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Claudio Caniggia
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Personal information
Full name Claudio Caniggia
Date of birth January 9, 1967 (1967-01-09) (age 43)
Place of birth    Henderson, Argentina
Playing position Forward/Winger
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1985–1988
1988–1989
1989–1992
1992–1994
1994–1995
1995–1998
1999–2000
2000–2001
2001–2003
2003–2004
River Plate
Hellas Verona
Atalanta
Roma
Benfica
Boca Juniors
Atalanta
Dundee
Rangers
Qatar SC
51 0(8)
21 0(3)
85 (22)
20 0(4)
23 0(8)
60 (28)
17 0(1)
25 0(8)
50 (13)
15 0(5)   
National team
1987–2002 Argentina 50 (16)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Claudio Paul Caniggia (born 9 January 1967 in Henderson, Buenos Aires) is a former Argentine football forward, who played 50 times for the Argentine national team.[1] He appeared in three World Cups, and was a member of both rival clubs River Plate and Boca Juniors. Caniggia made a hundred meters in 10.70 while competing in Argentina athletic tournaments at provincial level. It was 100 and 200 meters and long jump. However, he did not get to Athletic Nationals because he dedicated himself to football. He competed much until he became a professional football player in River Plate.

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Club career

At club level, Caniggia played for River Plate (1985-88), Hellas Verona (1988-89), Atalanta (1989-92 and 1999-2000), AS Roma (1992-93), S.L. Benfica (1994-95), Boca Juniors (1995-98), Dundee (2000-01) and Glasgow Rangers (2001-03). He has become a club legend and cult-hero at many of the clubs he has played at.

Caniggia made a sprint of 100-meters in 10.7 seconds during the national team's sprinting test right before the 1990 World Cup being held. Caniggia was a key player in both the 1990 and 1994 World Cup finals, but was not picked under the strict regime of coach Daniel Passarella for France '98. Caniggia got a 13-month ban for taking cocaine in 1993 and has a history of enjoying the high life.

Caniggia was globally recognized as one of the fastest footballers in the world, thus, he was given the nickname of "el hijo del viento" which means "the son of wind". On 3 April 2009, Caniggia was inducted into Dundee FC's Hall of Fame (International Award).[2]

International career

Caniggia was capped 50 times for Argentina, scoring 16 goals. He played at the 1990 and 1994 World Cups, scoring 4 goals in 8 matches. Contrary to popular belief and largely due to loose interpretation, Caniggia was not a striker, but rather a playmaker forward. Throughout the Copa América 1991, Caniggia asserted his dominance and was arguably the most dynamic player. He scored 2 goals and made 4 assists in the tournament. He also helped Argentina win the 1992 Confederations Cup, in which he scored a goal in the final itself.

To Argentine football fans, Claudio has always been an eccentric footballer, playing for many different clubs in many different countries, which is why it is impossible to associate him with a single club. Instead he holds a unique place in their affections. Because when they think of El Pajaro, it is always in the "celeste and blanca" colours of the national team. Claudio is synonymous with World Cups, winning goals and triumphs in the Argentinian jersey.[3]

Caniggia is great friends with Argentine legend Diego Maradona; the duo once celebrated a goal with a kiss on the lips. Claudio's wife at that time, model Mariana Nannis, said: "At times I believe Diego is in love with my husband. It must be the long hair and big muscles."

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1990 World Cup

At the 1990 World Cup, Caniggia scored two key goals to help Argentina reach the final. He came off the bench in the inaugural match against Cameroon, memorably being fouled thrice in a single dribble as he carried the ball forward, the last, by Benjamin Massing earning the Cameroonian a straight red card (Massing kicked Caniggia so hard his own shoe came off). In the subsequent matches, Caniggia was in the starting lineup. In the round of sixteen, Argentina faced Brazil, and with the score 0-0 after 80 minutes, a pass by Diego Maradona left Caniggia one on one against Brazilian goalkeeper Taffarel; Caniggia dribbled past him and scored on the empty goal, giving Argentina the victory and eliminating Brazil from the tournament in what was seen as a huge upset. The goal gave him legendary status among the Argentine fans for knocking out their chief rivals.

Argentina then beat Yugoslavia on penalty kicks, advancing to semifinals, where they played against Italy. The Italians had not allowed any goals in five matches, and were up 1-0 at halftime. In the second half, Caniggia headed a cross into the net of goalkeeper Walter Zenga, ending his record streak at 517 minutes without conceding a goal, and sending the match into extra time. After no change in the score, penalty kicks were taken, and Argentina won again through this method, advancing to the final. Caniggia had been cautioned in the first round match against the Soviet Union, , and then received another yellow card against Italy for a deliberate hand-ball-play, which earned him a suspension. He had to watch the final between his team and Germany from the stands, which Argentina lost 0-1.

1994 World Cup

Caniggia scored two goals in the 1994 World Cup, both of them in the first round match against Nigeria, the first from a Batistuta freekick rebound and second one from a cleverly taken free kick by Diego Maradona, which he finished sublimely putting the ball in top right hand corner. This was last match in which Maradona would be involved with the national team and is considered one of the best teams Argentina has ever had.

2002 World Cup

After refusing to cut his long hair despite the rules of national coach Daniel Passarella, he was frozen out of the national team for a number of years. He made a brief comeback to the Marcelo Bielsa-coached squad for the 2002 World Cup, but did not play. Nevertheless, he did manage to receive a red card for cursing at the referee from the bench in Argentina's last match against Sweden.

Honours

Argentina River Plate

Italy Atalanta B.C.

Italy A.S. Roma

Scotland Rangers

Qatar Qatar SC

International honours

References

  1. ^ rsssf: Argentina record international footballers
  2. ^ "Hall of Fame - Tribute to heroes". dundeefc.co.uk. http://www.dundeefc.co.uk/news_detail.asp?ID=2678. Retrieved April 4, 2009.  
  3. ^ (Citation: Natasha Woods, "Phoenix from the flames; His flight path may have taken him far from", The Sunday Herald, Apr 7, 2002)

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Claudio Caniggia
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Personal information
Full name Claudio Caniggia
Date of birth 9 January 1967 (1967-01-09) (age 44)
Place of birth    Henderson, Argentina
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1985-1988
1988-1989
1989-1992
1992-1994
1994-1995
1995-1999
1999-2000
2000-2001
2001-2003
2003-2004
River Plate
Hellas Verona
Atalanta
Roma
Benfica
Boca Juniors
Atalanta
Dundee
Rangers
Qatar
National team
1987-2002 Argentina

Claudio Caniggia (born 9 January, 1967) is a former Argentine football player. He has played for Argentina national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
ArgentinaLeague
1985-86River PlatePrimera División10
1986-87243
1987-88285
ItalyLeague
1988-89Hellas VeronaSerie A213
1989-90AtalantaSerie A318
1990-912310
1991-92318
1992-93RomaSerie A154
1993-9400
PortugalLeague
1994-95BenficaPortuguese Liga238
ArgentinaLeague
1995-96Boca JuniorsPrimera División2912
1996-971610
1997-98175
1998-99125
ItalyLeague
1999-00AtalantaSerie B171
ScotlandLeague
2000-01DundeePremier League217
2001-02RangersPremier League244
2002-03268
QatarLeague
2003-04QatarStars League155
CountryArgentina 12740
Italy 13834
Portugal 238
Scotland 7119
Qatar 155
Total 374106

International career statistics

[2] [3]

Argentina national team
YearAppsGoals
1987
1988
198972
1990102
199163
199251
199321
199463
199500
199630
199700
199800
199900
200000
200100
200220
Total5016

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