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Mauro Zárate
Mauro Zarate at Auronzo.JPG
Personal information
Full name Mauro Matías Zárate
Date of birth March 18, 1987 (1987-03-18) (age 23)
Place of birth    Haedo, Argentina
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Lazio
Number 10
Youth career
Vélez Sársfield
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Vélez Sársfield
Birmingham City (loan)
Lazio (loan)
99 (28)
06 0(4)
14 0(4)
35 (13)
22 0(3)   
National team2
Argentina U-20
05 0(2)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 22:50, 28 December 2009 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 07:48, 28 April 2009 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Mauro Matías Zárate (born 18 March 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer, currently playing for Italian side Lazio.

Zárate started his career with Vélez Sársfield, team by which played three years and won the Primera División. He later signed for Al-Sadd in 2008, a Qatar team where he played only six months before going to Birmingham City on loan. However, Birmingham were relegated and Zárate was loaned out again, this time at Lazio. In Italy he won the Coppa Italia. At the end of the season, his move to Lazio was made permanent for a fee of about €20 million, with a €60 million buy-out clause.

In international football, the Argentine played the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup and won the competition even thanks to the decisive goal he scored in the final.


Club career

Early years

Zárate began his club football career at Vélez Sársfield, where he played since childhood. At 17, considered too strong for the youth category, he was promoted in the first team where he made his full debut on 21 April 2004 against Arsenal de Sarandí. He shared the top-scorer award for the Apertura 2006 with Rodrigo Palacio (Boca Juniors) with 12 goals each.[1]


On 18 June 2007, Zárate signed a two-year deal with Al-Sadd in the Qatari League.[2] in a deal thought to be worth around $20M.[3] Zárate did not remain in Qatar long however, playing just six league games and scoring four goals, before heading on loan to English Premier League side Birmingham.


Zárate at Birmingham City.

On 21 January 2008, he joined Premier League side Birmingham City on loan until the end of the 2007–08 season, with a view to a permanent deal.[4] He made his debut for the club in the 2–0 defeat at Sunderland on 29 January 2008,[5] and made his first start in March against Portsmouth. He scored his first goal for the club against Reading on 22 March 2008,[6] followed by a brace in their next match against Manchester City[7] and an equalising free kick against Everton.[8] Zárate left the club at the end of his loan spell, their relegation from the Premier League meaning that no extension to the loan would be considered.[9]


Zárate kicking off the 2009 Coppa Italia Final with Goran Pandev

Zárate completed a move to Lazio on 5 July 2008. He joined initially on loan, with Lazio having an option to make the deal permanent,[10][11] and following a successful medical he was presented to the media a few days later.[12]

Zárate immediately endeared himself to the Lazio faithful, scoring a brace in his Serie A debut against Cagliari and dedicating the second to the Lazio supporters.[13] Zarate also scored on his home debut, with a left footed strike from outside the penalty area against Sampdoria. This rich goalscoring form continued with Mauro scoring once against Milan at the San Siro, twice against Torino and another against Siena. By mid-season however, Zárate hit a dip in form and found himself being substituted for captain Tommaso Rocchi who was returning to form following serious injury.

On 28 February, Zárate scored a brace for Lazio at the Olimpico against Bologna, the game ended 2–0 for Lazio becoming the sixth top scorer in the Serie A with 10 goals.

On 13 May, Zarate won the Coppa Italia scoring one goal and one penalty in the Final.[14] After the season ended his move to Lazio was made permanent for a fee of about €20 million, with a €60 million buy-out clause.[15]

International career

In 2007, Zárate helped the Argentina Under-20 team to win the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, scoring the winning goal in the final against the Czech Republic.[16]

In 2008, legend Diego Maradona was appointed manager of the Argentine national team and declared in light of his sensational form for Lazio that Zárate would get a chance with the national team.[17]

In 2009, Zarate (under his agent's supervision) declared that he would welcome the possibility to be included in the Italy national team if Diego Maradona does not call him up to his Argentina's squad for the 2010 world cup.

Personal life

Zárate was born in Haedo, Buenos Aires to a reasonably wealthy family with much footballing pedigree. His father Sergio is a former professional footballer, who played for Independiente de Avellaneda and A.C. Ancona. His mother, Catalina Riga, has Italian origins, with her family originating from Catanzaro in southern Italy. His grandfather Juvenal was Chilean and also a footballer.[18]

Mauro is the brother of fellow footballers Rolando who currently plays for Vélez Sarsfield and Ariel of All Boys, as well as former international Sergio Zárate who currently acts as Mauro's agent.[19]



Vélez Sársfield

S.S. Lazio



Individual awards


  1. ^ "Estudiantes make up for lost time". FIFA. 2006-12-15. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  2. ^ "Al Sadd snare Argentine starlet". FIFA. 2007-06-16. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  3. ^ Tagliaferri, Guillermo (2007-06-17). "Los goles de Zárate valen 22 millones de dólares" (in Spanish). Clarín. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  4. ^ "Blues land Argentine star on loan". BBC Sport. 2008-01-21. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  5. ^ Lyon, Sam (2008-01-29). "Sunderland 2–0 Birmingham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  6. ^ Hughes, Ian (2008-03-22). "Reading 2-1 Birmingham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2008-03-22. 
  7. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (2008-03-29). "Birmingham 3-1 Man City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  8. ^ Fletcher, Paul (2008-04-12). "Birmingham 1-1 Everton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  9. ^ Tattum, Colin (2008-05-14). "Mauro Zarate signs off from Birmingham City". Birmingham Mail (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  10. ^ "Lazio secure Zarate in loan deal". BBC Sport. 2008-07-05. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  11. ^ "Al-Sadd okay Zarate loan deal to Lazio". Al-Sadd Sports Club. 2008-06-30. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  12. ^ (Italian) "Zarate: "Sono qui per vincere"". S.S. Lazio. 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  13. ^ (Italian) "Zarate: «Dedico la doppietta ai tifosi»". Corriere dello Sport. 2008-08-31. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
  14. ^ "Lazio Edge Sampdoria On Penalties To Claim Fifth Coppa Italia". 13 May 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2009. 
  15. ^ (Italian) Giulio Cardone (2009-08-22). "Zarate vale 60 milioni. De Silvestri verso Firenze". la Repubblica. p. 14. 
  16. ^ "A sixth star for Argentina". FIFA. 2007-07-22. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  17. ^,16368,15274_4482996,00.html
  18. ^ "Zarate, una generazione di calciatori (Corriere dello Sport)" (in Italian). 30 June 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2009. 
  19. ^ "Extorsionan a una familia de futbolistas y les balean una casa" (in Spanish). Clarín. 2006-10-08. 

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