Roberto Abbondanzieri

Roberto Carlos Abbondanzieri ( born August 19, 1972 in Bouquet, Santa Fe, Argentina ) is a former Argentine footballer. The goalkeeper, whose nickname is " El Pato " is ( " The Duck " ), because of its ancestors also has Italian citizenship. His nickname he also bears on the jersey, he got because of his walk.

Club career

Abbondanzieri played from 1994 to Rosario Central, where he was first-choice goalkeeper in 1996. In 1997 he was taken from Argentina top team CA Boca Juniors under contract, in which he was the next nine years active and next 6 Argentine league titles ( Apertura 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2005, Clausura 1999 and 2006 ) could also celebrate many international successes.

With Boca Juniors Abbondanzieri won in both 2000 as well as 2003 World Cup. 2000, 2001 and 2003, he won the Copa Libertadores, the Copa Sudamericana 2004 and 2005, and 2005 Recopa Sudamericana and the. In 2003 he was elected to South America Goalkeeper of the Year.

In July 2006 Abbondanzieri signed a three -year contract with FC Getafe and joined in the Spanish league. From there he moved for the duration of the Apertura 2009 back to Boca Juniors. Since February 2010, he was at SC Internacional Porto Alegre in Brazil under contract. In January 2011, he finished his career.


On June 6, 2004, he made ​​his international debut in the World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay. After the Copa América, he succeeded in surprising Pablo Cavallero to push out of the gate of the Selección since it had failed in the penalty shootout of the final of the Copa America and Abbondanzieri was considered a good goalkeeper on the line.

For the Soccer World Cup 2006 in Germany, he was placed at number one and was at all the games in goal. However, in the quarter-final against Germany, the experienced goalkeeper had to be replaced and replaced by Leo Franco after a collision with Miroslav Klose.