Rolando Zárate

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Rolando Zárate
Personal information
Full name Rolando David Zárate Riga
Date of birth (1978-08-06) 6 August 1978 (age 39)
Place of birth Haedo, Argentina
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Youth career
Vélez Sarsfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2006 Vélez Sarsfield 102 (44)
1998 Terrassa (loan) 2 (0)
1999–2000 Real Madrid B (loan) 33 (21)
1999–2000 Real Madrid (loan) 6 (1)
2001 Murcia (loan) 21 (6)
2001–2002 Ciudad Murcia (loan) 34 (12)
2002–2003 Livingston (loan) 33 (9)
2004 Ittihad (loan) 1 (0)
2006 UANL Tigres 7 (0)
2007 Monterrey 10 (1)
2007 River Plate 7 (1)
2008 Barcelona SC 23 (5)
2009–2010 Vélez Sarsfield 27 (5)
2010–2011 Huracán 34 (6)
2011–2012 Defensa y Justicia 5 (1)
Total 345 (112)
National team
2005 Argentina 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Rolando David Zárate Riga (born 6 August 1978) is an Argentine retired footballer who played as a centre forward. He currently works as a sports agent.

Club career[edit]

Born in Haedo, Buenos Aires Province, Zárate played most of his career for Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield, representing the club in two different spells. He made his professional debuts in 1997, playing in only 17 Primera División games in his first two seasons combined.

Zárate moved to Spain in 1998, going on to remain in that country for the following four years, always on loan: he started out at Terrassa FC in the third division, joining Real Madrid Castilla in the same level the following year. His impressive scoring form prompted Real Madrid boss Vicente del Bosque to promote him to the main squad, and he scored three official goals for the club (one in La Liga and two in the Copa del Rey);[1][2] between 2001 and 2002 he represented Ciudad de Murcia and its neighbours Real Murcia, respectively in divisions three and two.

Zárate played with Livingston in the 2002–03 season, still owned by Vélez.[3] He netted twice on his debut in the Scottish Premier League, a 3–2 home win against Motherwell,[4] and eventually proved instrumental as the Livi Lions retained their division status.

Zárate's last loan would be with Ittihad FC in Saudi Arabia. Again with Vélez, he scored 13 times in the 2004 Clausura Tournament, adding eight in the following year's Apertura. In the subsequent Clausura, Roly netted seven goals as his team won the national championship for the first time in seven years.[5]

In the following years, Zárate played in Mexico for two teams, also representing Club Atlético River Plate without any impact. On 25 July 2009, he re-signed with Vélez on a free transfer after a period of trial, from Ecuador's Barcelona Sporting Club, but was released during that year due to injury to his spinal cord; he returned to training in early 2010 and, eventually, signed a new one-year deal.[6]

For 2010–11, 32-year-old Zárate joined Club Atlético Huracán in the top flight, for free.[7] At the end of the campaign, the side were tied with Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata for the second-to-last position in the relegation ranking, and thus needed to play a tiebreaker, losing it 0–2.

Following Huracán's relegation, Zárate's contract at the Parque Patricios ended and he signed with another club in the second division, Defensa y Justicia, again on a free transfer.

After his retirement Zárate became a football agent, representing Argentine striker Maximiliano Romero, among others. In december 2017 he arranged the transfer of Romero from the Argentine Vélez Sarsfield to the Dutch footballclub PSV.[8]

International career[edit]

Zárate made his debut for Argentina on 9 March 2005, a friendly match with Mexico in which the former only fielded players from the domestic league. He scored in a 1–1 draw, in Los Angeles.[9]

Also in that year, Zárate made his second and last appearance, playing 15 minutes in a 2–1 win in Bolivia for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.[10]

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1 4 February 2005 Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States  Mexico 0–1 1–1 Friendly

Personal life[edit]

Zárate has three brothers, all footballers: younger Mauro and older Sergio and Ariel, with the first two eventually representing the Argentina national team.[11]



Vélez Sársfield



  1. ^ "Del Bosque alaba a la defensa y dice que Zárate debe esforzarse más" [Del Bosque praises defense and says Zárate must work harder]. El País (in Spanish). 13 February 2000. Retrieved 23 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Zárate: goles argentinos para las penas del Real Madrid" [Zárate: Argentine goals for Real Madrid's aches]. La Nación (in Spanish). 16 February 2000. Retrieved 23 May 2017. 
  3. ^ Livi chase four signings; BBC Sport, 15 July 2002
  4. ^ Livi hold off Well comeback; BBC Sport, 3 August 2002
  5. ^ "Roly Zárate: "Todos los equipos le van a jugar a muerte a Vélez"" [Roly Zárate: "Every team is going to play Vélez to the death"]. La Nación (in Spanish). 13 August 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Roly Zárate, en primera persona" [Roly Zárate, in the first person]. El Gráfico (in Spanish). 7 April 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "El Roly Zárate jugará en Huracán" [Roly Zárate will play in Huracán]. Clarín (in Spanish). 30 June 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "PSV heeft goede zaken gedaan: 'Liever Europese club dan topclub in ons land'" [PSV made a good deal: 'Rather a European club, than a top club in our country']. Voetbal Primeur (in Dutch). 30 December 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2017. 
  9. ^ "Cualquiera pudo ganar" [Anybody could have taken it] (in Spanish). ESPN. 10 March 2005. Retrieved 23 May 2017. [permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Bolivia 1–2 Argentina... 32 años después, ganan pamperos en La Paz" [Bolivia 1–2 Argentina... 32 años later, pamperos win in La Paz] (in Spanish). Medio Tiempo. 26 March 2005. Retrieved 23 May 2017. 
  11. ^ "Extorsionan a una familia de futbolistas y les balean una casa" [A family of footballers is blackmailed and has house shot at]. Clarín (in Spanish). 8 October 2006. Retrieved 18 October 2007. 

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