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Rogelio Funes Mori

This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Funes and the second or maternal family name is Mori.
Rogelio Funes Mori
Argentina1(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 September 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Rogelio Gabriel Funes Mori (born 5 March 1991) is an Argentine footballer who plays as a forward for Benfica. He is the twin brother of Ramiro Funes Mori.

Early life

Funes Mori was born in Mendoza, Mendoza Province, Argentina. In 2001, he moved to Workman Junior High and Arlington High School, playing soccer with his brother Ramiro. Funes Mori scored 40 goals in the 2008 season leading his team to District Champions and Area Finalist with a record of 24-2-1. Gabriel and Ramiro, who are identical twins, also played several seasons for the Associated Soccer Group (ASG) 91' team. His coach with ASG was Uche Okafor.[1]

After that, Chelsea scout Jorge Alvial scouted Rogelio and Ramiro on the first day of the reality show Sueño MLS, and spoke to his parents about a future tryout at Chelsea.[2][3] He participated in Sueño MLS and won the contest, therefore becoming part of FC Dallas.[4][5][6]

Club career

Funes Mori began his professional career with River Plate in the Argentine Primera División on 6 December 2009, on a 1–3 defeat against Vélez Sársfield.[7] He played the last two games of that year at home against Racing Club and away to Tigre, scoring his first goal with the club in their visit to the latter.[8][9]

In the traditional pre-season encounters for the big clubs in Argentina, the Torneos de Verano, Funes Mori scored for River in a 3–1 victory over their rivals Boca Juniors in Mar del Plata's Copa Desafío.[10]

On 9 May, during the 2010 Clausura tournament, Funes Mori scored his first hat-trick for River Plate in a game against Racing Club. He achieved the three goals in only 24 minutes, breaking a personal 11-match streak without scoring a goal.[11] In the last game of the tournament, the forward scored River's only goal in a 1–5 loss to Tigre at home.[12][13]

In the first game of the 2010 Apertura, Funes Mori scored a 90th minute goal following an assist from Ariel Ortega to secure a 1–0 victory over Tigre.[14] This was his third goal in three games against that team. In the third fixture, against Independiente, Funes Mori scored two goals in the first half as River went on to win 3–2.[15] The forward scored his fourth goal of the season in the 1–0 victory over Arsenal de Sarandí.[16]

On 10 August 2013, Funes Mori joined Benfica for five-year contract. River Plate received 2M€ from an investment group who kept a share of its economic right's, with Benfica receiving half, plus the sports rights.[17]

On 15 September, Funes Mori made his debut for the Benfica B side, scoring his first goal with the reds shirt.

International career

Funes Mori participated in the 2011 Sudamericano, scoring twice. [18][19] He made his debut for Argentina in the Superclásico de las Américas.[20]

Internacional appeareances and goals

Career statistics

[21]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
River Plate 2009–10 19 5 19 5
2010–11 26 4 26 4
2011–12 21 4 5 2 26 6
2012–13 32 7 0 0 32 7
Total 98 20 5 2 103 22
Benfica 2013–14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Benfica B 2013–14 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3
Total 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3
Career total 100 23 5 2 0 0 0 0 105 25

References

External links

  • Statistics at BDFA (Spanish)
  • Profile at Football Lineups
  • Profile at Footballzz
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