After a short spell in Cyprus, River favorite Fernando Cavenaghi has hung up his boots for good.
River Plate have enjoyed their fair share of top strikers at El Monumental in recent times, with a select few going on to have considerable success among Europe’s top clubs but not many have left the club with a status as revered as that which now belongs to Fernando ‘Cavegol’ Cavenaghi, who just recently announced his retirement at the age of 33.
Having not played a game for Cypriot side APOEL FC since February due to a recurring injury to ligaments in his right knee, Cavenaghi finished his career with a respectable 170 career goals, 7 league titles and 5 domestic cups, and gave his thanks to River Plate in an open letter published on the same day as his retirement.
Following a hugely successful period at the beginning of his career with River in 2001, scoring 55 goals in 88 appearances, Cavenaghi was lured to Europe in 2004 and joined Russia’s Spartak Moscow for a fee of US $9.5 million.
From then on, Cavegol both enjoyed and endured a journeyman-esque career across the pond with the likes of Bordeaux and Mallorca, before returning to South America with Brazilian club Internacional in 2011.
Two seasons ago there was so much noise about Brazilian winger Malcom.
Several top sides wanted him to join them but the player preferred to move to Ligue 1 side Bordeaux. Many questioned the motive behind moving to some side in southwest France that had not won the league title in over five years, especially when Arsenal, Man City and other big clubs were jostling for his nod.
The club has been quite a fertile ground for South American stars. Bordeaux has strategic partnerships with several top clubs and academies on the continent. ValetinVada, EmilianoSala and of course Juan Pablo Franca have benefited from this partnership.
Brazilians and Argentines like Mariano, Wendel, Fernando Cavenaghi, Jussie have all been brilliant at one point or the other for Bordeaux.
Real Madrid went past their German counterparts Bayern Munich in keenly contested that could have gone either ways if certain events did not happen.
If Arturo Vidal had converted his spot kick and Javi Martinez avoided being sent off, who knows what would have happened.
Credits go to the Madrid team lead by Zinedine Zidane for their consistency at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeuas they won 4-2 to help the French apprenticeget one over his master Carlo Ancelotti.
There have been several upsets as well as stereotypes in the past as apprentices faced their former masters. A recent one is that of Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. The pair worked together at Spanish side Barcelona, wining two La Liga titles. LvG was the boss while the Portuguese coach his mentee.
Mourinho took parts of LvG’s philosophy, amending it to suit his own vision and desire to always win. They were at opposing sides at the Champions League final in 2010. LvG led the German side while Mourinho’s Inter Milan team shocked them. Inter had stunned Barcelona in the semi-final and with Diego Milito’s brace, they defeated Bayern to lift the Champions League. In England, Mourinho played a draw but won one other meeting to go ahead of his master.
French side Bordeaux is grooming exciting youngsters. One of which is Argentine player Valentin Vada.
The player is currently one of the biggest prospects in the French Ligue 1.
The club is known for their inclination towards South American talents. There was one Pauleta many years back, and there have been Diego Rolan and Mariano in recent years. There have not been as much Argentines at the club of recent, considering the club’s history.
Les Girondins boasted of the best Argentina internationals like Juan Pable Francia and Fernando Cavenaghi. It seems the outfit is opening up to the top footballing sides again.
The club won the Ligue 1 with Laurent Blanc but seemed to have lost their way n recent years. With influential Argentina stars like Carlos Bianchi ad Delio Onnis, the club also wanted to tap into the potential that they had to offer, hence the choice of Vada, a talented player from a humble background in Santa Fe – the home of soyabeans.
Vada mapped out his future from the age of 9, attending Proyecto Crecer program. He was a source of friction between the club and FIFA when he joined, as he was a minor who moved from a non-EU country at 14. It was until he turned 17 that he could play games for the club.
After his eligibility doubts were out of the way, Vada immediately started proving his worth. He won the youth championship as a regular in the Under 19.
Fernando Cavenaghi has had a very beautiful career in which he has represented River Plate, Spartak Moscow, Bordeaux, Villareal and APOEL.
He had three goal laden spells at River Plate and he spent a total of seven years at the club during his career.
The 33-year old has played in many countries such as Argentina, Russia, France, Spain and Greece. He has proven to be a good leader and his career underlines just that. At the age of 20, he was already playing regularly for Argentinian outfit River Plate. This immediately prompted attractions from a number of elite European clubs including Juventus but he instead chose to sign for Spartak Moscow.
He spent three years at Spartak Moscow before moving on to Bordeaux where he grew into an idol at the club. He won a total of five trophies at the club, including the Ligue 1 title. However, he soon left the French side for Spanish minnows, Mallorca. He had a good time at the club scoring 2 goals in 11 games.
Fernando Cavenaghi believes that his former club Villareal can have a good season this term.
The player who played for Villareal during the period 2012-2013 said that Villareal is a club on the rise and that they can have a good season.
Fernando Cavenaghi said that La Liga had become a competitive league now and it is not only Real Madrid and Barcelona that can win the title. He said that teams such as Atletico Madrid and Sevilla could also cause upset by beating the top sides. He believes that Villareal can also cause problem with the quality of the players they have and also the determination they show on the pitch
Fernando Cavenaghi said that the team had changed so much from the time he played there and believes that the fans deserve it. He stated that the Villareal fans are a set of sincere supporters and that they deserve to have a team that will give them something to cheer.
Despite the additions to the Liverpool squad this term, it seems there would be more. Reports say the Reds are keen on adding Argentine Lucas Alario to their ranks. Liverpool already submitted a bid of £8.5 million to River Plate, but it was rejected. The release clause of Alario is £15.2 million, and it might be difficult to meet such demands considering the options already in the line-up.
Eric Dier and Christian Eriksen have extended their deals at White Hart Lane, and Danny Rose is expected to tow the same path. However, it seems Tottenham are not done spending or planning to spend money. Alario has a lot of good reviews in his native, and Spurs are ready to battle Liverpool for him.
This might be old news, but for those who are not aware as to whom Fernando plays for, it he signed up for APOLEC FC a long time back, in August of last year.
Many would not have thought that this is the way he would have ended up meeting Markus Holgersson again but it did occur. There were a lot of rumors about Fernando moving to MLS as well as a whisper about how he might join New York Red Bulls. However, the whispers do have some credibility as the man himself had stated that he might have offered to join teams in US.
Rumors about Cavenaghi joining back MLS became ripe around August. He won the Copa Liberadores at a time when the MLS window for transfers was about to close. Real Salt Lake was a prime candidate to service the 31 year old Argentine player. The rumors came to an end in August. Cavenaghi had signed up for APOEL FC which was confirmed at that time.
Former Atletico Madrid forward Radamel Falcao will have at least one escape route at the end of the season.
The currently struggling Blues
Striker might go the way of Fernando Cavenaghi should new incoming manager Antonio Conte sanction the permanent signing of the Colombia international, after former club River Plate stated their intention to re-sign the player this summer.
Cavenaghi who is currently taking a break from active football returned to River Plate after having left in 2004. He returned on a free transfer as he struggled with form in Bordeaux in 2011. After playing at River, he moved on to Spanish side, Villarreal FC the following year. Cavenaghi returned again in last year from CF Pachuca before moving to APOEL Nicosia.
Falcao, 30, has endured a nightmare two-year spell in the Premier league and may return to warmer climes in order to reignite his career. The sriker was signed by former Chelsea tactician, Jose Mourinho last summer following the departure of Didier Drogba, but has failed to fill the void left by the Ivorian, making just one Premier League start during a campaign beset with concerns over his form and fitness.
The Argentinean football player Fernando Cavenaghi who was forced to end his contract in Cyprus due to his knee injury on the right leg is soon going to be back in form.
The player had to undergo an arthroscopic surgery and fortunately things turned out well. A few weeks ago, there was a communication sent across by Torito about the termination of contract with Apoel Nicosia and he would not be permitted to play till the end of the season. However, the surgery was completed with good results.
There is no denying that Fernando Cavenaghi has been one of the best strikers in River. This second top goal scorer in Primera division of Argentina scored 11 goals. Although the striker expressed the termination of his career and left the team after winning the title of Club Champion of South American continent, there is rumor about of his return. The player has decided to focus on his injured knee and go on rehabilitation for about six months and the surgery has already yielded best results in terms of his recovery.