Roberto Sosa (footballer)

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Roberto Sosa
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Personal information
Full name Roberto Carlos Sosa
Date of birth (1975-01-24) 24 January 1975 (age 42)
Place of birth Santa Rosa, La Pampa, Argentina
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Vultur Rionero (head coach)
Youth career
Gimnasia de La Plata
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Gimnasia de La Plata 83 (38)
1998–2002 Udinese 103 (31)
2002 Boca Juniors 7 (0)
2002–2003 Gimnasia de La Plata 15 (2)
2003–2004 Ascoli 18 (4)
2004 Messina (loan) 21 (5)
2004–2008 Napoli 116 (28)
2008–2010 Gimnasia de La Plata 32 (2)
2010–2011 Sanremese 8 (2)
2011–2012 FC Rapperswil-Jona 24 (3)
Teams managed
2014–2015 Sorrento
2015–2016 Savoia
2016– Vultur Rionero
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 November 2015.

Roberto Carlos Sosa (born 24 January 1975 in Santa Rosa, La Pampa) is a retired Argentine football striker turned coach, who currently manages Vultur Rionero in the Italian Serie D.

Playing career[edit]

Sosa started playing for Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata in 1995. His best season with Gimnasia was in 1997–98 when he scored 28 goals in 38 matches. He was the top scorer in the 1998 Argentine Torneo Clausura, with 17 goals. After this excellent season, Sosa was transferred to Italy, to play with Serie A team Udinese.

He spent almost 10 years playing in Europe, playing with Serie A and Serie B teams Ascoli and Messina. He also spent four years with S.S.C. Napoli between 2004 and 2008, helping Napoli to return to the Italian Serie A. Then, he returned to Argentina to play for his first club Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata, which was struggling to keep its Primera A standing. Even though Sosa had a mediocre 2008/09 season, scoring only 2 goals in 24 games, he helped Gimnasia to avoid relegation.[1][2]

Perhaps, his most memorable moment during his last return to Gimnasia happened on April 5, 2009. Sosa was unable to deliver on his promise to score twice against derby rivals Estudiantes,[3] and became upset with those who criticized him for running his mouth, citing his ten-year playing spell in Europe.[4]

In June 2010, Sosa signed in for Sanremese. In December 2010, he received death threats to leave the club by the 'Ndrangheta.[5] He was out of the team by February. He finished the season playing for FC Rapperswil-Jona in Switzerland Third Division. At the end of the season, he retired.

Roberto Sosa was not a technical player, but he was an effective scorer. Overall, he scored 112 goals, in 385 games.

Post-playing and coaching career[edit]

After his retirement, Sosa has been working as a color commentator for Sky Italia and took his coaching badges. On 1 August 2014 he was appointed head coach of recently relegated Serie D club Sorrento.[6] He left Sorrento by mutual consent on 5 January 2015.[7]

He then served as head coach of Eccellenza Campania club Savoia throughout the 2015–16 season, ended in third place.

On September 2016, Sosa accepted an offer from newly-promoted Serie D club Vultur Rionero.

References[edit]

  1. ^ CalcioNapoliNews.it (Italian)
  2. ^ goal.com
  3. ^ "En el clásico voy a meter dos goles", adelantó Sosa at Cielo Sports (Spanish)
  4. ^ "No quiero que me contesten más los cuatro de copas" at TyC (Spanish)
  5. ^ "A Ponente 'ndrangheta crescente"(Italian)
  6. ^ "Sorrento, el Pampa Sosa è il nuovo allenatore, con Reja come modello" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "UFFICIALE: Sorrento, risoluzione consensuale con Roberto Sosa" (in Italian). Tuttomercatoweb. 5 January 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 

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