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César Delgado
Personal information
Full name César Fabián Delgado Godoy
Date of birth August 18, 1981 (1981-08-18) (age 28)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current club Lyon
Number 19
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Rosario Central 65 (14)
2003–2008 Cruz Azul 151 (61)
2008– Lyon 46 (5)
National team
2003– Argentina 20 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 December 2009.
† Appearances (Goals).

César Fabián "Chelito" Delgado Godoy (born August 18, 1981 in Rosario) is an Argentine footballer. He plays for Lyon. His nickname is derived from that of Marcelo Delgado (known as "El Chelo") because of their same last name.



Delgado started his career in Rosario Central.

Delgado joined Cruz Azul for the 2003 Apertura, where he finished with 16 appearances and eight goals. Delgado made 21 appearances in the subsequent Apertura, again notching eight goals. In the 2004 Apertura, Delgado scored another six goals in 15 games. On 8 January 2008 he was sold to French giants Lyon for 11,000,000 euros.[1] Delgado made his Ligue 1 debut on January 20, 2008 against RC Lens. Delgado came on as a 85th minute substitute for Lyon teammate Lisandro Lopez on October 21, 2009 against Liverpool FC in the UEFA Champions League group stage week 3 match and scored an important 90th minute winner after only being on the pitch for 5 minutes to help his team comeback from a goal down and settle the score at 2-1 to Lyon. This is an important moment for him and his team because this was Lyon's first win in the UEFA Champions League against English opposition.


International career

Delgado played several matches for the Argentina national football team during its 2006 World Cup Qualifying campaign. However, due to injury Delgado did not make the 23-man roster for the 2006 World Cup. "El Chelito" also played for the team in the Copa América 2004, scoring one goal, and was part of the gold medal winning Argentinian team at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Career Stats

Season Club Country Competition Matches Goals
2009/2010 Lyon  France Ligue 1 31(20) 4(3)
2008/2009 Lyon  France Ligue 1 31(19) 3(2)
2007/2008 Lyon  France Ligue 1 7 0
2006/2007 Cruz Azul  Mexico Primera División de México 27 7
2005/2006 Cruz Azul  Mexico Primera División de México 38 18
2004/2005 Cruz Azul  Mexico Primera División de México 33 16
2003/2004 Cruz Azul  Mexico Primera División de México 37 16
2002/2003 Rosario Central  Argentina Primera División Argentina 38 11
2001/2002 Rosario Central  Argentina Primera División Argentina 27 3
Total 210 73


Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Argentina
Men's Football
Gold 2004 Athens Team Competition


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