Meet The Players
These are the players from the last Free Kick Masters event held at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.
After his tenure at Venezia, which lasted less than one season, Recoba returned to Inter. In January 2001, he renewed his contract with club last until 30 June 2006. But during the same month he faced problems with a fake passport, losing the Italian nationality he received in 1999. He was punished with a one-year ban, which was later reduced to four months on appeal.
Recoba has had other notable performances for Inter, an example of which was the 2004/05 Serie A match against Sampdoria on January 9th, 2005 where he subsituted Adriano in the 32nd minute. Recoba first hit the bar, then in the 43rd minute he fed the ball to Obafemi Martins who scored to give Inter a chance to equalise; after Christian Vieri equalized the score, Recoba scored the 3-2 for Inter, the team's third goal in 5 minutes. However, he has performed badly as well, living up to the stamp put on him saying that he'd never reach his full potential.
He was once, for a period of many years, the highest paid football player in the world, but took a voluntary paycut when Inter Milan suffered financial difficulties.
Recoba played for Uruguay at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and has earned over 50 caps for his country. His only goal at the tournament came against Senegal in Uruguay's final group game, but it wasn't enough as the match finished in a 3-3 draw and eliminated Uruguay in the first round.
In September 2005, he scored the winning goal against Argentina in a World Cup qualifier. This helped Uruguay qualify as South America's fifth best placed team in order to participate in the intercontinental playoff against Oceania champions Australia.
|Full name||Álvaro Alexander Recoba Rivero|
|Date of birth||March 17, 1976 (1976-03-17) (age 31)|
|Place of birth||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Striker, wing-forward|
1 Senior club appearances and goals
- UEFA Cup winner: 1998
- Coppa Italia winner: 2005, 2006
- Italian Super Cup winner: 2005, 2006
- Serie A champion: 2005-2006, 2006-2007.