Abreu being presented by Aucas
|Full name||Washington Sebastián Abreu Gallo|
|Date of birth||17 October 1976|
|Place of birth||Minas, Uruguay|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|1998–2004||Deportivo La Coruña||15||(3)|
|1998||→ Grêmio (loan)||7||(1)|
|1999–2000||→ Tecos (loan)||33||(27)|
|2000–2001||→ San Lorenzo (loan)||25||(10)|
|2001||→ Nacional (loan)||18||(16)|
|2002–2003||→ Cruz Azul (loan)||39||(34)|
|2003||→ América (loan)||16||(3)|
|2004||→ Tecos (loan)||17||(5)|
|2008||→ River Plate (loan)||17||(2)|
|2009||→ Real Sociedad (loan)||18||(11)|
|2012||→ Figueirense (loan)||5||(0)|
|2013–2014||→ Rosario Central (loan)||38||(8)|
|2015||→ Aucas (loan)||10||(4)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 September 2015.
Best known by his nickname El Loco (Madman in Spanish), the prolific goalscorer – for club and national team – played for more than 20 teams during his professional career, in seven different countries.
Born in Minas, Lavalleja Department, Abreu played in numerous clubs throughout the Americas (Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico and Brazil). He also had an unsuccessful stint with Spain's Deportivo de La Coruña, which loaned him several times for the duration of his contract.
In his sole season in La Liga, which started in January 1998, having been signed from Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro, Abreu scored for the Galicians in a 3–1 home win against FC Barcelona on 25 January.
After having joined Mexico's Tigres de la UANL in 2007, Abreu was able to rescind his contract with them in order to join Club Atlético River Plate – the Mexican Football Federation stalled on recognizing the transfer because of an imposed moratorium between the clubs. With Tigres he became the only foreigner to score in the Clasico Regio (Tigres vs. Club de Fútbol Monterrey, which he represented the previous year) against each team.
In the summer of 2008, after exhausting negotiations, Abreu signed a contract with Israeli League champions Beitar Jerusalem FC. He appeared in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions League, but his team was quickly eliminated; additionally he could not play in the domestic front, due to lack of payment.
Abreu re-signed with River Plate in September 2008 after rescinding his link with Beitar, with a deal lasting until June 2009. Due to a being a late addition, he was not able to play for the side in the national championship, only featuring in the Southamerican Cup; the next year, he was eligible for both the domestic and Copa Libertadores fronts.
In early January 2009 Abreu returned to Spain after a ten-year absence, being loaned by River to second level side Real Sociedad, which had lost habitual first-choice Iñigo Díaz de Cerio for the season due to a serious leg injury.
On 13 June 2009, Greek club Aris Thessaloniki F.C. signed Abreu from River Plate. However, in January of the following year, the 33-year-old changed teams and countries again, agreeing on a two-year contract with Brazil's Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas.
On 18 April 2010 Abreu scored the second goal in Botafogo's 2–1 victory against Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, which gave the team the Carioca Championship title. In July he had his link extended until 31 December of the following year with a release clause of US$11.3 million, with the player declaring he had previously held talks with Club Universidad de Chile and Trabzonspor of Turkey.
On 6 February 2011, Abreu was involved in a dramatic match against Fluminense Football Club: as Botafogo was losing 1–2, his team was awarded a penalty kick, and he shot it in Panenka-style, with Diego Cavalieri saving the shot by simply standing still. Just five minutes later Botafogo won another penalty, and Abreu shot it in the same fashion, this time into the right-hand corner of the goal, as Cavalieri dived the other way; a few minutes later, Botafogo scored again and won the game.
On 5 July 2012, Abreu was loaned to fellow Série A outfit Figueirense Futebol Clube. However, as the season went on to end in relegation, his contract was ended via Twitter on 24 November, one day before the last game against Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense.
Abreu played for Uruguay at the 2002 FIFA World Cup – two matches – and the 1997 and 2007 Copa América editions, netting twice in the latter. He made his debut for the national side on 17 July 1996 in a friendly with China, going on to gain 70 caps.
On 27 May 2010, Abreu stood only five goals short of Uruguayan all-time goalscoring record, held by Héctor Scarone for 79 years. He was selected for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where he appeared three times as a substitute: in the quarterfinals against Ghana he was charged with taking the decisive penalty shootout attempt (1–1 after 120 minutes), and scored it in Panenka-style, sending Uruguay to the semifinals for the first time in 40 years.
- San Lorenzo
- Argentine Primera División: 2001 Clausura
- Uruguayan Primera División: 2001 Clausura/Uruguayo, 2003 Apertura, 2004 Apertura, 2005 Uruguayo
- River Plate
- Campeonato Carioca: 2010
- World Cup 2010: Uruguay's Sebastian Abreu 'as mad as he is intelligent'; The Daily Telegraph, 4 July 2010
- Uruguayan set for Deportivo return; UEFA.com, 25 April 2002
- El Barça no gana en el 98 (Barça does not win in 98); El Mundo Deportivo, 26 January 1998 (Spanish)
- Beitar strengthened for Wisla challenge; UEFA.com, 1 July 2008
- El "Loco" Abreu ficha por la Real Sociedad ("Loco" Abreu signs for Real Sociedad); Liga Fútbol, 9 January 2009 (Spanish)
- Un hat-trick de Abreu tumba al Xerez (Hat-trick by Abreu downs Xerez); Diario AS, 14 March 2009 (Spanish)
- O Sebastian Abreu στον ΑΡΗ! (Greek)
- The Panenka fail & success: Loco Abreu has a crazy five minutes (Botafogo-Fluminense); Goal.com, 7 February 2011
- Figueirense utiliza twitter para anunciar rescisão com Loco Abreu (Figueirense uses twitter to announce rescision with Loco Abreu); Gazeta Esportiva, 24 November 2012 (Portuguese)
- Sebastián Abreu – FIFA competition record
- Washington Sebastian Abreu – Goals in International Matches; at RSSSF
- Argentine League statistics (Spanish)
- Stats at Liga de Fútbol Profesional (Spanish)
- BDFutbol profile
- Stats at Football.org (Hebrew)
- National team data (Spanish)
- Sebastián Abreu at National-Football-Teams.com
- Sebastián Abreu profile at Soccerway
- Official site (Spanish)