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Nelson Vivas
Personal information
Full name Nelson Davíd Vivas
Date of birth 18 October 1969 (1969-10-18) (age 40)
Place of birth    Granadero Baigorria, Argentina
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5+12 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1989-1990 Somisa de San Nicolas
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1990-1994
1994-1997
1997-1998
1998-2001
2000
2001-2003
2003
2004-2005
Quilmes
Boca Juniors
AC Lugano
Arsenal F.C.
Celta de Vigo (loan)
Inter Milan
River Plate
Quilmes
0? (?)
86 (3)
22 (1)
40 (0)
13 (0)
19 (0)
07 (0)
24 (0)   
National team
1997-2003 Argentina 39 (1)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 3 September 2007.
* Appearances (Goals)

Nelson David Vivas (born 18 October 1969 in Granadero Baigorria, Santa Fe, Argentina) is a former professional Argentine football player, who played primarily as right-back.

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Career in Argentina

Vivas began his footballing career with Quilmes, making his first-team debut in 10 September 1991 against Newell's Old Boys. After 3 years with Quilmes, he then joined Boca Juniors, playing 86 games for them until 1998.

Move to Europe

Like many other South American footballers, Vivas made his move to Europe, joining AC Lugano of Swiss League on loan. However, he only made 10 appearances until the big break came; Arsenal signed him from Boca Juniors for £1,600,000 in August 1998.

Vivas was mainly used as backup for established full-backs Lee Dixon and Nigel Winterburn while at Arsenal; he started 18 games and came on as a substitute for a further 18 during his first season for the Gunners, as he struggled to break into the first team. He scored his first and only goal for Arsenal against Derby County in the League Cup.[1] He had a setback when he missed a penalty in a shootout as Arsenal crashed out of the 1999/2000 League Cup to Middlesbrough.[2]

Vivas was loaned out to the La Liga outfit Celta Vigo halfway through the 1999-00 season and barely figured over the next two seasons, appearing mainly as a substitute (particularly as Arsenal had signed Oleg Luzhny and Sylvinho in the summer of 1999). Unable to establish himself as a permanent member of the team, Vivas left Arsenal when his contract expired at the end of the 2000-01 season, and joined Serie A team Internazionale of Milan. He played 69 games for Arsenal (40 as substitute), scoring one goal. At Inter, Vivas found it hard to break into the first-team and, after two seasons with the Nerazzurri, he left European football to return to his native Argentina.

Early retirement

After only one season with River Plate, Vivas returned to his first professional club, Quilmes where he played until his retirement in 2005.

Vivas served as Diego Simeone's assistant coach at Estudiantes de La Plata, then at River Plate and at the moment at Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro.

National team

Solid defender, despite the fact that he hardly played regularly for any of his clubs in Europe, Vivas was always a regular for his national team, playing 39 games and scoring in one occasion.

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