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Emiliano Insúa

Emiliano Adrián Insúa Zapata (born 7 January 1989) is an Argentina Association football Defender (association football) who plays for Sporting Clube de Portugal and for the Argentina national football team.

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Emiliano Insúa biography

Emiliano Adrián Insúa Zapata (born 7 January 1989) is an Argentina Association football Defender (association football) who plays for Sporting Clube de Portugal and for the Argentina national football team.

Insúa is a European Union citizen due to one of Emiliano Insúa grandparents being a Spanish citizen.


Early career

Insúa began Emiliano Insúa football career with youth team Pinocho in Argentina, later moving to, Buenos Aires-based team, Club Atlético Boca Juniors. The left-back did not break into the first-team at La Bombonera when Emiliano Insúa caught the attention of scouts Frank Mc Parland and Paddy Murphy from Liverpool F.C.. After some solid performances for the Argentinian U17s, many clubs were desperate to sign him, a player who rarely had appearances for Emiliano Insúa then club, and Boca were also very keen to get a profit from this young prodigy which led to negotiations between Liverpool and Boca. The defender agreed to an 18 month loan (football) deal with the Merseyside club on 28 November 2006, beginning Emiliano Insúa loan period in January.


Insúa made Emiliano Insúa first-team debut against Portsmouth F.C. on 28 April 2007, Emiliano Insúa loan deal was made permanent in August 2007 in the deal which saw Gabriel Paletta moved to Boca Juniors.

The Premier League 2007-08 Insúa made only three more first-team league appearances but found success with Gary Ablett (English footballer)'s Premier Reserve League winning team; along with other Liverpool youngsters. Emiliano Insúa performances impressed manager Rafael Benítez enough to offer Emiliano Insúa a new three-year deal at the club. In December 2008 Insua got a run of games in the Liverpool first team, due to an injury to Fábio Aurélio and also due to the form of Andrea Dossena. Insúa found himself starting in Liverpool's opening six Premier League games and the first tie of their UEFA Champions League campaign. Emiliano Insúa scored Emiliano Insúa first goal for the club in a Football League Cup match against Arsenal F.C. at the Emirates Stadium on 28 October 2009.

In July 2010, despite being Liverpool's only senior left back available, a fee was agreed for Emiliano Insúa to join ACF Fiorentina, although a contract was never signed.
After returning to Liverpool Emiliano Insúa was expected to play in China for Liverpool but didn't get a visa in time so Emiliano Insúa flew to Malaysia for Liverpool's next pre season game.


On 31 August 2010 Emiliano Insúa joined Galatasaray S.K. (football team) on a one year loan deal with an option to transfer permanently next year on the 30th of June, when the deal expired. Emiliano Insúa wore the number 6 shirt. It was rumoured that Insúa would be returning to Liverpool in the January transfer window after Galatasaray manager Gheorghe Hagi stated that Emiliano Insúa did not want loan players in Emiliano Insúa squad and Insúa had reportedly expressed Emiliano Insúa desire to play for Liverpool under new manager Kenny Dalglish.

Return to Liverpool

Insúa returned to Liverpool for pre-season training following Emiliano Insúa loan spell. After being denied entry into China for passport reasons, Insua rejoined the Liverpool squad in Malaysia. Emiliano Insúa featured in Liverpool's 6 - 3 win over a Malaysia League XI, coming on as a second half substitute and scoring one goal.

Sporting Clube de Portugal

On 27 August 2011, Sporting Clube de Portugal announced that Insúa had signed for the club in a five-year deal for a undisclosed fee. Emiliano Insúa was given the number 48.

Insúa made Emiliano Insúa debut for Sporting on 15 September 2011 in the UEFA Europa League, scoring the first goal in a 2-0 victory over FC Zurich. On 29 September 2011, Insúa scored the second goal in a 2-1 victory against SS Lazio, again in the Europa League. Emiliano Insúa was sent off later in the match after earning a second yellow card.

International career

The player succeeded on the Under-20s international scene, playing three games to finish with the runner-up medal at the 2007 South American Youth Championship, which served as a qualifier for the FIFA U-20 World Cup where Emiliano Insúa played seven games, conceding just 4 goals in the entire tournament and aiding the Argentina national under-20 football team to victory against the Czech Republic national football team in the FIFA U-20 World Cup final on 22 July 2007.

On 24 August 2009, Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez said that Diego Maradona was monitoring the progress of Insúa and considering calling Emiliano Insúa up for international duty with Argentina. Maradona eventually did call Emiliano Insúa up on 26 September 2009, for the crucial World Cup qualifiers against Peru national football team and Uruguay national football team, making Emiliano Insúa first start in a 2–1 win over Peru.


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