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Cristian Miguel Riveros Núñez (born 16 October 1982) is a Paraguayan professional footballer who plays for Club Libertad and the Paraguay national football team as a defensive midfielder.

Cristian Riveros
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Personal information
Full name Cristian Miguel Riveros Núñez
Date of birth (1982-10-16) 16 October 1982 (age 37)
Place of birth Juan Augusto Saldívar, Paraguay
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Libertad
Number 18
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999 Cristóbal Colón
2000–2005 Tacuary 108 (16)
2002Sportivo San Lorenzo (loan) 24 (0)
2005–2007 Libertad 50 (8)
2007–2010 Cruz Azul 111 (17)
2010–2012 Sunderland 12 (1)
2011–2012Kayserispor (loan) 33 (2)
2012–2013 Kayserispor 30 (0)
2013–2015 Grêmio 43 (5)
2015–2018 Olimpia Asunción 107 (11)
2018– Libertad 13 (0)
National team
2005–2018 Paraguay 99[1] (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 June 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 March 2018

A full international for Paraguay since 2005, he has earned 99 caps for his country, playing at two FIFA World Cup competitions (2006 and 2010) and two Copa América tournaments (2007 and 2011).

Riveros ranked number 2 in a list of the most expensive players in Paraguayan football for 2015 published by Diario Extra.[2]

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Riveros started his career with local side Cristobal Colón in his hometown of Juan Augusto Saldivar and then moved to other Paraguayan teams such as San Lorenzo and Tacuary before playing for Libertad.

Cruz AzulEdit

On 12 July 2007 he signed for the Mexican club Cruz Azul.[3]

SunderlandEdit

On 11 May 2010, Riveros signed for Sunderland of the English Premier League on a three-year-deal, saying "The league is very competitive and I look forward to being very successful with Sunderland. The Premier League is the best league in the world and Sunderland are a very big club with many passionate supporters. I look forward to meeting them."[4]

He made his Premier League debut on 14 August 2010 as a 63rd-minute substitute for Steed Malbranque in a 2–2 draw against Birmingham City in the opening game of the season.[5] However, Riveros quickly fell out of favour and played just 14 league games for, the club, scoring his only goal on the final day of the season in a 3–0 win over West Ham United.[6]

KayserisporEdit

Riveros joined Turkish Süper Lig side Kayserispor on 6 July 2011 on a season-long loan from Sunderland, and signed a permanent contract on 1 May 2012.

 
Riveros with Keyserispor.

GrêmioEdit

On 7 June 2013, Riveros joined Grêmio, signing a two-year contract.

Olimpia AsunciónEdit

In January 2015 after long and exhausting negotiations, it was announced that Grêmio and Club Olimpia Asunción had reached an agreement to sign Riveros for the 2015 Paraguayan Primera División season.Riveros was Instrumental for Olimpia to win their 40th Local Championship,for his experience and skills and also for his leadership on and off the pitch.[7]

LibertadEdit

On 7 December 2017, sports news outlet D10 Paraguay announced that Riveros would sign a two-year contract with Libertad, returning to the club after 11 years.[8]

International careerEdit

Riveros played in Paraguay's first two matches at the 2006 World Cup and played efficiently on the left wing. He picked up his first international goal for Paraguay in a 3–2 defeat to Chile. He also played for Paraguay in the Copa América 2007.

2010 FIFA World CupEdit

On 4 May 2010, he was named in Paraguay's preliminary 30-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup,[9] and also made the 23-man penultimate selection alongside club team-mate da Silva.[10]

On 20 June 2010 at the World Cup, Riveros scored a second goal in a 2–0 win over Slovakia, which was set up by former Sunderland defender Paulo Da Silva. Riveros scored a penalty in Paraguay's shoot-out win against Japan in the Round of 16 stage, after the match finished goalless after extra time.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 27 December 2014.[11]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cruz Azul 2008-09 Liga MX 37 5 0 0 0 0 8 2 0 0 45 7
2009-10 36 6 0 0 0 0 12 3 0 0 48 9
Total 73 11 0 0 0 0 20 5 0 0 93 16
Sunderland 2010-11 Premier League 12 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 14 1
Total 12 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 14 1
Kayserispor (loan) 2011-12 Süper Lig 33 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 40 3
Total 33 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 40 3
Kayserispor 2012-13 Süper Lig 30 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 0
Total 30 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 0
Grêmio 2013 Série A 20 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 3
2014 23 2 0 0 0 0 8 1 12 0 43 3
Total 43 5 6 0 0 0 8 1 12 0 69 6
Career total 191 19 11 0 1 0 28 6 16 1 247 26

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Paraguay's goal tally first.[12]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 November 2006 Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar, Chile   Chile ? 3–2 Friendly
2. 9 September 2007 Estadio José Pachencho Romero, Maracaibo, Venezuela   Venezuela 1–0 2–3 Friendly
3. 2–0
4. 17 November 2007 Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay   Ecuador 2–0 5–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 5–1
6. 20 August 2008 Centre sportif de Colovray Nyon, Nyon, Switzerland   Saudi Arabia 1–0[13] 1–1 Friendly
7. 9 September 2008 Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay   Venezuela 1–0 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
8. 11 February 2009 Estadio Alejandro Villanueva, Lima, Peru   Peru 1–0 1–0 Friendly
9. 20 June 2010 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa   Slovakia 2–0 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup
10. 11 August 2010 Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay   Costa Rica 2–0 2–0 Friendly
11. 17 November 2010 Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Hong Kong   Hong Kong 7–0 7–0 Friendly
12. 26 March 2011 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, United States   Mexico 1–3 1–3 Friendly
13. 13 July 2011 Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta, Argentina   Venezuela 3–1 3–3 2011 Copa América
14. 11 November 2011 Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay   Ecuador 1–0 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
15. 9 June 2012 Estadio Hernando Siles La Paz, Bolivia   Bolivia 1–3 1–3 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
16. 10 November 2016 Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay   Peru 1–0 1–4 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (12 April 2018). "Cristian Miguel Riveros - Goals in International Matches". RSSSF.
  2. ^ "Los jugadores más caros del fútbol paraguayo". 19 July 2015.
  3. ^ Transfer to Cruz Azul (in Spanish)
  4. ^ "Sunderland sign Cruz Azul midfielder Cristian Riveros". BBC Sport. BBC. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  5. ^ Whyatt, Chris (14 August 2010). "Sunderland 2 - 2 Birmingham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  6. ^ Darling, Kevin (22 May 2011). "West Ham 0-3 Sunderland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Luz verde para la llegada de Cristian Riveros al Decano - Mercado de pases, Olimpia". d10.
  8. ^ "Cristian Riveros es virtual jugador repollero para 2018".
  9. ^ "Paraguay name their 30-man preliminary World Cup squad". BBC Sport. BBC. 4 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  10. ^ "Da Silva and Riveros make the cut". safc.com. Sunderland A.F.C. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
  11. ^ "Cristian Riveros". Soccerway.
  12. ^ "Cristian Miguel Riveros - Goals in International Matches". www.rsssf.com.
  13. ^ "Friendlies - Saudi Arabia vs Paraguay - Soccer - Scoresway - Results, fixtures, tables and statistics". www.scoresway.com.

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