Sebastián Viera

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Sebastián Viera
Personal information
Full name Mario Sebastián Viera Galaín
Date of birth (1983-03-07) 7 March 1983 (age 36)
Place of birth Florida, Uruguay
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Atlético Junior
Number 1
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Nacional 58 (0)
2005–2009 Villarreal 75 (0)
2010 AEL 20 (0)
2011– Atlético Junior 313 (5)
National team
2004–2009 Uruguay 15 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 March 2019

Mario Sebastián Viera Galaín (born 7 March 1983) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Colombian club Atlético Junior.

Club career[edit]

Born in Florida, Florida Department, Viera started his professional career with Club Nacional de Football. After one sole season he was expected to move to Premier League club Arsenal in August 2005, but its manager Arsène Wenger withdrew from the deal when the player did not pass his medical.[1]

Eventually, Viera signed with Villarreal CF in Spain, moving alongside Mariano Barbosa (also a goalkeeper) on a four-year contract.[2] He would be an undisputed starter in the following two seasons, although he missed both legs of the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League semi-finals against Arsenal.

Viera eventually lost his job midway through the 2007–08 campaign to newly signed Diego López, and never regained it again – no La Liga games in 2008–09 – being released in July 2009.[3] On 11 November he signed a one-and-a-half-year contract with Greek side Athlitiki Enosi Larissa FC,[4] being made eligible to play however only in January 2010; his contract was terminated late into that year,[5] and he joined Atlético Junior shortly after, remainining in Colombia for several years.

International career[edit]

Viera made his debut for Uruguay on 18 July 2004 in a Copa América quarter-final match against Paraguay, having been called as a late replacement for injured starter Fabián Carini. He also featured in the penalty shootout loss to eventual winners Brazil.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Viera's father, also named Mario, was also a professional footballer – and a goalkeeper.[7]



Atlético Junior

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