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Pablo Aimar
Personal information
Full name Pablo César Aimar Giordano
Date of birth November 3, 1979 (1979-11-03) (age 30)
Place of birth Río Cuarto, Argentina
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club Benfica
Number 10
Youth career
1995–1997 River Plate
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 River Plate 82 (19)
2001–2006 Valencia 162 (29)
2006–2008 Zaragoza 53 (5)
2008– Benfica 25 (2)
National team
1999– Argentina 52 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 November 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 November 2009 (UTC)

Pablo César Aimar Giordano (born 3 November 1979 in Río Cuarto, Córdoba) is an Argentine footballer who currently plays as an attacking midfielder for Sport Lisboa e Benfica in the Portuguese first division. Mainly an attacking midfielder with a vast array of skills,[1] he also holds a Spanish passport.[2]

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Club career

Pablo Aimar began his ascent to stardom with Club Atlético River Plate, whose first team he joined for the 1997-98 season, after rejecting a place at medical school, and with whom he quickly established himself as one of the best young players in Argentina.

Valencia CF of Spain signed Aimar in January 2001, at a price of 24 million. The purchase proved justified, as Aimar helped lead the team to a first-place finish in 2001-02 (with 33 matches and four goals), as well as to a runners-up finish in the previous seasons's Champions League, being defeated by Bayern Munich. Aimar also won the 2004 UEFA Cup, beating Olympique de Marseille in the final.

On 12 April 2006, he was hospitalized after being diagnosed with acute viral meningitis,[3] but made a quick recovery and returned to play for his team. During his career with the Che, he was also often troubled with injuries.[4][5][6]

During the summer of 2006, Aimar joined fellow first divisioner Real Zaragoza for €12 million.[7] The Aragonese side relegated at the end of 2007-08, with the playmaker appearing in 22 scoreless matches, while also often hindered with injuries.[8]

On 17 July 2008, after a period of intense negotiations, Aimar signed a four-year contract with Portuguese side Sport Lisboa e Benfica for a fee of €6.5 million.[9] After a difficult first half of the season, he managed to defeat his constant injuries and finished it in good shape.

In the 2009-10 Benfica pre-season games, Aimar showed that he is in very good shape and demonstrated impressive chemistry with fellow countryman Javier Saviola.

After good exibithions in the Portuguese league, Aimar was re-called again for Argentina, for the last 2 decisive games in the World cup qualifiers.

Style of Play

Pablo Aimar is known for his ability to dribble and create plays with his teammates. His low center of gravity and exceptional technique allowed him to compete with such teams as Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga. With his leadership and humble being he was a key player in Valencia's success in the early 2000s, winning two La Liga titles, and a UEFA Cup. Aimar is also a good set-piece taker.

International career

Aimar first represented Argentina at youth levels. Along with future senior team stars Esteban Cambiasso and Juan Román Riquelme, he won the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship, and went on to gain over 50 full caps since his debut in 1999.[10] He played in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.

In the 2002 World Cup, where it is worth noting that he was picked ahead of long time rival and friend, Riquelme, he played against England, subbing in for Juan Sebastián Verón, which led coach Marcelo Bielsa to start him against Sweden, at the latter's expense.

He scored the last goal of the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup, during Argentina's 4-1 loss in the final to champions Brazil, also appearing with the national side in the Copa América 2007 (losing in the final to the same team, this time 0-3).

After months of waiting Aimar got called up for the crucial 2010 World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Uruguay in October 2009. In the all important encounter against Peru, "pablito" duely repaid the faith placed in him by Maradona, assisting Higuaín for Argentina's opener, with a sublime through ball. Argentina went on to win the match 2-1, thanks to a late goal by Martín Palermo. Aimar's performance was praised by critics, and he more than filled in the role of the trequartista, which has yet to find a regular since the retirement of Juan Roman Riquelme.

International goals

As of 10 August 2009

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 16 August 2000 Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Paraguay 1 – 1 1–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying
2. 27 March 2002 Geneva, Switzerland  Cameroon 2 – 2 2–2 Friendly
3. 30 April 2003 June 11 Stadium, Tripoli, Libya  Libya 3 – 1 3–1 Friendly
4. 6 September 2003 River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Chile 2 – 0 2–2 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying
5. 9 September 2003 Estadio Olímpico, Caracas, Venezuela  Venezuela 1 – 0 3–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying
6. 15 November 2003 River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Bolivia 3 – 0 3–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying
7. 29 June 2005 Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Germany  Brazil 1 – 4 1–4 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup
8. 28 June 2007 Estadio José Pachencho Romero, Maracaibo, Venezuela  United States 3 – 1 4–1 Copa América 2007

Club 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
1996-97 River Plate Argentine League 0 0
1997-98 15 8
1998-99 21 10
1999-00 30 21
2000-01 16 7
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2000-01 Valencia Spanish League 10 2
2001-02 33 4
2002-03 31 8
2003-04 25 4
2004-05 31 4
2005-06 32 5
2006-07 Real Zaragoza Spanish League 31 5
2007-08 22 0
Portugal League Cup of Portugal Portuguese League Cup Europe Total
2008-09 Benfica Portuguese League 22 1 - - 4 1 1 0 27 2
2009-10 11 1 1 0 12 1
Total Argentina 82 19
Spain 215 34
Portugal 25 2 - - 4 1 2 0 31 3
Career Total 298 53

Honours

Club

Country

References

  1. ^ Aimar's divine improvisation; UEFA.com, 23 September 2004
  2. ^ Aimar jura la Constitución y será jugador comunitario (Aimar swears the constitution and will play as a non-foreign); El Periódico de Aragón, 14 June 2007 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Aimar hospitalized with meningitis; UEFA.com, 13 April 2006
  4. ^ Aimar agony for Valencia; UEFA.com, 18 November 2002
  5. ^ Aimar concern for Valencia; UEFA.com, 20 September 2004
  6. ^ Aimar absence vexes Valencia; UEFA.com, 1 November 2004
  7. ^ Aimar adds zest for Zaragoza; UEFA.com, 29 July 2006
  8. ^ Zaragoza lose Aimar inspiration; UEFA.com, 30 January 2007
  9. ^ Aimar leaves Zaragoza for Benfica; UEFA.com, 17 July 2008
  10. ^ Argentina - Record International Players; RSSSF.com

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Simple English

Pablo Aimar
Personal information
Full name Pablo César Aimar
Date of birth 3 November 1979 (1979-11-03) (age 31)
Place of birth    Rio Cuarto, Argentina
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Benfica
Number 10
Senior clubs
Years Club
1995-2000
2001-2006
2006-2008
2008-
River Plate
Valencia
Real Zaragoza
Benfica
National team
1999-2009 Argentina

Pablo Aimar (born 3 November 1979) is an Argentine football player. He plays for Benfica and Argentina national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
ArgentinaLeague
1995/96River PlatePrimera División10
1996/9700
1997/98164
1998/99182
1999/003213
2000/01152
SpainLeague
2000/01ValenciaLa Liga102
2001/02334
2002/03318
2003/04254
2004/05314
2005/06325
2006/07Real ZaragozaLa Liga315
2007/08220
PortugalLeague
2008/09BenficaPortuguese Liga221
2009/10
CountryArgentina 8221
Spain 21534
Portugal 221
Total 29755

International career statistics

Argentina national team
YearAppsGoals
199920
200051
200170
200261
200394
200420
200561
200660
200771
200800
200910
Total518

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