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Esteban Cambiasso
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Personal information
Full name Esteban Matías Cambiasso Deleau
Date of birth August 18, 1980 (1980-08-18) (age 29)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current club Internazionale
Number 19
Youth career
0000-1996 Argentinos Juniors
1996-1998 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 Independiente 102 00(14)
2001–2002 River Plate 037 0(12)
2002–2004 Real Madrid 040 00(0)
2004– Internazionale 168 0(22)
National team
2000– Argentina 044 00(4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9/9/2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9/9/2009

Esteban Matías Cambiasso Deleau (born 18 August 1980 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentine footballer who currently plays as a defensive midfielder for Italian Serie A club Internazionale and the Argentine national team. He is nicknamed Cuchu.


Club career


Early career

Cambiasso started his professional career with Argentinos Juniors in 1995, moving to Real Madrid B in 1996.

In 1998, he moved back to Argentina where he played for three years with Independiente and one with River Plate. During this time, he earned his nickname "Egg in a bun." With some good experience under his belt, he returned to Real Madrid in 2002. He helped Los Blancos win the UEFA Super Cup in 2002, La Liga, and the Intercontinental Cup in 2003, and the Spanish SuperCup in 2003.


In July 2004, Cambiasso signed with Internazionale after his contract with Real Madrid expired in June 2004. He helped Internazionale win the Italian Cup in his first season with the club, playing regularly as a defensive midfielder, partnered in the middle of Inter's midfield with fellow Argentinian Juan Sebastián Verón. In Italy, he became known as one of the outstanding players of the 2004-05 season, along with AC Milan's Kaká.

During the return match for the final of the 2006 Coppa Italia, Cambiasso scored an impressive goal, the first of the match, for the 3-1 victory over Roma. On 30 September 2006, he scored twice in the opening game of the season, with Inter defeating Fiorentina 3-2. On 7 November 2007, he along with Zlatan Ibrahimović scored a brace a piece to defeat CSKA Moscow 4-2 in the UEFA Champions League. On 23 March 2009, it was announced that Inter and Cambiasso had come to terms about a contract renewal which now expires in 2014.

Over his five seasons at Inter, Cambiasso has established himself as a key member of the team, and has consistently been among Serie A's finest midfielders. Many Inter fans regard him as the next captain of the club, following fellow Argentine Javier Zanetti.

International career

Cambiasso first represented Argentina in the youth squads, along with national teammates Juan Román Riquelme, Pablo Aimar, Wálter Samuel and others. He was in the squads for the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship, where he scored the first goal in the final even though he was the youngest player on the squad, and captained the team during the 1999 edition.

Cambiasso made his senior national debut in 2000 for Argentina. On 15 May 2006], he was named in the Argentinian national team for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and on 16 June, he capped a spectacular 24 pass Argentine interplay with a finish to score the second goal in a 6-0 victory over Serbia and Montenegro. In the quarter-finals match against Germany on 30 June 2006, the match went into penalties, where Cambiasso had his penalty kick saved, resulting in Argentina losing 4-2 and Germany progressing to the semi-final.

Since Maradona took over as Argentina coach, Cambiasso has not been called-up to the national team, despite continuing to play a vital role for Inter and affirming his status as one of Europe's best central midfielders.

International goals

As of 11 August 2009

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 21 June 2005 Frankenstadion, Nuremberg, Germany  Germany 2 – 2 2–2 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup
2. 16 June 2006 WM Stadion Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen, Germany  Serbia and Montenegro 2 – 0 6–0 2006 FIFA World Cup
3. 5 June 2007 Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain  Algeria 3 – 2 4–3 Friendly
4. 10 September 2008 Estadio Monumental "U", Lima, Peru  Peru 1 – 0 1–1 2010 World Cup qualifying

Playing style

Cambiasso is a defensive midfielder. At club level he is deployed in the holding role often accompanied by another like minded central midfielder, however at international level he has most prominently featured in a more advanced position in front of a holding midfielder such as Argentine captain Javier Mascherano. This enables him to fulfill a more creative role in midfield.

Eurosport said about Cambiasso: "There is nothing glamorous about the bald Argentine, but he is the heartbeat of the Inter side that have become the dominant force in Italian football. Just the kind of determined, hard-running midfielder Jose Mourinho loves. Originally a destroyer, the 29-year-old has become increasingly adventurous and weighs in with six to eight goals per season. [2] said: All in all, this player is one of the greatest players to have ever pulled an Inter shirt on and to grace the pitch in the Serie A. He is an intelligent midfielder, who has the capacity to change the shape of a game off his own boot. He is one of the most influential midfielders in Italian football, and for that reason and many more, he will certainly be remembered as one of the most talented players of all time." [3]

Personal life

Cambiasso was once married and still is but no longer has any contact with his ex-wife. On 22 November 2008, his ex-wife gave birth to their daughter Victoria before Cambiasso's match against Juventus.[4] After Inter won the Derby d'Italia, Cambiasso dedicated the win to his daughter.[5]

Along with his compatriot and current teammate at Inter, Javier Zanetti, Cambiasso unveiled the Leoni di Potrero charity association to help coach young children with social isolation problems and motor coordination difficulties.


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Simple English

Esteban Cambiasso
Personal information
Full name Esteban Matías Cambiasso Deleau
Date of birth 18 August 1980 (1980-08-18) (age 30)
Place of birth    Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Internazionale Milano
Number 19
Senior clubs
Years Club
River Plate
Real Madrid
Internazionale Milano
National team
2000-2009 Argentina

Esteban Cambiasso (born 18 August 1980) is an Argentine football player. He plays for Internazionale Milano and Argentina national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
ArgentinaLeague Cup South AmericaTotal
1998/99IndependientePrimera División273273
2001/02River PlatePrimera División37123712
SpainLeague Copa del Rey EuropeTotal
2002/03Real MadridLa Liga24090330
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
2004/05Internazionale MilanoSerie A30230110442
CountryArgentina 1352613526
Spain 410140550
Italy 1532014339320626
Total 3294614353339652

International career statistics


Argentina national team



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