Fernando Cáceres

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Fernando Cáceres
Personal information
Full name Fernando Gabriel Cáceres
Date of birth (1969-02-07) 7 February 1969 (age 51)
Place of birth San Isidro, Argentina
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position(s) Centre back
Youth career
Argentinos Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1991 Argentinos Juniors 113 (5)
1991–1993 River Plate 71 (11)
1993–1996 Zaragoza 91 (3)
1996 Boca Juniors 15 (1)
1996–1998 Valencia 51 (0)
1998–2004 Celta 198 (3)
2004 Córdoba 11 (0)
2005–2006 Independiente 46 (0)
2006–2007 Argentinos Juniors 0 (0)
Total 596 (23)
National team
1992–1997 Argentina 24 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Fernando Gabriel Cáceres (born 7 February 1969) is an Argentine retired footballer who played as a central defender.

He played for several clubs in the Primera División and La Liga during his professional career, spending 11 years in the latter competition and appearing in 340 games.

Cáceres represented Argentina at the 1994 World Cup and two Copa América tournaments.

Club career[edit]

Born in San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Cáceres began playing professional football at Argentinos Juniors and in 1991 was transferred to Club Atlético River Plate where he won his first title, the 1991 Apertura.

He then moved to Spain to play for Real Zaragoza, where he won the Copa del Rey in 1994 and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup the following year.[1][2] An undisputed starter from the beginnings, he amassed well over 100 official appearances in only three seasons of play.

Cáceres returned to Argentina for a brief spell at Boca Juniors, before moving back to Spain in late 1996 and sign for Valencia CF, where he stayed until the end of the 1997–98 campaign. Aged almost 29 he joined Celta de Vigo, helping to the Galicians' La Liga and European consolidation. In six seasons with the club he played 218 matches in all competitions, scoring five goals[3] most notably contributing with 33 appearances in 2002–03 as his team qualified for the first time ever to the UEFA Champions League.[4]

In January 2005, after a four-month spell with Córdoba CF in the second division, Cáceres returned to his country once again after signing with Club Atlético Independiente, joining a select group of players who played for River Plate, Boca Juniors and Independiente. In 2006 he rejoined Argentinos Juniors, the club where he began his career 20 years earlier, seeing out his career at 38.

International career[edit]

Cáceres won the South American Under-17 Football Championship in 1985. At full international level, he earned 24 caps for the Argentina national team,[3] and was also part of the squad that won the 1993 Copa América[5] and the one that took part in the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Personal life[edit]

On 1 November 2009, Cáceres was shot in the head in an attempted robbery while driving his car in a Buenos Aires suburb. He was kept in a drug induced coma for eight weeks.[6][7]

He got out of the coma on 29 December, moving to a hospital in Ciudadela,[8] where he began to slowly recover.[9][10]



River Plate




  1. ^ "1994/95: Nayim's bolt from the blue sinks Arsenal". UEFA.com. 1 June 1995. Archived from the original on 22 August 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  2. ^ "¿Qué fue de 'los héroes de París'?" [What happened to the 'heroes of Paris'?] (in Spanish). Heraldo de Aragón. 4 May 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b Fernando Gabriel Cáceres – Defensor (Fernando Gabriel Cáceres – Defender) Archived 22 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine; at Independiente 1905 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ "Fernando Cáceres" (in Spanish). Yo Jugué en el Celta. 22 April 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Copa América 1993". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 21 March 2009. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  6. ^ Parte médico confirma que Fernando Cáceres continúa grave (Medical report confirms Fernando Cáceres is still in serious condition) Archived 6 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine; Triunfo, 1 November 2009 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Former Argentina defender Caceres shot, in coma; ESPN Soccernet, 1 November 2009
  8. ^ Cáceres recuperó el habla tras recibir un balazo (Cáceres regained speech after being shot); Medio Tiempo, 30 December 2009 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Fernando Cáceres ya respira por sus propios medios (Fernando Cáceres already breathing by himself); Marca, 24 November 2009 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ "Caceres back from the brink". FIFA.com. 7 February 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2014.

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