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Walter Gargano

  • Position: Midfielder
  • Squad number: 5
  • Date of birth: 23 July, 1984 (25 years old)
  • Height: 5'6" (168cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
3 Walter Gargano
0|0 Walter Gargano
2 As substitute
49|38 Total Uruguay
20 Most shots on target Diego Forlan
7 Total Uruguay
12 Most shots off target Asamoah Gyan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wesley Sneijder
Goals Assists
0 Walter Gargano
2 Walter Gargano
11 Total Uruguay
9 Total Uruguay
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
1|0 Walter Gargano
0|0 Walter Gargano
80|95 Total Uruguay
10|2 Total Uruguay
20 Most fouls by Mark Van Bommel
25 Most fouls on Andres Iniesta

Uruguay games played

  1. Uruguay 0-0 France
    Friday, 11 June Match report
  2. South Africa 0-3 Uruguay
    Wednesday, 16 June Match report
  3. Mexico 0-1 Uruguay
    Tuesday, 22 June Match report
  4. Uruguay 2-1 South Korea
    Saturday, 26 June Match report
  5. Uruguay 1-1 Ghana
    Friday, 2 July Match report
  6. Uruguay 2-3 Netherlands
    Tuesday, 6 July Match report
  7. Uruguay 2-3 Germany
    Saturday, 10 July Match report

Player profile

A holding midfielder with good technique and distribution, the stocky ball-winner is key to Uruguay's tactical plan. In his own words Gargano says: 'El Maestro [coach Oscar Tabarez] wants me to play as a holding midfielder so I do that job first and from there try to bring my own game into it. It's about being a complete player, being able to adapt to the needs of the team. For Uruguay I'd even play at full-back if that's what was needed.'

Tabarez handed him his debut in May 2006 in a 2-1 friendly win over Libya. Gargano enjoyed an excellent season in Serie A with Napoli, missing just two games as the club finished sixth. He signed for the Italian club in 2007 and has been an integral part of their midfield ever since.

He began his career with Montevideo-based Danubio, winning two league titles before departing for Naples for a £2m fee. His role models are Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez and Argentina's Juan Veron.

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