Rubén Sosa

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Sosa and the second or maternal family name is Arzaiz.
Ruben Sosa
Personal information
Full name Ruben Sosa Arzaiz
Date of birth (1966-04-25) April 25, 1966 (age 49)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1985 Danubio 72 (27)
1985–1988 Zaragoza 106 (33)
1988–1992 Lazio 124 (40)
1992–1995 Internazionale 76 (44)
1995–1996 Borussia Dortmund 17 (3)
1996–1997 Logroñés 5 (0)
1997–2001 Nacional ? (?)
2002 Shenhua 13 (1)
2003–2004 Nacional 15 (1)
2006 Racing MVD 2 (0)
Total 430+ (149+)
National team
1984–1995 Uruguay 46 (19)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Ruben Sosa Arzaiz (born April 25, 1966 in Montevideo) is a retired Uruguayan football forward. He was a member of the Uruguay national team and a plethora of clubs around the world.

Club career[edit]

Sosa started his career in Danubio at the age of 15, being one of the youngest footballers to play in the Uruguayan First Division. He played for Danubio from 1982 to 1985, when he was transferred to Spain's Real Zaragoza. With this club, Ruben Sosa won the Copa del Rey in 1986, scoring in the final against FC Barcelona.[1]

After playing for Zaragoza, Ruben Sosa was transferred to Italy's S.S. Lazio, staying for four years before being sold to Internazionale, where he reached his greatest form as a football player.[2] He was Inter's leading goal scorer in the 1992–93 and 1993–94 seasons, winning the UEFA Cup in 1994.[3] However, the arrival of Dennis Bergkamp in the Summer of 1993, led to splits within the Inter camp, and as a result Sosa left Serie A in the summer of 1995.[1][4]

After years of success in Uruguay, Spain and Italy, Ruben Sosa played for Germany´s Borussia Dortmund, winning the Bundesliga title in 1995–96.[1]

When he left Borussia Dortmund, he returned to Spain to play for CD Logroñés. After a couple of months playing for the team, Ruben Sosa decided to leave in order to make his dream come true: he wanted to play for his favourite team in Uruguay, famous Nacional. At Nacional, Sosa won the Uruguayan League in 1998, 2000 and 2001, becoming one of the fans' heroes.[1]

In 2002, he left Nacional to play in China's Shanghai Shenhua. In 2003, Shanghai won the Chinese Jia-A League title, but the club was stripped of the title in 2013 for match fixing.[1]

In 2004, he returned to Nacional, this time as assistant coach, winning the 2005 league title.[1]

National team[edit]

With the Uruguay national team, Sosa won the Copa América in 1987[2] and 1995,[1] and he played at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy;[5] he also managed a runners-up medal at the 1989 Copa América, where he was named the tournament's best player,[5][6][7] and later took part at the 1993 Copa América.

Style of play[edit]

Nicknamed El Principito (The Little Prince) by Uruguayan fans, Sosa was a quick, creative, talented, agile, and powerful left-footed forward, with good skills, control, and explosive acceleration; a diminutive footballer with a stocky physique, he was usually deployed as a second striker.[2][8] He was capable of both scoring and creating goals, and was known in particular for his spectacular efforts and thunderous free kicks.[1][8][9] A complete forward, who could shoot, volley, dribble, pass with precision, and hold up the ball to create chances for team-mates, his attributes made him one of the best strikers in Europe during his prime.[2][8][10] He is considered by many to be one of the best Uruguayan forwards of the last thirty years, alongside Luis Suárez, Enzo Francescoli, Carlos Aguilera, Álvaro Recoba, Daniel Fonseca, Diego Forlán, Fabian O'Neill and Rubén Paz.[5][11][12]


Nowadays, Ruben Sosa works for Nacional as assistant coach, but he also played for a Second Division team in Uruguay, Racing Club de Montevideo in 2006.



  • Liguilla Pre-Libertadores de América: 1983
Real Zaragoza[1]
Borussia Dortmund[1]
Nacional [1]




  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Debojyoti Chakraborty (1 June 2015). "Rubén Sosa – Uruguay’s Little Prince, a Poet of the Goal". Goalden Times. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Ken Shulman (4 May 1990). "A Rush to Stardom". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Dunia Martin (20 April 2015). "Suárez and Cavani lead Uruguayan challenge". Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  4. ^ David Winner (1 February 2011). "Dennis Bergkamp: One-on-One". Four Four Two. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "Tabarez: From Italia 90 to Italy now". Football Italia. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Edition by edition - players of the tournament in the Copa América from 1975 to 2011". Copa América. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  7. ^ Martín Tabeira (19 July 2007). "The Copa América Archive - Trivia". RSSSF. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c Pietro Cabras (30 April 2009). "Ricordate Ruben Sosa? Noi vi diciamo come vive" [Do you remember Ruben Sosa? We will tell you how he lives] (in Italian). Il Corriere dello Sport. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  9. ^ Francesco Parrone (26 April 2012). "Ruben Sosa: "Coi palloni di oggi avrei fatto 40 gol a stagione. All'Inter..."" (in Italian). F.C. Inter 1908. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "WORLD CUP '90 : ROUNDUP : Uruguay Advances on Goal in the Final Seconds". LA Times. 22 June 1990. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  11. ^ Ian Chadband (31 May 2014). "World Cup 2014: Liverpool and Uruguay striker Luis Suárez winning his battle to be fit to face England". The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Profile: Uruguay". Retrieved 19 October 2015. 

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