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Sebástian Saja
Personal information
Full name Diego Sebástian Saja
Date of birth June 5, 1979 (1979-06-05) (age 30)
Place of birth    La Plata, Argentina
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club AEK Athens
Number 23
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2000–2008
2003
2004
2004
2005
2007
2008–
San Lorenzo
Brescia (loan)
Rayo Vallecano (loan)
Club América (loan)
Córdoba (loan)
Grêmio (loan)
AEK Athens
145 (6)
004 (0)
020 (0)
004 (0)
023 (0)
030 (0)
029 (0)   
National team2
1997–1999
2002–2003
Argentina U20
Argentina
024 (0)
005 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 31 August 2009.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 31 December 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Diego Sebastián Saja (born June 5, 1979 in La Plata, Buenos Aires) is an Argentine footballer currently playing for AEK Athens F.C. in the Greek first division, as a goalkeeper.

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Club career

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San Lorenzo

Saja had 145 overall appearances for Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro, being voted South America's best goalkeeper in 2002. The previous year, he helped the side win the Clausura, Mercosur Cup and South American Cup.

Out on loan

Saja split 2003–04 with Brescia Calcio and Rayo Vallecano, being first-choice and dropping down a level with the latter. Moving to another side in Spain and in the second division for the following season, he would also be relegated with Córdoba CF.

After a spell in Mexico with Club América, Saja returned to San Lorenzo making 34 appearances and scoring five goals, but was again sent out on loan, this time to Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, after falling out of favor with new manager Ramón Díaz.

AEK

Released in 2008, Saja signed a three-year contract with AEK Athens FC, earning approximately 400.000. He said to the media that this was a massive opportunity to play in Europe. However, the year he joined, the club was quickly eliminated from UEFA Cup contention.[1]

On May 31, 2009, Saja signed a new three-year deal with AEK.[2]

International career

Saja had five caps for Argentina, making his debut against Uruguay, on 15 March 2002.

Later that year, he appeared in a further four friendlies, with Wales, Mexico, Honduras and United States.

Honours

Team

Individual

References

  1. ^ Omonia keep the party going in Nicosia; UEFA.com, 28 August 2008
  2. ^ Saja signs new deal; AEK's official website (Greek)

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