Esteban Matías Cambiasso Deleau (born 18 August 1980), nicknamed "Cuchu" (Spanish: old man
), is an Argentine association football Midfielder Central midfielder who plays for Italian Serie A club Internazionale.
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Esteban Matías Cambiasso Deleau (born 18 August 1980), nicknamed "Cuchu" (Spanish: old man), is an Argentine association football Midfielder Central midfielder who plays for Italian Serie A club Internazionale.
During Esteban Cambiasso professional career, Cambiasso has won 22 official titles (as of the end of 2010), being the Argentine footballer with most honours in history (along Alfredo di Stéfano).
Early careerCambiasso started Esteban Cambiasso professional career with Argentinos Juniors in 1995, moving to Real Madrid C.F. in 1996. In 1998, Esteban Cambiasso moved back to Argentina where Esteban Cambiasso played for three years with Club Atlético Independiente and one with Club Atlético River Plate. During this time, Esteban Cambiasso earned Esteban Cambiasso nickname "Egg in a bun." With some good experience under Esteban Cambiasso belt, Esteban Cambiasso returned to Real Madrid C.F. in 2002. Esteban Cambiasso helped Galáctico win the UEFA Super Cup in 2002, La Liga, the Intercontinental Cup (football) in 2002, and the Supercopa de España in 2003.
InternazionaleIn July 2004, Cambiasso signed with F.C. Internazionale Milano after Esteban Cambiasso contract with Real Madrid expired in June 2004. Esteban Cambiasso helped Internazionale win the Italian Cup in Esteban Cambiasso first season with the club, playing regularly as a defensive midfielder, partnered in the middle of Inter's midfield with fellow Argentinian Juan Sebastián Verón. In Italy, Esteban Cambiasso became known as one of the outstanding players of the 2004–05 season, along with A.C. Milan's Kaká.
During the return match for the final of the 2006 Coppa Italia, Cambiasso scored an impressive goal, the first of the match, for the 3–1 victory over A.S. Roma. On 30 September 2006, Esteban Cambiasso scored twice in the opening game of the season, with Inter defeating ACF Fiorentina 3–2. On 7 November 2007, Esteban Cambiasso along with Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a brace a piece to defeat PFC CSKA Moscow 4–2 in the UEFA Champions League. On 23 March 2009, it was announced that Inter and Cambiasso had come to terms about a contract renewal which now expires in 2014.
Esteban Cambiasso was very important in the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League win as well, scoring the second goal of a 2-1 victory over Chelsea F.C. in the San Siro, a result which ultimately saw Inter go on to win the tournament.
International careerCambiasso first represented Argentina national football team in the youth squads, along with national teammates Juan Román Riquelme, Pablo Aimar, Walter Samuel and others. Esteban Cambiasso was in the squads for the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship, where Esteban Cambiasso scored the first goal in the final even though Esteban Cambiasso was the youngest player on the squad, and captained the team during the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship.
Cambiasso made Esteban Cambiasso senior national debut in 2000 for Argentina national football team. On 15 May 2006, Esteban Cambiasso was named in the Argentinian national team for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and on 16 June, Esteban Cambiasso capped a spectacular 24 pass Argentine interplay with a finish to score the second goal in a 6–0 victory over Serbia and Montenegro national football team. In the quarter-finals match against Germany national football team on 30 June 2006, the match went into penalties, where Cambiasso had Esteban Cambiasso penalty kick saved, resulting in Argentina losing 4–2 and Germany progressing to the semi-final.
Since Maradona took over as Argentina coach, Cambiasso was only called-up once to the national team for a friendly game on 14 November 2009 against Spain, despite continuing to play a vital role for Inter and affirming Esteban Cambiasso status as one of Europe's best central midfielders. On 12 May 2010, Cambiasso was controversially left out of the 30 man provisional 2010 World Cup squad for Argentina.
On August 20, 2010, Argentina National Team Coach Sergio Batista recalled Esteban Cambiasso to the Argentina National Team for an upcoming friendly against newly-crowned World champions Spain. Argentina handed Spain their first defeat since becoming world champions two months ago, earning a resounding 4-1 win in a friendly at the Monumental Stadium.
International goalsAs of 26 March 2011
135 said about Cambiasso, when Jose Mourinho was still managing Inter, "There is nothing glamorous about the bald Argentine, but Esteban Cambiasso is the heartbeat of the Inter side that have become the dominant force in Italian football. Just the kind of determined, hard-running midfielder Jose Mourinho loves. Originally a destroyer, the 29-year-old has become increasingly adventurous and weighs in with six to eight goals per season.
Goal.com said, "All in all, this player is one of the greatest players to have ever pulled an Inter shirt on and to grace the pitch in the Serie A. Esteban Cambiasso is an intelligent midfielder, who has the capacity to change the shape of a game off Esteban Cambiasso own boot. Esteban Cambiasso is one of the most influential midfielders in Italian football, and for that reason and many more, Esteban Cambiasso will certainly be remembered as one of the most talented players of all time."
Personal lifeCambiasso was once married and still is but no longer has any contact with Esteban Cambiasso ex-wife. On 22 November 2008, Esteban Cambiasso ex-wife gave birth to their daughter Victoria before Cambiasso's match against Juventus F.C.. After Inter won the Derby d'Italia, Cambiasso dedicated the win to Esteban Cambiasso daughter.
Along with Esteban Cambiasso compatriot and current teammate at Inter, Javier Zanetti, Cambiasso unveiled the Leoni di Potrero charity association to help coach young children with social isolation problems and motor coordination difficulties.
ClubClub Atlético River Plate
- Argentine Primera División (1): 2002–03 Argentine Primera División Torneo Clausura
Real Madrid C.F.
- La Liga (1): 2002–03 La Liga
- Intercontinental Cup (football) (1): 2002 Intercontinental Cup
- UEFA Super Cup (1): 2002 UEFA Super Cup
- Supercopa de España (1): 2003 Supercopa de España
F.C. Internazionale Milano
- UEFA Champions League (1): 2009–10 UEFA Champions League
- Serie A (5): 2005–06 Serie A, 2006–07 Serie A, 2007–08 Serie A, 2008–09 Serie A, 2009–10 Serie A
- Coppa Italia (4): 2004–05 Coppa Italia, 2005–06 Coppa Italia, 2009–10 Coppa Italia, 2010–11 Coppa Italia
- Supercoppa Italiana (4): 2005 Supercoppa Italiana, 2006 Supercoppa Italiana, 2008 Supercoppa Italiana, 2010 Supercoppa Italiana
- FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2010 FIFA Club World Cup
InternationalArgentina national football team
- South American Youth Championship (2): 1997, 1999
- FIFA World Youth Championship (1): 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship
Individual- Golden Pirate: 2006