Federico Santander

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Federico Santander
Federico Santander.jpg
Santander with Paraguay in 2010
Personal information
Full name Federico Javier Santander Mereles
Date of birth (1991-06-04) 4 June 1991 (age 31)
Place of birth San Lorenzo, Paraguay
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Reggina
Number 19
Youth career
2005–2008 Guaraní
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Guaraní 51 (18)
2010–2011Toulouse (loan) 23 (5)
2012 Racing Club 15 (0)
2012–2013 Tigre 18 (1)
2013–2015 Guaraní 58 (21)
2015–2018 Copenhagen 82 (38)
2018–2022 Bologna 67 (10)
2022– Reggina 1 (0)
National team
2009 Paraguay U20 12 (6)
2010– Paraguay 17 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21 August 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 20 November 2018

Federico Javier Santander Mereles (born 4 June 1991) is a Paraguayan professional footballer who plays as a forward for Italian Serie B club Reggina and the Paraguay national team.[1]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Santander started in the youth divisions of Guaraní where he excelled and was part of the under-20 squad that won the international friendly championship held in Valencia, Spain. After winning the U20 tournament with Guaraní he attracted the interest of several clubs and had a trial with A.C. Milan.[2] In 2008, at the age of 16, he made his debut with the senior squad of Guaraní by scoring a goal in the 5–2 win against Tacuary.[3] On 31 August 2010, he signed for French side Toulouse.

Argentina: Racing and Tigre[edit]

In February 2012, he moved to Racing Club on a three-year contract with a purchase option for 20% of his sports rights.[4][5]

In July 2012, Santander joined Argentine Primera División side Tigre on a one-year loan deal despite that Guaraní had intentions to bring him back to Paraguay.[6][7] He was handed the number #24 shirt for the 2012–13 season and debuted in a 2–1 home defeat against Estudiantes de La Plata on 6 August 2012.[8]

Copenhagen[edit]

On 14 June 2015, Santander signed a five-year contract with the Danish Superliga team F.C. Copenhagen.[9][10] He joined the club after completing Copa Libertadores with Guaraní. He made his league debut on 2 August 2015 against SønderjyskE making two assist, assisting Thomas Delaney and William Kvist. Three days later, he scored his first goal in a 3–2 defeat against FK Jablonec as Copenhagen failed to qualify for the UEFA Europa League group stage.[11] On 16 May 2016, he netted twice to give his club a 2–0 win against FC Nordsjælland which crowned Copenhagen league champions.[12] In his first season in Copenhagen he became the third highest goalscorer with 14 goals and four assists.

On 24 August 2016, Santander's goal in Copenhagen's qualification match versus Cypriot club APOEL secured his club's position in the 2016–17 Champions League.[13][14]

Bologna[edit]

In June 2018 Santander signed a four-year contract with Italian club Bologna in a deal worth €6 million.[15]

Reggina[edit]

On 2 August 2022, Santander moved to Reggina on a multi-year contract.[16]

International career[edit]

On 28 September 2009, at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt, Santander scored the first goal for the Paraguay U-20 squad against home team Egypt, giving the Paraguayans a 1–0 lead.

Wearing the number 9 as a replacement for Roque Santa Cruz, he debuted for Paraguay on 9 October 2010 in a 1–0 loss against Australia in Sydney.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 22 December 2021[18]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Guaraní 2009 Paraguayan Primera División 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2010 3 0 0 0 3 0
2011 22 10 0 0 22 10
2012 1 2 0 0 1 2
Total 26 12 0 0 1 0 0 0 27 12
Toulouse (loan) 2010–11 Ligue 1 23 5 2 0 25 5
Racing 2011–12 Argentine Primera División 15 0 3 0 18 0
Tigre 2011–12 Argentine Primera División 0 0 0 0 5 1 5 1
2012–13 18 1 0 0 6 1 24 2
Total 18 1 0 0 11 2 0 0 29 3
Guaraní 2013 Paraguayan Primera División 16 5 0 0 4 2 20 7
2014 22 11 0 0 2 0 24 11
2015 17 5 0 0 12 6 29 11
Total 55 21 0 0 18 8 0 0 73 29
Copenhagen 2015–16 Danish Superliga 30 14 4 2 2 1 36 17
2016–17 28 12 3 1 13 4 44 17
2017–18 23 11 0 0 8 2 1 1 32 14
Total 81 37 7 3 23 7 1 1 112 48
Bologna 2018–19 Serie A 32 8 2 0 34 8
2019–20 24 1 1 0 25 1
2020–21 4 0 1 0 5 0
2021–22 7 1 0 0 7 1
Total 67 10 4 0 0 0 0 0 71 10
Career total 285 86 16 3 53 17 1 1 355 107

International[edit]

Scores and results list Paraguay's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Santander goal.
List of international goals scored by Federico Santander[19]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 4 June 2011 Estadio Ramón Tahuichi Aguilera, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia  Bolivia 2–0 2–0 Friendly
2 20 November 2018 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa  South Africa 1–0 1–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Copenhagen

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Los jugadores más caros del fútbol paraguayo".
  2. ^ Guaraní se jacta de ser la mejor conexión para el fútbol europeo[permanent dead link] - Diario La Nación
  3. ^ Guaraní fulminó con goles a Tacuary y eleva su cotización[permanent dead link] - Diario La Nación
  4. ^ "Basile tendrá en el banco los goles de Santander". Diario Popular (in Spanish). 10 February 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Federico Santander va al Racing de Avellaneda" [Federico Santander goes to Racing de Avellaneda]. Paraguay.com (in Spanish). 3 February 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Tigre apuesta por los goles del paraguayo Santander" [Tigre bets on goals from Paraguayan Santander]. La Nación (in Spanish). 19 July 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Tigre: firmó el paraguayo Santander" [Tigre: signed Paraguayan Santander]. ESPN Deportes (in Spanish). 20 July 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Tigre vs. Estudiantes - 7 August 2012". soccerway.com. Soccerway. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  9. ^ "F.C. København køber Federico Santander". F.C. København (in Danish). 14 June 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Federico Santander va al Copenhague de Dinamarca". La Nación (in Spanish). 11 June 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  11. ^ "FCK fliegt gegen Jablonec raus". Nordschleswiger (in German). 6 August 2015. Archived from the original on 21 September 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  12. ^ O'Connor, Phillip (16 May 2016). "Santander fires FC Copenhagen to Danish title". Reuters. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  13. ^ Vou, Andreas. "Late Copenhagen strike breaks APOEL hearts". Cyprus Mail. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Santander es Champions". Diario ABC Color (in Spanish). 24 August 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Official: Bologna sign Santander". Football Italia. 21 June 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  16. ^ "EL ROPERO È AMARANTO! BENVENUTO FEDERICO SANTANDER" (in Italian). Reggina. 2 August 2022. Retrieved 15 August 2022.
  17. ^ "Error | Football Federation Australia". Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  18. ^ Federico Santander at Soccerway
  19. ^ "Santander, Federico". National Football Teams. Retrieved 4 August 2017.

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