Juan Pablo Sorín

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Juan Pablo Sorín
Personal information
Full name Juan Pablo Sorín
Date of birth (1976-05-05) 5 May 1976 (age 41)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Left back
Left midfielder
Youth career
1992–1994 Argentinos Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Argentinos Juniors 20 (1)
1995–1996 Juventus 2 (0)
1996–1999 River Plate 78 (11)
2000–2004 Cruzeiro 41 (6)
2002 Lazio (loan) 6 (0)
2003 Barcelona (loan) 15 (1)
2003–2004 Paris Saint-Germain (loan) 21 (1)
2004–2006 Villarreal 41 (7)
2006–2008 Hamburger SV 24 (4)
2008–2009 Cruzeiro 1 (0)
Total 249 (31)
National team
1995 Argentina U20 6 (0)
1995–2006 Argentina 76 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Juan Pablo Sorín (born 5 May 1976) is an Argentine former footballer and current sports broadcaster, who played as a left back or left midfielder. He had a successful club career in his native Argentina with River Plate, in Brazil with Cruzeiro, and with various teams in Europe, including Barcelona, Lazio, Paris Saint-Germain and Villarreal. At international level, he represented the Argentina national team at two FIFA World Cups, and was the captain of Argentine side at the 2006 FIFA World Cup; he also represented his nation in two editions of Copa América, and the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup. He currently works as an analyst for ESPN Brasil.

Club career

Juampi, as he is known in Argentina, began his career playing in the lower-reaches of the Argentine league for Argentinos Juniors, a Buenos Aires football club. He broke into the first team in 1994 and in 1995–96 after he captained the Argentina Under-20 Side who won the 1995 FIFA World Youth Championship played in Qatar his contract was bought by Juventus of Italy but he did not fit in an already established first team so soon returned to Argentina.

Sorín played for River Plate in the second half of 1996, and revived his career, winning three Apertura championships (1996, 1997 and 1999), one Clausura championship (1997), one Copa Libertadores de América in 1996 and a Supercopa Sudamericana in 1997.

Cruzeiro and Europe

He was transferred to Cruzeiro of Brazil in 2000. He played for two and a half seasons, winning the 2000 Copa do Brasil and becoming one of the most cherished players by the fans up to this day.

After the 2002 Copa do Brasil, in July 2002 he signed for S.S. Lazio.

After an injury filled a half season at Lazio in Italy, Sorin was acquired by FC Barcelona, occupied the non-EU quota along with Juan Román Riquelme and Roberto Bonano. He made his Spanish League debut on 9 February 2003. The match was between Barcelona and Athletic de Bilbao and ended 2–2.

After a successful half a season he left the Nou Camp in the summer of 2003 and moved to France to play for Paris Saint-Germain, where he won the Coupe de France.

Sorín returned to Cruzeiro in 2004, played at 2004 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A.


In November 2004, Sorin transferred to Villarreal of Spain on free transfer.[1] Sorín enjoyed a good deal of success with Villarreal, helping them reach the semi-finals of the Champions League where they were beaten by Arsenal of England.


Sorín was reportedly the subject of interest from English Premiership sides Portsmouth, Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle United during the summer of 2006, but ended up signing for Hamburger SV.[2] After two years with the German club and only 24 appearances because of injury, Sorín left when his contract expired on 15 July 2008.[3]

Return to Cruzeiro

Sorín returned again to Cruzeiro on 29 August 2008. He signed a contract until the end of season, with the option to renew for two more years.[4]

After another injury-riddled year with Cruzeiro, he announced his retirement on 28 July 2009.[5]

He played his only match at national league since his return on 14 June 2009.

International career

Sorín was part of the Argentine squad in the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan. The team played three matches against Nigeria, England and Sweden. However the team failed badly, failing to reach the second round of the tournament.

The Argentine squad was then rebuilt by José Pekerman and Sorín was made captain of his country for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Sorín played an important role in the World Cup for Argentina as an effective attacking full back. Argentina qualified for the second round after taking care of Côte d'Ivoire (2–1) and crushing Serbia & Montenegro 6–0. After defeating Mexico in extra time, Argentina went on to the quarter-finals where they lost to hosts Germany on a penalty-shoot out.

Style of play

Sorín was a strong, versatile, and hardworking left back, who could also play as a centre-back, or anywhere on the left wing, due to his passing and crossing ability. He had an eccentric style of play, and despite being played predominantly in defensive roles, he often made attacking runs into more offensive positions, where he used his technical and aggressive heading skill to great effect.[6][7]

Personal life

Sorín has written a book called Grandes Chicos ("Big Kids" or "Big Little People") to raise funds for the building of a school and a children's hospital in Argentina.[8] He is of Jewish ethnicity.[9] He currently lives in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and worked as a pundit for ESPN Brasil from 2012 to 2017.

Career statistics



Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Argentina League Cup League Cup South America Total
1994–95 Argentinos Juniors Primera División 20 1
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1995–96 Juventus Serie A 2 0
Argentina League Cup League Cup South America Total
1996–97 River Plate Primera División 32 5
1997–98 21 4
1998–99 18 1
1999–2000 7 1
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Total
2000 Cruzeiro Série A 14 3
2001 15 0
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2002–03 Lazio Serie A 6 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2002–03 Barcelona La Liga 15 1
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2003–04 Paris Saint-Germain Ligue 1 21 1
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Total
2004 Cruzeiro Série A 6 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2004–05 Villarreal La Liga 21 4
2005–06 20 3
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB Ligapokal Europe Total
2006–07 Hamburg Bundesliga 19 4
2007–08 5 0
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Total
2008 Cruzeiro Série A 0 0
2009 1 0
Country Argentina 98 12
Italy 8 0
Brazil 36 3
Spain 56 8
France 21 1
Germany 24 4
Total 243 28


Argentina national team
Year Apps Goals
1995 3 0
1996 2 1
1997 2 0
1998 0 0
1999 10 2
2000 7 0
2001 8 2
2002 7 2
2003 3 0
2004 14 3
2005 14 0
2006 5 1
Total 75 11



River Plate
Paris Saint-Germain




See also


  1. ^ "Sorín signing bolsters Villarreal". UEFA.com. 4 November 2004. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Germans snap up Sorin". Sky Sports. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 31 August 2006. 
  3. ^ "Sorin leaves Hamburg". Sky Sports. 15 July 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2008. 
  4. ^ "Cruzeiro acerta retorno do argentino Sorín" (in Portuguese). Estadão. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 29 August 2008. 
  5. ^ "Argentino Sorín anuncia a sua aposentadoria" (in Portuguese). Lancenet. 28 July 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2008. 
  6. ^ Stefano Bedeschi (11 May 2015). "Gli eroi in bianconero: Juan Pablo SORÍN" [The heroes in black and white: Juan Pablo Sorín] (in Italian). Tutto Juve. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "JUAN PABLO SORIN" (in Spanish). El Grafico. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Jews In Sports: Sorin, Juan Pablo". Jews In Sports. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Germany-Argentina: Fun Facts to Know and Tell". NY Times. 29 June 2006. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Juan Pablo Sorín". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "South American Team of the Year". 16 January 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 

External links

  • Juan Pablo Sorín at fussballdaten.de (in German)
  • Lega Serie A Profile (in Italian)
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