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Damián Escudero

 

Damián Escudero

Damián Escudero
Personal information
Full nameDamián Ariel Escudero
Date of birth (1987-04-20) 20 April 1987 (age 27)
Place of birthRosario, Argentina
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubVitória
Youth career
Vélez Sársfield
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2005–2008Vélez Sársfield84(18)
2008–2010Villarreal13(1)
2008–2009Valladolid (loan)15(0)
2010–Boca Juniors13(0)
2011Grêmio (loan)31(4)
2012Atlético Mineiro (loan)27(4)
2013–Vitória (loan)11(4)
National team
2007Argentina U203(1)
2008Argentina U231(0)
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 February 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Damián Ariel Escudero (born 20 April 1987 in Rosario, Santa Fe) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Esporte Clube Vitória on loan from Boca Juniors, as a left midfielder.

He is often nicknamed Pichi, the same used by his father Osvaldo Escudero, who was also a football player.

Club career

A product of Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield's youth system, Escudero made his first-team debut in a 0–1 away defeat against Newell's Old Boys, on 4 March 2006. He found himself at the centre of a controversy at the end of the year, when the club refused to release him along Mauro Zárate for the 2007 South American Youth Championship.

When the 2007 Libertadores Cup started, Escudero showed why the club was so keen in retaining his services, quickly becoming a dynamic part in the side's offensive movements. In the season's competition, he helped Vélez reach the round-of-16, scoring four goals.

Escudero had an irregular 2007–08 season, during which his team failed to qualify for the Copa Sudamericana. However, he did net three times in the Clausura, including an impressive strike against Boca Juniors.

For 2008–09, Escudero was bought by La Liga side Villarreal CF in a US$12,000,000 move. However, he was quickly loaned to Real Valladolid because his club's non-EU quota was already full, appearing rarely throughout the campaign.

Escudero returned to Villarreal for the 2009–10 season, but continued to be barred by the likes of Robert Pirès and Santi Cazorla. Most of his appearances were due to injury problems to the latter, and he scored against Xerez CD on 14 March 2010 (2–0 home win), after only playing five minutes in the game.

In the 2010 summer Escudero was sold to Boca Juniors, with Villarreal retaining 50% of the player's rights. In the following year, he was loaned to Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense and performed solidly but, after the two teams could not agree on a transfer fee for another loan, he returned to the Buenos Aires-based outfit.

In January 2012 Escudero was loaned to another club in Brazil, Clube Atlético Mineiro, who paid Boca US$700.000 for a one-year contract.

International career

In 2007 Escudero was picked to join the Argentina under-20 squad to compete in the FIFA World Cup in Canada, but was hardly ever played due to injury.

The following year he first played for the Olympic side against Guatemala, in preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympics – at this match, he appeared as a left back.

Honours

Club

Atlético Mineiro
Vitória

National team

Argentina U-20

External links

  • Boca Juniors official profile (Spanish)
  • Argentine League statistics (Spanish)
  • Irish Times
  • BDFutbol profile
  • FIFA competition record
  • Transfermarkt profile


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