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Claudio Caniggia ‘’El Hijo del Viento’’(Son of the Wind)


Claudio Caniggia

Claudio Caniggia was born on January 9, 1967 in Henderson Buenos Aires Argentina. Argentine professional footballer played in striker and winger positions. Canigga played for Argentina in 50 matches and scored 16 goals. He took part in three world cups and played in 10 different clubs throughout his career. Claudio Caniggia was a very fast player. Before his football career, he was interested in athletics and ran long distances. He was constantly playing a goal-oriented game. However, he was creating a chance for his teammates. Especially in the FIFA 1990 World Cup, he is remembered for his two goals that led Argentina to the final. His other unforgettable moment is Nigeria’s two goals in the FIFA 1994 World Cup.

Club Career

Claudio Caniggia’s football career started in the River Plate team in 1985. Here he scored 8 goals in 53 matches for three years. Moreover, he won 4 trophies in this team on the one season. These trophies; In the 1985-86 season, Primera División Argentina became Copa Libertadores, Intercontinental Cup, Copa Interamericana. After these successes, the European journey began. He was transferred to Hellas Verona in 1988. While he was in Hellas Verona, he scored 3 goals in 21 games and transferred to Atalanta the following season. While he was in Hellas Verona, he scored 3 goals in 21 games and transferred to Atalanta the following season.

He scored 26 goals in 85 games and became a star. In 1992, he signed a 2-year contract with Roma, one of Italy’s best teams. But Caniggia did not succeed here as much as desired. He went to Portugal in 1994. He played only one season in Benfica and scored 8 goals in 23 matches. Despite his poor performance, he was transferred to Boca Junors in 1995. He is on the rise again at Boca Juniors. For 3 years, he scored 32 goals in 74 matches. When he left here, he transferred to Atalanta and Dundee United for one season. 

Where is Scottish Cups ?

Claudio Caniggia was transferred from Dundee United to Rangers in 2001, where he won five trophies for two seasons. He won the Scottish League Cup and Scottish Cup in the 2001-02 season, Scottish Cup, Scottish Premier League, Scottish League Cup in the 2002-03 season. Claudio Caniggia scored 12 goals in 50 matches and signed a seasonal deal with Qatar FC in 2003. He scored 5 goals in 15 games in Qatar FC and won the last cup he won, the Prince Cup. He left football at the end of that season.

Argentina’s ‘Son of the Wind’

The first tournament in which Claudio Caniggia participated with the Argentina national team was the FIFA 1990 World Cup. He scored 2 goals in this tournament. They played against the USSR in the semifinal. In this match, Caniggia received a red card penalty for he touching the ball twice with his hand. They won this game 1-0. but Canigga watched the final game from the stands. Germany won the final game 1-0. He was also on the Argentina squad in the FIFA 1994 and 2002 World Cups.

For the next three years, he won three trophies with the national team. He won the Copa América in 1991, the Confederations Cup in 1992 and the Artemio Franchi Trophy in 1993. Claudio Caniggia had problems with his coach and teammates. He addicted to cocaine.  Sometimes the coach was angry at him even because of his long hair. But his speed and playing technique were in his favor. Caniggia was not a pure striker, but rather a playmaker or creative striker. Because of these features, Argentinian fans gave him the nickname “El Hijo del Viento” (son of the wind). 

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