Nelson Vivas

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Nelson Vivas
Personal information
Full name Nelson Davíd Vivas
Date of birth (1969-10-18) 18 October 1969 (age 47)
Place of birth Granadero Baigorria, Argentina
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Right Back
Youth career
1989–1990 Somisa de San Nicolas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1994 Quilmes 93 (33)
1994–1997 Boca Juniors 86 (3)
1997–1998 Lugano 22 (1)
1998–2001 Arsenal 69 (1)
2000 Celta de Vigo (loan) 13 (0)
2001–2003 Internazionale 19 (0)
2003 River Plate 7 (0)
2004–2005 Quilmes 24 (0)
Total 304 (38)
National team
1994–2003 Argentina 39 (1)
Teams managed
2013 Quilmes
2016– Estudiantes
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 September 2007.

Nelson David Vivas (born 18 October 1969 in Granadero Baigorria, Santa Fe, Argentina) is a former professional Argentine football player, who played primarily as right-back.

Club career[edit]

Career in Argentina[edit]

Vivas began his professional footballing career with Quilmes, making his first-team debut on 10 September 1991 against Newell's Old Boys. After 3 years with Quilmes, he then joined Boca Juniors, playing 86 games for them until 1998.

Move to Europe[edit]

Like many other South American footballers, Vivas made his move to Europe, joining FC Lugano of Swiss League on loan. However, he only made 10 appearances until the big break came; Arsenal signed him from Boca Juniors for £1,600,000 in August 1998, but he rarely played for the Gunners.

Vivas was mainly used as backup for established full-backs Lee Dixon and Nigel Winterburn while at Arsenal; he started 18 games and came on as a substitute for a further 18 during his first season for the Gunners, as he struggled to break into the first team. He scored his first and only goal for Arsenal against Derby County in the League Cup.[1] He had a setback when he missed a penalty in a shootout as Arsenal crashed out of the 1999/2000 League Cup to Middlesbrough.[2]

Vivas was loaned out to the La Liga outfit Celta Vigo halfway through the 1999–00 season and barely figured over the next two seasons, appearing mainly as a substitute (particularly as Arsenal had signed Oleg Luzhny and Sylvinho in the summer of 1999). Unable to establish himself as a permanent member of the team, Vivas left Arsenal when his contract expired at the end of the 2000–01 season, and joined Serie A team Internazionale of Milan. He played 69 games for Arsenal (40 as substitute), scoring one goal. At Inter, Vivas found it hard to break into the first-team and, after two seasons with the Nerazzurri, he left European football to return to his native Argentina.

Early retirement[edit]

After only one season with River Plate, Vivas returned to his first professional club, Quilmes where he played until his retirement in 2005.

Vivas served as Diego Simeone's assistant coach at Estudiantes de La Plata, then at River Plate and at the moment at Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro.

For the 2013-14 season Vivas once again returned to Quilmes, as manager on this occasion. International headlines were made in October 2013 when Vivas attacked a fan in the stands and subsequently resigned from his post.[3]

International career[edit]

A solid defender, despite the fact that he hardly played regularly for any of his clubs in Europe, Vivas was always a regular for his national team, playing 39 games and scoring in one occasion.

Vivas scored his only goal for Argentina in an unofficial friendly match against Romania "B" or Romanian League in 1998.[4]

Career statistics[edit]



Argentina national team
Year Apps Goals
1994 1 0
1995 1 0
1996 2 0
1997 5 0
1998 8 1
1999 7 0
2000 6 0
2001 6 0
2002 1 0
2003 2 0
Total 39 1


  1. ^ Culley, Jon (28 October 1998). "Arsenal find rich reserves". London: The Independent. Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  2. ^ Walker, Michael (1 December 1999). "Schwarzer the hero sees Middlesbrough through". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ International Matches 1998 Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 12 March 2008.
  5. ^ Nelson Vivas at

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