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Diego Gavilán
Personal information
Full name Diego Antonio Gavilán Zarate
Date of birth March 1, 1980 (1980-03-01) (age 29)
Place of birth    Asunción, Paraguay
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current club Independiente
Number 19
Youth career
1996-1998 Cerro Porteño
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1998-1999
1999-2003
2002-2003
2003
2003-2004
2004-2005
2005-2007
2007
2008
2008
2009-
Cerro Porteño
Newcastle United
UAG (Loan)
Internacional (Loan)
Udinese (Loan)
Internacional
Newell's
Grêmio
Flamengo
Portuguesa
Independiente
24 (7)
07 (1)
14 (1)
39 (5)
00 (0)
57 (2)
26 (1)
17 (0)
04 (0)
22 (0)
05 (0)   
National team2
2000- Paraguay 43 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 19:03, 26 July 2009 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of November 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Diego Antonio Gavilán Zarate (born March 1, 1980, Asunción) is a Paraguayan footballer who plays for Independiente and the Paraguay national football team.

Career

Gavilán's nickname pampero - meaning the horse that runs like the wind - offers a fair indication of his purposeful and hard-running style. He began his top-flight career at Cerro Porteño, and he became the first ever Paraguayan to play in England, when he signed for Newcastle United in 2000.

Gavilán cost Newcastle £2m when he left his native Paraguay behind at the age of just 19. He made his Premiership debut in a 2-2 draw at Sunderland. He struggled however, to stake a real claim for a first team place, making some appearances for the club as a substitute. He scored once in the league, against Coventry in a 2-0 win in April 2000.[1]

Gavilán was loaned out to Tecos in Mexico for the year 2002, by which time he had played only two further games for the club. In 2003, Gavilán joined Internacional of Brazil. In 2006, Gavilán signed for Argentinian side Newell's Old Boys. In 2007 he signed with Grêmio, returning to the city of Porto Alegre, in Brazil. The attacking midfielder has joined Independiente on loan. The player was with Portuguesa until November.

The surname Gavilán means "Sparrowhawk."

References

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