Diego Rodolfo Placente
is an Argentine
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footballer who plays at left-back for Nacional
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Placente started playing professionally in 1996 with Argentinos Juniors
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, before moving to Argentine giant River Plate
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in 1997. He transferred to Bayer Leverkusen
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in 2001, where he played until 2005 when his contract expired. Subsequently, he turned down an offer from English club Everton FC to join Celta de Vigo
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. Whilst at Leverkusen he played in the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final
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In 2008 he returned to Argentina to play for San Lorenzo de Almagro. In the 2008 summer transfer window
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, he transferred to the French side of Bordeaux, and penned a two-year contract. After finishing that contract, he returned to San Lorenzo on a free transfer.
He played his first match with the Argentina national football team
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in 2001, and was capped 22 times.
National team statistics
Placente is married and his wife is Jewish. Because of this, he was subject of transfer talk to Israel
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i club Maccabi Tel Aviv. It was his wife though who was uninterested in moving to Israel, and the transfer never took place.
Honors and awards
- FIFA World Youth Championship: 1997
- Bundesliga (football) runner-up: 2002
- UEFA Champions League
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- German Cup finalist: 2002
- Coupe de la Ligue
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- Ligue 1
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- Trophée des Champions
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