco played two matches in the tournament against Uzbekistan on 1 December 2005 and against Mali on 4 December 2005. Scocco also played alongside Lionel Messi and Sergio Agüero.
On 15 April 2005, José Pekerman called up Scocco for a friendly against Chile but didn't make an appearance. On 3 June 2005, Scocco was called up for another friendly for Argentina against Puerto Rico, but pulled a hamstring and was forced out for a couple of weeks and was not included in the match.
After impressing Argentine coach Alfio Basile, Scocco was called up for an unofficial friendly match against Guatemala on 6 February 2008, Scocco played 20 minutes in the match and came on for Ezequiel Lavezzi. Scocco was also included in the 21 man squad against Venezuela on 20 August 2008.
Scocco was included in the squad for the 2012 Superclásico de las Américas. He made his debut on the senior team playing the second leg, scoring two goals and also his penalty at the penalty shootout.
- Newell's Old Boys
- AEK Athens
- Al Ain
- Awards Nova Superleague
- "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 4 February 2014. p. 32. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
- "AEK FC signs Ignacio Scocco". aekfc.gr.
- Scocco signs new 3-year deal
- Atlético Madrid también quiere a Scocco
- São Paulo enquire about Newell's forward Ignacio Scocco
- "Transfer window: Ignacio Scocco joins Sunderland". BBC Sport. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
- "Sunderland striker Ignacio Scocco signs for Newell's Old Boys". BBC Sport. 24 July 2014.
- McNulty, Phil (2 March 2014). "Man City 3-1 Sunderland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- "Sunderland striker Ignacio Scocco signs for Newell's Old Boys". BBC Sport. 23 July 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
- "Sunderland striker Ignacio Scocco signs for Newell's Old Boys". www.newslocker.com. 24 July 2014.
- Newell´s Old Boys confirma a contratação de Ignacio Scocco
- Λατρεία για Σκόκο
- Scocco receives lucrative AEK offer Retrieved 16 June 2015
- AEK still very eager in signing Scocco Retrieved 25 June 2015
- Scocco rejects AEK offer Retrieved 27 July 2015
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