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Marcelo Zalayeta
Personal information
Full name Marcelo Danubio Zalayeta
Date of birth 5 December 1978 (1978-12-05) (age 31)
Place of birth    Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Bologna
Number 25
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1996
1997
1997–2007
1998–1999
1999–2001
2004
2007–
2009–
Danubio
Peñarol
Juventus
Empoli (loan)
Sevilla (loan)
Perugia (loan)
Napoli
Bologna (loan)
032 0(12)
032 0(13)
101 0(28)
017 00(2)
050 0(10)
005 00(0)
049 0(12)
021 00(4)   
National team
1997–2005 Uruguay 047 0(10)[1]

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 18 March 2010.
* Appearances (Goals)

Marcelo Danubio Zalayeta (born December 5, 1978 in Montevideo) is an Uruguayan football striker who currently plays for Serie A club Bologna and the Uruguayan national team.

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Club career

Marcelo started his career with Danubio and then moving to Peñarol in Uruguay, where he made a name for himself. He moved to Juve in 1997 but considered a promising young player at the time, he was not given much of a chance to prove himself. He spent a season on loan with Empoli, and he also starred in Uruguay's surge for the Copa América in 1999, who lost in the final to Brazil. Two more years away from the club followed, he played for Sevilla until 2001. At last when it seemed Juve lacked forwards he was brought back to Italy at the start of 2001-02, but he was loaned out to Perugia in 2004 before returning to Juventus in the same year. Although he has not played many matches thus far he has done well the times he has been given a chance.

He scored two very important extra time winners against Spanish opposition for Juventus. One came in 2003 in the quarter-finals of UEFA Champions League against FC Barcelona; the other against Real Madrid in the 2005 round of 16. In the 2003 UEFA Champions League Final, Zalayeta was one of the three Juventus players to have their penalty saved by AC Milan keeper Dida in the shootout. After a decade with Juventus, he moved to Napoli in the summer of 2007.[2] Napoli paid €1.4million for half of the rights (co-ownership). He played 49 Serie A matches and scored 12 goals in 2 seasons, but at the start of 2009-10 season ,he became surplus of the team, and not offered a shirt number.[3]

On 21 August 2009 Zalayeta joins Bologna on loan from Napoli[4].

International career

Zalayeta was selected in a 23-man squad for Uruguay's World Cup intercontinental playoff against Australia. Unfortunately it would not be a pleasant experience as Zalayeta was one out of two penalty kick takers whose shot had been saved by Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer. Following Zalayeta's failure to convert, this culminated Australia to win 4-2 on penalties and qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals in Germany, and eliminating Uruguay in the process. He then retired from national team.

Honours

National Team

Juventus

Peñarol

  • One Uruguayan Championship 1997
  • One Uruguayan Liguilla Cup 1997

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Simple English

Marcelo Zalayeta
Personal information
Full name Marcelo Zalayeta
Date of birth 5 December 1978 (1978-12-05) (age 32)
Place of birth    Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Bologna
Number 25
Senior clubs
Years Club
1996
1997
1998-2007
1999
1999-2001
2004
2007-
2009-
Danubio
Peñarol
Juventus
Empoli (loan)
Sevilla (loan)
Perugia (loan)
Napoli
Bologna (loan)
National team
1997-2005 Uruguay

Marcelo Zalayeta (born 5 December 1978) is an Uruguayan football player. He has played for Uruguay national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
UruguayLeague Cup South AmericaTotal
1996DanubioPrimera División3212--3212
1997PeñarolPrimera División3213--3213
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
1997/98JuventusSerie A5120-71
1998/9910121032
1998/99EmpoliSerie A1720000172
SpainLeague Copa del Rey EuropeTotal
1999/00SevillaLa Liga285--285
2000/01Segunda División225--225
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
2001/02JuventusSerie A1108541236
2002/032244292358
2003/0420423193
2003/04PerugiaSerie A50000050
2004/05JuventusSerie A2862182389
2005/061614060261
2006/07Serie B16410-174
2007/08NapoliSerie A2282000248
2008/092742030324
2009/10BolognaSerie A
CountryUruguay 6425--6425
Italy 17230301234623648
Spain 5010--5010
Total 28665301234635083

International career statistics

[1]

Uruguay national team
YearAppsGoals
199741
199811
1999104
200030
200131
200200
200310
200410
200593
Total3210

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