Santiago Vergini

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Santiago Vergini
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Vergini playing for Sunderland in 2014
Personal information
Full name Santiago Vergini[1]
Date of birth (1988-08-03) 3 August 1988 (age 30)
Place of birth Máximo Paz, Argentina
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Getafe
(on loan from Sunderland)
Number 5
Youth career
Atlético Paz
2007–2009 Vélez Sarsfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Olimpia 18 (1)
2010–2011 Verona (loan) 16 (1)
2011–2013 Newell's Old Boys 78 (2)
2013–2015 Estudiantes 13 (1)
2014–2015 Sunderland (loan) 42 (0)
2015– Sunderland 0 (0)
2015– Getafe (loan) 25 (0)
National team
2012– Argentina 3 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 May 2016.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 November 2014

Santiago Vergini (born 3 August 1988) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Getafe CF on loan from English club Sunderland as a central defender.

Club career

Early career

Born in Máximo Paz, Constitución Department, Santa Fe, Vergini was a Vélez Sársfield youth graduate, but only apepared with the reserves in the lower leagues.[3] In June 2009 he signed a two-year deal with Paraguayan side Club Olimpia,[4] and made his professional debut on 13 September, in a 0–2 home loss against Club Libertad.[5]

Vergini scored his first goal on 7 November, netting the second in a 2–1 home win against Sportivo Luqueño.[6] He finished his first professional year with 12 appearances and one goal, as his side finished fifth.

On 1 September 2010 Vergini was loaned to Lega Pro Prima Divisione team Verona, in a one-year deal.[7] He appeared in 15 matches, scoring a goal against Bassano Virtus.

Newell's Old Boys

On 26 July 2011 Vergini signed for Newell's Old Boys.[8] He made his debut for the club on 2 September, playing the full 90 minutes in a 0–0 home draw against Colón de Santa Fe.[9]

An undisputed starter for La Lepra, Vergini appeared in 32 matches and scored three goals in 2011–12 (against Olimpo, Banfield and Unión Santa Fe). He was again ever-present in the following campaign, as his side reached the semi-finals of 2013 Copa Libertadores.

Estudiantes

On 1 August 2013, after being linked to a possible move to FC Barcelona, Vergini joined Estudiantes de La Plata.[10] He battled with Jonathan Schunke for a starting spot, but only appeared in 17 matches, scoring one goal (against Godoy Cruz on 16 November).[11]

Sunderland

On 20 January 2014, Vergini secured a loan move to Premier League side Sunderland for the remainder of the 2013–14 season.[12] He made his league debut on 8 February, replacing Fabio Borini in the first half against Hull City after the dismissal of regular centre-back Wes Brown.[13]

Due to Brown's suspension, Vergini made his first start on 22 February away to Arsenal. He was also an unused substitute as Sunderland lost the 2014 Football League Cup Final 3–1 to Manchester City at the Wembley Stadium on 2 March.[14]

After several games playing in central defence, Gus Poyet slotted Vergini into the right back position due to injuries. He had great and solid performances and helped Sunderland avoid relegation to finish 14th in the Premier League.

On 7 August 2014, he re-signed for Sunderland on a season-long loan for the 2014–15 campaign,[15] with the deal becoming a permanent two-year contract after the Black Cats avoided relegation.[16]

Vergini is particularly notable for his spectacular own goal against Southampton during a Premier League game in October 2014, volleying a goal from the edge of the penalty area past his own goalkeeper Vito Mannone. It was the first goal in a 0-8 defeat for the Black Cats.[17]

Getafe (loan)

On 16 July 2015 Vergini was loaned to Spanish La Liga side Getafe CF in a season-long deal with a view to a permanent transfer.[18] He was sent off on his debut a 1–0 defeat at RCD Espanyol[19]

International career

Vergini earned his first cap for Argentina in a 1–2 Superclásico de las Américas loss at Brazil on 20 September 2012, after coming on as a 73rd-minute substitute for Lisandro López.[20] He returned to the team on 14 October 2014, playing the entirety of a 7–0 friendly away win against Hong Kong[21] and again in November 2014, starting in a 2–1 success over Croatia at the Boleyn Ground.

Career statistics

Club

As of 14 May 2016
Club League Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Olimpia Primera División 2009[22] 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 1
2010[23] 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 1
Verona Lega Pro 2010–11[24] 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 1
Newell's Old Boys Primera División 2011–12[22] 32 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 3
2012–13[22] 34 1 1 0 12 0 0 0 47 1
Total 66 4 1 0 12 0 0 0 79 4
Estudiantes Primera División 2013–14[22] 17 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 18 1
Sunderland Premier League 2013–14[25] 11 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2014–15[26] 31 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 37 0
Total 42 0 7 0 0 0 2 0 51 0
Getafe La Liga 2015–16[23] 25 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 27 1
Career total 181 6 11 1 12 0 2 0 207 7

International

As of 12 November 2014[27]
Argentina
Year Apps Goals
2012 1 0
2014 2 0
Total 3 0

Honours

Newell's Old Boys
Sunderland

References

  1. "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 4 February 2014. p. 32. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  2. "Premier League Player Profile Santiago Vergini". Premier League. Barclays Premier League. 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  3. "No voy a olvidar lo que viví allá" [I will not forget what I lived there] (in español). Olé. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  4. "Vergini, la cara nueva" [Vergini, the new face] (in español). Diario ABC Color. 30 September 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  5. "Olimpia 0–2 Libertad" (in español). ESPN Deportes. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  6. "Olimpia 2–1 Sportivo Luqueño" (in español). ESPN Deportes. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  7. "Presentati Vergini, Anderson ed Hallfredsson" [Vergini, Anderson and Hallfredsson presented] (in italiano). Verona's official website. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  8. "El defensor Santiago Vergini se convirtió en el nuevo refuerzo de Newell's" [Defender Santiago Vergini became the new addition of Newell's] (in español). La Capital. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  9. "Un empate en cero demasiado aburrido" [An extremely boring goalless draw] (in español). ESPN Deportes. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  10. "Estudiantes presentó a Vergini" [Estudiantes presented Vergini] (in español). ESPN Deportes. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  11. "Godoy Cruz consiguió un triunfo clave frente a Estudiantes" [Godoy Cruz got a key triumph against Estudiantes] (in español). ESPN Deportes. 16 November 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  12. "Defender Vergini joins". Sunderland's official website. 20 January 2014. 
  13. "Sunderland 0–2 Hull". BBC Sport. 8 February 2014. 
  14. McNulty, Phil (2 March 2014). "Man City 3-1 Sunderland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  15. "Vergini returns". Sunderland's official website. 7 August 2014. 
  16. "Santiago Vergini loan spell will become permanent if Sunderland AFC stay up". Chronicle Live. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  17. "Southampton 8-0 Sunderland". BBC Sport. 18 October 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  18. "Vergini loaned to Spanish club". Sunderland's official website. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  19. "Atl Madrid 1–0 Las Palmas". 22 August 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  20. "Brazil 2-1 Argentina". Goal.com. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  21. "Hong Kong 0-7 Argentina". BBC Sport. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 "Santiago Vergini" (in español). ESPN Deportes. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  23. 23.0 23.1 Santiago Vergini profile at Soccerway. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  24. "Vergini Santiago" (in italiano). Tutto Calciatori. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  25. "Games played by Santiago Vergini in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  26. "Games played by Santiago Vergini in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  27. Santiago Vergini at National-Football-Teams.com

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