Sergio Zárate

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Zárate and the second or maternal family name is Riga.
Sergio Zárate
Personal information
Full name Sergio Fabián Zárate Riga
Date of birth (1969-10-14) 14 October 1969 (age 47)
Place of birth Haedo, Argentina
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1990 Vélez Sarsfield 72 (13)
1991–1992 1. FC Nürnberg 42 (9)
1992–1993 Ancona 11 (2)
1993–1994 1. FC Nürnberg 27 (13)
1994 Hamburger SV 11 (1)
1995–1997 Necaxa 93 (29)
1997–1998 Club América 28 (6)
1998–1999 Necaxa 33 (10)
1999–2000 Vélez Sarsfield 8 (1)
2000–2001 Puebla 36 (6)
2002–2003 Deportivo Merlo 11 (1)
National team
1992 Argentina 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 October 2007.

Sergio Fabián Zárate Riga (born 14 October 1969 in Haedo, Morón Partido) is an Argentine former footballer who played as a midfielder. He spent most of his career in Germany and Mexico apart from his native Argentina.

Club career[edit]

Zárate started his career with Vélez Sarsfield where he spent four years in the Argentinian Primera División. He then moved to Europe where he would eventually make 80 appearances in the Bundesliga for 1. FC Nuremberg and Hamburg as well as a season in Italy with Ancona. In 1995 Zárate moved to Mexico where he played 190 games for Necaxa, Club América and Puebla during two stints.

International career[edit]

Zárate won his only international cap for Argentina in 1992.

Personal life[edit]

Sergio is the eldest of five brothers of whom four became professional footballers; Ariel played in Spain for Málaga among other teams, Rolando (also an Argentinian international) and youngest brother Mauro is an U-20 World Cup winner currently playing for Watford. Sergio works as an agent for his brothers.[1]


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