Nicolás Sánchez (footballer, born 1986)

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Nicolás Sánchez
Personal information
Full name Nicolás Gabriel Sánchez
Date of birth (1986-02-04) 4 February 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Monterrey
Number 4
Youth career
Boca Juniors
Nueva Chicago
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Nueva Chicago 98 (4)
2007–2010 River Plate 58 (0)
2010–2014 Godoy Cruz 118 (5)
2014–2016 Racing Club 56 (3)
2017– Monterrey 72 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 02:06, 3 May 2019 (UTC)

Nicolás Gabriel Sánchez (born 4 February 1986) is an Argentine footballer who plays as a centre back for Monterrey in Liga MX.

Career[edit]

Born in the Mataderos neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Sánchez began playing football as a midfielder in Boca Juniors' youth system. He became a professional with Nueva Chicago, with whom he made his debut in the 2003–04 Argentine Primera División, on 26 June 2004 against Independente. Nueva Chicago was relegated soon after, and Sánchez continued to be part of the club's first team during the next two seasons in the Primera B Nacional. In early 2006, Nueva Chicago's manager Rodolfo Motta converted Sánchez to a centre back following an injury to the club's regular defender, and within six months the club was promoted to the Primera División for the 2006–07 season.[1]

After Nueva Chicago was relegated again at the end of the 2006–07 season, Sánchez joined rivals River Plate for the 2007–08 season. River Plate would win the Clausura 2008 during his tenure with the club. However, Sánchez struggled with injuries, missing almost a year with a broken bone in his foot, and in 2010, after River Plate re-appointed manager, Ángel Cappa, and Sánchez left the club for Godoy Cruz on a free transfer.[1]

Sánchez spent the next four seasons with Godoy Cruz. The club achieved mid-table finishes, and Sánchez participated in the Copa Libertadores twice.[1]

Racing Club's manager Diego Cocca signed Sánchez on 1 July 2014. Racing had narrowly avoided relegation in the prior season, and Sánchez would become a key part of Racing's defense as the club bounced back to win the Primera División title.[2][3][1]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

River Plate
Racing Club
Monterrey

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Estevez, Martín (7 January 2016). "Nicolás Sánchez, a defender el prestigio" [Nicolás Sánchez, a prestigious defender] (in Spanish). El Gráfico.
  2. ^ "Nicolás Sánchez: "En un club como éste las exigencias son grandes"" [Nicolás Sánchez: "In a club like this, the demands are great"] (in Spanish). La Nación. 22 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Nico Sánchez: en Racing "la bandera ahora la llevará Lisandro"" [Nico Sánchez: in Racing, "Lisandro will carry the armband"] (in Spanish). Télam. 25 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Best Player 2019". CONCACAF.com. 2 May 2019.
  5. ^ g.carrillo (2 May 2019). "Tigres y Rayados 'empatan' en once ideal de Concachampions". www.record.com.mx (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 May 2019.

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