Nickname: "El Pájaro" ("The Bird") | "El hijo del viento" ("The son of the wind")
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- Claudio Paul Caniggia (born 9 January 1967 in Henderson, Buenos Aires) is a former Argentine football forward, who played 50 times for the Argentine national team. He appeared in three World Cups, and was a member of both rival clubs River Plate and Boca Juniors. Caniggia made a hundred meters in 10.70s while competing in Argentina athletic tournaments at provincial level. It was 100 and 200 meters and long jump. However, he did not get to athletic of Nationals because he dedicated himself to football. He competed much until he became a professional football player in River Plate. Caniggia could as a player cover 100 meters in 11.2 seconds. He lives in Marbella, Spain.
[spoiler]At club level, Caniggia played for River Plate (1985-88), Hellas Verona (1988-89), Atalanta (1989-92 and 1999-2000), AS Roma (1992-93), S.L. Benfica (1994-95), Boca Juniors (1995-98), Dundee (2000-01) and Glasgow Rangers (2001-03). He has become a club legend and cult-hero at many of the clubs he has played at.
Caniggia was a key player in both the 1990 and 1994 World Cups, but was not picked under the strict regime of coach Daniel Passarella for France '98. Caniggia got a 13-month ban for taking cocaine in 1993 and has a history of enjoying the high life.
Caniggia was globally recognized as one of the fastest footballers in the world, thus, he was given the nickname of "el hijo del viento" which means "the son of wind". On 3 April 2009, Caniggia was inducted into Dundee FC's Hall of Fame (International Award).
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- Caniggia was capped 50 times for Argentina, scoring 16 goals. He played at the 1990 and 1994 World Cups, scoring 4 goals in 8 matches. Contrary to popular belief and largely due to loose interpretation, Caniggia was not a striker, but rather a playmaker forward. Throughout the Copa América 1991, Caniggia asserted his dominance and was arguably the most dynamic player. He scored 2 goals and made 4 assists in the tournament. He also helped Argentina win the 1992 Confederations Cup, in which he scored a goal in the final itself.
To Argentine football fans, Claudio has always been an eccentric footballer, playing for many different clubs in many different countries, which is why it is impossible to associate him with a single club. Instead he holds a unique place in their affections. Because when they think of El Pajaro, it is always in the "celeste and blanca" colours of the national team. Claudio is synonymous with World Cups, winning goals and triumphs in the Argentinian jersey.
Caniggia is great friends with Argentine legend Diego Maradona; the duo once celebrated a goal with a kiss on the lips. Claudio's wife at that time, model Mariana Nannis, said: "At times I believe Diego is in love with my husband. It must be the long hair and big muscles."
1990 World Cup
At the 1990 World Cup, Caniggia scored two key goals to help Argentina reach the final. He came off the bench in the inaugural match against Cameroon, memorably being fouled thrice in a single dribble as he carried the ball forward, the last, by Benjamin Massing earning the Cameroonian a straight red card (Massing kicked Caniggia so hard his own shoe came off). In the subsequent matches, Caniggia was in the starting lineup. In the second round, Argentina faced Brazil, and with the score 0-0 after 80 minutes, a pass by Diego Maradona left Caniggia one on one against Brazilian goalkeeper Taffarel; Caniggia dribbled past him and scored on the empty goal, giving Argentina the victory and eliminating Brazil from the tournament in what was seen as a huge upset. The goal gave him legendary status among the Argentine fans for knocking out their chief rivals.
Argentina then beat Yugoslavia on penalty kicks, advancing to semifinals, where they played against Italy. The Italians had not conceded any goals in five matches, and were up 1-0 at halftime. In the second half, Caniggia headed a cross into the net of goalkeeper Walter Zenga, ending his record streak at 517 minutes without conceding a goal, and sending the match into extra time. After no change in the score, penalty kicks were taken, and Argentina won again through this method, advancing to the final. Caniggia had been cautioned in the first round match against the Soviet Union, , and then received another yellow card against Italy for a deliberate hand-ball-play, which earned him a suspension. He had to watch the final between his team and Germany from the stands, which Argentina lost 0-1.
1994 World Cup
Caniggia scored two goals in the 1994 World Cup, both of them in the first round match against Nigeria, the first from a Batistuta freekick rebound and second one from a cleverly taken free kick by Diego Maradona, which he finished sublimely putting the ball in top right hand corner. This was the last match in which Maradona would be involved with the national team and is considered one of the best teams Argentina has ever had.
2002 World Cup
After refusing to cut his long hair despite the rules of national coach Daniel Passarella, he was frozen out of the national team for a number of years. He made a brief comeback to the Marcelo Bielsa-coached squad for the 2002 World Cup, but did not play. Nevertheless, he did manage to receive a red card for cursing at the referee from the bench in Argentina's last match against Sweden.
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Argentina: 50 appearances / 16 goals
1985–1988 River Plate - 51 appearances / 8 goals
1988–1989 Hellas Verona - 21 appearances / 3 goals
1989–1992 Atalanta - 85 appearances / 22 goals
1992–1994 Roma - 20 appearances / 4 goals
1994–1995 Benfica - 23 appearances / 8 goals
1995–1998 Boca Juniors - 60 appearances / 28 goals
1999–2000 Atalanta - 17 appearances / 1 goals
2000–2001 Dundee - 25 appearances / 8 goals
2001–2003 Rangers - 50 appearances / 13 goals
2003–2004 Qatar SC - 15 appearances / 5 goals
Trophies & Tournaments:
1985-1986 Primera División Argentina - River Plate
1986 Copa Libertadores - River Plate
1986 Intercontinental Cup - River Plate
1986 Copa Interamericana - River Plate
1990 FIFA World Cup - Argentina (runner-up)
1991 Copa América - Argentina
1992 Confederations Cup - Argentina
2002 Scottish Cup - Rangers
2002 Scottish League Cup - Rangers
2002-03 Scottish Premier League - Rangers
2003 Scottish League Cup - Rangers
2003-2004 Prince Cup - Qatar SC
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