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Sergio Romero


ABOUT
ABOUT

Sergio Romero is an Argentine professional football player who plays for Manchester United in the English Premier League and the Argentina national football team. He was born on 22nd February 1987 and hails from the city of Bernardo de Irigoyen in Argentina. He plays as a goalkeeper.


A very consistent and solid goalkeeper, he is a composed presence in between the sticks. He has come a long way from being considered a weak link in the star-studded Argentina team, to become the most capped Argentine goalkeeper with over 90 appearances for the La Albiceleste.


Known for his lightning quick reflexes and more than able ball distribution, he is unlucky to play under the shadows of one of the greatest goalkeepers at present, David de Gea.


He won the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics while finishing as the runner-up in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as well as in the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Copa America.


Background


He started out with the youth team of Club Almirante Brown when he joined them as a nine year old. He then moved to the Comision de Actividades Infantiles a year later. He spent six years with CAI before moving to play for the youth team of Racing Club de Avellaneda in 2003.


Debut


A regular in the youth levels of Argentina football team, he represented them in the 2007 South American Youth Championship in Paraguay and the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada. He made his international senior debut on 9th 2009 in the World Cup Qualification match against Paraguay, despite featuring on the bench as early as August 2007. He had a disappointing debut, as Argentina lost the match 1:0. However, Romero established himself as the starting goalkeeper with a string of impressive performances and played in all of Argentina’s matches in the 2010 World Cup, replacing first-choice goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo.


Rise to Glory


Romero rose to glory during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil in which he guided his team to the finals. He was splendid throughout the tournament and was adjudged as the Man of Match in the semi-final against Netherlands where saved penalties from Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder to book a place for Argentina in the finals. However, Argentina lost to Germany in the finals, as Mario Gotze scored in overtime to claim the World Cup for Germany. He was named on the three-man shortlist for FIFA’s Golden Glove award.


Playing primarily as United’s cup goalkeeper most of performances have been limited to cups and tournaments with De Gea donning the gloves in the league. In 2016, he announced himself as an able competitor to De Gea in a Europa League match against Midtjylland, pulling a magnificent reflex save to Paul Onuachu’s header at point blank range.

He kept a clean sheet in the 2017 Europa League final against Ajax.


Club Career


He has played for the likes of Racing Club, AZ Alkmaar, Sampdoria and Manchester United.


Achievements


He won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics with the Argentina national team. He won the Dutch Eredivisie with AZ Alkmaar in 2008-09. He has one FA Cup, English League Cup and the UEFA Europa League with Manchester United.

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