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Mathias Vincente Vuoso

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Born: 2/9 1982
Birthplace: (ARG)
Nationality: Argentina (0/0)
Height: 5`9" (175cm)
Weight: ??st. ?lb (72kg)
Position: Central Midfielder
League Appearances:
Season: Club: Games: Goals:
2000-2002 Independiente 64 14
2002-2003 Manchester City 0 0
2003-2004 Santiago Luna (MEX) (loan) - -
2004-2005 Santiago Luna (MEX) - -
Total: 64 14

The £3,5m hitman arrived from Argentine club, Independiente at the start of the 2002/2003 campaign but had only five outings as an unused substitute in the first five months of the season. He had a productive time in the City second string ending up as the side's top scorer.

Manager Kevin Keegan admitted that the Argentine has not made the sort of progress with the Blues for which he had hoped. "We felt he would be closer after what we had seen of him," explained the boss. "When he got the injuries he should have been closer than he was but at that time he was not in any sort of form."

The former Independiente striker had a disrupted first season with injury while he was critical of Kevin Keegan in a South American newspaper for not being handed his chance in the City side. He had to return home in mid season when his father was ill, but the biggest stumbling block to his development with the Blues was his lack of English.

As a result, the decision to send him to Mexican side Santiago Laguna for a year was an easy one for Keegan. "Matias has just got to go out and play games, which he hasn't been doing in the first team squad here," said Keegan. "He is only just 21 and you have to remember that. He has gone to Mexico, where he speaks the language and let's hope it does him some good. He wasn't going to get into the squad the way things were going. "He is very different to all the other strikers that we have here, as he will come and balance play between midfield and attack.

July 3rd 2004: City are set to cut their losses on expensive flop Matias Vicente Vuoso. The Blues have agreed an undisclosed fee with Mexican club Santos Laguna, thought to be around £1m, for the 22-year-old Argentine forward. Six strikes in Mexico's Summer Tournament had Vuoso in second place in Santos' scoring charts behind Jared Borgetti and earned him a high reputation at the Estadio Corona. That was confirmed with the Mexicans set to pay close to £1m for Vuoso's permanent services.


Provided by: Svenn A. Hanssen, svenn@hanssen.priv.no