Facundo Hernán Quiroga

Facundo Hernán Quiroga (born 10 January 1978) is an Argentine retired professional footballer. Mainly a central defender, he could also play as a right back.

Facundo Quiroga
Personal information
Full name Facundo Hernán Quiroga[1]
Date of birth (1978-01-10) 10 January 1978 (age 42)[1]
Place of birth San Luis, Argentina[1]
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Newell's Old Boys 22 (1)
1998–2004 Sporting CP 73 (2)
2000–2001Napoli (loan) 28 (0)
2004–2008 VfL Wolfsburg 90 (1)
2008–2010 River Plate 25 (1)
2010–2011 Huracán 31 (1)
2011–2013 All Boys 54 (0)
Total 323 (6)
National team
2002–2004 Argentina 16 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Born in San Luis, Quiroga began his career at Newell's Old Boys in the Argentine Primera División in 1997. The following year he was signed by Sporting CP, where he spent six years with a season-long loan at Italian side S.S.C. Napoli in 2000–01. He was relatively important in the Lisbon team's 2000 conquest of the Primeira Liga championship, playing alongside another Newell's youth graduate Aldo Duscher who also joined in 1998;[2][3] at Napoli he played with former Sporting teammate Luis Vidigal, as they were eventually relegated from Serie A.[4]

In 2004, Quiroga moved to VfL Wolfsburg, a club that acquired a number of Argentine players in that timeframe (Oscar Ahumada, Andrés D'Alessandro, Diego Klimowicz and Juan Carlos Menseguez).[5] A regular in the lineups from 2004 to 2007, he only appeared in 12 Bundesliga matches in his last year, subsequently returning to Argentina and joining Club Atlético River Plate.

In 2010, the 32-year-old Quiroga signed for Club Atlético Huracán. He retired three seasons later, with All Boys also in his country's top division.[6]

International careerEdit

Quiroga earned 16 caps for the Argentina national team, going on to represent the country at the 2004 Copa América. His debut came on 17 April 2002 in a friendly win in Germany (1–0), playing the entire match and being booked;[7] he was finally overlooked for the squad at that year's FIFA World Cup.




  1. ^ a b c d "Facundo Quiroga". Worldfootball. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  2. ^ "O dia em que Portugal parou" [The day Portugal stopped] (in Portuguese). Sporting CP. 14 May 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Quiroga e Duscher apoiam Frederico Varandas" [Quiroga and Duscher support Frederico Varandas]. Record (in Portuguese). 16 August 2018. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  4. ^ Affinita, Gustavo (7 August 2001). "Saber in fuga dal Napoli" [Saber on the run from Napoli]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Seit deren Gründung 1963 spielten 28 Argentinier in der Fußball-Bundesliga" [28 Argentines have played in the Fußball-Bundesliga since its foundation in 1963]. Berliner Morgenpost (in German). 21 September 2006. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Leyenda y Quiroga son las dos nuevas caras en All Boys" [Leyenda and Quiroga are the two new faces at All Boys] (in Spanish). Infobae. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  7. ^ "Argentina tuvo disciplina germana" [Argentina had German discipline] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 17 April 2002. Retrieved 20 June 2019.

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