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Ezequiel Garay
Personal information
Full name Ezequiel Marcelo Garay
Date of birth 10 October 1986 (1986-10-10) (age 23)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2+12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club Real Madrid
Number 19
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Newell's Old Boys 013 00(1)
2005–2008 Racing Santander 059 0(12)
2008– Real Madrid 014 00(1)
2008–2009 Racing Santander (loan) 024 00(2)
National team
2008 Argentina U23 009 00(0)
2007– Argentina 001 00(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:57, 6 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:29, 15 March 2008 (UTC)

Ezequiel Marcelo Garay (born 10 October 1986 in Rosario) is an Argentine football player, who plays for Real Madrid and the Argentina national team. His main position is as central defender however he can also play at right back and other positions. While at Racing Santander, he proved himself to be a consistent set-piece taker, regularly scoring free-kicks and penalties.


Club career


Newell's Old Boys

At the early age of 18, Ezequiel Garay made his professional debut in 2004 for his home town club, Newell's Old Boys, in the Argentine Primera. His first match was an important one against Gimnasia de La Plata where he helped Los Leprosos clinch the Apertura championship.

His profile was raised even higher in 2005 where he was a part of Argentina's U-20 World Cup winning side which included such young stars like Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero, Fernando Gago, and Oscar Ustari. Garay made 12 more appearances for Newell's in 2005 and had the honor of scoring his first goal for the club in a 2-1 win over Rosario Central in the Rosario derby. He ended up transferring to Racing de Santander in the Spanish Primera in late 2005 after only making 13 appearances for Newell's at the professional level.

Racing de Santander

After a short and expected settling in period during his first partial season, Garay established himself as a first team regular for Racing that fall where he featured in central defense. He started 30 of Racing's 38 league matches in 2006/2007 where he not only provided tidy defending, but also displayed polished offensive skills as he netted nine goals that season. Most of these came from the penalty spot as his ability to strike a free kick made him an unusual commodity, a talented defender who also had advanced technical skills.

Once again, he displayed a knack for performing well in big situations as his initial strike for Racing was a beautiful free kick against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. In the return fixture, he bagged a brace from the penalty spot in Racing’s memorable win over Los Blancos which, at the time, looked like it might derail Madrid’s bid for the Primera title that year. Even more impressive in Garay’s performance was the fact that his mistake allowed Madrid to initially take the lead before his late game heroics helped Los Verdiblancos gain a memorable result. Racing ended up finishing 10th that season which was their best finish since returning to the Primera in 2002. His performance at the club level earned Garay a few call-ups to the senior Argentina national team where he expects to establish himself in central defense for the next World Cup.

The 2007–2008 season was a mixed bag for Garay at Racing. While he played a large part in Racing finishing 6th in the Primera which secured a UEFA Cup spot for next season, injuries limited him to only playing in 22 league matches. However, with his considerable talent as well as increased profile, he was already well on the radar screen of many top clubs.

Real Madrid

In 2008, Racing sold him to Real Madrid. Madrid loaned him back to Racing with the loan finishing in June 2009.[1] Garay made his league debut on 29 August 2009 in the opening game of the season against Deportivo La Coruña, which the Whites won 3-2. Ezequiel scored his first goal for Real Madrid, a crucial winner at the Mestalla against Valencia CF, to give Los Blancos a 3-2 win on 12 December 2009.

International career

Garay earned his first full Argentina cap in a 22 August 2007 friendly against Norway which Argentina lost 2-1. He had previously been called upon in May 2007 by coach Alfio Basile to a series of friendlies prior to the 2007 Copa América but injury prevented him from appearing in those matches and the official competition.[2]

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Argentina League Cup League Cup South America Total
2004-05 Newells Old Boys Primera División Argentina 1 0
2005-06 12 1
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2005-06 Racing de Santander La Liga 8 0 0 0 - - - 8 0
2006-07 31 9 0 0 - - - 31 9
2007-08 23 3 2 0 - - - 25 3
2008-09 25 2 1 0 - 3 0 29 2
2009-10 Real Madrid 14 1 0 0 - 3 0 17 1
Total Argentina 13 1
Spain 100 16 3 0 - 6 0 109 16
Career Total 113 17

(Correct as of 10 March 2010 )


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