Gargano in training for Napoli in 2009
|Full name||Walter Alejandro Gargano Guevara|
|Date of birth||23 July 1984|
|Place of birth||Paysandú, Uruguay|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|2012–2013||→ Internazionale (loan)||28||(0)|
|2013–2014||→ Parma (loan)||22||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 August 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2014
Walter Alejandro Gargano Guevara (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈwalter ɣarˈɣano]; born 23 July 1984) is a Uruguayan footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Monterrey club and the Uruguayan national team.
Gargano started playing football at age of three and joined the now defunct youth club Centella in Paysandú. In the youth club, he was in the midfield position. While in the youth, Gargano played against his future club Danubio, where he was soon discovered by the club and joined them.
Gargano started his professional career with Danubio in 2003 and made his league debut at age of nineteen. He won two national titles with Danubio (2004 (which was his first season winning it) and 2006/07). He made 102 appearance and scored three times and was a regular player in the first team.
On 30 June 2007, Gargano agreed a transfer from Uruguayan club Danubio to newly promoted Napoli for a fee of £2m signing a five-year contract. He made his first appearance for the club in a 4–0 win over Cesena and made his Serie A debut on 26 August 2007 against Cagliari. On 20 October 2007, he scored his first goal in a 4–4 draw against Roma and netted the following week, in a 3–1 win over Juventus. In his first season, he made 34 appearance scoring twice. Also during his first season, Gargano received two sending offs, a second bookable offence in a 5–2 loss against Milan on 13 January 2008 and three months on, a straight red card in a 2–1 win over Parma on 20 April 2008.
The following season, Gargano made his UEFA Cup debut in a 3–2 win over Benfica in the first round. However, in the second leg, Benfica would win 2–0, eliminating Napoli. On 29 September 2008, he provided a winning goal for Germán Denis, scoring the only goal in the game against Bologna. In the mid second season, he suffered a fractured foot during training in March 2009 and was sidelined for two months. He recovered in time to feature in the last two games of the Serie A season, against Catania and Chievo.
In January 2010, Gargano renewed his contract with Napoli until 2015. He made his 100th appearance for the club in a 3–1 loss against Fiorentina on 13 March 2010. The following season, he played all six matches in Napoli's Europa League campaign as the club advanced to the Knockout stage, only to get eliminated by Villarreal. He continued to establish himself in the first team, playing in defensive midfield.
The following season, Gargano was linked with a move while the arrival of Gökhan Inler from Udinese threatened his first-team place. Eventually, he remained at the club. Having placed third in the league the previous, the club entered the Champions League. He made his debut in the Champions League in a 1–1 draw against Manchester City and played all seven matches, with Napoli progressing through the knockout stage before being eliminated by Chelsea. Gargano was involved in the squad assisting a goal for Edinson Cavani, who scored a hat-trick in a 3–1 win over defending champion AC Milan. On 21 December 2011, he scored his first goal in a 6–1 win against Genoa, ending his four-year goal drought. Three months later, on 9 March 2012, he scored his second of the season in a 6–3 win over Cagliari. At the end of the season, Napoli won the Coppa Italia final in a 2–0 win over Juventus in which Gargano did not feature after picking up his second yellow card in the semi final match against Siena.
Gargano signed for Internazionale on 23 August 2012 on loan for €1.25m with an option to make the move permanent for €8.25m. Three days after his move, he made his debut in the opening game of the season in a 3–0 win over Pescara.
In the summer of 2015 Gargano signed for Mexican club Monterrey after eight years in Italian football joining the club alongside Argentine striker Rogelio Funes Mori. He played at the inauguration of the BBVA Bancomer stadium which is the new home stadium for Monterrey. He currently plays in the midfield alongside club veteran Luis Perez.
Gargano represented his nation at the 2007 Copa América. He was included in the squad to the World Cup, where he came on as a substitute on several occasions, as Uruguay finished fourth in the tournament. In 2011, he was part of the Copa América winning Uruguay squad, and scored in the penalty shoot-out against Argentina.
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