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Federico Insúa
Personal information
Full name Federico Insúa
Date of birth January 3, 1980 (1980-01-03) (age 30)
Place of birth    Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Boca Juniors
Number 11
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Argentinos Juniors
Málaga CF
Boca Juniors
Borussia Mönchengladbach
Club América
Necaxa (loan)
Boca Juniors
114 (16)
056 (14)
031 0(3)
035 0(9)
037 (11)
032 0(2)
030 0(5)
016 0(2)
National team
2003- Argentina 0120(0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 17:19, 23 November 2009 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Federico Insúa (born January 3, 1980 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentine footballer currently playing for Boca Juniors .



Nicknamed El Pocho, Insúa grew up in a middle class family in Buenos Aires[1]. He moved to the youth teams of Argentinos Juniors from the Club Parque football school, and debuted professionally on November 18 1997[2]. After 5 seasons with the club, he transferred to Club Atlético Independiente in 2002. After winning a local championship with Independiente, he moves to Spanish first division Málaga CF in 2003, but after only one unsuccessful season he returns to Independiente. [1]

At the beginning of the 2005/2006 season Insúa again transferred, this time to Boca Juniors, debuting for Boca in the 4-1 victory over Gimnasia de Jujuy. Even though he had a slow start, he succeeded in becoming the play maker Boca Juniors needed, winning a local title and 2 international cups by the end of 2005.

On July 28, 2006, Federico Insúa transferred for 4 Million Euros to German Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach, which hoped to fill a gap in its offensive midfield. The 26-year-old midfielder put pen to paper on a four-year deal. The Argentine international wore the number ten shirt for Borussia.[1] On February 3, 2007, he scored his first Bundesliga goal in a game against Arminia Bielefeld.

After the relegation of Borussia in the Fußball-Bundesliga 2006/07. He was sold to Club América for 7.5 million US Dollars, for 4 years, and he will get paid $1,875,000 US Dollars a year. He had joined the squad on June 27, 2007.

On July 27, 2008 Insúa opens the 1-0 score against Santos Laguna on the first match of the Apertua 2008 / Clausura 2009 season. In early January 2009 he was sent on loan to Necaxa but he could not help the team avoid relegation.

On May 15, 2009 he was sold back to Boca Juniors for 3.5 million dollars. He was to finish his last year of a 3 year contract with América but he rather declined, on 18 July 2009 was loaned out to Boca Juniors for one year[3].

International Career

Insúa debuted for the Argentina national football team in January 2003, and has been capped 12 times.[4]


External links


  1. ^ a b c (German) Lustig, Jan: "Das Rätsel 'El Pocho'" in kicker Nr. 64/August 7, 2006 pg. 16
  2. ^ (Spanish) Dana, Fabio, "Insúa; ¿Nace un conductor xeneize?" - ESPN Deportes.
  3. ^ Insúa zurück zu Boca Juniors
  4. ^ National football teams - Profile of Federico Insúa


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