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Daniel Fonseca
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Full name Daniel Fonseca Garis
Date of birth September 13, 1969 (1969-09-13) (age 40)
Place of birth    Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.83m
Playing position Forward
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
River Plate
14 (5)
50 (17)
58 (31)
65 (20)
40 (10)
0 (0)
2 (0)   
National team2
1990-1997 Uruguay 30 (11)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 15 September 2006.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 7 April 2007 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Daniel Fonseca Garis (born 13 September 1969) is an Uruguayan former footballer, now a football player agent[1]. As a forward, he played with three of Italy's best clubs: S.S.C Napoli, A.S. Roma and Juventus.

Fonseca, nicknamed el castor ("the beaver"), started his football career at Nacional, his local team in Uruguay, in 1988. He played 14 games in two years and scored 3 goals, winning the South American Cup Winners Cup whilst there.

In 1990, he moved to Cagliari, scoring 17 goals in 50 appearances, mostly due to being played on the left than in the centre.

In 1992 Napoli signed him and Fonseca managed a more impressive strike rate, scoring 31 goals in two seasons in Naples, including 5 goals against Valencia in the UEFA cup. This form brought attention from A.S. Roma, who promptly signed him in 1994.

However, his three seasons (from 1994 to 1997) were far from successful. He played as a second striker supporting the Argentine centre forward Abel Balbo, but, because of the many injuries he suffered, he played discontinuously.

Juventus signed Fonseca in 1997, but again was played out of position on the left as he had been at Napoli. His goalscoring record in Serie A was very good considering he was not always first choice at AS Roma and at Juventus. Fonseca was always regarded as a super sub and scored important goals coming off the bench. He won two scudetto, a Champions League runner-up medal and the Italian cup whilst there.

Injury ruled him completely out of the 1999-2000 season, the end of which saw him transferred to River Plate in Argentina. Although he won the league, his first-team opportunities were limited and so he moved to Como in 2001. He retired in 2003 after the coach said he wasn't in his first team plans[2].


  • 1x South America Cup Winners cup
  • 1x South America League
  • 1x Copa Libertadores
  • 2x Scudetti
  • 1x Italian Super cup

With 11 goals in 30 appearances for Uruguay Fonseca is still fondly remembered in his homeland.

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