Rubén Olivera

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Olivera and the second or maternal family name is Da Rosa.
Rubén Olivera
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Olivera with Lecce in 2012
Personal information
Full name Rubén Ariel Olivera da Rosa
Date of birth (1983-05-04) 4 May 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)[1]
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
L.D.U. Quito
Number 7
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Danubio 37 (21)
2003–2009 Juventus 22 (4)
2004 Atlético Madrid (loan) 2 (0)
2006–2007 Sampdoria (loan) 20 (0)
2008 Peñarol (loan) 14 (5)
2008–2009 Genoa (loan) 20 (4)
2009–2010 Peñarol 17 (0)
2010–2012 Lecce 43 (4)
2012–2014 Fiorentina 14 (0)
2013 Genoa (loan) 5 (0)
2014 Brescia 32 (0)
2015–2016 Latina 38 (6)
2017– Liga de Quito 6 (0)
National team
2001– Uruguay 18 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 10, 2017.

Rubén Ariel Olivera da Rosa (born 4 May 1983 in Montevideo) is a Uruguayan footballer who plays as a midfielder for L.D.U. Quito in the Ecuadorian Serie A.

A versatile player, he is capable of playing anywhere in midfield and throughout his career he has been deployed as a left or right winger, as a central midfielder, as an attacking midfielder, and even as a forward.[2][3]



Olivera began his career in Danubio, in 2001, and was later signed by Juventus F.C. in 2002. He made his Serie A debut in 2–1 win to A.S. Roma, on 19 April 2003, as Juventus won the title that season, under manager Marcello Lippi.[3]

He was loaned to Atlético Madrid during the second half of the 2003–04 season, after he did not make any appearances for the club. He returned from his loan in 2004, but was also used scarcely under manager Fabio Capello, in particular during the 2005–06 season.[3][4] In 2007, while playing for Sampdoria on loan, he was banned for 5 matches for punching an opponent in the ribs, and also for kicking him in the groin.[3]

Following his time on loan with Sampdoria, Olivera returned to Juventus in 2007, although he was loaned out again to Urugyan side Peñarol in 2008.[3] In 2008, he signed permantly with Genoa on a year contract.[3] For the 2009–10 season, he went back to Uruguay on loan with Peñarol.[5] On 1 July 2010, he returned to Italy, signing a 3-year contract with Lecce.[6]

In 2012, he was signed by Fiorentina, and he remained at the club for a season and a half.[2]

On 30 January 2014, Olivera joined Serie B side Brescia on an 18-month deal.[7]

In January 2015 he moved to Latina. He played 3 games and scored a goal for the team before an injury put an end to his season in April 2015. In 2015-16 he scored 5 goals in 33 appearances in Serie B.

Olivera joined Liga de Quito on 1 January 2017.[8]


Olivera made 18 appearances for Uruguay between 2001 and 2005, and he represented his country at the 2001 Copa América under manager Daniel Passarella, as Uruguay were eliminated in the semi-finals, finishing the tournament in fourth place.




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  2. ^ a b Andrea Giannattasio (30 January 2012). "OLIVERA, La scheda del nuovo trequartista viola" [OLIVERA, The profile of Fiorentina's new attacking midfielder] (in Italian). Tuttomercato. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Ruben OLIVERA" (in Italian). Il Pallone Racconta. 8 June 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Fabrizio Turco (30 July 2006). "Via Capello, Olivera spera" [Capello leaves, Olivera hopes] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Ruben Olivera Set For Penarol Return
  6. ^ "Contratto triennale per Ruben Olivera" (in Italian). La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno. 5 July 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Rubén Olivera al Brescia Calcio" [Rubén Olivera at Brescia Calcio] (in Italian). Brescia Calcio. 30 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Rubén Olivera es el nuevo refuerzo de Liga de Quito‚, 30 December 2016

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