Nelson Vivas

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Nelson Vivas
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Nelson Vivas in 2016.
Personal information
Full nameNelson Davíd Vivas
Date of birth (1969-10-18) 18 October 1969 (age 50)
Place of birth Granadero Baigorria, Argentina
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position(s) Right Back
Club information
Current team
Atlético Madrid (assistant)
Youth career
1989–1990 Somisa de San Nicolas
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1990–1994 Quilmes 93 (3)
1994–1997 Boca Juniors 86 (3)
1997–1998Lugano (loan) 22 (1)
1998–2001 Arsenal 40 (0)
2000Celta de Vigo (loan) 13 (0)
2001–2003 Internazionale 19 (0)
2003 River Plate 7 (0)
2004–2005 Quilmes 24 (0)
Total275(7)
National team
1994–2003 Argentina 39 (1)
Teams managed
2013 Quilmes
2015–2017 Estudiantes
2017 Defensa y Justicia
2018– Atlético Madrid (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Nelson David Vivas (born 18 October 1969) is an Argentine former professional footballer and manager who played as a right-back. Vivas featured for clubs Quilmes, Boca Juniors, Lugano, Arsenal, Celta de Vigo, Internazionale and River Plate. He also played for Argentina's National Football Team. Vivas has gone on to manage sides Quilmes, Estudiantes and Defensa y Justicia. [1] [2] [3]

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Club career

Career in Argentina

Vivas was born in Granadero Baigorria, Santa Fe, Argentina. He began his professional footballing career with Quilmes. After three years with Quilmes, he then joined Boca Juniors. Vivas in all played 98 games and scored three goals for Azul y Oro. [4] [2]

Move to Europe

Vivas then made his move to Europe, joining FC Lugano of the Swiss League on loan. He went on to make 10 appearances during his stay at the club. Arsenal eventually signed him up from Boca Juniors for £1,600,000 in August 1998. [5] [6] [4]

Vivas was at first used as backup for established full-backs Lee Dixon and Nigel Winterburn while at Arsenal. He started 18 games and played as a substitute for another 18 matches during his debut season at Highbury. Vivas scored his first and only goal for the Gunners against Derby County in the League Cup. [7] [5] He had a setback when he missed a penalty in a shootout as Arsenal crashed out of the 1999/2000 League Cup to Middlesbrough. [8]

Vivas was loaned out to the La Liga outfit Celta Vigo halfway through the 1999–00 season. As Arsenal had signed Oleg Luzhny and Sylvinho in the summer of 1999, he went on to mainly appear as a substitute at the club. With him being unable to attain regular playing time, Vivas left Arsenal at the end of the 2000–01 season. Altogether he played 69 games for Arsenal with 40 as a substitute, scoring one goal. Vivas then joined Serie A team Internazionale in a free transfer. At Inter, Vivas found it hard to break into the first team. After two seasons with the Nerazzurri, he left European football to return to his native Argentina. [2] [4] [5]

Early retirement

He went on to sign up for River Plate where he spent a solitary season. Vivas then made a return to Quilmes where he brought an end to his playing days in 2005. [2] [4]

Vivas served as Diego Simeone's assistant manager at clubs Estudiantes de La Plata, River Plate and San Lorenzo. [2]

For the 2013–14 season Vivas once again returned to Quilmes, as manager on this occasion. International headlines were made in October 2013 when Vivas attacked a fan in the stands and subsequently resigned from his post. [9]

International career

As a solid defender, Vivas was always a regular for the Argentina national football team. He went on to play for La Albiceleste at the 1995 and 1997 Copa America together with the 1998 World Cup. Vivas played 39 games and scored on one occasion for Argentina altogether. [2] [4]

Career statistics

International

Appearances and goals by national team and year [10]
National teamYearAppsGoals
Argentina 199410
199510
199620
199750
199881
199970
200060
200160
200210
200320
Total391

Honours

Player

Arsenal [3]

River Plate [3]

Manager

Argentina Manager of the Year: 2017 [2]

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